Fall training gear: Get prepped for ski season before the snow flies

Fall training gear: Get prepped for ski season before the snow flies

As the leaves turn and the weather chills, there’s only one thing on our minds. You guessed it—the snow will start falling and ski season is right around the corner. But ski season doesn’t start the first day you hit the slopes. Fall training is vital to getting in shape and performing at your best once the season begins, so we’ve rounded up a full fall training kit to get you started. Running shoes, recovery products, “rest day” swag—it’s all here. Keep reading and hit the trail before snow blankets the mountains.

Hoka One Clifton 7

Light, fast and ultra comfortable, Hoka’s Clifton 7 should be your go-to for daily training runs. From the first step to the final stretch, you’ll notice a pop in your step—that’s Hoka’s quintessential, springy cushion underfoot. All-new to the Hoka running lineup, the Clifton 7 offers reliable everyday comfort and is primed to make longer runs easier.

Tracksmith Session Shorts

Short shorts are back. With a five-inch inseam, ultra lightweight, four-way stretch Italian fabric and a moisture-wicking liner built to go the distance, the Session Shorts from Tracksmith are about to become your favorite bottoms. Let those skier quads shine.

Tracksmith Twilight Tee

Silky smooth, odor-resistant and outrageously comfortable, the Tracksmith Twilight Tee is the perfect standalone tee or baselayer for you next training mission around the track. The incredibly breathable Italian Bergini fabric feels cool against the skin, stretch gussets under each arm improve the fit and we’re guessing it’ll be your new favorite training top.

Tracksmith Trackhouse Sweatshirt

Designed for lazy Sundays and post-run comfort, Tracksmith’s Trackhouse sweatshirt is a FREESKIER-favorite for staying snug in fall. Made with a reverse-weave cotton blend that doesn’t pill, ribbed side gussets that help it retain its shape over time and a large kanagroo pocket with a hidden headphone port, this is a favorite, reimagined.

Hoka One Speedgoat 4

For trail runs when traction and comfort are key. Hoka’s Speedgoat 4 is the fourth iteration of Hoka’s award-winning shoe and ideal for fall runs at altitude. Featuring a wider forefoot for better stability, 3D-printed midsole that helps secure the foot in the shoe and Vibram gripped soles, the Speedgoat 4 is fine-tuned to help you perform on rocky, sandy, slippery trails.

Recoup Fitness Recovery Kit

When fall workouts take a toll on your body, Recoup Fitness’ Recovery Kit, including a cryrosphere and compression sleeve, is the ideal cold therapy package. Both products can be put (and left) in the freezer to be chilled and are proven to provide at-home remedies to relieve muscle tension, reduce inflammation and promote recovery.

Skida Alpine Neckwarmer

Stay toasty on longer runs with the Polartec fleece-lined, extra warm Skida Neckwarmer. Available in a variety of colorful prints, this piece is guaranteed to keep you warm when the temps drop outside. Forget your layers; retain body heat with this neckwarmer instead.

The North Face Flight Trail Vest

When extra water and trail snacks are necessary on a multi-mile jaunt on the trail, the Trail Vest from The North Face is our go-to. This lightweight piece is built ergonomically to move with you as you stride and offers a slew of pockets that can fit a phone, granola bars and more.

Le Bent Trail Light 3/4 Crew

Made with natural merino wool, Le Bent’s 3/4 Crew sock fits snugly on your feet to avoid any slippage when you’re out training or hiking. ZQ-certified, sustainably sourced New Zealand merino comes standard here, so you can feel good about your purchase. The longer length of this sock help protect from rocks and gravel when you hit the trail, too.

Darn Tough Vertex 1/4 Ultra-Light

Vermont-made Darn Tough socks get the job done—it’s as simple as that. With a lifetime guarantee on all of its product, Darn Tough wants you to wear ’em to the bone—they know they’ll stand the test of time. A touch of cushioning underfoot, a snug fit and tightly knit merino stitching ensure top performance on daily laps or longer training missions.

Arc’teryx Motus AR Crew LS

When the temps drop, running in a bulky jacket is a no-go; that’s when you turn to the Arc’teryx Motus AR Crew, a performance baselayer for trail runs and cold winter activities. Made with a moisture-wicking polyester fabric and designed with a tighter athletic fit, this piece is an ideal go-to for the every fall adventure as a standalone piece or a layer.

HempFusion Pain Relief Balm

Being sore sucks and stiff joints are even worse. Ease the pain and oil up your hinges with HempFusion’s CBD-infused Pain Relief Balm. Like old school IcyHot, this pain relief balm simultaneously relieves pain while loosening everything up and relieving aches. Use this topical ointment anytime on your back, legs, shoulders and other problem areas.

Zeal Optics Manitou

Blinding sunshine is a quick way to hamper your time outside. With Zeal’s all-new Manitou sunnies, you’ll be rocking its lightest bio-plastic frame and photochromic lenses that automatically adapt lens tint to match the intensity of the sun. And rubber nose pads ensure they’ll stay in place, no matter how much you’re sweating.

Skratch Labs Hydration Drink Mix

After your workout, it’s crucial to focus on recovery. Boulder-based Skratch Labs’ Hydration Drink Mix a no-frills mix that provides your body electrolytes and energy you lost during your workout. Made with natural ingredients, this is the best hydration mix on the market.

lululemon ABC Jogger

Sometimes you gotta wear pants when you run. But you don’t want to be bogged down with uncomfortable cotton fabrics. The ABC Jogger from Lululemon offers an “anti-ball crushing” inseam and lightweight synthetic threads to ensure you’re comfortable from first lap to last.