Best Running Gear & Accessories 2022

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

By The Fleet Feet Editors Updated on
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Running can be hard. Running with the right gear makes it better.

Yes, it is true that one of the best parts of running is its simplicity. All you need is a good pair of running shoes to get started. But when you love running, the more you do it, the more you start to appreciate the little conveniences and luxury items that can bring variety, comfort and joy to your run.

From your favorite flavor of energy chews that will give you a much-needed boost to do-it-all hydration vests that carry your water, phone, nutrition and extra layers, Fleet Feet has everything you need to make your next run the best one yet.

If you’re looking to build your perfect running kit, level-up your run or need practical solutions to common runner’s pain points, check out our guides below that cover our favorite gear and accessories that we never run without:

[This is part of our Best Running Accessories Guide 2022. For more expert advice on the best gear for runners, check out our top lists of the best running shoes, best running clothes and best massage tools.]

Best Hydration Gear

Trail Runner wearing hydration vest

Hydration is key for fueling your run and properly recovering afterward. Whether you’re hiking a new peak or training for a marathon, these top hydration vests, belts and handheld bottles make it easy to carry your water and more. If your workouts and adventures often last longer than 60-90 minutes, don’t leave the house without the best hydration gear and supplements for running.

Best Nutrition for Runners

A runner eating a GU Energy Chew

Bonk be gone. These energy gels, chews, bars and electrolyte drinks keep you from hitting that dreaded wall during your runs and workouts. So whether you’re training for a marathon, keeping up with your running buddies on a weekend long run or exploring the outdoors, these tasty nutritional supplements will keep you energized.

Best Headlamps, Running Lights and Reflective Gear

A woman tightens a lighted running vest around her chest before a run

Running when the sun goes down (or hasn’t come up yet)? Light the way and stay safe with the best running lights and reflective gear. These top safety and visibility products are must-haves when you’re running in low-light conditions.

Best Tech & Electronics for Running

A runner wears the Garmin Forerunner 55 watch

A GPS running watch packs a ton of tech onto your wrist to help you train smarter. If you’re training for a race or just looking to take a more mindful approach toward your health and fitness goals, a Garmin watch will give you helpful insights. These watches feature everything from GPS distance and pace tracking, to advanced heart rate and oxygen intake monitoring. Data nerds, rejoice.

Best Phone Carriers, Running Belts and Running Bags

A man runs at an easy endurance pace in front of a mural

These phone carriers, running belts and bags give you plenty of convenient and comfortable storage options for running with everything you need—pack your phone, water, nutrition, wallet, keys and more. Plus, they’re designed to keep the bouncing to a minimum so you can focus on your run.

Best Running Hats & Sunglasses

A woman wears a hat to protect her head and face from the sun

Keep the sun and rain off your face and out of your eyes. The best hats and sunglasses for running give you practical performance while adding some style to your running outfit. From no-bounce, no-slip sunglasses with polarized lenses to lightweight running hats designed for sweaty miles, find the best combination of face and eye protection for your runs under the sun.

Best Massage Tools

A woman uses her massage gun in front of an open car

These top percussion massagers, foam rollers and massage sticks are the closest you can get to having your own personal masseuse. Work out those nagging knots and tight muscles to keep your body in top shape with the best massage tools for running.

Best Blister Prevention, Anti-Chafe and Skin Care

Runners cross the line at a Fleet Feet race.

There are a lot of reasons why running can put you out of your comfort zone. Blisters, chafing and skin irritation shouldn’t be one of them. To reduce friction in areas like your inner thighs, underarms, feet, nipples or under your bra straps, check out these top chafing and blister prevention solutions that will keep you comfortable throughout your entire workout.

Best Walking Gear

A man and woman walk through a park.

Seriously upgrade your neighborhood strolls, dog walks, and long hikes. If your daily walk is one of the best parts of your day, these top walking accessories will make it even better.

How We Picked the Best Running Gear

With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running. What makes the ideal piece of equipment for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, running surface, preferences and style of that runner. At Fleet Feet, we have been helping runners pick out the right gear for decades and want to pass that knowledge on to you.

We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best gear and accessories for runners. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations and we think they will live up to yours as well.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best accessories for runners based on what we think will work for the most people in the most situations. If you buy any gear from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.

Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer.