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Sep 18, 2023

For most runners, the arrival of Labour Day weekend signals the kids’ return to school and the approach of cooler weather. And with that drop in temperature and humidity, many runners see this as one of the best times of the year to get outside and enjoy running. To help you take advantage of these ideal running conditions, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best running products for this upcoming long weekend.

Here are our picks for some of the best running gear for the 2023 back-to-school weekend.

Best for neutral runners seeking a soft, lightweight, and durable shoe for daily training.

The Saucony Triumph 20 delivers the cushioning that neutral runners need when logging longer runs. Saucony starts with its PWRRUN+ foam midsole that blends low weight with a soft, cushioned ride. To provide the durability serious runners demand, Saucony specs a long-lasting, high-traction rubber outsole. A knit upper hugs the runner’s foot and provides a locked-in feel, while the 10 mm offset (37 mm heel/27 mm forefoot) will appeal to runners with a more traditional heel-striking gait.

A colourful limited-edition trail running shoe.

Featuring a limited-edition esthetic designed by Salomon ultra-athlete Martina Valmassoi, the Sense Ride 5 delivers the balanced cushioning and responsive ride required for shorter, faster trail running, as well as longer ultra events. The shoes feature Salomon’s Energy Save midsole, which does an admirable job of providing plush cushioning without compromising responsiveness. On the bottom, Salomon employs their tried-and-true All Terrain Contagrip outsole, ensuring consistent and predictable grip in a variety of terrain. As with most serious trail running shoes, the Sense Ride 5 Martina LTD shoes have a thin insert that offers push-through protection from rocks and roots. A foot-hugging upper provides a secure fit and showcases Salomon’s easy-to-use Quicklace closure.

A lightweight and responsive shoe with a knit sock-like upper.

The most eye-catching feature of the new Fresh Foam X 1080 V12 shoe has to be the upper. Consisting of a knit bootie, the shoe’s upper provides the fit and feel of a snug sock. The result is exceptional comfort, even during the longest runs. For the midsole, New Balance has spec’d its Fresh Foam X material, which provides responsive cushioning and support without excess weight. The use of a blown rubber outsole ensures minimal weight while still retaining a reasonable level of durability. This versatile, top-of-the-line running shoe will appeal to neutral runners who don’t want to compromise performance for comfort.

A lightweight shoe with exceptional cushioning.

The Clifton 9 builds on the performance of previous versions and now delivers less weight, improved cushioning, and a 3 mm increase in stack height. Hoka has achieved these wins by employing a lighter, more foot-hugging upper, a new foam midsole and an updated outsole. The result is a shoe that, combined with an early-stage rocker, delivers a responsive and efficient ride. And while the shoe has dropped weight, it does not compromise durability, thanks to the strategic placement of abrasion-resistant rubber in high-wear outsole areas.

A stylish, waterproof breathable running jacket.

Best for runners seeking lightweight jacket for protection against wet conditions, this light and highly packable jacket can be easily stuffed into a running pack, ready to be deployed when the weather takes a turn for the worse. The jacket features a waterproof breathable fabric as well as additional vents in the back, to ensure you remain comfortable when working hard. Brooks has added a fitted hood with a visor for additional weather without compromising your vision. Finally, the jacket’s semi-contoured fit allows unrestricted movement without adding excessive bulk.

Best for runners seeking a highly breathable long-sleeve top for fall or spring training.

Built with Drirelease wool for warmth, wicking and natural odour control, the Sval top is perfect for cooler weather running. Unlike many similar long-sleeve running tops, the Sval features highly breathable mesh panels under the arms, ensuring runners remain comfortable even during challenging workouts.

A Merino wool short-sleeve shirt for running.

The lightweight Merino wool running top delivers the wicking and natural odour control runners need when training in warmer fall conditions. When the temperatures start to drop, runners can continue to use the Tech Lite II by simply wearing it as a base layer. This is a highly versatile short-sleeve top that does not have to be put away as the season progresses.

A cosy pair of leggings for cool weather running.

Built with a stretchy recycled fleece fabric, the Winter Warm Essential Leggings are perfect for windy and cool running conditions. The fabric features a smooth woven exterior face, while the inside has a soft and cosy brushed finish. The North Face adds a FlashDry finish to the material, improving wicking and reducing drying times. The legging also features a double-layer contoured waistband that sits higher at the back for additional warmth in colder temperatures. Finally, The North Face has included a large rear pocket that can accommodate a phone, ID and keys.

A technical trail running short from an outdoor industry leader.

Built with a lightweight recycled polyester fabric, the Norvan 7″ Shorts are very breathable and surprisingly durable. The 7″ inseam provides the necessary coverage during trail running adventure without restricting the required range of movement. Arc’teryx adds a water-repellant finish for increased weather protection. Other notable details include an elastic waistband with a draw cord closure for a comfortable fit and two rear pockets for storing essentials when running without a pack or vest.

A performance-oriented running tight.

Serious runners will appreciate the no-compromise performance Craft builds into their PRO TRAIL Tights. Craft starts with a durable jersey fabric made from recycled fibres that provides excellent wicking. Craft then adds a wide, comfortable and draw-cord adjustable waistband, two zippered pockets, and two side mesh pockets for small essentials. Finally, a stretch woven tunnel on the back of the waistband discreetly accommodates gels or energy bars.

Saucony Triumph 20

Buy Now Men's - $140 (33% Off)

Buy Now Women's - $131.45 (37% Off)

Buy Now Men's - $165 (56% Off)

Buy Now Women's - $165 (56% Off)

Salomon Sense Ride 5 Martina LTD Trail Running Shoes

Buy Now Unisex - $134.94 (25% Off)

Buy Now Unisex - $97.93 (30% Off)

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 V12 Road Running Shoes

Buy Now Unisex - $200

Buy Now Men's - $160

Buy Now Women's - $160

Hoka Clifton 9 Road Running Shoes

Buy Now Men's - $179

Buy Now Women's - $179

Buy Now Men's - $145

Buy Now Women's - $145

Brooks High Point Waterproof Jacket

Buy Now Men's - From $113.94 (40% Off)

Buy Now Women's - From $113.94 (40% Off)

Buy Now Men's - From $137.93 (30% Off)

Buy Now Women's - $137.93 (30% Off)

Kari Traa Sval Women's Long Sleeve Top

Buy Now - $95.95

Buy Now - $45 (40% Off)

Icebreaker Tech Lite II Men's Short Sleeve Tee Mountain Sunset

Buy Now - $99.95

The North Face Winter Warm Essential Leggings

Buy Now Women's - $90.99

Buy Now Women's - $51.73 (25% Off)

Arc'teryx Norvan 7" Shorts

Buy Now Men's - $120.00

Buy Now Men's - $80.00

Craft PRO TRAIL Tights

Buy Now Women's - $64.94 (50% Off)

Martina ValmassoiSaucony Triumph 20 Salomon Sense Ride 5 Martina LTD Trail Running ShoesNew Balance Fresh Foam X 1080 V12 Road Running ShoesHoka Clifton 9 Road Running ShoesBrooks High Point Waterproof JacketKari Traa Sval Women's Long Sleeve TopIcebreaker Tech Lite II Men's Short Sleeve Tee Mountain SunsetThe North Face Winter Warm Essential LeggingsArc'teryx Norvan 7" ShortsCraft PRO TRAIL Tights