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Best running accessories for under $50

Now's the time to take advantage of discounts on running accessories

craft fleece hat

At this time of year, you may be feeling the need to replace some of your running accessories–those things that just make your runs a bit easier. and that may be starting to wear out, or have become misplaced, after a full season of training and racing. Here are some unbeatable deals on gloves, hats, socks and other items that make your running life just that little bit better. (Items from Canada’s Altitude Sports are up to 40 per cent off.)

Best for running in rainy weather, or for sun protection
Ciele GOCap

Ciele Athletics GOCap SC

A well-fitting and lightweight running hat for all seasons

The Ciele Athletics GOCap is one of the most popular designs in the world–and with good reason. The hats are available in a wide range of attractive colourways; the lightweight, quick-drying fabric and versatile, five-panel design is adjustable at the rear and fits almost anyone, and the wide brim provides excellent protection from sun or rain. The brim, front and back panels are UPF +40, and there are reflective accents to keep you visible to cars in low-light conditions. The hats are fully machine-washable.

Best for short to medium runs in cool weather
nathan trailmix plus 3.0 hydration belt

Nathan TrailMix Plus 3.0 Hydration Belt

A 2-bottle unisex hydration pack/storage pouch for road or trail running

This low-profile hydration belt from Nathan is designed not to bounce while you run, and has just enough capacity for the essentials. It comes with two redesigned 1o oz./300 ml flasks with Push-Pull Blast Valve™ caps for ease of use, in holsters that have also been redesigned so you can access your hydration with one hand. It also has a large, expandable, zippered pouch that’s big enough to accommodate most phones, and an additional mesh pocket for small essentials, like a key, credit card or gel. The belt is fully adjustable with elastic keepers to hold the straps out of your way. Construction is 60 per cent nylon, 40 per cent polyester. The reflective logo keeps you visible to cars in low-light conditions. 

Best for runners who run before dawn or after dark
nathan high-viz vest

Nathan Hypernight Reflective Vest Lite

A minimalist, unisex reflective vest for high visibility during early-morning or evening runs

This reflective vest from Nathan reflects headlights brightly, and every part of it is reflective, giving you 360-degree visibility on the dark roads of late fall and early winter. It comes in two colours and is fully adjustable for either men or women. The slimline, 100 per cent polyester construction allows full range of motion, with no constriction of your armswing. 

Best for late fall and winter running
TNF beanie

TNF™ Logo Box Cuffed Regular Beanie

A warm unisex toque/beanie for winter running

This practical and stylish winter unisex rib-knit toque by The North Face will keep you toasty warm and looking great on the trails this winter. Made with soft acrylic yarn that will stretch to fit but retains its shape through multiple seasons, it’s available in four colours and two fit styles–a 7.25” shallow fit or an 8.5” deep fit. It has a woven patch on the front and is designed to be worn with the cuff turned up, though it can also be pulled down for better coverage in extreme conditions.  

Best for all-season road, trail and track running
Darn Tough socks

Darn Tough 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock

A quarter-height all-season running sock for men and women

These durable, high-quality running socks from Darn Tough are well-fitting and high enough to protect against rubbing from shoes and debris on the trail. They have a streamlined cuff, added ultra-light cushioning in the heel and under the foot, and a seamless toe. Made from 50 per cent merino wool, 46 per cent nylon and 4 per cent lycra spandex, they are sweat-wicking, have just the right amount of stretch, and will keep your feet at a comfortable temperature throughout all of your outdoor adventures.

Best for runners looking for an inexpensive but high-quality sunglass
MEC sunglass

MEC Jinx Sunglasses - Unisex

A versatile, unisex sunglass for performance or casual wear

These good-looking unisex sunglasses from MEC are great for running or casual wear. Designed to fit medium-sized heads, they have scratch-resistant polycarbonate lenses with 100 per cent UVA and UVB protection and a light, flexible thermoplastic frame, so you don’t need to worry about damaging them. Polarized lenses are available. 

Best for neck and face protection during cold-weather runs
Smartwool neck gaiter

Smartwool Merino 250 Long Neck Gaiter

A long merino wool unisex neck warmer for cold-weather running

This extra-long 100 per cent merino wool neck gaiter from Smartwool is made from merino 250, its heaviest 100 per cent merino fabric, for seriously cold winter days on the road or trail–yet it’s thin and light and packs easily into your pocket when it’s no longer needed. It’s long enough to be pulled right up over your chin and nose when heading into the wind, and the double-layer interlock knit feels soft to the touch and will keep the chill out on even the coldest days.

Best for runners looking for a high-quality, mid-height compression sock for all-season running
CEP mid height running sock

CEP The Run Compression Mid Cut Socks 4.0

A mid-height unisex compression sock for all-season running

These breathable, sweat-wicking mid-height compression socks from CEP provide superior ankle and arch support and cushioning to keep your feet and lower legs comfortable on all your runs. They’re also anatomically designed for your left and right feet, which adds to their comfort, and there are ventilation channels in the toe and calf for supreme breathability. Available in three men’s and women’s sizes and multiple colourways.

Best for runners looking for a lightweight but warm hat for late fall and winter running
craft fleece hat

Craft ADV Lumen Fleece Hat

Best for runners looking for a warm but lightweight fall and winter running hat

This well-fitting hat from Craft will keep you warm and comfortable on cold winter runs. It’s made of soft jersey and fits snugly but comfortably. The perforated reflective panel at the front and reflective print at the back provides maximum visibility from all directions when you’re running in the dark. The hat is 87 per cent polyester and 13 per cent elastane and comes in three colourways and three sizes.

Products reviewed in this article:

Best for running in rainy weather, or for sun protection

Ciele Athletics GOCap SC

Ciele GOCap

Buy Now Unisex $40

Buy Now Unisex $27.48 (50% Off)

Best for short to medium runs in cool weather

Nathan TrailMix Plus 3.0 Hydration Belt

nathan trailmix plus 3.0 hydration belt

Buy Now Unisex $42.24 (35% Off)

Buy Now Unisex $65

Best for runners who run before dawn or after dark

Nathan Hypernight Reflective Vest Lite

nathan high-viz vest

Buy Now Unisex $27.99 (30% Off)

Best for late fall and winter running

TNF™ Logo Box Cuffed Regular Beanie

TNF beanie

Buy Now Unisex $24.49 (30% Off)

Best for all-season road, trail and track running

Darn Tough 1/4 Ultra-Light Cushion Running Sock

Darn Tough socks

Buy Now Men's $27.00

Buy Now Women's $19.00

Buy Now Women's $19.46 (25% Off)

Best for runners looking for an inexpensive but high-quality sunglass

MEC Jinx Sunglasses - Unisex

MEC sunglass

Buy Now $39.95 (35% Off)

Best for neck and face protection during cold-weather runs

Smartwool Merino 250 Long Neck Gaiter

Smartwool neck gaiter

Buy Now Unisex $30.09 (30% Off)

Best for runners looking for a high-quality, mid-height compression sock for all-season running

CEP The Run Compression Mid Cut Socks 4.0

CEP mid height running sock

Buy Now Women's $19.95

Buy Now Men's $19.95

Best for runners looking for a lightweight but warm hat for late fall and winter running

Craft ADV Lumen Fleece Hat

craft fleece hat

Buy Now Unisex $35

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