March 16, 2023
We, at Ultimate Direction, strive to provide only the highest quality hydration pack running gear for avid outdoor adventurers. Both our team and our clientele are extremely passionate about trail running. With that in mind, we believe it is very important to be mindful of both your environment and fellow runners when out on the trails.
In this quick read, we will have a look at 10 different aspects of trail running etiquette in the hopes that we can keep our sport and passion as respectful as possible. We will also delve into some interesting and vital improvements that come from hydration pack running and how it will better your trail running experience.
The trail running community is generally a highly considerate and respectful one as is, but it can never hurt to brush up on your knowledge of trail etiquette. Whether you are a hardened trail running veteran or you have just picked up the sport, it’s good for every outdoor adventurer to be on the same page.
1. Try To Yield To Others: When you are out and about and you encounter other trail users, always try to yield the right of way where possible. This is especially relevant when you are running downhill, as others may be looking down to watch where they are stepping. When yielding, try to step off the trail and wait for the others to pass by. On the other hand, if you are passing someone try to give them a heads-up with phrases like “on your right” or “behind you”. When pack running, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings as certain trails can be quite cramped and passing groups can be difficult.
2. Respect The Wildlife: As we all know, trail running is an amazing way to experience nature, but it’s crucial that we show respect to the animals who call that environment home. Try to be mindful, and remember that these are wild animals and they should not be disturbed or frightened. Avoid entering areas that may act as a shelter for animals or feeding areas. If you do encounter wildlife on your travels, give them a wide berth and allow them to go about their activities unhindered.
3. Leave No Trace: When you are out trail running, remember to pick up any trash and litter that you may have accumulated on your trail run. Any gel packets, food wrappers, water bottles, or other items you may have used should not be left on the ground. “Leave no trace” also includes avoiding causing damage to any of the surrounding vegetation – try to stick to designated paths, avoid cutting switchbacks or taking shortcuts. Enough tread on vegetation off of the beaten path could cause permanent damage to the immediate environment.
4. Be Courteous: As is the case with almost every sport, good manners are always appreciated when trail running. Try to greet other trail users with courtesy, and try to remain mindful of their needs. For instance, if you can see that an individual or group is struggling, it could be a big help to offer them water or directions if you are familiar with the route. Try to leave enough space for others to pass on the trail. Additionally, try not to disrupt the natural environment and aim to keep noise levels down.
5. Try To Stick To The Trail: As we touched on earlier, it’s very important to stay on the designated trails. There are multiple reasons for this – firstly, going off-path can damage the surrounding environment or cause erosion. Secondly, trying to create your own route can be an easy way to get lost and this should be avoided at all costs. Thirdly, be mindful of signs or markers indicating whether trails are open or closed – in some cases, there may be a good reason that a path has been temporarily placed off limits.
6. Follow The Local Rules And Regulations: Before heading out for your hydration pack running on the trails, try to make sure you are aware of the local rules. Certain routes may have different regulations that should be adhered to for the safety of all trail users. Examples could be dogs requiring leashes, no loud music, or other prohibited activities. The rules most likely do exist for a reason and it is vital to comply with them.
7. Be Mindful When Running In Groups: Whilst it is great fun to run with a large group, it’s good to be aware of others on the path. Try to yield where possible and try not to take up the entire trail as it can make getting around the group quite difficult.
8. Be Prepared: This is one instance where hydration pack running can come in very handy – be sure to bring enough water, necessary gear, food and whatever else you may need. This could also mean a first aid kit, compass, or map in case of emergency. Before heading out on your trail run, try to research the route as much as possible to get an idea of the terrain and path to take. It is almost always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.
9. Avoid Using Headphones With Loud Music: We understand that listening to some great music or an interesting podcast can certainly make your run more enjoyable – it is, however, still important to be aware of your surroundings. Try to keep the volume at a lower level if you are wearing headphones so that you can listen out for potential hazards or other trail runners. This should keep you and other trail users safe whilst out and about.
10. Help Others Where Possible: It’s possible you may encounter an individual or group that requires assistance in some way, try to help if at all possible. This could involve offering directions, providing basic first aid, or contacting the authorities if it is a serious emergency. By lending a helping hand you can assist in keeping the trail running community a safe and supportive one.
Hydration pack running involves wearing a specially designed vest or backpack that features a water bladder or pockets to carry additional water bottles – both for carrying fluids during a run. Our gear is massively beneficial for trail running, as it allows you to stay hydrated and fuelled during intense, long runs or races.
One of the largest advantages of hydration pack running is the general convenience. Rather than having to carry a water bottle in your hand or continually stopping at water sources throughout the run, our hydration packs allow you to carry a significant amount of water with you at all times. This gives you the ability to remain hydrated and maintain a more consistent level of energy throughout the trail run, without ever needing to disrupt your pace.
Our Race Vest, for example, is capable of holding 2.0 litres of water whilst remaining incredibly light. Featuring air mesh panel technology to help you avoid chafing on your long runs and the latest in fully customisable vest-fit technology. We have optimised our designs to make sure that they are breathable and light.
Another significant benefit of pack running is that you can prevent dehydration and other related issues during your trail runs. Running for extended periods can cause you to lose a significant amount of fluids through sweat. By carrying water or electrolyte-rich drinks with you, you can easily and effectively prevent dehydration, which can lead to fatigue, cramping, and even heat stroke if not addressed. We understand that it can be easy to get carried away when you are pushing hard for personal bests or you are competing in races – which is why it is far better to avoid all of these unfortunate eventualities entirely and remain hydrated using our running vests.
Hydration packs are also incredibly versatile and can be used to carry other essentials during a trail run, such as extra layers of clothing, snacks, and safety gear. This allows you to be prepared for any eventuality – dramatic changes in weather conditions or getting lost en route are good examples.
When searching for the perfect vest/vesta among the many options available to you, it’s important to consider a few things. The capacity of the vest itself is crucial because you will want to choose one that can hold enough water and gear for the distance you will be running. Certain running vests have more storage space and larger pockets than others – it’s just about deciding how much is necessary for your travels.
The fit and breathability you want are also vital factors to consider. You should aim to choose a vest that fits snugly and is comfortable, without being too tight or causing unwanted chafing or bouncing. Over a long distance, these types of things can become incredibly important. All of our products are exceptionally breathable but it’s possible you may need a vest with specifically high breathability – if you are competing in trail races this may apply to you.
Whether you are a hiker, trail runner, outdoor enthusiast, or trail running athlete, we have the perfect products for you. We, at Ultimate Direction, are pioneers in the hydration pack running industry with a variety of options to suit your specific needs. We aim to create and provide our customers with excellent products to help enhance their outdoor experiences and make sure they are as prepared as possible on their trail running journeys. Our range of products includes vests/vestas, hydration pack running products, fastpacks, and other fantastically functional outdoor apparel options. Have a look through our catalogue and you may find that we have the perfect product for your outdoor needs.
Another characterising aspect of what we do at Ultimate Direction is our emphasis on sustainability. All of our products are 100% BPA-free, and our running attire is PFC-free. We truly believe in the importance of moving to a more eco-friendly space, encouraging the use of recycled materials and ensuring that sustainable materials are used in the creation of all of our products.
In our aim to create only the highest quality products, we have collaborated with athletes from around the world that have helped us to test and improve our designs. This means our range of outdoor options has been created by athletes, for athletes, and this is the philosophy we will carry forward with us. Now that you have all the information you need, why not try one of our excellent products for yourself? We have no doubt you will be amazed at the elegant functionality and overall positive experience!