Although brick-and-mortar stores like REI are closed for the time being to lower the spread of COVID-19, many runners are itching to get outdoors for some spring runs. The good news is that it’s generally safe to run outside during this time, provided that you’re alone, aren’t sick, and still practice social distancing. Ever better news: If you’re looking for fresh running gear for the new season, you can still order it online at REI.com—and the outdoors retailer is offering several great deals.
During REI’s Inside/Outside sale through April 27, you can score REI Co-op brand products for 25 percent off, REI Outlet products for up to 50 percent off, and more great deals on running apparel, shoes, and other gear. Plus, right now all shipping is free. To help you get started, we found 15 of our favorite products worth adding to your running closet this spring. Wear them for socially-distanced runs around your neighborhood, during indoor workouts, or as you work from home on the couch.
Time to bring the shorts back out for sunny spring runs. REI’s On the Run includes a built-in liner, lumbar pocket, and flat seams to prevent chaffing.
A favorite among trail runners and thru hikers alike, the Lone Peak 4 is ready for rain, snow, and mud, thanks to the waterproof eVent membrane in the upper. No need to plan your running route around the weather conditions.
If you’re ramping up your home workouts since you can’t hit the gym for the time being, you’ll want some recovery tools as well. This Trigger Point pack includes a foam roller and a massage ball to target hard-to-reach muscles. Plus, once gyms do start to open back up, you’ll easily be able to take this bundle with you thanks to its carry strap.
We like Smartwool socks for the way the merino wool blend stays in place and add some extra cushioning to the balls and heels of our feet without bunching.
Most runners could probably use another everyday pair of running shorts. The Nike Dry Tempo will become a staple in your wardrobe, with its quick-drying recycled polyester and waist pocket. Get it in black, gray, or rose gold.
A Nathan handheld water bottle is a functional and comfortable way to stay hydrated when out on a run. Not only is this 18-ounce flask insulated, it has a secure hand strap and large zippered pocket that can hold your phone, keys, and ID.
As we transition from chilly to mild days, pull out this vest to wear when you need a little extra warmth. Once you heat up mid-run, you can pack it into its own chest pocket so you won’t be left to stifle in a cumbersome extra layer.
Your runs may be the only time you have away from the kids when stuck at home together, but getting outside can also be a great way for the whole family to destress. This Thule running stroller—with its burly wheels and suspension system—ensures that your little one can join you safely.
If you’re getting tired of plain black leggings, add some extra color and patterns into your workout wardrobe with the lilac print of these stretchy nylon-spandex tights.
The women’s Fuel Cell Propel has enough versatility to get you through all kinds of runs and cross training, with enough durability if you decide to skip a rest day.
This affordable, compact headlamp provides 25 lumens of power for pre-dawn or after-dark runs with solid, strobe, white, and red light settings.
This polyester top is workout-friendly enough for your runs, with a Polygiene treatment that staves off odor. Yet it’s versatile enough to wear on off days or for other activities like hikes and bike rides.