What to wear for running?
Whether you are running to lose weight, get in shape or running a marathon, you’ll want to wear cool and comfortable running clothes. Wearing proper running shirts, shorts and pants also ensure you run safely and with better endurance.
Although most leisure runners opt for a simple tee shirt and shorts, clothes with special features such as sweat wicking, odor removing, breathable and stretchable material are good choices. A shirt soaked in sweat feels uncomfortable besides giving out an unpleasant odor.
Additional features such as airy mesh inserts or panels allow for better ventilation. Flat lock seams minimizes chafing which can be uncomfortable and painful. Skin tight shirt is a better option where chafing is concern.
So, what are the best running clothes for men and women?
Compression Running Clothes
Compression running clothes are high tech workout clothes. Designed to be lightweight with unrestricted movement such as by using Raglan sleeve construction, their benefits include reduced fatigue through less muscle oscillation, reduced injuries, better power output and performance. Antibacterial odor removing properties keeps you fresh and cool throughout your run.
Get some compression pants for running your marathon and feel the difference.
Reflective Running Clothes
Reflective clothing especially when running at night, is recommended as is running clothing with UPF protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Putting on a reflective running jacket or vest makes you more visible.
Eco-friendly Running Clothes
For environmental conscious runners, clothes made of recycled materials are now more easily available such as the New Balance Women’s Impact Short Sleeve Top made from new recycled fabric, comes with reflective logo and UPF 30+
sun protection or tasc Performance Women’s long sleeve V-neck tee made from 55% Organic Cotton, 40% Viscose from Bamboo and 5% Elastane.
Then you have the Under Armor Catalyst long or short sleeve shirts with 50+ UPF sun protection. These are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Their signature features such as Signature Moisture Transport System for excellent moisture wicking, lightweight, 4-way stretch and Raglan sleeve construction for maximum flexibility of movements without painful chafing.
Marmot Women’s ThermalClime Pro Tight is made from recycled poltester and comes with Polartec Power Dry Performance Technology for superior moisture wicking. Excellent breathability and gusseted crotch for better mobility ensures an enjoyable and comfortable run.
Tights And Pants For Running
Running tights or leggings fit snugly keeping the legs warm.
Running shorts is the garment of choice when the weather is hot and humid. Some runners may prefer long running shorts or shorts that almost reach the knee. Some come with inner lining that doubles up as underwear. You have a choice of compression shorts or shorts with split legs or v-notch shorts.
In colder weather sweatpants with fleece interior helps to keep your legs warm. Compression pants for running keeps you cool in summer and warm in winter.
Running singlet, tank top or tee shirt with sweat wicking properties are recommended as these keep you dry and comfortable. This is especially noticeable when doing a long trail run. Besides comfort, good support of your muscles is important too.
Keeps you cool and comfortable as singlet for running is lightweight and airy.
High tech compression tops for running enables better endurance and longer training before getting tired.
Running Visor, Cap or Hat
In summer, when the weather is hot and sunny, wearing a hat or visor helps minimize heat exposure. A good running cap or visor is lightweight and helps wick moisture away from your forehead, prevents sweat from hurting your eyes, thus you stay cool during your run.
Nike Feather Light Cap comes with dri-fit fabric which enhances breathability and wicking of sweat from forehead.
The Headsweats Race Hat is made of breathable Coolmax fabric shell and Coolmax terry headband for maximum air flow and moisture transfer. Has a flat front panel and black undervisor to reduce glare. There is no sweat flowing into your eyes. Comes in many attractive colors.
The 2XU running cap is another lightweight breathable quick-drying 100% nylon cap with mesh panels for optimal cooling. Comes with 50+ UV protection. Has a velcro adjustable strap. Wide range of colors to choose from such as the black, neon red, nautic blue, slate and more color choices.
Best Shoes For Running
Running shoes help support your feet as you run and minimizes foot injury. Wear shoes that work for your running gait and fits comfortably. Wearing proper running shoes help you enjoy your run without blisters, sore foot, heel pain or even sprained ankle.
Do you prefer additional cushioning under your feet or feeling the trail at each and every step is your choice? Are you running on the road or trail? Do you run with your heels touching the ground first or is it your forefeet?
So, what are the best running shoes? Well, it depends whether you are running on the roads or trails.
Road running shoes are lighter compared to trail running shoes and has better cushioning for running on roads. The uneven trail path calls for more shock absorption and stability in your shoes such as thicker soles, stronger traction and arch support.
Saucony Men’s Kinvara 5 Running Shoe comes with:
- a lightweight durable mesh upper, reflective elements
- powergrid ultralight cushioning foam
- enhanced EVA+ material with better abrasion resistance for the midsoles and outsoles
- extremely lightweight iBR+ durable outsole rubber
- super soft new material called RunDry for collar lining
- ProLock lacing system that locks in mid foot fit
- 4mm low heel-to-toe drop for a more natural running.
Nike’s Free Flyknit series
Nike’s Free Flyknit series of 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 offer different flexibility levels but all have the midsoles hexagonal flex-groove patterned outsoles ensuring multi-directional flexibility. You can move more freely in all directions. Flyknit upper is ultralight and offers breathability as well as a snug and contoured fit.
Flyknit 3.0 has a 4 mm heel to forefoot offset, flyknit 4.0 has a 6 mm offset whereas the 5.0 has the most cushioning at a 8 mm offset. Choose the 3.0 if you prefer the minimalist shoe design and a more natural run.
Best Running Socks
Running socks help prevent painful blisters. Good running socks wicks away sweat, ensure breathability and reduce friction thus preventing blisters from forming as well as keeping your feet dry and cool inside your shoes.
Toe socks are recommended as each individual toe is covered separately, giving proper toe alignment and thus preventing friction against each other. Otherwise, look for those seamless toe closure type of running socks.
Some, such as the Balega Hidden Comfort Tab Running Sock comes with specially constructed mesh ventilation panel for added ventilation, dryness and comfort of feet. Seamless toe feature, moisture wicking properties and extra cushioning on underside add to the comfort level. A heel tab helps in minimizing slippage too, your socks stay put during your run.
Thorlo Unisex Experia CoolMax Micro Mini Crew athletic Socks come with 66% Coolmax, 20% Nylon, 13% Polyester, 1% Elastic. They have specifically sculpted Thorlo pads in ball and heel to provide optimum cushioning from shear and impact. Long distance runners will appreciate this. Good wicking effect makes for dry and cool feet.
Thorlo Lite Hiker Coolmax are lightweight hiking socks with extra padding under toes and heels providing extra cushion against friction.
New Balance CoolMax Socks come with a gentle compression lift to support your arch, thus minimizing arch related pain. Coolmax moisture wicking feature ensures your feet stay cool and dry. Reinforced heel and toe section with added strength against abrasion, cushioning only where it is needed.
If you’re looking for some soft lightweight Merino wool running socks, check out these from Patagonia. A skin-friendly blend of chlorine-free soft merino wool, nylon and spandex encourages cooling airflow with excellent stretching properties.
Merino wool has natural odor controlling and stretching properties. Added to these, itch-free properties, mesh arch brace for a snug fit with no slippage of socks during running and you have a pair of comfortable, breathable, odor-free, cool and snug fitting socks for an enjoyable run.
Best Sports Bra
Women wearing a good supportive sports bra exercise and move freely with confidence as well as comfort. Your best sports bra should wick your sweat away, have fabrics that breath, let heat pass through and let you stay dry and comfortable.
Glamorise Women’s No-Bounce Full-Support Sport Bra is made from 70% Polyester, 25% Nylon, 5% Elastane. Open cami mesh design at upper bust for breathability, shows no cleavage and prevent bounce. Glamorise sports bra doesn’t ride up when you stretches upwards due to its 2 way strap design. Fits perfectly with adjustable 3-position back closure. Color choice is limited to black/pink, cafe and white only.
Moving Comfort Women’s Fiona Bra features seam-free molded cups with one-way stretch powermesh. This gives superior support to the breast and prevents up and down movement. Two-way stretch Powermesh in back strap with 3 hook closure and with adjustable front strap ensuring a comfort fit. Bra cups come with compression support for high impact sports. Comes in many attractive colors.
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Best Running Gloves
Keep your hands warm and dry with lightweight running gloves. They also protect you from scratches especially during trail running. Wearing running gloves in winter or during a cold morning run will make a lot of difference whether your run is enjoyable or otherwise.
The Zensah smart running gloves come with reflective strips for dim light running. Hassle-free smartphone using feature through their Touch sensitive technology on index and middle fingers plus thumb. You are able to use touch screen devices without removing the gloves, indeed a very useful feature to have.
Nike Lightweight Tech Running Gloves are perfect for running when the weather is slightly cold. Comes with highly reflective visible graphics for night running.
Even has a tiny little pocket for your keys or small items on the palm of the gloves. The touch-screen thumb pads allows for easy texting and using your smartphone. Breathable Dri-FIT fabric outer layer wicks sweat away and keep your hands dry.
Lightweight waterproof running jackets
Whether you are running in summer or winter, a lightweight waterproof, windproof reflective running jacket protects you from the elements and offers high visibility for safety.
Under arm zippered vents for better air circulation, zippered pockets for small stuff, adjustable storm hood size and can be packed in its own front pocket, the Marmot Men’s Precip Jacket with a 13.1-ounce weight features PreCip Dry Touch material that is waterproof and breathable
Featuring DriClime Bi-Component inner technology for moisture wicking, the Marmot Men Stride Jacket works by drawing moisture from your skin to the outer surface layer of the jacket for fast evaporation. This keeps you cool and dry throughout your run.
Zippered chest pocket with headphone port, zippered hand pockets and elastic cuffs add to your convenience and comfort. 360 reflectivity safety feature makes you visible in dim light conditions. This lightweight waterproof jacket weighs just 8.9 oz (249.5g).
Your reward for a good run? Burn lots of calories, have better bone density as running is weight bearing exercise, get a healthy heart and healthy weight plus a better shape body.
So, wear proper clothes for running in hot or cold weather and enjoy your run with minimum injuries.
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