Find everything you need for the ideal run in this kit. REI Co-op staff members dish their favorite clothes, shoes and more for running.
Better than any freebie race shirt, the poly-and-spandex Janji Orbital singlet is barely-there light and won’t get saturated with your sweat. Four-way stretch keeps the tank taut for top-notch moisture wicking no matter how bouncy the ride. Bonded armholes, neckline and hem banish chafing. $58, XXS-XL (unisex)
If you’re not counting ounces, take comfort in the added features of these trail shorts, like lumbar and zippered side pockets for snacks and balm, a liner and a wide, drawstring-adjustable waistband. The polyester/spandex fabric blend allows for full range of motion, and a durable water repellent (DWR) coating will keep you moving through light precip. $49.95, S-XXL (men’s), XS-XL (women’s)
The liner helps protect your foot from friction (read: blisters), and the outer layer provides comfort. The result: a sock that might feel a little odd at first, but tends to be a winning formula. Extra-high, above-the-ankle cuffs keep dirt and debris out and won’t easily slip down your heel. $24, S/M-L/XL
Any lightweight cap or visor will do, but if you’re looking for an upgrade, try the Sherpa. Light, stretchy and reflective, this hat packs everything you need in running headwear into a slick package. DriLayer stretch-woven fabric is breathable while an interior wicking headband helps keep sweat from dripping into your eyes. The fabric also provides UPF 30 sun protection. $28, One size (unisex)
Keep 2 liters of water onboard for longer runs with this hydration vest, which has an adjustable sizing system for a personalized fit for each wearer and a bounce-free ride. Along with the main compartment, five pockets hold all the essentials, including front pockets for soft flasks and an easy-access back pouch for layers. $150, Two sizes: XS-M, L-XXXL
The OGs block everything on runs from harmful UV rays to glare to haters. Light polarization and broad UVA/UVB sun protection are just techy enough for outdoor recreation, and tacky silicone inserts keep the sunglasses in place when you’re moving, but the best feature invariably is the straight swagger. Available in such colors as “Frank’s Llama Land Ditty,” “Sunbathing With Wizards” and “This Is Sparta!!!! (It’s Not),” the OGs are a true gift. $25
When it comes to sweat-wicking fabric, comfort sometimes takes a back seat to performance. Enter: Patagonia’s Capilene Cool. Not itchy or slippery, the proprietary recycled-polyester fabric keeps you cool and dry without sacrificing a soft, natural hand. It also boasts the maximum 50+ UPF sun-protection rating. For running, this long-sleeve shirt has the perfect fit: not too flowy, but with enough room to move and breathe comfortably. $55, S-XXL (men’s), XS-XL (women’s)
Released in April 2019, this addition to the Forerunner line comes with on-the-go music options—store up to 1,000 songs and sync playlists from select music streaming services—and Bluetooth connectivity for wireless headphones, meaning you can leave your phone at home. On top of that, Garmin packed in an improved VO2 Max estimation, training load focus, GPS tracking and a barometric altimeter to help you get the most out of every run. With music and GPS going, the watch’s battery will last up to 10 hours, keeping you going all day long. $600
Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors while helping preserve it for future generations? Look no further. Partnering with Parley For the Oceans, adidas uses reclaimed and recycled ocean waste for the knitted uppers on the Two Parleys. The cushion is just enough for longer runs, and the grippy rubber outsoles, inspired by bike tires, can handle light trails without issue. $125, 6-11 (women’s), 8-14 (men’s)
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