10 Running Gear Essentials for Summer
Summer running can bring a set of challenges that often times makes running brutal. Whether it’s the heat and humidity, the early starts to avoid those temps or all of that perspiration, these can have you yearning for the air conditioning of the your local gym. Assuming that you want to stay outside and off of the dreadmill, there are a few essential items that can help keep you comfortable and on track when it comes to tackling those Summer runs. From chilly predawn starts to the heat of the day, these ten products can make those runs a bit more pleasant and even enjoyable.
CamelBak Ultra Pro Vest 34 oz. or CamelBak Ultra Handheld 17 oz.
When it comes to Summer running hydration is King and there are times when carrying enough water can be harder than you think. With the newly designed CamelBak Ultra Pro 34 oz. Vest, hydration carry is made a lot easier and more comfortable. Now with additional features and lighter than ever before, the Ultra Pro Vest is even better for long distance training and racing. Available in multiple sizes and equipped with two Quick Stow flasks, the Ultra Pro puts comfort above all else. Made with CamelBak’s new 3D micro-mesh, the updated Ultra Pro offers increased comfort and ventilation, additional front and back reflectivity, simplified dual sternum strap adjustability and a removable safety whistle. It also includes more front cargo storage for easy access to fuel and a secure zippered pocket for your phone. The stretch overflow pockets have also been updated for easier access to extra layers and essentials and it can accommodate a 1.5L reservoir for those longer hot runs. MSRP $120
If you are looking to run light and go minimal the CamelBak Ultra Handheld 17 oz. just might be the solution you’ve been looking for, thanks to its comfortable ergonomic design. The Ultra handheld features the 3D ventilated mesh material and a soft 17 oz flask that comfortably wraps around and molds to the shape of your hand for hydration without the weight – this bottle delivers that barely there luxury that you will enjoy. The bottle has an easy bite valve that makes drinking simple and a twist lock top that won’t leak when not in use, and the soft flask collapses as it drains avoiding any annoying sloshing. In addition, there is a zippered security pocket that stores your cash, energy gels, and keys and an extra stretch pocket for additional gels or trash when you’re pounding the pavement far from home. MSRP $40 camelbak.com
Buff Run Cap or CoolNet UV+ Headband
Sweat Wicking Sun Protection
The Buff Run Cap is a lightweight hat optimized for sweat-wicking sun protection while you’re running. Its air permeable, stretchy fabric is incredibly breathable, in turn helping you keep cool on those long hot jaunts. The lightweight and compressible five-panel cap also provides ideal sun protection thanks to the soft, comfortable visor. The adjustable elastic band closure is matched with a breathable moisture-wicking sweatband for all-day comfort, and the reflective logo elements provide visibility should your run start before dawn or stretch into the evening. MSRP $24
The BUFF CoolNet UV+ Headband is specially designed for hair and sweat management in hot temps. The headband is constructed with HeiQ cooling technology that wicks moisture away and keeps you cool while staying in place even on those high paced outings. Lastly, the Polygiene treatment delivers odor control that ensures you’re always at your freshest, and built-in UPF 50+ protection safeguards the coverage area from the Sun’s harsh rays out on those Summer runs. MSRP $15 buffusa.com
Julbo Arise with Reactiv Performance 0/3 Lenses
Predawn to Daytime Eye Protection
Be ready for that run anytime in the do-it-all Julbo Arise with Reactiv Performance 0/3 Lenses. These lenses adapt to your environment, transmitting less light to your eye when it’s sunnier and transmitting more light as the day becomes night, providing an ideal moment-to-moment tint. Thanks to the Reactiv Performance 0/3 Lenses you can easily spot trail obstacles on shady singletracks, and stay protected from the sun through open and scenic stretches. The Julbo Arise are designed with a lightweight, aerodynamic frame that sits comfortably on your face as you click off the miles. Adjustable temples and the curved design give these glasses a no-slip fit, and the ultra-slim frame is lightweight so you can wear it comfortably for hours during long excursions.
The Julbo Reactiv Performance 0/3 Photochromic lenses (cat. 0 to 3 – visible light transmission rate: 12% – 87%) are excellent for almost any running atmosphere that you might encounter, they get darker or lighter to match changing light conditions. Not only do these lenses adapt to all light conditions, including very low light (nightfall/poor weather). They are also equipped with an internal anti-fog coating and external oil-repellent coating that prevents marking, makes cleaning easier and facilitates water runoff. MSRP $209.95 julbo.com.
Swiftwick Aspire Socks
Sweat Wicking Foot Protection
On hot summer runs, you need a sock that provides maximum breathability, moisture management and compression for optimal performance. The Swiftwick Aspire Socks checks off all those boxes. These lightweight socks may be minimalist in fabric, but they definitely have plenty of tech to keep your feet comfy when you’re logging miles in the heat. The lightweight Olefin fiber wicks moisture and dries quickly, and the channeled uppers improve breathability. The firm compression keeps feet supported through high miles, while the thin profile delivers a responsive ride. MSRP starting at $13.99 swiftwick.com.
Patagonia Strider Pro Shorts
Fast Drying Odor Control
Whether you’re going for a hot couple of laps or 4-hour trail adventure, the Patagonia Strider Pro Shorts can take the heat. With an open-knit 100% polyester crepe liner brief built-in, you’ll find enhanced moisture transfer as sweat is wicked away from your body, keeping you cool and dry. For those longer runs when you need to carry your running essentials the Strider Pros have four overlapping, stretchy back hip pockets (two on each side), and an additional card-sized, stretchy center-back pocket that closes securely with a zipper. Theses pockets lie flat and don’t flap around when empty but remain ready for storage thanks to the super stretchy and expandable fabric that can to hold everything from energy gels to a packable jacket. Generous side splits allow your legs to experience increased airflow and excellent temperature control throughout your run. For that extra comfort in the midday heat, the Patagonia Strider Pro Shorts are ready to help keep you cool and focused on your run. MSRP $69 patagonia.com
OR Echo Tank
Anti-Chafing Moisture Management
Too many hot runs are a forward slog waiting for that cooling breeze that just won’t come, but with the light and airy Outdoor Research Echo Tank you won’t need it, this shirt is built to keep you cool. Made with the moisture moving AirVent fibers that wicks moisture efficiently to keep you comfortable while you run, and featuring anti-chafing flatlock seams the deliver that next to skin comfort when you’re working hard in warm conditions. When high exertion and hot weather brings the stink, this Tank boasts ActiveFresh odor control technology that helps kill off odors for those times when you have errands during or right after runs, allowing you to remain fresh and funk free. Ideal for hot weather running, the Outdoor Research Echo Tank delivers cooling comfort in a super lightweight high-performance top. MSRP $39 outdoorresearch.com.
Adidas Outdoor Agravic Wind Jacket
While it is rare to need a jacket in the Summer, there are times that those early morning or higher elevation runs can be on the chilly side, to shield yourself from those cooler temps the Adidas Outdoor Agravic Wind Jacket is a superb choice. Delivering the perfect balance of wind protection, easy movement, and breathability, this jacket serves flawlessly as a go-to in cool or windy weather. Its hybrid design features the durable Pertex Quantum fabric with built-in Polartec Alpha for warmth in those less than ideal temperatures. The Pertex fabric upfront blocks the wind, and the lightweight back renders breathability as you work up a sweat. A fixed hood keeps the head shielded in case you leave the running hat at home, while the elastic cuffed sleeves seal out the cold air. In addition, the jacket packs into itself for easy carrying and storage once the temperatures heat up, and it also features two zip pockets for securing your cash, keys or gels. MSRP $159 adidasoutdoor.com
Schosche Rhythm 24 HR Monitor
Comfortable Data Tracking
Streamlined and minimal, the Schosche Rhythm 24 HR Monitor Armband replaces those bulky hot heart rate chest straps for a boost in comfort when you head out for that Summer run. With waterproof technology you can track your heart rate, performance and calories burned no matter the weather. Packed with technology, the Schosche Rhythm 24 HR Monitor uses PerformTek Precision sensors to track your heart rate which yields the most accurate data on any skin tone. The Rhythm 24 sends data through both Bluetooth and ANT+ signals to communicate directly with your GPS watch, or apps on your phone for immediate access to data when you are monitoring your stats. For easy readouts, the monitor features LED lights to indicate 5 Heart Rate Zones by color, power, connection, and transmission, saving you from checking your phone during a run.
The Schosche Rhythm 24 HR Monitor has an adjustable armband that compliments various arm sizes, ensuring you can cinch things down just right for a fit that’s both comfortable and secure. It recharges with a USB cord for up to 24 hours of continuous battery life in each full charge and has an Onboard Memory that can store up to 13 hours of training time if you want to leave your device at home and sync the data later. The Schosche Rhythm 24 is compatible with smartphones, tablets, smart and sport watches, exercise equipment, and many other devices that support Bluetooth® Smart or ANT+ heart rate data as well as a huge array of apps. Being able to accurately monitor, measure, record and transmit heart rate data is a fantastic way to analyze just how hard you can push yourself during the Summer heat. MSRP $99.99 scosche.com
UA Flash Wireless Earbuds
Sweat-Proof Quality Sound
Designed specifically for the needs of runners, the UA Sport Wireless Flash Earbuds bring immersive, high-fidelity audio to your Summer run, all without worrying about tangled and catchy wires. Delivering the ultimate in comfort, convenience, and performance, these truly wireless earbuds are a great companion to have on those Summer treks. They’ve got a full five hours of playtime, and come complete with a compact charging case that offers an additional 20 hours for easy charging on the go, ensuring that you can stay ready for both short and extended runs. The Flashes were made for those hot and humid heart pumping and strenuous pursuits, due in part to their IPX7 waterproof rated UA Stormproof technology delivering the ultimate water and sweat protection during those Summer workouts. Included are interchangeable fins and tips to suit your activity level, which facilitate a supremely comfortable and secure fit. But all this talk about functionality wouldn’t mean much if the sound quality wasn’t up to par and thanks to JBL’s dominant audio technology, music produced by these earbuds deliver a powerful bass that attacks your ears with warm, natural vocals and precision highs. MSRP $169.95 jbl.com
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch
Long Battery GPS Tracking
Technology and data-packed with an unprecedentedly long battery life the Suunto 9 Baro watch tracks it all. Ideal for ultrarunners, this long-lasting GPS watch was designed to maximize battery life without sacrificing performance, providing highly accurate readings and a battery that won’t quit. When you’re miles from home and the watch notices that it’s running low on juice, it will automatically suggest switching to another training mode to preserve battery life, helping it finish out the run and recording data the whole way. In performance mode, it’s got 25 hours of battery life, 40 hours in endurance mode, and a jaw-dropping 120 hours in ultra mode. The Suunto 9 Baro also keeps track of your activity history and sends you reminders to charge up when it thinks you are headed out on a run and the battery needs some more juice, ensuring that you never get stuck out on the trail without your training data.
The Baro not only accurately tracks runs, it also measures altitude, combining GPS altitude with barometric altitude for a highly accurate reading when you’re out there monitoring your elevation gains. In addition, it delivers outdoor insights like sea level pressure and temperature, and even features a storm alarm to let you know when you should be picking up the pace or ducking for cover. All of this, plus over 80 specific sport tracking modes, 100m water-resistance, and a wrist heart-rate monitor. Accurate and fully featured with cutting edge battery tech, the Suunto 9 Baro GPS watch is the ultimate endurance essential for runners and athletes alike. MSRP $599 suunto.com