Wrap your mind around this one: If you were a runner just four decades ago, you’d likely be jogging in cotton shorts and an underwire bra—sports bras weren’t invented until 1977! Cringe-worthy, right? Innovative fabrics continue to evolve today, making running more comfortable than ever.
1 Columbia Freeze Degree Short Sleeve $45, columbia.com.
Omni-freeze ZERO technology cools your skin as you sweat—like an A/C unit minus the electricity bill.
2 GORE Running Wear Magnitude AS Lady Jacket $160, goreapparel.com.
If an umbrella and your favorite running shirt got married, their fabulous offspring would be GORE-TEX laminate. This fabric treatment allows sweat to escape, but won’t let rain sink in.
3 Sugoi Piston 200 Tight $90, sugoi.com.
Studies show compression fabric could help you run faster and recover more quickly!