December 7 2017
Our squad of testers put the latest running and fitness gear to the sweat test to determine the winners of our 2017 Tech Awards.
Keep your runs fuss-free with these 15 smart swaps in tops, bottoms and accessories for no-chafe, sunburn-less, completely worry-free runs.
The problem: Bulky jacket that’s cumbersome to put on
The fix: When you want lightweight protection from the elements, all you need is this ingenious little jacket that stows away in a waist pouch. Slip your arms into the armholes and pull it overhead; velcro secures it in back, giving coverage but leaving space for a pack if you have one. Talk about multitasking. It lets you run and then some with wind- and water-resistance.
The problem: Too-tight top
The fix: Slip on a seamless T-shirt with a nice loose fit around the torso and a fitted waistband at the hips. The wider scoop neck on this breathable blend number allows more comfort, so the neckline never chafes. Slightly longer raglan sleeves with plenty of stretch lower sunburn risk and cover the tops of your arms. Reflective details help with visibility at night or early in the a.m. It’s pricey, but we’re impressed with the quality.
The problem: Tank top drenched in sweat
The fix: Breezy is the way to be with a tank that won’t weigh you down. The microperforations on this mesh tank allow perfect airflow, as does the looser fit, so sweat dries quickly. The longer front and back lend modesty, yet side slits allow for greater range of motion. Available in plus sizes in two colors.
The problem: Long sleeves that are truly functional
The fix: A sweat-wicking long-sleeve to slip on during chilly mornings or nights, this top is light enough to wrap around your waist without distractions if you get too hot. A perforated upper back helps keep you cool and dries up moisture in a hurry, and thumb holes at the wrist keep sleeves in place so hands stay warm.
The problem: Finding activewear that’s more modest
The fix: You’ll get ideal coverage with this long-sleeved tunic—the hem falls to mid-thigh. Moisture-wicking fabric and mesh panels will keep you cool no matter what, and flat-lock seams help reduce chafing. A pleat in the back increases mobility, thumb holes keep sleeves down and two hidden zipper pockets add utility.