Back to School: Running Gear Edition
Back to School: Running Gear
By: Mattie Schuler
Even if you aren't technically headed back to school, everyone experiences the transition from summer to autumn; the ending of longer, lazier days and the beginning of a new routine. The changing seasons can be a good time to renew your fitness goals, reconfigure your training schedule, or sign up for that fall trail race you've been eyeing. Whatever the reason, taking a look at your running gear is key, not only to make sure your kicks and clothing are still in good shape, but also to keep you motivated. We've got the top new running gear for your back-to-school season.
Women's Sports Bra: Champion Spot Comfort Full Support Sports Bra
Sports bras can wear out just like any other piece of clothing, but it isn't holes or fraying that you'll notice the most. Rather, the bra will lose its support and structure. If that's happened to you, it might be time to invest in the new Champion Spot Comfort Full Support Sports Bra ($48). The bra uses a hook-and-eye closure in the back as well as adjustable, gel-cushioned straps to get the precise fit you need. There are mesh panels to keep you cool, as well as wicking fabric to keep you dry. The bra comes in six different colors and uses a molded cup without wire. Tasc Performance Nola Tank Top
Update your running top with the simple, yet functional Nola Tank Top by Tasc Performance ($34). The loose-fitting top has a sleek silhouette that looks great and won't constrict movement on your run. It is made from a bamboo-based rayon and cotton for a soft feel, and is the perfect length to rest just below the hips with a high-crew neckline. Colors include dark and light gray, black, navy, and white.
Women's Shorts: Nike Dry Short Crew 2
The Dry Short Crew 2 by Nike ($35) will be your favorite new, go-to short. The bottoms are semi-fitted with a wide elastic waist band (with drawstring) that sits right on the hips, below the navel. Made from polyester, the shorts are wicking and have a built-in brief for the best comfort on a long run. Colors include black, burgundy, and gray.
Women's Leggings: Under Armour HeatGear Armour Mesh Ankle Crop
If your current running tights are losing their fit, check out the Under Armour HeatGear Armour Mesh Ankle Crop ($50). The tights have funky mesh cut-outs for added flare and cooling capabilities on the back of the leg, as well as a high-waisted, wide waistband. These tights shouldn't lose their fit even after miles and miles of running. Under Armour uses a compression fit design for added support with a four-way stretch technique so they don't hinder movement. The leggings are quick drying and wicking, and have an anti-microbial treatment to reduce any potential odor-causing bacteria.
Men's Top: Asics Short Sleeve Top
After hours of sweaty use, your running tee might be a bit worn down, which just means you've been logging plenty of miles. Consider updating, with the Short Sleeve Top by Asics ($40), which has reflective details for low-light running and bonded chest seams for a bit of added style. The semi-fitted top sports a crew neck and a slight dropped back hem. It is made from wicking and quick-drying material to keep you dry and cool on even the hardest of runs.
Men's Shorts: Brooks Sherpa Shorts
These semi-fitted Sherpa Shorts from Brooks ($48) have a 5-inch inseam, so they rest at about mid-thigh and allow for full-range of movement as you stride out on the trail or track. The bottoms are moisture wicking with a mesh brief liner, and also have reflective elements in case your run goes late into the night. There are two pockets—one a small, envelope pocket and the other a sweat-resistant zip pocket, perfect for keys and cards. The shorts are available in seven different colors.
Men's Bottoms: Brooks Spartan Pants
Comfort is key, and that means staying comfortable even after a run. Slip on the Brooks Spartan Pants ($75) when heading to and from the gym, or after you've logged some miles and you just need to rest and stretch before showering off. The pants are semi-fitted with a relaxed cut throughout the legs and slight taper at the ankles with zippers at the cuffs. You'll get zippered hand pockets, as well as an elastic waistband with an interior drawstring. The pants are made from moisture-wicking polyester and spandex.
Men's Socks: Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Micro
You can never have enough running socks, and slipping into a new pair is a fantastic feeling. Treat yourself with the durable Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Micro socks ($53.85 for three pairs). You'll get that tight, supportive feeling without any added bulk in these low-cut socks that provide added cushion at the ball of the foot and the heel. The socks are stretchy from Smartwool's Elite Fit System, but won't lose their shape or slip around on your foot. Plus, you'll get mesh panels for breathability to keep your toes aired out and feeling fresh. Also available in women's sizes.
Revisit that back-to-school buzz you had as a kid as you slipped on that new backpack and stuck in your sweet pencil pouch by updating your running kit. Then, use your new gear for an added boost of motivation, a quick rush of excitement, and simply one more reason to lace up and get running.