Running is a mercifully simple sport—in theory. Pull on some shorts, lace up your shoes, and you're good to go. But then your feet start aching, your thighs start chafing, there's a weird twinge in your hip, and you smell terrible. The right running gear will keep you (or the runner you love) out on the road longer, feeling stronger, smelling (at least a little) better, and running faster.
Lululemon makes some of the most comfortable workout gear we've ever worn, and none comes with a yoga requirement. The Metal Tech Vent shirt (available in long sleeve and short) dries fast and fights post-run stank so that you can head straight to celebratory beers.
There's no way around it: This is a large, firm vibrating cylinder that you sit on. It's also the most effective foam roller we've tested for loosening up tight muscles. The GRID VIBE vibrates at 33 Hertz, a research-backed frequency that helps muscles relax, and recharges via USB.
Our favorite shoe for feeling (and running) fast, the Floatride includes one of the most comfortable uppers of any shoe with its one-piece knit. The lightweight foam cushion can fly through interval workouts, and Floatride is your race day pick if you want more support and protection than a racing flat.
Most running short pockets are useless for anything heavier than a couple keys. And who wants that stuff bouncing around while you're running anyway? This sweat-wicking belt fits above your shorts, giving a 360-degree pocket that can hold your phone and several snacks for long runs.
If you're looking for more affordable running clothes, check out Champion's C9 line sold at Target. The shorts and shirts, like this seamless (no chafe) T, are up for any workout and run at significant lower prices than comparable running clothes.
ASICS uses its lightweight FlyteFoam for the full length of the midsole for a nimble shoe that still provides impressive cushion on long runs. This combination makes it a favorite all-around shoe for runners unwilling to compromise speed for comfort, or vice versa.
This remarkably slim and comfortable GPS watch reads heart rate from your wrist and pairs with your phone to deliver its notifications (texts, calendar alerts, Slack messages) and automatically upload workouts. It's the most accurate and reliable running watch we've tested, and doubles as an activity tracker.
Carry an energy bar, your phone, and cash in this pocketed water bottle that straps to your hand. Running with a bottle in your hand sounds awkward, but the ergonomic design fits snuggly in your palm so that you hardly notice it.
If comfort is king on your runs, the Brooks Glycerin 15 is the softest shoe we've tested. Though it provides pillowy cushion, you don't feel like the Super DNA midsole is slowing you down.
Our top pick for excessively long runs, these shorts have a boxer brief liner that prevents thigh rub and keeps your business in check. But what truly set these shorts apart is the mesh storage pockets built into the waistband that acts like a lightweight FlipBelt, carrying your preferred mid-run calories on your hip.
If you prefer to run with separate shorts and a liner, the Sykes PX provides tough yet lightweight and fast-wicking fabric designed to keep you cool for hours. Three zippered back pockets can carry food and a phone, and they're designed so that you never notice they're full while running.
Running rewards hard work with a litany of gross injuries, but chafed—or worse, bloody—nipples are completely avoidable with a couple quick pre-run applications of this surgical tape. If you have a hairy chest, remove the tape in the shower, pulling off with the grain to avoid bald spots.
Fancy barware is for mixologists, whatever those are. You're just damn thirsty after a run and this is the tool to remedy that (beer not included). The stainless opener is shod with a comfort grip to reduce slippage and unlike those freebie openers you got at a forgotten happy hours, this is made in the U.S.
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