Sum­mer’s on its way – time to re­fresh your kit drawer

Runner's World (UK) - - Body-Mind -


1 / ON COM­FORT TEE £50, on-run­ The Swiss brand fa­mous for its ‘cloud pod’ shoes [see Brand Fo­cus, p105] has branched out into run­ning kit. This tee has a soft feel, moves well with your body with­out gath­er­ing, and is fast­wick­ing and anti-odour.

2 / CREWROOM FUEL VEST £38, If you get caught in a shower this will pro­vide solid pro­tec­tion; it’s highly wa­ter-re­sis­tant and quickdry­ing so your torso will be kept dry and the top won’t soak through and be­come heavy.

3 / VARLEY RAD­FORD CROP £50, This has a slinky racer­back de­sign, comes down to a cou­ple of inches above the belly but­ton and has a 4.5-inch zip down the front in case you pre­fer your neck­line to be a lit­tle looser.

4 / NEW BAL­ANCE TRINAMIC TEE £55, new­bal­ This may seem like a big hike in price for New Bal­ance, but this top is ex­tremely high qual­ity. It dries in­cred­i­bly quickly, feels cool and smooth, has laser-cut holes on chest and back for ven­ti­la­tion, and the weave is stretchy.

5 / ZAAZEE ELLA VEST £38, Bri­tish women-only brand Zaazee has sweated the de­tails with this new open­back vest top: it’s cut to give a flat­ter­ing look around the chest, and the polyamide/elas­tane mix is both soft and stretchy.

6 / UN­DER AR­MOUR FLYBY RACER­BACK TANK £30, un­derar­ You’d be hard pressed to find an airier, more light­weight top than this. It has a barely-there feel when on, and the en­tire back is made from mesh to keep you even cooler dur­ing tough ses­sions.

1 / BROOKS GREEN­LIGHT CAPRI £60, brook­srun­ The wide, 3.5-inch waist­band has a slim­ming ef­fect and also houses two rear pock­ets big enough to hold keys, a gel or a credit card. The crotch is gus­seted for ex­tra com­fort and the ma­te­rial is durable.

2 / KALENJI TRAIL RUN­NING SKORT £17.99, Just as good on the road as it is on trails. The skirt al­lows free­dom of move­ment, while in­ner short leg­gings pro­vide com­fort and mod­esty.

3 / BELLUM AC­TIVE VENUS CAPRI £50, bel­lumac­ The polyester and span­dex mix of ma­te­rial makes th­ese durable and stretchy with­out grow­ing baggy. Mesh pan­els on the back of the knees help with ven­ti­la­tion and there are two pock­ets on the wide waist­band.

4 / SAU­CONY SCOOT MINI CAPRI £40, prodi­rec­trun­ The waist­band here is great at dis­pers­ing pres­sure, a gus­seted crotch means there’ll be no rub­bing and the ruch­ing on the knees al­lows you to get into your stride with­out the ma­te­rial pulling or con­strict­ing.

5 / SALOMON EL­E­VATE ¾ TIGHT £40, Salomon ex­cels at high­end clob­ber for midrange prices and this is a prime ex­am­ple. The soft, breath­able fab­ric, wide waist­band and flat­lock seams add up to a very com­fort­able run.

6 / VARLEY KINGMAN CAR­RERA LEG­GINGS £75, Th­ese full-length leg­gings will keep you cool in sum­mer thanks to the huge mesh ven­ti­la­tion pan­els that run down the back from mid-ham­string to the an­kle.

7 / ASICS FUZEX MESH SHORTS £32, Th­ese highly ven­ti­lated shorts fea­ture a four­inch in­seam, a 2.5-inch waist­band, a zip pocket on the rear big enough for one (small) gel and keys, and two open pock­ets on the front for tis­sues and other light­weight non-valu­ables.


1 / IFFLEY ROAD LAN­CASTER VEST £53, if­fley­road. com Fans of retro kit will love this vest, with its baggy cut and large arm holes. The polyester and cot­ton mix is a lit­tle heavy but it dries quickly.

2 / CASTORE HOD­DLE £85, This is a close-fit­ting top so go up one size. It’s as­ton­ish­ingly com­fort­able and moves ef­fort­lessly with your body on the run.

3 T-SHIRT/ AIROFIN PRIME This £24.99, will­suit those who want the ba­sics – such as wick­ing, breatha­bil­ity and dura­bil­ity – done well.

4 / SAU­CONY ENDORPHIN SINGLET £28, upan­drun­ If it weren’t for the flashy colours you might well for­get you’re wear­ing this vest, such is the gos­samer touch of the polyester fab­ric; it’s slim-fit­ting, too.

5 / TRIBESPORTS EN­GI­NEERED TEE £55, A beau­ti­fully de­signed piece of kit: seams have been kept to a min­i­mum the top moves bril­liantly with your body and it’s ex­tremely breath­able.

6 / ODLO CERAMICOOL SEAM­LESS BASELAYER SHIRT £40, This is made for runs on hot days: the weave con­tains ce­ramic mi­cropar­ti­cles that con­duct heat; it’s also light and ex­tremely com­fort­able.

7 / NIKE BREATHE RUN­NING TOP £40, The most im­pres­sive fea­ture of this top is ven­ti­la­tion and cool­ing it of­fers even dur­ing hot, hard ses­sions: the weave, while durable, is punc­tu­ated all over with thou­sands of laser­cut holes.

1 / SAU­CONY ENDORPHIN SPLIT SHORT £34, sau­ Club run­ners, old­school­ers and slen­der speed de­mons, your ship has come in. Sau­cony is still the king when it comes to pro­duc­ing tra­di­tional-style rac­ing shorts. Th­ese have a big side split for ease of move­ment; a light­weight, breath­able con­struc­tion; ven­ti­la­tion pan­els; a su­per-soft in­ner lin­ing – and not much else.

2 / RON­HILL MO­MEN­TUM TWIN 5" SHORTS £30, ron­ Th­ese are made with a very stretchy, durable, and quick-dry­ing outer fab­ric while the in­ner briefs are made from bam­boo which, as well as be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, is nat­u­rally an­tibac­te­rial. The elas­ti­cated waist­band is de­signed not to snap no mat­ter how hard you yank on the strings and there’s a very roomy zip pocket on the rear.

3 / FALKE SHORT TIGHTS LIGHT £59, There isn’t a place to store a phone, gels or any­thing else bulky in th­ese tight, min­i­mal­ist shorts (there’s a small pocket for one key) – but if you’re at the level where re­duc­ing drag is a fac­tor, then th­ese soft, stretchy, fast-dry­ing shorts will be just the job. They don’t leave much to the imag­i­na­tion, mind.

4 / 2XU X-VENT 5" 2- IN-1 SHORTS £55, The in­ter­nal briefs in th­ese are com­pres­sion shorts, de­signed to pro­vide sup­port and pro­mote quicker blood flow to your up­per thighs and glutes. The outer shorts don’t ride up or cling to your legs and also con­tain an an­timi­cro­bial treat­ment so they won’t stink even af­ter re­peated wear­ing.

5/ MIZUNO VEN­TURE SQUARE 5.5 £37.90, Take heart, you lovers of old-school shiny-fab­ric run­ning kit: your needs can still be served. If you’re af­ter a breath­able fab­ric go else­where, but th­ese are durable, ripresis­tant, fast-dry­ing and come with a stan­dard-to­baggy cut with gen­er­ous leg holes – handy if you have mus­cu­lar thighs.

6 / ODLO KANON RUN­NING SHORTS, £45, The in­te­grated tights on th­ese shorts have just the right amount of com­pres­sion – enough to pro­tect and sup­port but with­out be­ing too con­stric­tive. The outer shorts are soft, light and have a gen­er­ous in­seam and slightly baggy cut, so th­ese are a good op­tion if you’re body-con­scious.

7 / INOV-8 5" TRAIL SHORTS £35, You’re get­ting a lot of bang for your buck with th­ese tough shorts. There’s an anti-odour in­ner brief, three elas­ti­cated pock­ets across the rear waist­band for small snacks and other bits and pieces, re­flec­tive de­tail­ing for low-light run­ning and a breath­able ma­te­rial that dries out in next to no time.


1 / KALENJI RAIN CAP £7.99, This has a wa­ter-re­sis­tant coat­ing, but it also wicks sweat, won’t over­heat you, has an ad­justable vel­cro strap and is sturdy.

2 / SALOMON XA VI­SOR £15, This will keep the sun out of your eyes with­out over­heat­ing your head. The polyester ma­te­rial has small mesh ven­ti­la­tion holes to move heat away.

3 / TRIBESPORT HEAD­BAND, AQUA £10, Th­ese come in a range of six colours and two widths. The mid­dle sec­tion is all mesh to help cool you and a sil­i­cone grip will stop the band from slip­ping on the hair.

4 / PUMA PER­FOR­MANCE SUN­GLASSES £149, Light, sturdy and flex­i­ble frames house po­lar­ized, shat­ter-re­sis­tant lenses. The flex­i­ble arms are rub­berised for grip.

5 / UL­TI­MATE PER­FOR­MANCE ARM SLEEVES £13.99, ul­ti­mate per­for­ Th­ese breath­able sleeves wick su­perbly, come with a thumb-hole and there’s a sweat band on the back of the hand, a nice touch.

6 / BROOKS PACE­SET­TERS £14, brook­srun­ Th­ese colour­ful socks have anti-blis­ter, they dry quickly and have strong grips around the cuff to keep them up.

7 / ADI­DAS ZONYK AERO PRO SUN­GLASSES £151.99, rxs­ The po­lar­ized lenses on th­ese are great at cut­ting down glare. They have a sweat­band across the top of the frame to ab­sorb mois­ture, while there are ven­ti­la­tion holes at the top of the lenses.

8 / UL­TI­MATE PER­FOR­MANCE SWEAT­BAND £5.49, ul­ti­mate­per­for­ Bung one of th­ese bands on your wrist and you never have to wipe away sweat with your top again.

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