Top Running Gear
For those of us who have been running solo for years – whether competitively, paired with other training, or even casually – a running practice is one thing that can remain consistent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Runners have an advantage right now: we can still get outside, move a muscle, relieve stress, and we’re already used to finding some distance. Whether becoming a brand-new runner out of necessity or building upon a career of chasing trail and pavement, here’s some Men’s Running Gear that will keep you moving.
by Marissa Lamartino
Whether stepping onto your local sidewalk or trail running up a new set of switchbacks, 2XU’s RUN Compression Tights are built to support your muscles while reducing fatigue and damage. Precisely developed with compression that supports circulation, this 2XU design has a discreet back pocket to hold small items like a car key or credit card, and the logos are reflective for night runners.
Icebreaker brings natural performance wear in direct opposition to synthetic athletic apparel. The 200 oasis crewe is the ideal shirt for a spring run, Saturday morning training, or even a casual rest day. Made with Merino wool, this shirt is lightweight and incredibly comfortable. A slim fit and dropped hem make it one of the most-loved shirts for men with an athletic build — and amazingly, icebreaker’s conscious clothing runs at the same price point as traditional performance wear. It’s a no-brainer.
Beyond Clothing prides themselves on creating survival clothing systems made specifically with “mission in mind”. The Seattle-based company’s Celeris Pullover is a midweight, woven-textured alternative to the classic hoodie. Designed with moisture-wicking fabric and breathable panels that keep your body at a comfortable temperature, the Celeris boasts a half-zip, a sleek hood, and my personal favorite – thumb holes. The Manatee Gray is especially fitting for transitioning into springtime.
The Lululemon Surge Jogger is the ideal pant for men who value comfort, style, and fitness. Created with swift fabric ideal for running and training, these joggers narrow towards the knee and ankle to be just loose enough, yet out-of-the-way for movement. The Surge Jogger is typically available with a 29” inseam, but online I also discovered a 27” inseam option. These pants are so good, one reviewer on Lulu’s website even described them as “a work of art”. I’ll say no more.
Trail-running seems to be taking an up-turn in popularity lately — and anyone running in the mountains knows about these Adidas Lite Flex Shorts. These look like a traditional hiking short (I’ve even seen them be mistaken for khakis), but function as a high-quality athletic short. Naturally stretchy, weather resistant, and cut with a mid-loose fit, my male hiking and trail friends wear these in the summer for ultimate cooling and comfort. Also, these shorts have the absolute BEST butt pocket.
A securely-fitted pair of sunglasses is a necessity for any runner, no matter how experienced. The Igniter Sunglasses by Under Armour have been specifically designed to be comfortable, flexible, and durable – while also maintaining a lightweight build. They fit securely without leaving squeeze-marks around the temples, and their lens design allows for 20% more peripheral vision – keeping you safe and aware while racking up miles on roads and in the wilderness.
A runner or hiker knows the importance of a good pair of socks, and Balega somehow figured out a working formula for creating the ideal pair. These are called “Comfort Socks” for a reason. With moisture wicking fibers, reinforced microfiber mesh, and extra-deep heel pockets, these are the socks that I always pull out of the drawer first. I’ve dealt with plantar fasciitis for years, and Balega has become my one of my favorite sock brands due to their durability and variety of fit options. I can’t recommend these enough.
Speaking of plantar fasciitis…Tread Labs is here to blow your mind. Offering an incredible variety of insoles for daily, specialty, and running shoes, Tread Labs is rapidly changing the way people take care of their feet. Compared to insoles from doctors that cost hundreds – literally hundreds (!!!) of dollars, Tread Labs is making insoles available to runners and bikers and dancers and everyday folk for 10-20 dollars per pair. And of course, I love this company because it started by the same man who began….Chacos. Offering unique styles like the Dash, the Pace, and the Ramble – each insole is created with different needs in mind, and Tread Labs utilizes their website as a platform to share knowledge about foot injuries and sport insoles. These people deserve a freaking Nobel prize.