No matter what type of runner you are, one thing always holds true: gear can make or break any workout or race. The right apparel and accessories simply make running easier. So our editors have gathered up their favorite new run gear for Spring 2015 so you can gear up, get out and enjoy your run.
super.natural fuses the comfort and performance advantages of natural and engineered ingredients with elevated design. It’s a blend that makes for the perfect partner on spring runs whether you are pounding miles on the pavement or traversing lonely mountain trail. The super.natural Base Tee 140 (50% Merino Wool, 50% Polyester) keeps things light and breathable while offering next to skin moisture management so you can stay cool when you’re working hard.
Need a little more coverage? Opt for the Nergy LS 175 (48% Merino Wool, 48% Polyester, 4% Elastane). The blended fabric and athletic fit rides comfortably, pulls moisture from your skin, dries quickly and breathes easily. As an added bonus, the merino keeps things fresh so you can grab a post run latte with your buddies.
us.sn-natural.com; MSRP Base Tee $49.95, Nergy LS $75
If you thought that you had to sacrifice weight and comfort for protection from less than ideal weather conditions, then let us introduce you to the Pace Block Jacket from Helly Hansen. The lightweight X-Cool quick dry fabric sheds wind and rain should the weather turn sideways. Flock print lining gives you extra air circulation, more comfort when sweating and prevents the lightweight fabric from sticking to your skin. Elastic cuffs add comfort, the side pocket will hold your essentials and laser-cut ventilation disperses heat during high-intensity sessions.
hellyhansen.com; MSRP $160
Icebreaker designed the Strike Short for all of your trail and road ventures. The 7-inch inseam hits a balance between mobility and modesty, and Icebreaker’s Cool-Lite liner combines merino with TENCEL and Nylon so you can always stay in that calm, cool and comfortable zone. For even better ventilation, Icebreaker cut laser holes along the side seam of the shell, and then added pockets for easy access to your gels, keys or cards while on the move. Also available in 5” inseam.
icebreaker.com; MSRP $89.99
Part of Suunto’s new Bluetooth-enabled Ambit family, the Ambit3 Sport (read our full review here) is a beautiful blend of tough functionality and smart technology that advances the entire GPS game forward. Pair the Ambit3 Sport with the new Suunto Movescount App, and you can adjust the watch, analyze key metrics and even get in some #instabragging on the go. With the ability to receive text message and push notifications on the display screen it also means you’ll never have to stop mid-run again just to see who’s calling.
suunto.com; MSRP $400
Let’s be honest, not every spring run is a sunny day jog in the park. That whole “…in like a lion” thing means you’ll be facing plenty of wet and sloppy days. The GORE-TEX® Active running shorts protect thighs and knees from water while transporting sweat away from the skin. As an added bonus you get small key pocket on the waistband, ventilation on the back, and reflective detailing throughout.
goreapparel.com; MSRP $109.99
For those that value versatility, this lightweight jacket with a detachable hood and zip-off sleeves will become your go-to option. Features include a mesh lining, a fleece-trimmed collar, ventilation in the front and back, and reflective detailing throughout. Engineered with Windstopper Active Shell, you can count on it as your refuge from nature when the weather on your Spring Run turns a little sideways.
goreapparel.com; MSRP $179.99
There is no mistaking the Salmon Park Tee with other “technical” tees. The Park Tee represents a step forward in running comfort and performance. Features like sweat-wicking AdvancedSkin ActiveDry technology, flatlock seams, and reflective paneling all ensure that you’re prepared no matter the spring conditions. Need someplace to stash your gel or media player? With a conveniently located rear zip pocket, you’re ready to put on some serious mileage with this stretchy, ready-to-run tee.
salomonrunning.com; MSRP $50
This spring slip into the Feetures! Graduated Compression Sock, and receive the added support, improved circulation, and shortened recovery time of a compression sock while still experiencing fit and feel that makes Feetures! an industry leader. The patent pending Power Arch is anatomically constructed to provide targeted support where you need it most, and iWick® fibers wick moisture to keep feet dry and odor-free when your 10k turns into a 20 miler.
feeturesrunning.com; MSRP $49.99