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One of the virtues of running is that all that’s really required is a good pair of shoes. Need a new pair? Check out these options.
But, let’s face it, as your mileage increases, the need (desire?) for gear does, too. Check out this summer’s crop of must-have runner goods.
The tailored-cut 9-inch MPG Momentum 2.0 Shorts have a bit of stretch and a compression liner to keep things in place. Side slash pockets and a hidden key pocket offer storage.
Protective Base Layer
As the weather heats up, soggy drawers and, er, friction can make a long run especially uncomfortable. Special trunks like these (somewhat unfortunately named) MyPakage Pro Series Boxer Brief won’t hold in moisture while providing much-needed support.
Lightweight Rain Cover
Sometimes, a light rain feels nice on a run. Other times, it’s just annoying. The water-resistant yet breathable Cotopaxi Paray Lightweight Jacket keeps outside moisture out without trapping perspiration in. A hidden chest pocket protects your phone from all elements.
Overheated feet. It’s a thing. To keep your tootsies from roasting, the CEP Men’s Dynamic+ Run low-cut socks have ventilation and sweat-wicking fabric, with flat seams and a snug, lightly padded fit to prevent blisters.
Protect your eyes from UV rays with sunnies that won’t slide down your nose. The UA Big Shot Multiflection sunglasses hold on without pinching and have a glare-reducing coating that resists smudges and scratches.
For runners, a good hat, like the Sunday Afternoons Journey Cap, keeps the sun (or rain) off your face and scalp and the sweat out of your eyes. This one’s especially comfy, thanks to the stretchy and adjustable back strap.
Whether logging a long run or gunning for a race PR, it didn’t happen if you don’t have electronic proof, amirite? The Garmin Forerunner 230 and 235 accurately track running route, pace, cadence, and other data outdoors and inside using built-in GPS and an accelerometer. The 235 has on-board heart rate monitoring, too, and both are compatible with an ANT+ chest strap. Smartphone notifications and all-day activity tracking make ‘em worthwhile to wear even when you’re not running.
Secure Wireless Headphones
Good tunes can make the miles fly by. Earbuds that slip out or wires that get snagged by your pumping arms have the opposite effect. Enter JLab Epic 2 Bluetooth Earbuds, which are water-resistant (read: won’t go fritzy if you sweat all over ‘em) with secure over-the-ear hooks and eight(!) rubber tip options for the perfect fit. They also are insanely long-lasting—up to 12 hours between charges.
Safety and ‘80s nostalgia meet in the best possible way with SlapWrapz, LED-illuminated slap-style bracelets. Wear one on your wrist, upper arm, or ankle to be more visible to traffic during runs after the sun sets. The replaceable battery lasts up to 70 hours on steady mode and 100 on flashing.
$15 each, 4id.com
Preventing skin cancer = good. Stinging watering eyes from sweated-off sunscreen = no longer an excuse for skipping the protection with the thick formula of All Good SPF 50+ Water Resistant Zinc Sunscreen Butter. Made with zinc oxide, it blends in clear for up to 80 minutes of coverage, and comes in a tiny tin to tote with you for reapplication during longer runs.
Stop looping that ratting old kitchen towel on your shorts’ waistband and upgrade to REM-Fit Motivate Collection Face Towels. They hold up to nine times their weight in moisture, and if needed, can be wrung out almost completely dry.
2 for $15, shop.rem-fit.com
Whether you run-commute or brunch after a race, sometimes there isn’t the time or occasion to bathe. Cut the stench with Swipe Deodorant Wipes. The tea tree extract naturally kills odor-causing bacteria.
10 for $7, swipe-it.net
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