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There’s nothing like fresh gear to inspire you to hit the road—or is that just us? Whether you’re treating yourself to the perfect new gear splurge or refreshing the basics, the season is serving up plenty of sweat-worthy choices.
We rounded up the most exciting items we’ve seen lately. From affordable technology to gear designed by runners like you, there’s something to appeal to every runner’s inner gear queen.
Under Armour Threadborne Balaclava
Trim without being snug, this piece delivers breathable insulation, neck and face protection and a warm hat all in one! And it does all of this while looking on-point enough to wear with a blazer and jeans. Because comfort is key, the sleek styling hides a softer side—and the plush inside still wicks perspiration like a dream.
Brooks Juno Sports Bra
The Juno has been one of the best-performing sports bras on the market for years—but it’s updated for spring (because sometimes good things do get better). This runner-girl favorite is now even more comfortable and streamlined while offering the same secure support. A keyhole back makes it easier to get on and off, the straps are thinner with improved edges (to further minimize chafing and shoulder digging), the fabric is softer and it has a lower profile for a cooler running experience.
Lucy Indigo Run Tight
Imagine if your go-to running tights and favorite skinny jeans merged! The result would be these silky-soft-yet-durable running tights with a denim design. Breathable, moisture-wicking fabric and chafe-free seams deliver dependable running comfort. The style component comes thanks to the hyperrealistic printing that makes the 79 percent recycled polyester look like denim, including subtle shading and anatomically correct “wear” patterns.
Qore Hydration Shirt—Long Sleeve
Even without the innovative fabric, this odor-resistant shirt with flatlock seams and UPF 50- plus would be a popular choice in your sports clothes rotation. What makes it even more unique is its cooling technology that removes some of the dread from hot-weather running. Slim ice packs fit into envelope pockets over each wrist pulse point to effectively reduce body temperature. Think of it kind of like dumping ice cubes down your bra without the shock factor and chafing.
Sarah Marie Varsity Jacket
Remember earning varsity letters in high school? Well, now you can buy patches—for races, a personal best, because you’re a mom, basically for whatever you’re proud of—and put them on your very own letterman jacket. Designed with a nod to the iconic style but with modern design elements, like a contoured fit and comfy fleece fabric, this adorable piece will become a post-race staple.
Osprey Packs Dyna 1.5
This brand-new running pack has a gender-specific design to meet women’s unique sizing and fit requirements—aka it won’t fall off your shoulders and there’s room for your ladies to breathe! Sized to carry an extra layer, food and 1.5 liters of water, this design is all about convenience and comfort, with two easy-access rear pockets, zippered storage, a whistle and a handy reservoir magnet so your bite-valve stays in place.
Nike+ Run Club App
Take your training to the next level with the relaunched integrative app (the earlier version was called Nike+ Running). Coaching programs, friend challenges, achievement markers, GPS, training metrics (pace, distance and heart rate) and social sharing give you the hard data and encouragement you need to “Just do it!”
Dual Eyewear TX
We hear you: Sometimes it feels like the numbers on your watch are shrinking or, just maybe, our arms aren’t long enough to see our splits. There’s a solution for that—full-sized sunnies with built-in readers. They look and perform like your favorite running sunglasses, with the addition of +1.5, +2.0 or +2.5 magnification in the bottom of each lens. Because the last thing you want to worry about on a run is where to carry your reading glasses!
Wiivv Full-Length Inserts
If you’ve ever been told you should try orthotics for foot pain, you know how annoying it is to find ones that work. Either you go to the drugstore and make do with cheap material and an ill fit—or you purchase custom ones that require weeks of waiting and cost hundreds of dollars. Wiivv’s solution to this dilemma: 3D-printed designs that come in the perfect length, arch height and heel size. Simply supply photos of your feet via an app and pay a reasonable sum. Your personalized product arrives in less than nine business days.
Thule Chariot Cross
Of course you can run with it, but this new athletic cruiser easily converts to use for biking or cross-country skiing as well. The padded seat is removable for cleaning, there’s a window on top for simple check-ins on your pint-sized partner, it has ample storage for your snacks, water and extra gear, and the handle bar is adjustable for a more ergonomic running experience. With this many amenities, your little one may become your biggest cheerleader.
$900 ($1,000 for double), thule.com