15 Pieces Of Apparel Solving All Your Runner Issues
Some smart swaps to make in tops, bottoms and accessories for absolutely no-chafe, sunburn-less, completely worry-free runs.
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Keep your runs fuss-free with these 15 smart swaps in tops, bottoms and accessories for no-chafe, sunburn-less, completely worry-free runs.
Altra Stash Jacket
The problem: Bulky jacket that’s cumbersome to put on
The fix: When you want lightweight protection from the elements, all you need is this ingenious little jacket that stows away in a waist pouch. Slip your arms into the armholes and pull it overhead; velcro secures it in back, giving coverage but leaving space for a pack if you have one. Talk about multitasking. It lets you run and then some with wind- and water-resistance.
Falke Running T-Shirt
The problem: Too-tight top
The fix: Slip on a seamless T-shirt with a nice loose fit around the torso and a fitted waistband at the hips. The wider scoop neck on this breathable blend number allows more comfort, so the neckline never chafes. Slightly longer raglan sleeves with plenty of stretch lower sunburn risk and cover the tops of your arms. Reflective details help with visibility at night or early in the a.m. It’s pricey, but we’re impressed with the quality.
Lucy Dream On Muscle Tank
The problem: Tank top drenched in sweat
The fix: Breezy is the way to be with a tank that won’t weigh you down. The microperforations on this mesh tank allow perfect airflow, as does the looser fit, so sweat dries quickly. The longer front and back lend modesty, yet side slits allow for greater range of motion. Available in plus sizes in two colors.
Jockey Ergo Performance Tee
The problem: Long sleeves that are truly functional
The fix: A sweat-wicking long-sleeve to slip on during chilly mornings or nights, this top is light enough to wrap around your waist without distractions if you get too hot. A perforated upper back helps keep you cool and dries up moisture in a hurry, and thumb holes at the wrist keep sleeves in place so hands stay warm.
Mumine Space Dye Mesh Long Sleeve
The problem: Finding activewear that’s more modest
The fix: You’ll get ideal coverage with this long-sleeved tunic—the hem falls to mid-thigh. Moisture-wicking fabric and mesh panels will keep you cool no matter what, and flat-lock seams help reduce chafing. A pleat in the back increases mobility, thumb holes keep sleeves down and two hidden zipper pockets add utility.
Saucony Scoot Tight Short
The problem: Chafing down below
The fix: Cute, fitted biker shorts set the tone for a fun run, even if it’s a super-sweaty one. The 5-inch inseam on this patterned number provides just enough length to stop chafing in its tracks, but it’s short and light enough to keep you cool for the duration. Fitted but not at all restrictive, these 4-way stretch mid-rise shorts have a zippered waistband pocket at the back and colorful pattern on top—the modest black below makes them highly practical.
ASICS Reflective Lite Show Capri
The problem: Long hot leggings, with no storage or reflectivity
The fix: Power-stretch fabric that gives a nearly naked feel is the base for a beautiful geometric pattern on these capris. Their length makes them perfect for women of any height. Integrated reflectivity all over (not just on the sides) means that you can run early in the morning or after work with the assurance that you’ll be seen from afar by traffic. An internal key pocket stashes the essentials.
Torrid Space Dye Capri
The problem: Boring track pants may be the only plus-size option in a store
The fix: Be beautiful and bold in a stylish plus-size capri that’s made for you. Torrid brings an edge to plus-size activewear. Cutouts at the calves add both breathability and sex appeal, and the high and wide waistband ensures that these won’t slip or flip down while you’re deep in the zone. A sweat-wicking poly blend keeps you cool and focused on fitness. Sizes range from 12–16.
Adidas Ultra Short
The problem: Shorts that bunch and chafe
The fix: Intensely lightweight bottoms that are built for comfort when you’re going that extra mile, the shorts are made of Climalite fabric that is soft and floaty (almost like a skirt) but is a powerful sweat-wicker. The built-in stay-dry panty is key for comfort—plus it helps keep the shorts from riding up. A super-soft and wider waistband and zippered stash pocket round out the ultimate utility in these gotta-have shorts.
Columbia Zip Front Bra
The problem: Scratchy, no-support sports bra
The fix: Thinking about joining the #sportsbrasquad this summer and going shirtless when the temps are high? Then this racerback zip-up sports bra has your back—and your front. A slightly higher neckline lends extra coverage, an internal safety hook keeps it secure, a zipper lining prevents irritation and the wide straps and compression contour provide support where you need it most.
Knixwear Athletic Leakproof Bikini
The problem: Underwear that doesn’t dry quickly or protect from leakage
The fix: Performance undies are an often-overlooked essential, until you finally slip on a pair like these bikinis and head out to clock some miles. The ridiculously soft fabric gives a barely there feel and dries fast—unlike cotton underwear, which can bunch and trap sweat. The seamless design means no chafing (and no panty lines). The best part is the thin, flexible, yet super-absorbent panty liner, which holds up to 3 teaspoons of moisture, so you can rest easy about leakage—period. Even if you’re on your period.
The North Face Women’s Runagade
The problem: Too many moving parts—riding up and falling down
The fix: Simplify your running gear, girlfriend. A colorful onesie takes the guesswork out of what to wear; plus, the top will never ride up and the bottom will never fall down on this fun piece. The body liner is made of super-lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric, and the draw-cord waist features fast-cooling mesh to prevent heat from building up around the waistline. A built-in soft mesh panty and a keyhole in the back of the top ensure that you stay chill and that your attention stays on the road ahead. The romper includes a zippered back pocket too.
Asiya Sport Hijab
The problem: Hijabs that slip out of place during exercise
The fix: Soft and ultra-breathable performance fabric around the neck and a mesh textile across the forehead keep you cool while you train. An easy pull-on design completely eliminates the need for pins, keeping the hijab in place no matter what; and the neckline is just long enough to lie flat under your top without falling back out, so you have a clean line of vision and fuss-free movement.
Balega Blister Resist No Show
The problem: Blistered feet
The fix: Natural fibers combined with moisture-wicking synthetics make this an ideal running sock for long, hot runs. A perfectly deep heel cup avoids that annoying slippage of the sock, seam-free construction is smooth on your toes and mesh ventilation keeps feet dry.
Outdoor Research Swift Cap
The problem: Sweaty hat head
The fix: Stay cool, lady! No matter your mileage, a featherweight, sweat-wicking baseball cap is essential to prevent glare and protect you from UV rays. But less is more with this lid, which has an ingenious strip of UPF 50+ fabric across its top and brim that sits atop mesh to allow total breathability on the sides. An adjustable back strap on this water-resistant hat gives a custom fit and allows space for your ponytail. Comes in 11 colors.