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With the Summer sun peaking out from the clouds, I’ve been testing out lightweight run gear to keep cool in the heat. Check out the latest threads and kicks I put to the test. . .
Merrell Afton Shorts
These feather-light shorts first caught my eye because of the wide waistband. I’m a sucker for any short that discourages the dreaded muffin-top effect, and these fit the bill. Since these shorts don’t have a built in liner, plan on going commando or wearing your favorite comfy undies for a personalized fit. The small zippered pocket allows enough room for a gel and house key for ladies on-the-go! $45, merrell.com
Asics Favorite Racerback Tank
The sun rays might shine beauty on the terrain I’m running, but they can wreak havoc on my delicate skin. I love Asics’ UPF line of clothing because it provides an extra layer of protection against harmful sun rays. This tank is super cute, lightweight and delivers a UPF of 50+. The anti-smelly technology also meant I wasn’t scaring off friends after a sweaty group run! $35, asics.com
Moving Comfort Juno Bra
Being well endowed means I need a sports bra that can handle a tough job. I love the Juno bra because it keeps my girls on lockdown without creating the feared uni-boob effect. This seam free, molded contour bra keeps me feeling secure and supported from easy runs to full on speed work. I love the racerback styling with hook closure because I can get it on and off without dislocating my arm or shoulder blades! $56, movingcomfort.com
Adidas Energy Boost Shoes
I was first introduced to these shoes at the Boston Marathon expo and couldn’t wait to see what all the hype was about. Adidas uses a new midsole technology (coined “boost”) to provide the shoe with higher energy transfer efficiency while upping the level of cushion. My report = they nailed it. Feeling like I have an extra spring in my step, these lightweight shoes quickly became my go-to pair. I found the size to run a tiny bit small, so make sure to order up a 1/2 size in this model. $150, adidas.com
Oakley Twentysix.2 Sunglasses
A self-proclaimed sunglass junkie, I love a pair that mixes fashion and function. These Oakley shades go the distance (and have the coolest name for a run nerd like me!). The featherweight frame comes with built-in nose pads to keep them secure on your face while shielding your eyes from the elements. The large lenses equal more protection while delivering a fashion-forward shape. Available in standard, polarized or prescription lenses, these glasses can fit the demands of any busy run-girl! $130, oakley.com