Beat the Heat: Clothing

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Circuit_tech_FVPR We’re at the peak of summer’s sweltering heat and humidity, and during hard outdoors runs, it’s critical to wear clothing that breathes and keeps you as cool as possible. Yesterday, I tested my hot weather running clothes in an unusual way: by taking a yoga class in a 95 F room (no, it wasn’t Bikram hot, but it was close). During the hour-long class, I was drenched in sweat, but I never felt overheated, and I think my outfit choice played a huge role in my comfort. Here’s what I wore.

Lululemon recently launched a new running apparel line, and the Circuit Tech tank (pictured) is as light and airy as it is stylish. With a barely there feel and lots of smartly placed mesh panels, this top is one of the best I’ve tested in extremely hot weather. (Although the running line isn’t completely available online yet, you can purchase this top at a Lululemon store.)

I had the pleasure of meeting clothing designer and Zobha founder Jamie Hanna a few weeks ago, and I’ve become hooked on her quick-drying performance apparel. The Relaxed Drawstring Short was fitted without being Spandex-like, and was so quick to dry I could have easily stayed in them all afternoon, despite my sweat-fest. I also love Zobha’s underwear, including the Classic Racerback Bra ($38) and Boyshort Panty ($18) made of a very thin, quick-drying material designed to stay put. After all, what’s the point of wearing high-tech clothing if your underwear are made of moisture-sucking cotton?

Have any hot weather favorites? Share them in the comments section.