As San Diego locals, it’s difficult for us to ever complain about the weather—yes, we know, 85 degrees is not extreme weather—but this heat wave has definitely been making getting out on long runs harder. Instead, we’ve been working on shorter speed workouts or jumping into pools to cross-train and get our miles in via the water. But one thing we’ve remained true to in the past few weeks is our testing of new gear, apparel, nutrition products and shoes. Here’s what we’ve been checking out lately on quick four-milers, long nighttime runs and track sessions:
Icebreaker Cool-Lite Sphere Short Sleeve — $70
When we first got our hands on this Icebreaker shirt, our first thought was that this could make for a great everyday lifestyle shirt—but we weren’t 100 percent convinced that it’d make its way into our everyday workout lineup. Made from Merino wool and natural Tencel, Icebreaker’s short sleeve tee is specifically meant to be worn in warmer conditions so that it can showcases its heat-evaporating capabilities. And that’s exactly the conditions we tested it under. First off, it has a nice, flattering fit to it that makes it feminine and also feels good against the body and has a longer hem in the back for added coverage. We loved how we felt in it while running, especially after a few longer treks and found that it’s breathable enough that there’s no need to throw it off and go sports-bra only mid-run. Contrary to what we first thought, this is now a staple in our running choices.
Brooks Array Short Sleeve — $50
The Brooks Array Short Sleeve t-shirt was just released and is lightweight with a cross-hatched pattern as its simple design. We loved our breezy runs in it. With an oversized, loose fit and peek-a-boo slits in the back, the shirt allows air to flow through easily. Made with DriLayer fabric, it has good sweat-wicking capabilities that kept us feeling dry longer and even after an extra warm day, felt less wet than in other tops. For those who prefer not to have your clothes be so form fitting during workouts, this is a good option that provides extra coverage and also keeps you cool.
Salomon Sonic RA W — $130
The Salomon Sonic RA W is a versatile road warrior. Lightweight yet stable, this shoe has enough midsole cushion to provide a slight bounce in your step, assuring that your joints will be protected from too much impact over time. After testing these during short and long runs on paved roads and some hard-packed dirt paths, we knew this shoe would make our favorites list and last well through a season of training. Plus, we’re pretty sure these will be our go-to pair for some race days. One of its best features? The small cushion pads on the underside of the tongue and inside of the heel collar and tab which provided comfort to our normal problem areas.
Trelab XR500 Bluetooth Headphones — $30
We’ve been running in the Trelab XR500 bluetooth headphones for some time and have yet to find a misstep. Like with most headphones, it’s hard to find ones that stay on while running or stay in your ears once the sweat starts to pour down. But Trelab’s over-ear product feels secure no matter what the weather conditions are and doesn’t slip off easily. The sound is also crisp and clear with a solid battery life that lasts close to eight hours and doesn’t need to be charged often in between runs. They are also water resistant, sweatproof and are somewhat noise cancelling (this could be improved). As an over-ear product, we’re big fans of these headphones and recommend them for any type of runner.