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2017 Running Gear Guide: Kits

Running outfits for all your training needs.

Gear that performs but also transitions into everyday wear is the modern runner’s style—sleek and minimal aesthetics matched with efficient design.

$107, adidas.com

This jacket cinches at the waist for a fitted look, but achieves optimal comfort with smooth, water-repellent fabric, thumbhole sleeves, and mesh panels underneath the armpits and down the arms.

$54, oiselle.com

The Smash Tank looks and feels like a basic racerback that can be worn with jeans. The asymmetrical hem and subtle Mio Mesh detailing along the shoulders and side seam give the tank a more casual look, but those same details also enhance ventilation and movability.

$20, 90degreebyreflex.com

The cutout back on this bra not only adds a flair of style, but also provides maximum breathability. Add to that a sweetheart V-neckline and modified spaghetti straps for an even more feminine touch and extra support.

$59, athleta.gap.com

A simple pair of black capris rounds out the outfit with sleek and subtle gel reflective accents running down the sides.

$80, reebok.com

The Reebok ZPrint Her is especially made for a feminine foot silhouette, featuring a 3D foot-scanned bottom that creates dynamic cushion and stability.

$80, fitbit.com

Since the modern runner leads an all-around active lifestyle, the Fitbit Flex 2 helps keep track of all-day activities, workouts, sleep tracking and even smartphone notifications for a comprehensive data map of wellness.

More than ever, today’s race apparel lets you look your best while trying to perform your best. The right blend of style and function can help you finish your next race with flair and speed.

$38, cieleathletics.com

Keep sweat off your face and out of your eyes with this Ciele hat ($38), made of lightweight, moisture-wicking fabrics with UPF +40 sun protection.

$219, districtvision.com

District Vision’s Keiichi sunglasses are made for running: The rubber nose pad means they won’t bounce even at high speeds, while polarized lenses block annoying glare.

$30, newbalance.com

Made of lightweight polyester, the New Balance Ice Singlet will keep you cool and wick sweat away as you pick up the pace.

$330, garmin.com

With the Garmin Forerunner 235 you can set custom pace and heart rate zones to keep your effort in check, set audio prompts if you need a kick in the butt, and automatically upload and analyze all of your data afterward on Garmin Connect.

$55, thenorthface.com

These split shorts are quite simply the only race short you’ll ever need. They look fast, feel fast, and have plenty of pockets for whatever you need to take with you to the starting line.

$18, stance.com

Add a little pop to your kit with Stance Speed Crew socks. They breathe well, won’t move around and have enough cushioning so you don’t have to sacrifice comfort.

$160, saucony.com

Saucony’s Freedom ISO shoes are light enough to set a personal best in the 5K and cushioned enough for a marathon. They feature full-length responsive cushioning that provides a ton of energy return from the ground and a snug-fitting upper that moves with your foot at a variety of speeds.

The best trail gear is all about comfort and versatility. It combines the ruggedness of outdoor wear with run-specific features and a few items that can adapt to changing conditions.

$29, patagonia.com

This Patagonia cap breathes great, keeps the sun out of your eyes and folds away easily, then pops back into its original shape.

$180, roka.com

Roka’s Vendée sunglasses are lightweight and hold on tightly to your face, in addition to being built sturdily with carbon fiber reinforcement and spring hinges.

$25, buffusa.com

There are more than a dozen different ways to wear a UV Buff around your neck, covering your face or on your head to keep you cool, warm or simply protected from the sun.

$23, ultimatedirection.com

The Fastdraw 350 is an excellent everyday handheld bottle with a small storage pocket and 12-ounce capacity.

$700–$850, garmin.com

With burly construction, topo maps on board plus route suggestions and all the typical running-watch bells and whistles, the Garmin fenix 5X seems to have it all.

$69, adidasoutdoor.com

The wool-poly blend in adidas outdoor’s Wool Tee wicks sweat and fights odor, and its raglan-cut sleeves feel great for hours on end.

$68, vuoriclothing.com

Inspired by beach-friendly design, these trail shorts are built with lightweight, soft, four-way stretch fabric plus a Coolmax boxer-brief liner (with an iPhone pocket) for all-day comfort.

$20, smartwool.com

Woven with Indestructawool technology, the crew socks last and last, plus the crew length helps keep out trail debris.

$130, hokaoneone.com

Hoka One One’s Challenger ATR 3 is an ultra-comfortable and agile trail shoe that feels speedy and offers decent protection from whatever you get into out on the trail.

Yoga is the best form of cross-training for runners. It simultaneously works on strength, stability and flexibility—making it the ideal pre-run warm-up or post-run cool-down. But in order to get your yogi on, you’ll need gear that moves with the flow.

$60, prana.com

The form-fitting Quinn Top, a 2-in-1 tank top with a built-in bra, stays put when transitioning from one pose to the next.

$128, lululemon.com

Pair the top with Lululemon’s Hot Like Agni Pant with tastefully placed mesh panels that wrap along the calf and quadriceps for extra ventilation and breathability.

$68, manduka.com

This yoga mat provides ample cushioning and features an alignment stripe down the middle of the mat to help guide poses for beginner yogis.

$68, manduka.com

Plus, lightweight foam blocks are included for additional support during hard-to-reach stretches.