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2017 Running Gear Guide: Men’s Tops

Today’s run apparel features more grown-up color palates, real-world styling and luxurious but technical fabrics.


Highlight: Stylish and soft seasonal top

This long-sleeve top brings not only the style, but also the comfort with its merino-nylon blend. It’s a seasonal top that’s warm but not too warm, and the natural fabric fights the funk much better than stinky all-poly shirts ever can.


Highlight: Soft fabric and thoughtful construction

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a softer singlet than this trail top from Patagonia. Even the cut is comfy, and the subtle logo on the front is reflective. Flat-stitched, repositioned seams throughout the inside feel great whether or not you’re wearing a pack.


Highlight: Do-anything top, from racing to post-run coffee

The Distance tank offers running-specific apparel at a nice price. Brooks’ Dry Layer material, with a small blend of cotton, feels soft while still peforming well by wicking sweat and not clinging to you like all-cotton apparel does. It’s also cut comfortably for all-day wear.


Highlight: Luxe version of the ‘basic’ workout T

The all-business gray workout T-shirt gets a deluxe upgrade with this merino blend. It’s cut for performance and feels great on tough runs, but it also wears and looks great no matter what you do in it. This is true understated performance and style.


Highlight: High-performance T with a casual look

It looks like a lifestyle T-shirt, but look closer and you’ll see it’s micro-perforated, and made of sweat-wicking technical fabric. The Tradewind comes in a small array of tasteful, non-neon colors. The breastpocket is surprisingly useful both during and after the run, for sunglasses or small items.


Highlight: What a long-sleeve tech running shirt should be

Nike’s streamlined top kind of gives you everything. It’s got comfy raglan shoulders, extra long, hand-covering sleeves with thumbholes, and a soft, lightweight knit. The back, which is lightly perforated and has a reflective strip, provides both breathability and visibility.


Highlight: Do-it-all, summer-ready running shirt

This is a straightforward, comfortably cut polyester-elastane running tee with soft material on the front. The back feels extra nice—it’s perforated throughout, keeping your back cool and relatively dry throughout the run. There’s a small (but always welcome!) reflective detail woven into the back of the neck.


Highlight: Ultra-comfortable singlet made in NYC

Those who like to support the little guys should check out OnlyAtoms, a Brooklyn company whose run apparel is made in New York City out of recycled plastic bottles. This tank features ultra soft woven polyester on the front and back, with some mesh sides for dryness. It fits comfortably loose.