2017 Running Gear Guide: Women’s Tops
Performance tees, tanks and long sleeves that allow you to give it your all, sweat your hardest and run your fastest—and look good doing so.
Highlight: Flexible next-to-skin fit and feel
This is the ultimate running performance tank top. It’s lightweight, seamless, doesn’t ride up, has subtle reflective detailing and stays comfortable on long runs. The best feature, though, is the thin, silk-like fabric at the neckline and within the crossback—a small but game-changing detail that prevents the straps from pulling at the shoulders.
Highlight: Versatile ultra-lightweight base layer
At 1.6 ounces, the Capilene Lightweight Tank is hardly noticeable when wearing it. It’s the perfect layering tank for chillier days or on its own in the heat, which also makes it ideal for trips with unpredictable weather. The 100 percent recycled polyester fabric is knit with Polygiene odor control, meaning you can wear it multiple times without washing.
Highlight: Unique and useful side pockets
Not many performance tank tops feature functional yet stylish mesh side pockets for storing items. These are deep enough to fit a smartphone or wallet and keys, and are especially perfect for fuel items. This tank has a slim fit, but the quad-blend fabric provides substantial stretch for flexible comfort.
Highlight: Unrestricting, seamless design
The knit fabric on this Nike T is designed for optimal breathability in high-heat areas. There are tiny mesh openings, inconspicuously blended into the fabric that let it breathe. The lack of seams along the shoulders and sides allows the shirt to fit more loosely and move more smoothly while running.
Highlight: Lightweight coverage that’ll keep you dry
For unexpected showers, this half-zip is a decent second layer or can be even worn on its own. The climalite fabric repels sprinkles, though it may not hold up to heavier rainfall. A stand-up collar also helps to keep water out, and reflective details along the back make sure you’re seen.
Highlight: A flattering silhouette with plenty of ventilation
The Freedom Short Sleeve may feel like your softest cotton T-shirt, but the patented jersey fabric has a blend of water-repelling and water-absorbing fibers for faster drying and better sweat wicking. It also has an entire back mesh panel that extends underneath the armpits to promote even more airflow on extra muggy days.