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Top 5 picks for summer running gear

Summer running gear: must-haves

We’re in the middle of those long summer days that we’ll be wishing for fondly come January. Every day is sunny, warm, and it sometimes seems like there’s light no matter what time you head out for your run. To celebrate these blissful days of summer, we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite products that make running in the heat more enjoyable. What’s on your summer must-have gear list? Share in the comments below!

  1. Hydration belt: Water is never more important during a run than it is when the sun is beating down on you. Make sure you always have it on hand with a hydration belt. This one by Nathan has two smaller water bottles for less bounce and a pocket for cash or your phone. (More hydration tips.)
  2. Running visor: A lightweight, washable and breathable running visor is key to keeping your face in the shade and your head uncovered to let heat escape. And as a bonus, you may still get those natural highlights at the crown of your head. I’m partial to this Asics visor  – it does run small but for runners like me who struggle to find hats and visors little enough, this is the perfect fit. (Men – here’s an option for you.)
  3. Sunscreen: This is the best running sunscreen I’ve come across lately. It’s fast absorbing and doesn’t drip back into my eyes after a sweaty run. Plus it’s SPF 30 for great sun protection and a milder scent than other spray sunscreens. (More sunscreen recommendations + sun safety tips.)
  4. Thin running socks: The idea of putting your feet into thick, hot running socks, and then into your shoes can almost be enough to make you consider skipping your run, almost. During the warmer months, I try to wear lightweight, moisture wicking socks. Lots of runners rave about the lightweight, low-bulk feel of these Thorlo Experia CoolMax socks – and with a name like CoolMax how can you go wrong?
  5. Lightweight running shorts: Lightweight running shorts are a must in July. These Brooks shorts are great. They have a 4” inseam (compare to 1.5” on a lot of other brands) so there is less, a-hem, bunching, which is the last thing you need in the heat. They also have mesh side panels for extra breathability and a zip pocket, which sure beats that little inside pocket I’m constantly trying to grab my keys out of.  (Here’s a similar version for men.)

Written bLisa Chase