Summer is here, and with it, hordes of runners sporting apparel that looks like it was developed in a space laboratory. Not sure what we’re talking about? Next time you go on a run, take notice of people’s clothing. Our bet is that 80% of folks look like they’re auditioning as an extra in a sci-fi movie. You don’t have to be one of them.
Whether your goal this summer is to whittle down your race-time, or just get some air in your lungs for the sake of it – you can do it all while looking positively terrestrial. Doubt us? We put together a classic summer running kit to help highlight just how easy it really is to get comfortable, stylish, and capable athletic wear. Of course, finding the right threads is the easy part. Giving it all you’ve got on the home stretch of your local 10k? Best of luck.
Iffley Road Cambrian Stripe T-Shirt
Just because these shirts look like they could’ve been worn by the cast of Chariots of Fire doesn’t mean that they don’t boast any new tech. This smart new heritage athletic tee from Iffley Road is cut from their own bespoke drirelease fabric, making it so you’ll stay cool and dry even on the hottest afternoon runs.
Iffley Road Water Bottle
You’d have to be a fool to go on a run during the summer, or any time of the year for that fact, without properly hydrating. This simple 750ml squeeze bottle will more than get the job done whether you bring it with you to the track or snatch it back up after a trail run.
Iffley Road Hampton Leaf Green Shorts
Made from a lightweight Italian microfiber and featuring a soft inner brief, the mid-length Hamptons are the Platonic ideal of the running short. They feature a simple cut and look sharp on you even when not actively working towards beating that 5k time.
adidas Adizero Adios 3 Runners
A great run is dependent in large part on a great pair of running shoes. These, in our opinion, are among the best. Boasting a mesh upper, the ever-popular boost midsole, and Adidas’ Torsion System for a stable and consistent ride – they’re really all a runner could ask for.
Iffley Road Sheen Gilet Black
The super lightweight Italian soft-shell Sheen Gilet from Iffley Road is the perfect rain layer for beating back summer showers. Not only will it keep you dry through your workout – but its eVent inner membrane will keep you cool as well.
Withings Steel HR Smart Watch
Every athlete knows that keeping track of progress is an essential part of improving your performance. Withings offers up a way to do just that in a sleek and unassuming manner. Their analog fitness tracker watch features two subdials, one that records your daily activity, and another that shows your heart rate. Looking for more info? The watch can also sync with your phone to show more detailed data on your runs, swims, and workouts.
District Vision Keiichi Small Sunglasses
There are regular athletic sunglasses, and then there are District Vision sunglasses. The inspired sunglasses brand out of New York City boasts some of the best athletic eyewear designs out there. One of our favorites? Their Keiichi shades. With a titanium core, D+ lens tech, and adjustable notepad – they’re all a runner could ever want.