Studies have shown that spending time in parks can calm the mind while changing the way the brain works in ways that improve mental health. Other research has indicated that people who run on treadmills burn less energy than those who run the same distance outside, mostly because there is no wind resistance and changes in terrain. But you need the right gear to make running outside a fun and beneficial experience so you don’t quit after a week or get injured.
The KÜHL ADRIANA™ 1/2 ZIP features a soft Merino/Polyester blend fabric and a unique two-tone jacquard pattern, which is many customers’ favorite part about this top. The solid side panels and princess lines for a flattering, feminine fit is also nice. “Great for skiing or walk outdoors without over heating or itching effect of a wool,” one review says. Some people say they even wear it to work as it’s very light.
This is the vest you need for running in the cold and rain. This water-repellent vest has fleece side panels that retain heat where you need it—without sacrificing mobility or dryness. You’re also going to like the removable hood that gives you extra warmth and protection when you need it. The Extra Mile Vest layers easily and gives you room to breathe.
The Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Crew is designed with sweating in mind, as the company says. The mesh venting encourages airflow to keep you cool; the tight fit lets you move without restriction; the seamless construction reduces bulk to help prevent chafing. “Sometimes I wear it outdoors to protect myself from getting sunburn and I still feel cool and dry. Most importantly there's no odor!” one user wrote.
This lightweight windshell jacket, which was designed specifically for runners, was engineered to layer seamlessly over your Swiftly. Lululemon says it body mapped perforation and wind protection to maximize airflow while you run to your heart’s content. The no-bounce hood is a nice bonus. The smooth seams help prevent chafing.
Runners rate the Speed Up Crop as their go-to leggings. “They have great compression and are perfect for long runs!” one review says. They were designed with a new lightweight waistband and easy-access pockets so you can focus on your run—not your gear. Some people also like the higher rise because it increases coverage and comfort.
The Rio Ti is the third Aviator frame in ROKA’s ultralight eyewear collection. It follows the footsteps of the award-winning PHANTOM inspired by the pro athlete Jesse Thomas. The RIO’s Titanium frame and ULTRA lenses weigh just 18 grams. The GEKO Pads on the nose and temples provide optimal multi-directional traction. Ballistic impact-resistant nylon lenses from Carl Zeiss Vision deliver outstanding optical clarity and offer anti-scratch, anti-fog, anti-reflectance, coatings.
Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean you suddenly don’t need a hat to protect your skin. This is Boco’s newest graphic-printed hat, the Sunset Fader Trucker, and it features red to gold gradient on the front crown. Their new Yo C embroidery and a gray bill with blue contrast stitching are also a nice touch. It’s available with blue or black mesh.
Harmful UV rays penetrate clouds and will get to your skin. This sunscreen provides shelter from UVA rays with Avobenzone. SPF 34 effectively blocks 97 percent of UVB rays, which cause sunburn. This ultimate skin care for the outdoor athlete is moisturizing, water resistant, and rubs in clear. Beyond Coastal has three of the only five products to receive the top rating in the non-mineral category by the EWG, according to the company.
The Betty Designs Signature visor is made by Headsweats. It has a classic styling with Eventure™ elastic band for fast moisture transfer and a comfortable fit. The visor also features the quick drying COOLMAX® Fabric shell and COOLMAX® Fabric terry headband that keeps the perspiration out of the eyes.
Forerunner 920XT helps you train for optimal running form when used with the HRM-Run™ or HRM-Tri™ monitor, according to Garmin. This pairing allows the 920XT to report six running dynamics metrics: Total steps per minute, stride length, , ground contact time, ground contact time balance, vertical oscillation, and vertical ratio. The 920XT also has a metronome feature with vibration and audible alerts to guide your cadence training.
The Neo I Fitness Belt is designed as one of Fitletic’s most versatile products. Runners, as well as travelers, wear it as a safe place for their belongings. With a pouch made of stretchy Neoprene, the fitness belt can comfortably hold any phone, keys, and small snacks. It comes with an interior pocket for more personal items. You can buy add-ons for the belt, including water bottle holders, sunglasses cases, race toggles to personalize it.
You’re going to need a lot of energy on those long autumn runs. Simple Fruit energy food is made with real fruit and is gluten free. PowerBar Max Energy is a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend that can provide more energy to muscles than glucose alone. It comes with several different flavors.
Power Bar Energy Blasts gel filled chews are for people who are doing a moderate and high-intensity exercise. They're formulated with PowerBar® C2MAX dual source energy blend, a 2:1 glucose to fructose blend found to deliver 20–50 percent more energy to muscles than glucose alone and improve endurance performance by 8 percent. The gels contain no preservatives or artificial flavors.
Running is not easy on the body. The Hammer Endurolytes Extreme prevents cramping in harsh conditions; it has full-spectrum, balanced formula, and 3x the sodium and potassium as the original Endurolytes. It has been formulated to aid digestion. It helps during unusually hot-weather events and if you're not acclimated to the weather conditions.
The Experia socks are low cut and have a thin cushion. Other benefits include lightweight Achilles tendon pad that protects against rubbing and chafing while functioning as a heel lock, THOR•WICK®COOL fiber in the ball and heel pads that provides enhanced moisture management, Nylon covered LYCRA® for contoured aerodynamic glove-like fit, and Mesh Polyester for maximum breathability.
The Long-Sleeved Slope Runner Shirt has a strategically placed body-mapping that allows for high breathability and moisture wicking. The slim-fitting design has enough stretch for superior next-to-body feel during high-performance activities. Side paneling adds extra performance and a unique brand aesthetic.
The Patagonia Nine Trail Shorts are designed for runners who need fully featured and versatile shorts. They are made of a lightweight, recycled polyester/spandex blend. Some of the key features include durable 91 percent recycled polyester/9 percent spandex stretch-woven blend, shell fabric treated with a durable water repellent finish, and a Polygiene® permanent odor control for chafe-free comfort.
The Reflex gloves, made of 100 percent polyester, have a reflective print on the index finger and back of the hand. The pull loop is on the inner hand. They are suitable for lightweight running protection and warmth, and are machine washable.
Rudy Project glasses have been uniquely engineered with a carbonium frame and revolutionary aerospatial aluminum alloy temples to create an unbelievably lightweight, durable and flexible sunglass. The glasses feature interchangeable lenses and fully adjustable anti-slip temples and nosepads.
The Duro 15 is built for big days where your pack is the only aid station you'll find. It is designed with runners more interested in routes than races in mind. With plenty of room for all-day or even multi-day kits, whether you sip bottles or use a reservoir, the Duro 15 is tough enough and it will see you through the longest of days.