Spring 2014 Running Gear

Spring 2014 Running Gear

2XU Freestyle Short with Compression

Comfort is king when it comes to these 2XU Freestyle shorts. The built-in inner compression shorts provide added support while mesh panels on the side offer ultimate breathability. A compression waistband promises the most secure fit and you can easily store your essentials in the hidden rear pocket.
2xu.com; $79.95

Brooks Epihpany 3.5

Welcome the warm-weather season with these bold and bright moisture-wicking, polyester stretch shorts from Brooks. Plenty of pockets allow runners to easily store essentials, and built-in underwear provide for maximum comfort. This particular print is limited edition and the brand says this is one of their most popular shorts, so be quick if you want to grab a pair.
brooksrunning.com; $45

Double-Life Shin Calf Sleeves

These 2-in-1 calf sleeves combine the performance benefits of compression gear with the inflammation-reducing advantages of an ice bath. They feature icing pockets all around for optimal recovery and come with reusable ice inserts and a thermal carrying bag, allowing easy transition for athletes on the go.
110playharder.com; $75

Champion Ear Buddies

Has a tangled pair of earphones ever held up one of your workouts? Champion’s Ear Buddies headphone holder clip is a super simple solution to this extremely annoying problem. Just wrap the cord around the lightweight, rubber holder. Next time you need your tunes simply pop off the “buddy” and your buds will be blasting in your ears in no time at all.
championusa.com; $5

The North Face Eat My Dust Mesh Tank

When the temperatures really start to heat up, nothing is more necessary for running than an ultra-lightweight tank that provides optimal airflow. This new mesh top from The North Face feature’s the brand's signature moisture-wicking FlashDry™ fibers, plus an open keyhole near the lower back for extra ventilation and a drawstring near the waist that allows you to tailor its fit.
thenorthface.com; $40

Aqua Vessel Ultra Lite Water Filtration Bottle

Especially as a runner, by now you probably know the importance of hydration. Even when you’re not pounding the pavement, it’s a good idea to keep a water bottle by your side at all times. Preferably one filled with filtered water, which is exactly what the Ultra Lite bottle from Eco Vessel provides in a compact and durable, easy-to-carry, BPA-free, flip spout design.
ecovessel.com; $24.95

Fitsok ISW Isolwool®

Happy feet make for happy running, and Fitsok’s ISW moisture-wicking socks made with Isolwool® know how to treat your feet right. Extra cushioning helps prevent blistering so you can run mile after mile through any type of terrain with complete comfort. Versatility is a Fitsok virtue too; the material is designed for both hot and cold environments and the ISW is available in both a high trail and low no-show cuff.
fitsock.com; $25

Pearl Izumi Men’s Flash 2 in 1 Short

These 2-in-1 shorts provide the utmost comfort and convenience. With built-in boxer briefs, 4-way stretch moisture-wicking fabric, a plush elastic waistband, and a zippered secret back pocket, what more (besides sunny blue skies and cool spring breeze) could a springtime runner ask for?
pealizumi.com; $55

Pear Izumi Fly Convertible Jacket

This wind- and rain-resistant jacket may be a bit pricier than some other pieces but the extra investment is worth it for a two-in-one convertible piece. Perfect for cool, damp runs during the spring, the Fly jacket also turns into a vest perfect for warmer weather when the sleeves are zipped off and stored in the zippered back pocket.
pearlizumi.com; $105

Koss FitClips

Koss’ FitClips were designed specifically for women with help from Olympic swimmer Dara Torres. They’re sweat-resistant, lightweight and flexible but durable, and come with three different cushion sizes to help ensure a truly perfect fit. And for the gentlemen, Koss makes plenty of other athletic ear buds so that everyone can rock out while they run without having to worry about losing their tunes.
koss.com; $29.99 

Oiselle Lux Arm Warmers

Ask any runner; Oiselle is all the rage right now, and this fashion-forward fitness brand provides the perfect springtime transition piece with their fun-colored Lux arm warmers. The polyester-spandex blend fabric is describe as “buttery soft” and built-in thumbholes offer extra warmth for your hands.
oiselle.com; $42 

The North Face Men's Impulse Active 1/4 Zip

Thankfully the spring brings warm weather, but some days (especially the rainy ones) can still call for a light, weatherproof layer. This lightweight pullover from The North Face also features the brand's custom FlashDry™ fibers which help regulate body temperature and several knit panels located in key places for maximal breathability. Easily accessible chest pockets are prefect for storing energy gels, iPods, or car keys.
thenorthface.com; $70

Mountain Smith Dart TLS

Springtime offers up more chances to hit the trail. Don’t start your trek without packing up the essentials first, though. Mountainsmith’s Dart sport pack boasts a Technical Lumbar System that features Lumbar Control Point™ to help stabilize the pack into your lumbar region and eliminate unwanted movement. The versatile pack also comes with side pockets, foam padding for added airflow, and one BPA-free water bottle.
mountainsmith.com; $34.95

Opedix CORE-Tec™ Shorts

Perfect for runners who log many miles, the CORE-Tec™ shorts from Opedix feature the brand’s patented technology which is designed to enhance performance by supporting joint motion. The compression shorts are touted for their ability to minimize fatigue, equalize joint loading, and improve dynamic stability during movement. Science even says they can help support the core, and enhance hip & knee joint function.
opedix.com; $165

Yurbuds Race Case

These days almost every runner wants to bring their phone along when they workout. Sure, pockets and armbands are useful places to store your device. But if you actually want to access your apparatus while you’re out on the trails then you need a Race Case. This light, silicone case featuring a breathable (and ambidextrous) hand strap is compatible with the iPhone 5 and was designed with active types in mind.
yurbuds.com; $29.99


Headphones and a headband all in one; RunPhones keep the sweat out of your eyes and your music in your ears at all times. The thin band made with Polartec® PowerDry® mesh was designed with warm weather in mind and the 48-inch cord provides for plenty of leeway.
runphones.com; $39.95

The Complete Runner's Day-By-Day Log 2014 Calendar

It seems like everyone’s all up in arms about how much runners like to brag these days. Maybe stuffing this day-by-day runner’s log in your favorite road racer’s stocking will help quiet things down a bit by helping him or her to quietly keep track of all those marvelous miles on paper. With space to record miles, times, successes, and, yes, even failures, it’s the perfect training tool for runners of every level. $10; amazon.com
—Katie Rosenbrock

Tribesports Performance Tights

Tribesports designed these tights with maximum comfort and minimal irritation in mind. In fact, they claim the material is so soft that you’ll never want to take them off. Featuring a supportive fit with flatlock seams, mesh ventilation zones, a back zip pocket, and ankle zippers, they make the perfect piece of apparel  for the transition between winter and spring. (Women: see Tribesports’ Performance Capri)
shop.tribesports.com; $38

CurrexSole Runpro Insoles

High-mileage runner’s with sore feet may find solace with a dynamic insole like the Runpro from CurrexSole. The lightweight inserts promise pleasant support and lessened fatigue in the feet and calves and feature moisture-wicking material, silver Nylon 6 composite arch-support technology, and performance cushioning each and every time your foot hits the ground.
currexsole.com; starting at $49.50

Skirt Sports Jette Skirt

The Jette Skirt from Skirt Sports provides a fashion-forward option for the athlete who appreciates a little bit of elegance. This piece of apparel goes way beyond looking chic, though. With built-in shorties that feature pockets on each side, a sonic music port for easy cord control, and top-notch Endure Jersey, moisture-wicking material with UV sun protection, this piece of apparel is like a runner's super-powereded secret weapon. 
skirtsports.com; $65

Champion Smoothie™ High-Support Sports Bra

Ladies in need of extra support will find cool comfort in Champion’s Smoothie™ High-Support Sports Bra. It boasts silky-smooth moisture-wicking material, seamless lightly padded cups designed for high-impact activities like running, flatlock seams to help prevent digging and chaffing, wide cotton front straps, and adjustable satin back straps for a customized fit that can also be converted to a crisscross style. 
championusa.com; $22.99

Sunday Afternoons Sprinter Cap

This lightweight hat from Sunday Afternoons was designed with athletes in mind. Moisture-wicking material ensures cool comfort in even the warmest weather and mesh fabric provides for breathability combined with superior sun protection.
sundayafternoons.com; $22 

EvoFit Enso Roller

After you gift this to the runner (or any athlete) in your life, you can tell them they’re not allowed to complain about sore muscles anymore. The EvoFit ensō Roller loosens tight muscles by providing a dynamic deep-tissue massage. But what sets the ensō apart from other “rollers” on the market is its ability to be customized to fit individual needs. A few easy disc adjustments are all it takes to turn the ensō into your own personal masseuse. $90; evofitforlife.com
—Katie Rosenbrock


Endurance workouts that extend beyond 30 or 40 minutes require that runners re-hydrate while on-the-go. Of course, no one wants to carry a big, bulky water bottle and even the smaller types that strap around your hand can be cumbersome. But Swiggies wrap a small 11-ounce bottle right around your wrist, keeping your hands free and providing easy access to water while you run.
swiggies.com; $12.95

Zoot Sports Ultra Run Icefil® Singlet

On the hottest of hot days an ultra-lightweight top like the Ultra Run Icefil® Singlet will help keep you cool with its infrared-reflecting material that includes Xylitol for evaporation enhancement. Made for both men and women, this popular running top also provides UPF sun protection and anti-order properties.
zootsports.com; $38