The 7 Must-Have Summer Running Items to Buy in 2018

As the temperature and humidity rise, it’s time for us to rethink our running clothes and gear choices. Get ready for hot weather running with these must-have summer running shirts, shorts, and other gear.

Feetures! Elite Light Cushion No Show Tab Socks

Lightweight and fast-drying, these socks from Feetures are the perfect summer running socks. They’re anatomically constructed using their patent-pending Sock-Lock technology to provide targeted support where it's needed most. The socks feature high-density cushioning that provides just the right amount of protection in the high-impact areas of the heel and toe. Your socks stay in place, and that perfect fit means that your feet stay comfortable and blister-free.

The socks also feature iWick fibers to keep your feet cool and dry and a seamless toe area for even more blister-protection. They’re available in men’s and women’s sizes and many different colors.

CamelBak Quick Grip Chill Handheld Water Bottle

Drinking warm water during a hot run is not exactly refreshing. But this bottle from CamelBak solves that problem because it's insulated and actually keeps your water cool. It also features a pouch to carry fuel, keys, or a cell phone (the iPhone 6 is a tight fit, but it can be done). You don’t have to fuss with taking a cap off and pull it open. Just tilt the bottle upside down and squeeze.

Champion Women's Powertrain T-Shirt

While tank tops can be cool for summer running, it’s good to have some short-sleeved options that can give you protection from the sun. Fortunately, this shirt is made of ultra-lightweight fabric that’s not too constricting, so you stay cool. Runners love the look and comfort of the shirt’s flattering fit. It's available in more than a dozen fun colors. It also features Champion vapor technology with X-Temp(TM), so it wicks away sweat and dries faster as your body heat rises. If you prefer to run in sleeveless shirts, there’s a sleeveless version available.

Oakley's Half Jacket Sunglasses

Protecting your eyes from the sun is important all year long, but especially in the summer. Many runners swear by Oakley's top-selling Half Jacket sunglasses. They offer the 100% UV protection that you need, and they're also comfortable and lightweight. I’ve had mine for several years now, and they’ve held up remarkably well.

Headsweats Sun Visor

I love wearing visors in the summer because they offer sun protection but, unlike hats, they allow for airflow so your head stays cool. These affordable, lightweight visors from Headsweats are perfect for summer running because the terry sweatband absorbs sweat and keep it from running into your eyes. You can also just throw them in a washing machine with your other running clothes after a run. They're available in many different colors, including white, black, orange, red, pink, royal, navy, purple, and gray.

UA Women's Perfect Pace Shorts

These shorts from Under Armour are lightweight without being see-through and dry very quickly. The soft waistband is a flat elastic instead of gathered elastic, so it's comfortable and looks neat undershirts. The matching built-in anti-microbial brief offers extra coverage and chafe-free performance. Runners also love that the shorts don’t bunch, ride up, or fall down when running.

UA Women's Tech V-Neck

Another fantastic women’s short-sleeve running shirt, this one from Under Armour features signature, sweat-wicking, super-soft UA Tech fabric. It pairs perfectly with a pair of running shorts or capris. UA’s signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat to keep you dry and light and the anti-odor technology keeps your gear fresher, longer. Women love the sleek, flattering look of the deep V-neck collar and slimmer fit. The shirt comes in many different vibrant colors.


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