Field Tested: Women's Early Spring Running Gear

Mar 6, 2011
Outside Magazine

It’s still winter, but spring is only a couple weeks away. Here’s what to wear on your runs to manage the transition in comfort and style.

Pearl Izumi Fly Jacket Pearl Izumi Fly Jacket: An extremely lightweight softshell with a lean silhouette. This wind jacket feels tissue-thin and very smooth. Wear 2-3 layers underneath on cold winter days; less for spring weather. There are small holes under the armpits for ventilation. A caveat for warm days: If you work up a serious sweat and there’s no wind to cool you down, the jacket can really cling to skin with which it’s directly in contact. There’s one pocket--on the left sleeve, with a headphone-cord hole--only big enough to stash your keys, so this jacket is best for runners who don’t need much pocket space. $110;

Nike Be Strong Pants Nike Dri-FIT Be Strong Training Pants: I like the cotton version. It’s very comfortable. These pants fit snugly around the lower waist, hips, and thighs, and the legs are slightly flared for a stylish look. The wide waistband flatters the stomach. If you know you’re going to sweat a lot during your workout, these pants might not be the best option. I found they’re not quick to wick moisture. But if it’s going to be an easy day, or it’s cold outside, or there’s a good spring breeze, these pants would work well. $40;

Pearl Izumi Infinity Pant Pearl Izumi Infinity Softshell Pant: Great for winter runs and cold spring days. The fabric strikes a good balance between insulation and breathability, which helps you stay warm and dry. The material is very soft and comfortable. There’s an internal drawstring in the elastic waistband and two handy, large side pockets at the hips. $100;

ASICS GT-2160 ASICS GT-2160: A solid road-running shoe. The 9.6-oz. GT-2160 has substantial cushioning for comfort and shock absorption, and it’s got a sock liner with antimicrobial properties. With a nod to the new season ahead, the insole has a nice floral pattern design—a pleasantly surprising burst of flair to get you in the mood for spring. $100;

Pearl Izumi Streak II Pearl Izumi Streak II: A great shoe. It’s so lightweight and well-fitting that I get excited to run in it every time I put it on. It can make your movement feel effortless and akin to running barefoot. The cushioning in the sole is just right--enough to support the foot, without being noticeable in weight or strike. I don’t even feel like I’m wearing shoes with these on. The Streak II blends into the background, so you can focus on running. $110;

--Aileen Torres

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