- Fast and flattering gear for your next workout. Check out our favorite running essentials for women in the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide
—Ali Carr Troxell
Oakley RadarLock EdgeSwapping out lenses (you get two pairs) is a cinch. Sticky nose and earpieces keep ’em in place. And while the women-specific lenses are smaller, the frames could be narrower—these fit wide faces best. ($220)
CamelBak Arc Quick Grip Water BottleThe ten-ounce Quick Grip bottle is contoured just right: even testers with small hands had no problem hanging on to it during long hauls. ($20)
Yurbuds Sport Inspire for Women EarbudsThese sweat and water-resistant silicone earbuds are designed specifically for the (smaller) size of women’s ears. You can tell: they never, ever fall out. And sound quality is better than the price suggests. ($30)
The North Face Better than Naked JacketWhen you don’t need it, this five-ounce wind shell scrunches down into its own pocket. When you do, it feels nearly as good as advertised, thanks to chafe-free, flat-lock seams and perforated vents in the back that help keep air flowing. ($130)
Arc’teryx Cita Sleeveless TopFlat seams and a flowing, to-the-hip fit make the mostly mesh, polyester-spandex Cita look and feel better than your average technical shirt. ($49)
Lorna Jane Marley BraQuick-drying fabric and an open back make the Marley a great choice for hotter climes. Removable padding provides extra support. ($66)
Nuun Active Hydration TabsBecause they have all the good (electrolytes) and none of the bad (sugar), we’ve become a bit addicted to these slightly fizzy, quick-dissolving tabs. ($7)
Oiselle Diamond Rogas ShortsThe yoga-inspired waistband never rode up, and the lightweight, stretchy fabric and internal liner felt feathery (and chafe-free). They’re our new favorite shorts. ($52)
Injinji Performance 2.0 Run Lightweight SocksYes, they feel weird at first. But these little gloves for your feet really do all but eliminate skin-on-skin friction and help prevent blisters on long runs. ($12)
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