Spring Gear: Running

    Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

1. THE NORTH FACE TRAJECTORY HYBRID
Sweat soaks most waterproof running jackets, defeating their purpose. This one uses soft woven panels on the back and underarms to let out heat but waterproof fabric everywhere the precip hits—the best design we've seen. $179; thenorthface.com

2. MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SETA STRAPLESS RUNNING GAITERS
Mud belongs on the trail, not in your shoes. These staunchly water-resistant gaiters fit snugly, though you need to stick a permanent Velcro-like strip to your shoe. $35; mountainhardwear.com

3. NIKE ZOOM STRUCTURE TRIAX+ 12 GTX
A waterproof road shoe? Yep. The Gore-Tex layer keeps these from getting waterlogged and heavy on rainy runs. Bonus: Waffle sole works like cleats on slick pavement. $115; nikerunning.com

4. NEW BALANCE NBX STRETCH WOVEN
Ditch your sweats. Light, fluid, and stretchy, these pants bridge the gap between summer shorts and winter tights. $65; newbalance.com

5. COLUMBIA TRAIL PRO SHORT SLEEVE CREW Sure, you can usually just run in an old cotton T-shirt, but this silky nylon-and-polyester one will quickly move rain or sweat away from your skin. Note: Cut is best for bigger frames. $55; columbia.com

6. BROOKS NIGHTLIFE REFLECTIVE VEST
In flat light or rain, dress defensively: Studies show fluorescent yellow-green is the easiest color to see peripherally. $20; brooksrunning.com

7. BROOKS HVAC INFINITI MESH HAT
A fast-wicking running cap keeps the rain out of your eyes and dries faster than the roads will. $24; brooks­running.com

8. ASICS ARM WARMERS
Fickle weather? There's no more versatile, or affordable, layering system than these comfortable, no-slip arm warmers paired with a short-sleeved shirt. $8; asics.com

9. JULBO CONTEST
High-contrast yellow photochromic lenses darken as the storm clears, and extra-tacky rubber keeps things secure. Fits small or medium faces best. $160; julbousa.com

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