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    What you need to perform at top speed when the heat is on.

    —Justin Nyberg

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    Marmot Kompressor Speed Pack

    When you need to replace a lot of water, the Speed ($99) offers a two-liter reservoir and a 17-ounce, taste-free Hydrapak bottle (below left) in one of the smartest, simplest hydration-pack designs you’ll find.

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    Sugoi Titan Ice S/S Shirt

    Sugoi claims that the supple, stretchy IceFil fabric reduces body heat by a whopping five degrees. That’s hard to prove, but testers reported that the shirt ($50) feels blissfully cool on the skin and wicks sweat as quickly as any lightweight synthetic shirt we’ve seen.

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    PowerIce

    Think Otter Pops for athletes. Slurp one of these two-ounce sports-drink slushies ($6) before your next run to lower your core temperature a bit. Or enjoy it after the kind of intense workout that leaves you sweating even after a shower.

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    Balega Ultra Light No Show Socks

    Smart mesh panels in these socks ($12) boost ventilation, and a sheer, foot-hugging fit minimizes bulk for faster heat transfer.

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    Columbia Performance Zero Arm Sleeves

    We can vouch for the sunblocking power (UPF 50-plus) and the incredibly efficient sweat wicking of these thin, breathable sleeves ($35). The Omni-Freeze system—tiny blue dots that expand slightly when wet—is designed to cool your skin by amplifying the evaporative process. It works, but the effect is fleeting.

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    New Balance Sport Cooling Towel Pro

    Chill out after a run by wetting this foamlike towel ($13) and hanging it around your neck. The hyperporous material allows for rapid evaporation, staying cool as long as it’s moist.

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    CW-X Stabilyx Ventilator Shorts

    Even on the most scorching days, the big mesh panels over the top of the quads and the CoolMax wicking fabric (with 40-plus UPF) everywhere else kept these shorts ($80) climate controlled, while the firm compression helped our muscles stay fresh. If only they came in light, heat-reflecting colors.

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    Headsweats Race Hat

    Just the thing to avoid cooking your noggin: a feather-light (two ounces), fast-wicking Cool-Max lid ($20) that breathes like a visor.

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