2014 Hot Weather Running Essentials

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

—Justin Nyberg

(Inga Hendrickson)

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

—Justin Nyberg

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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)


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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(Inga Hendrickson)

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