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The Best Women’s Running Gear

High-performance kit to go faster and farther

For decades, outdoor brands gave little attention to women’s products. That’s changing fast. We asked a field of expert female athletes to nominate the best new performance tools in a range of sports—starting with running.

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Janji Women’s Ombre Longsleeve Base Layer ($54)

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(Courtesy of Janji)

With a pattern inspired by the Masai, this base layer conjures the spirit of the world’s most celebrated marathoners. The soft polyester-rayon weave is comfortable next to skin.

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Stance Painted Low Socks ($15)

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(Courtesy of Stance)

When the last thing you want to do is train, crazy-bright socks can make all the difference—especially when they’re anatomically designed and made of a wicking polyester-nylon blend.

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Sunday Afternoons Northwest Trucker Hat ($28)

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(Courtesy of Sunday Afternoons)

With a just-right brim—wide enough for adequate sun coverage, thin but never floppy—and vented mesh back, this lid fits the bill as a runner’s best friend. 

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Rabbit Hopper Shorts ($52) 

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(Courtesy of Rabbit)

I love the attention to detail in Rabbit’s well-curated apparel line. The slim-fitting Hoppers are perfect for hot days when you want as little fabric on skin as possible. 

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Cotopaxi Veloz Hydration Belt ($35)

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(Courtesy of Cotopaxi)

This svelte accessory has pockets for the included soft flask, a phone, and your keys. A compartment for the strap allows for belt tightening without that escaped-dog-on-a-leash look.

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Brooks Sure Shot Racer Sports Bra ($38)

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(Courtesy of Brooks)

Only one in a hundred sports bras ever makes it past the first date. This lower­impact model is my match for life. The supportive bottom band and compression holds everything in place on long days.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium Watch ($799)

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(Courtesy of Suunto)

Plenty of fitness wear­ables boast GPS these days, but the Spartan Ultra stands out for its built-in barometer and water resistance down to 300 feet. The watch syncs with the Suunto Moves­count app, allowing you to see how much you’ve climbed or how many miles you’ve run, and the included chest-strap heart-rate monitor lets you dial in your training.

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Saucony Type A8 Shoes ($100)

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(Courtesy of Saucony)

The A8 was made to go fast on roads, but I also dig it for mellower trails. It’s a light and responsive shoe that’s served me well on every­thing from short bursts to 50Ks.

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The North Face Flight Series Warp Capris ($120)

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(Courtesy of The North Face)

Strategically engineered ventilation zones make these capris ideal for runs that start cold but warm up as soon as you’re rolling. I like them just as much for the flattering fit. 

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Salomon S-Lab Hybrid Jacket ($250)

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(Courtesy of Salomon)

The S-Lab Hybrid excels in rough weather, achieving the tricky balance of keeping the elements out and letting sweaty, damp air escape. The body-mapped fit leaves no extra fabric to distract or chafe—whether I’m going long or sprinting an uphill mile.

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