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The Best Women's Running Gear of 2017

From mile one to twenty six point two, this is the gear you need to do it comfortably. (Photo: Inga Hendrickson)
From mile one to twenty six point two, this is the gear you need to do it comfortably.

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Suit up, go long, and get after it. 

Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks
Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks (Photo: Courtesy Darn Tough)

Darn Tough Vertex Tab No Show Ultra-Light Socks ($16)

The thin merino-nylon fabric in these socks does a lot with a little: it dries fast, staves off blisters, and makes foot and shoe feel like one. 

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Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes
Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes (Photo: Courtesy Altra)

Altra Provision 3.0 Shoes ($120)

With a stiff shank in the midsole that keeps your foot from buckling, this meshy 8.5-ounce shoe helped both road and trail runners avoid ankle sprains. It also made us feel stronger on uneven terrain and into double-digit mileage.

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Outdoor Research Boost Jacket
Outdoor Research Boost Jacket (Photo: Courtesy Outdoor Research)

Outdoor Research Boost Jacket ($99)

Wind and rain protection at the shoulders, chest, and arms combined with breathable panels everywhere else meant this shell didn’t steam up during hilly slogs.

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The North Face Better Than Naked Split Shorts
The North Face Better Than Naked Split Shorts (Photo: Courtesy The North Face)

The North Face Better Than Naked Split Shorts ($55)

Kudos to TNF for gifting these shorts with tremendous freedom of movement. Airy and loose, they stay perfectly cool on muggy days.

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SQN Sport Pocket Capris
SQN Sport Pocket Capris (Photo: Courtesy SQN)

SQN Sport Pocket Capris ($75)

Thanks to silky, friction-foiling fabric and a snug fit, these tights close the book on chafing. Svelte thigh pockets allow for quick smartphone draws.

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Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer Tank
Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer Tank (Photo: Courtesy Tasc)

Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer Tank ($44)

Made from ultrathin bamboo-blend fabric, this racerback wicks perspiration like a synthetic—minus the stink.

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Dr. Cool Chillband Studio Women’s Headband
Dr. Cool Chillband Studio Women’s Headband (Photo: Courtesy Dr. Cool)

Dr. Cool Chillband Studio Women’s Headband ($14)

Add a little moisture and this poly-spandex headband will whisk it away to evaporate in the breeze, amounting to a refreshing mid-run ice pack.

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Brooks Run Happy Sherpa Visor
Brooks Run Happy Sherpa Visor (Photo: Courtesy Brooks)

Brooks Run Happy Sherpa Visor ($28)

With a just-right brim providing ample coverage without flopping around, this visor’s smooth liner mopped away sweat as fast as we produced it.

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Nike Flex Motion Sunglasses
Nike Flex Motion Sunglasses (Photo: Courtesy Nike)

Nike Flex Motion Sunglasses ($210)

These sporty aviators have a sticky nosepiece and lightweight frames that are sleek enough for running.

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Katadyn BeFree Water Bottle
Katadyn BeFree Water Bottle (Photo: Courtesy Katadyn)

Katadyn BeFree Water Bottle ($40)

A filter in the BeFree’s cap renders suspect water safe to drink. When empty, the flask flattens for streamlined storage. 

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From 2017 Summer Buyer's Guide
Filed To: RunningWomen’s
Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson
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