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The Best Women’s Workout Gear of 2019

(Charles Dustin Sammann)
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Get the most out of gym days and training runs

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(Courtesy Salomon)

Salomon Drifter Mid Skirt ($130)

It never hurts to have some extra bum protection on a winter run, should you encounter a nasty patch of ice. The Drifter is an exceptional action skirt. Its 100-gram PrimaLoft insulation isn’t as puffy as down and is covered by breathable, water-resistant Pertex.

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(Courtesy Buff)

Buff Midweight Merino Hat ($30)

This beanie makes exemplary workout gear. Ample coverage and midweight merino provide warmth. And the hat has a feel-good component: the wool is humanely sourced.

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(Courtesy Icebreaker)

Icebreaker Descender Hybrid Jacket ($270)

The elegant Descender allows winter athletes to sweat hard stink-free. The quilted merino front panel features a water-repellent finish and gave testers the courage to face frigid gusts during a March bushwhacking adventure.

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(Courtesy CEP)

CEP Run Tights 3.0 ($125)

These tights provide muscle and joint stabilization, whether you’re on a training run or performing power cleans at the gym. The fit’s snug, but snug as in swaddling, not circulation impeding.

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(Courtesy Turtle Fur)

Turtle Fur Totally Tubular Neck Warmer ($20)

The simple construction of this colorfully named neckwear belies the performance chops of its four-way-stretch polyester-spandex. Cozy and warm, it’s also anti-microbial and provides UPF 50 sun protection.

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(Courtesy Salomon)

Salomon XA Elevate GTX Shoes ($160)

The most impressive aspect of these low-profile shoes is the grip, especially on slippery surfaces like snow and ice. The insulated Gore-Tex membrane keeps your feet dry and reasonably warm.

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Noli Vixen Bra ($58)

A mixture of spandex, polyester, and polyamide, this lightweight, minimalist bra is impressively supportive. A- to C-cup women will be comfortable wearing it during yoga, while walking, or on low-impact hikes.

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(Courtesy Stio)

Stio Basis Power Wool Zip Neck Base Layer ($109)

After two days of high-intensity nordic skiing in Canmore, Alberta, this merino-polyester zip-neck base layer looked and smelled fresh. The finely woven wool interior remained soft and plush next to the skin and allowed it to breathe.

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(Courtesy Nike)

Nike Helix Elite Sunglasses ($210)

More elegant than your average athletic sunglasses, the Helix Elite quickly became our go-to for running and cycling. The Zeiss optics are crisp and clear, and the wrap-around frames provide abundant coverage and side venting.

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(Courtesy Darn Tough)

Darn Tough Sugar Ski Socks ($26)

Protect your shins, toes, and heels from pitiless ski or mountaineering boots with a good pair of over-the-calf socks. Darn Tough’s fine-gauge knitted merino is reinforced with cushioning in all the right places.

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