The Best Men’s Running Gear of 2020
All-weather gear for every kind of summer running
Smartwool PhD Run Ultra Light Print Socks ($21)
These nylon and merino socks maintain their shape after countless run and wash cycles. Mesh venting keeps your feet cool, and a reinforced cap helps reduce friction and protect your toes.
Runderwear Merino Briefs ($35)
Don’t run commando, reads the waistband. We rarely take orders from our undies, but with mesh paneling, seamless construction, and temperature-regulating merino wool, we’ll make an exception.
Tracksmith Charles Sunglasses ($255)
Tracksmith’s Italian-made frames conjure a classic Wayfarer look, but they’re ready for race day: silicone nose and ear pads keep them in place during fast efforts, and polarized lenses minimize glare.
Salomon XA Hat ($25)
Soft UPF 50 fabric, ample venting, and an adjustable elastic strap guarantee prolonged protection and comfort.
Under Armour Breeze Short Sleeve Shirt ($60)
This thin, quick-drying top benefits from Gore-Tex fibers that dissipate sweat. Details like reflective paneling and mesh venting will make it your go-to.
CamelBak Zephyr Vest ($150)
The Zephyr nails the essentials, with two flask holsters in front and a streamlined pocket in back. It outperforms the competition in comfort, thanks to body-mapping technology.
Patagonia Airshed Pro Pullover ($129)
Reach for this über-lightweight layer on a cool morning. The fitted hood won’t impair vision, and a light water-repellent coating will keep you dry(ish) in a pinch.
The North Face Flight Futurelight Jacket ($280)
This hoodie ticks all the important outer-layer boxes, starting with 360-degree reflective paneling. The Futurelight membrane acts like a nano-sieve: it’s permeable to air but not water, so it’s fully weatherproof and remarkably breathable.
Brooks Hightail Three-Inch Split Shorts ($40)
Split shorts are cool again, so open up your stride in the Hightail. What it lacks in modesty it makes up for with retro flair. It’s lightweight and offers exceptional range of motion. The mesh liner includes a handy key pocket in back.