The Best Women’s Running Accessories of 2016
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Merrell All Out Crush Light Shoes
For burly trail kicks, these are surprisingly light, thanks to an airy mesh upper and zero bells and whistles. Five-millimeter lugs and a thick toe cap offer protection in rough stuff, but we flew along buffed-out forest roads, too.
Tracksmith Harrier Tank
This top, made from silky merino wool and cut like a vintage gym tee, works just as well for intervals as it does with jeans. Break it out on the hottest days and enjoy the breeze.
Bkr Madly 250-ml Bottle
We wouldn’t run with it, but Bkr’s teeny glass bottle is perfect for stashing in your car for post-workout hydration. Plus, it’s as cute as a button and comes in a bunch of colors.
The North Face Ultra Lite WP Jacket
Yes, it looks dorky, but this nylon layer is perfect for warm, rainy runs. It’s significantly cooler than a normal shell and won’t make you feel like you’re engulfed in a garbage bag.
CW-X StabilyX Ventilator Shorts
A wide panel of supportive Lycra at the waist and webbing along the sides make for shorts that steady hips while aligning muscles and ligaments. For us, that translated to less fatigue after big-mileage days.
Brooks SureShot Racer Bra
Sports bras are tricky to get right. Too loose and you don’t get enough support. Too tight and you feel like you’re wearing a corset. The SureShot, with its soft poly-spandex blend, is the Goldilocks of bounce prevention.
Lululemon Athletica Swiftly Tech Long Sleeve Shirt
Long sleeves in summer? Heck yes. This seamless, mesh-back top kept the sun off and pulled double duty as a warm layer when the wind picked up.
Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite Low Cut Socks
A little extra cushion in the ball and heel of these merino-blend wool socks takes the bite out of pounding pavement. Seamless toes reduce the threat of blisters—key on hot runs.
Craft Sportswear Focus 2-in-1 Shorts
Say goodbye to chafing with these double-duty bottoms, which integrate stretchy tights under thin poly-blend shorts. Nice touch: reflective hits woven throughout add visibility.