The Best Women’s Running Gear of 2017
Suit up, go long, and get after it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tasc Performance Jubilee Racer Tank ($44)
Made from ultrathin bamboo-blend fabric, this racerback wicks perspiration like a synthetic—minus the stink.
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.
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.
Nike Flex Motion Sunglasses ($210)
These sporty aviators have a sticky nosepiece and lightweight frames that are sleek enough for running.
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.