The Best Women’s Running Gear of 2021
Cool clothing for quick laps and high-mileage days
Tracksmith Session Pants ($118)
The slim-fit Session is made of buttery nylon-elastane fabric that’s breathable and quick-drying. It’ll become your favorite warm-up layer for early-morning sessions.
Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Hoodie ($130)
This top is ideal for cool, wet, or windy days. A nylon outer protects against the elements while merino panels dump heat. Reflective hits help you stand out on the road.
Ultimate Direction Cumulus Tank ($65)
When it’s hot, this soft, flattering tank is the ticket. Its Polartec Delta fabric uses a combination of hydrophobic and hydrophilic yarns to cool the body, while a proprietary anti-odor treatment keeps it fresh.
PUMA Deviate NITRO Running Shoes ($160)
Beat your PR, and then beat it again in PUMA’s Deviate NITRO Running Shoes. This high-performance running shoe is packed with tech for the fastest runs. The midsole has an internal carbon fiber INNOPLATE surrounded by PUMA’s new lightweight NITRO foam, giving you max cushioning with improved efficiency for your long runs. Deviate NITRO is a breathable, form-fitting shoe for an effortless run.
Adidas Sport SP0007 Sunglasses ($140)
These shades boast a snug, no-slip fit. Testers liked the stress-resistant plastic frames, which have 12 tiny vents on the rims to prevent fogging.
Bombas Women’s Merino Wool Running Ankle Socks ($22)
After wearing Bombas, it’s hard to go back to other running socks. These have a Y-stitched heel to cradle your feet and boast a blend of merino, nylon, and spandex that wicks with the best of them.
Janji AFO Middle Shorts ($64)
Paper-thin and only three ounces, with a three-inch inseam that’s short enough to feel airy, the AFO has been among our favorites for years. We also love the Bluesign-certified, 88 percent recycled polyester fabric. The latest version is made even better with a beefier waistband.
Outdoor Research Helium Wind Cap ($35)
Durable ripstop nylon and mesh panels make this hat our go-to for all summer weather. The inner band feels cool to the touch, courtesy of a fabric with moisture-absorbing xylitol crystals.
Brooks Drive 3-Pocket Run Bra ($50)
Compressive but comfortable, the 3-Pocket provides high-impact support for sizes up to 40 DD/E. Even better is the stealthy storage: a pocket between the shoulder blades to hold your phone, plus two smaller side pouches for carrying cards and keys.
Knog Bilby Headlamp ($65)
Made from a medical-grade silicone that’s light and easy to clean, this 3.2-ounce headlamp puts out 400 lumens from five LED bulbs. The rechargeable battery is icing on the cake.