Here's all the gear we're loving for Spring 2022...
Spring is in full swing and we’ve been updating our running wishlists with gorgeous new gear to keep us cool, dry and comfortable through our training. Here’s what made the cut…
1. SUNGOD Ultras sunglasses | £130
These beautiful, run-specific sunnies have been created with a unique spherical shape to enable you to have uninterrupted views of the path ahead. The super-light frame stays in place no matter how hard you’re training, with none of that irritating nose-bounce! A gorgeous summer essentials.
2. BAM 73 Zero Half-Zip running jacket | £95
Yes, we (mostly) live in the UK, and that means we know it could rain all the way through the summer, that’s just the way it is. So what we need is a cool, light jacket to see us through, that feels great, looks great and keeps the weather off. This is that jacket. And to add to its stylish creds, it’s also 100% recyclable – and that means it will never end up in landfill.
Available in sizes 8-16
3. MAAREE Mighty T-Shirt | £35
If you’re looking for the perfect tee to run in on sunny days, or to slip over a crop top, then this is it. With a slightly looser, and yet form-flattering shape, this offers a soft and floaty fit. It feels completely luxurious and perfect for warmer workouts – and, get this, it’s made from Modal fabric created from beech trees, and so it’s environmentally friendly too.
Available in sizes XS-XXL
4. SWEATY BETTY Super Sculpt Top | £50
Because if you get the below leggings, you’re going to want this crop to go with them. Wear layered over a high impact bra if need be, or under a looser fitting top, or entirely on its own, the combined outfit will certainly award you a few envious side-eyes in yoga, that’s for sure. Made from 74% recycled polyester, too.
Available in sizes XXS-XXL
5. SWEATY BETTY Super Sculpt 7/8 Workout Leggings | £85
Each pair of SB’s Super Sculpt leggings are the perfect blend of style and function, as you’d expect – perfect for running, gym, yoga and just bishing about and showing off to the wider public that you have a pair of very lovely leggings. Not only that, but these are also made of 17 plastic bottles, so that smug feeling you have? It’s deserved.
Available in sizes XXS-XXL
6. MONKEY SOX Elite X3 Sport socks | £14
These non-slip beauties come equipped with a heel tab, a cushioned footbed heel to toe, and a breathable mesh upper to keep your feet cooler and drier. The seamless toe box helps keep blisters at bay too. Monkey Sox are designed to be odd but co-ordinated, representing how the body acts and feels different left to right when living with Multiple Sclerosis. 50% of the profits from all sales are donated to MS charities to fund research, care and lifestyle support. And the socks are FAB.
7. 361° Fierce 2 running shoes | £105
You really don’t get many shoes at this price point, and certainly not shoes of this calibre. 361° have done it again with this high performance neutral shoe that offers flexibility and comfort. The new performance knit-mesh offers breathability, stretch and support – and that all-important “ooh” feeling as soon as you try on. With a recycled rubber outsole and Ortholite insoles made with 20% recycled content, you’ll be doing your bit for the planet too.
Want more Spring running gear? Here are our top picks from last month…
BUFF Pack Speed Cap | £28.96
Now we’re getting glimpses of sunshine, we need to be prepared for actually nice weather! A cap covers a lot of bases: sunshine and pouring rain, so an ideal accessory for the UK weather. This one is ultralight, packable, and includes a drawstring so that it will fit every head perfectly.
Available in sizes S-XL
DARE2B Veritas Era Recycled Waterproof Jacket | £115
Available in two colours (Space Blue and Bluestone), the Veritas Era will put a spring in your step while you’re dodging the April showers.Designed for the outdoors, this jacket features Dare 2b’s ARED 20|20 technology. ARED 20|20 offers durable waterproof protection and breathability whilst combined with full stretch capabilities. Plus the recycled fabric is made up of plastic bottles!
Available in sizes 8-20
ICEBREAKER ZoneKnit™ Merino Tank Top | £55
Our eyes were turned by the gorgeous colour-blocking in this beautiful summer tank. Made from breathable, lightweight Merino, the ZoneKnit features a clean design with mesh panels to hep regulate your body temperature.
Available in sizes XS-XL
LUCY LOCKET LOVES Crop Top | £17
LLL suggest these are the comfiest crop tops ever, and who are we to argue? Available in a mouth-watering range of peppy prints (with matching leggings available), these make for a fab addition to your workout wardrobe.
Available in sizes 6-26
NATAL ACTIVE Luxe Maternity & Post Natal Leggings | £55
If you’re pregnant, then you need to check out Natal Active. These gorgeously soft, squat proof leggings will see you through every stage of your pregnancy and beyond. The wide, non-slip, over bump panel supports your bump, back and hips as your baby grows. Post pregnancy, they’re perfect as high waisted leggings. 7/8 in length with deep pockets on both legs, they’re available in a range of lush berry shades.
Available in sizes 6-18
ICEBREAKER Merino Run+ Ultralight Micro Socks | £18
Merino is the ideal yarn for running socks: ultralight, durable and odour resistant, these have been designed with runners in mind. They fit beautifully, the look stunning, they won’t rub, and they’ll wick sweat away like no-one’s business.
Available in sizes S-L
ON Cloudmonster running shoes | £150
We already gave these bad boys Best In Test in our April issue, so that should give you some idea of how much we like them. All the On style you love in a maximalist shoe that’s made for long mileage. Super comfortable, super springy, super brilliant. We. Love.
Available in UK sizes 3-9
BOB AND BRAD C2 Massage Gun | £75.99
This massage gun is Holly’s new favourite. It has the power and versatility to compete with much higher-priced guns on the market, and is perfect if you’re new to the world of massage guns. One brilliant thing about it is its battery life: by far the most long-lasting of any gun we’ve tried, this clever tech supplied by Tesla lasts for ages (and is really quick to charge up. Plus, it has five interchangeable heads as well as five speed settings.
SONY LinkBuds earbuds | £150
So here’s a new thing. Sony’s LinkBuds have just been released, and they are truly innovative, with an incredibly comfortable unique ring design that enables audio transparency – that means you can wear them all day, and enjoy great sound with them turned on, and crystal clear natural sound with them turned off, all without having to remove them. This is fabulous for runners, enabling us to hear the natural world while running and staying connected.
SALOMON Sense Pro 5 running vest | £140
Salomon’s running vests are loved by runners, and for good reason: super lightweight and minimal, this 5-litre option offers a totally precise fit with no rubbing. Brilliant features include plenty of easy-to-reach pockets, 2 included soft flasks, and that signature elastic strap over the chest, which enables that perfect fit and complete freedom of movement. Go hit the trails!
HAPPYSTRIDE Hectic Geometric Half-Zip Top | £37.99
This mid-season must-have is made from moisture wicking, highly breathable, lightweight material for the best comfort, fit and performance on every run. Available in two colourways, we’re very fond of this jazzy version, and what’s more, you can also buy a matching t-shirt, vest, shorts, leggings, wrapit AND socks! Boom!
Available in sizes XS-XXL
FERVOUR Harmony Wave leggings | £89
These super sophisticated leggings have a beautiful subtle print, and are made from recycled fabric with a securer rear zip pocket and a hidden key pocket in the waistband. The fit is sublime and they’re just about the best-looking running leggings out there. Honest.
Available in sizes 6-16
MARATONA Sports Bra | £60
This bra is gorgeous to wear on its own as the weather warms up. Equipped with the very best in engineering, it holds you in place beautifully and offers some of the best support we’ve seen in a running bra. Available in pink, blue or black, it’s designed and made in Brittany – which is fabulous running country, in case you were looking for ideas this summer…
Available in sizes XS-XXL
HOKA ONE ONE Carbon X 3 running shoes | £160
Released on 24th March, the updated Carbon X 3 is a thing of sheer beauty. With a new knit upper and even springier foam, this remains one of the best value carbon plated shoes out there. Ideal for both short, quick bursts as well as some decent mile-churning, it’s an absolute workhorse. And orange!
Available from 24 March 2022
ENERTOR Resistance Bands | £12.99
None of us do enough strength work, let’s face it – but with these bargain bands to hand there’s literally no excuse. Slip on a band to super-size those squats and crab walks, and you’ll have glutes of steel in no time, and you’ll be reducing your chances of injury to boot.