All the gear that's got us swooning this summer...
The sun’s out and it’s time for summer running at long last. It’s important to make sure you’ve got breathable, comfortable kit – so here are some of our recommendations…
AFTERSHOKZ Aeropex Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones | £149.95
It’s official: open-ear listening is a game changer. With these bone conduction headphones you can run safely without blocking out traffic noises, and you don’t have to compromise on sound. They’re lightweight, with an 8-hour play time, and are the perfect way to listen to your favourite playlist or podcast as you run. Plus, as we ease back into real-life racing, they’re essential: some events won’t let you take part with in-ear headphones.
SWEATY BETTY X HALLE BERRY Frankie Racer Neck Vest | £50
We’re head over heels for the new Sweaty Betty and Halle Berry collab, and this top is another winner. The bold stitching and racer back are so flattering, and it’s made from technical, sweat-wicking jersey fabric that’s super comfortable. It’s on the snug side, but it won’t make you feel constricted.
Available in sizes XXS-XXL
RUNDERWEAR Original V4 Running Bra | £50
Runderwear really know what they’re doing when it comes to sports bras, so you can expect total comfort and brilliant support here. The incredibly soft and technical fabric doesn’t rub or chafe at all, and the underband is designed to minimise boob bounce as you run. The original bra is perfect for runners with small to medium-sized boobs, but don’t fret – you can find our recommendations for bigger-busted runners here.
Available in sizes 32A-38D
BAM Bamboo Bikini Brief | £10
Nothing beats bamboo for softness, and BAM have totally nailed it with these pants. This sporty brief is designed not to rub or chafe, so you can run with ease. It’s really lightweight, too, but with enough elasticity for a comfortable fit. You can feel good about this purchase, too: the positive impact of these pants is the equivalent to 63.1L of water saved and 1.2KG of emissions avoided – win!
Available in sizes 8-16
KIT CHANGE Fit Legging | £50
These leggings are a summer staple, perfect for running as well as cross-training. We love the high waist and you don’t need to size down to feel the benefits of the compression fit. Plus, they’re squat proof – vital, if you ask us! The colour is gorgeous, and each pair is made from 16 recycled plastic bottles.
Available in sizes XS-XXL
HILLY Women’s Lite Socklet | £10
To honour the legendary Dr Ron Hill MBE, we had to include our favourite running socks of the moment: the Hilly Lite Socklets. They’re lightweight with minimal padding, making them perfect for hot summer running and race day performance. They’re also really quick-drying, which is essential for the warmer months.
PREMAX Recovery Cream Sour Cherry | £21
This is launching on 6 June, and we can’t wait! It’s a restorative and soothing cream formulated to assist recovery after exercise, repairing your skin hydration and resilience. The sour cherry extract is a natural ingredient that’s a favourite amongst elite athletes, helping your skin bounce back after some intense training.
ASICS Metaspeed Sky running shoes | £225
These are some serious racers, designed to propel you towards a new PB by extending your stride length. They’re carbon-plated (posh) to help you conserve energy while maintaining your pace, and are what we’ll be looking out for at the start lines as racing resumes.
OOFOS Oomg Eezee Low Shoe | £110
Since we first got into recovery shoes, we’ve never looked back – and OOFOS are our go-to brand. Pop these on between runs and they’ll reduce stress on your joints, absorbing 37% more impact than traditional footwear. They’re also easily machine washable!