Whether you're wrapping up warm or like a long sleeve when you run whatever the weather, we've picked out the best for you to choose from
We have a lot of choices when deciding on a running top. Long-sleeved or short-sleeved? Loose or compression? Technical or cotton? But once you’ve made some of those choices, we can help you out – our testers have tried out every type of top imaginable to let you know which are the best of the best.
Read on for their reviews of the best long-sleeved running tops. If it’s short you’re after, you can find them here!
ZEROFIT Cool Weave baselayer | £50
This super-stretchy baselayer is a versatile top that’s perfect for this in-between-seasons weather. Made in smart EVACOOL fabric and designed to keep you cool, it pulls down over your hips, and the sleeves are lovely and long. With a skintight fit, you can layer it under a looser tee (which is what I did) or jacket on colder days, and it really does have the effect of keeping you cool as you heat up. Other boons are the UPF50+ rating and the fact it packs up small. At the moment, all items from Zerofit are unisex, which is fine for this top, but it would be great to see more inclusivity in terms of sizing and some female-specific items in the range.
Available in sizes S-XL
SUNDRIED Grand Tournalin Training Top | £30
This close-fitting baselayer gets, I kid you not, five stars for the thumb holes. Why? Cos the fabric around the wrists is soft, warm and super stretchy. The thumb holes on most of my tops are made of fabric that just won’t stretch easily over a sports watch but that’s not the case here. It’s a long top – almost bum-covering – and it’s very close fitting, so works well under looser tops and jackets, but also on its own. The fabric is ridonkulously soft and stretchy, I properly love it. It wicked well, washed well, and the colour is peachy. Top marks, Sundried.
Available in sizes XS-XXL
SAYSKY Classic Pace Longsleeve | £55
An edgy, close-fitting long-sleeved run top that isn’t too thick or warm, and features the distinctive SAYSKY logo mid chest. The colour and design is just that little bit different in a warm, metallic tone, so you’ll definitely stand out. It’s soft against your skin and excellent for wicking away sweat (you’ll also be amazed at how quickly it dries when you’ve washed it), so a great top to stash in your backpack in case temperatures drop. It’s as light as a long-sleeved top can get and it reaches just to the top of your glutes at the back so you can wear it with shorts, too. The material is super thin – you can almost see through it, but not quite – yet it does a great job of keeping out the wind. It fitted really well, too.
Available in sizes XS-L
MONTANE Blade Long Sleeve Top | £36
This long-sleeved top is super light (it weighs just 105g), making it perfect for changeable weather, or as a first layer when facing winter weather. It’s designed to be a close fit but doesn’t feel clingy or restricting and is a flattering cut. It sits just as well on its own as under a top layer, and comes in two colours: grey and this eye-catching paprika.
Available in sizes 8-16
ZAAZEE Lola Longsleeve | £42
Such a welcome burst of colour from this long-sleeved baselayer. It has an athletic fit and has been just right for frosty winter runs. I’ve found its high-quality fabric keeps me just the right temperature in spring too. With the Zaazee brand, you’re guaranteed high performance: the super-soft sustainable Italian fabric feels great against the skin and washes beautifully, retaining its shape. And the fit is athletic without being skintight so you feel you can run free. It’s a solid performer for longer runs, too, with no rubbing under the arms.
Available in sizes XS-M