The best running vests - Women's Running

The best running vests

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  November 17, 2021

When it gets hot, there's nothing better than the breeze on our shoulders to keep us cool as we run. Here's our pick of the best running vests

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 – or, in this case, the best of the vest.

Read on for their reviews of running vests and singlets. But if you’re in need of a sleeve, find our best short-sleeved running tops here!


ASICS Sakura vest 
Tester: Laura

This lovely vest from the ASICS Sakura range boasts serious moisture-wicking properties, drawing the sweat efficiently away from the body and drying super-fast so your skin feels cool and dry even after the most vigorous workout. The entire back of this vest is a mesh fabric, allowing the air to circulate freely, getting you even more ventilation. The reflective detail on the back is also a welcome safety addition if running in the dark or low light. The cut is flattering and the neckline is not too low and certainly not so high that you feel restricted. The generous cut around the arms is definitely welcome for air flow and I got zero chafe from running in it. The fact that this vest is made from 50 per cent recycled material confirms what you already know; you’ve made an excellent choice in choosing the Sakura.

Available in sizes XS-XL

SAYSKY Shaka Combat Singlet £44
Tester: Tina

There’s so much to love about Saysky kit; the simple fit, the understated style, and the beautiful fabric that feels so good against your skin. The new Shaka Combat Singlet in purple is a gorgeous top. It’s kit that’s so easy to wear; the fit around the underarms is loose as is the racer back style, and I love this year’s brighter prints and bold captions. It’s a bit pricey, so it’s worth taking time to find the right design for you. You want to get the right racing kit so you can shine this summer.

Available in sizes XS-L

CIMALP Vest Opale F £17.96
Tester: Caroline

This is the summer holiday run vest we need when we finally get to go away. It’s super breathable, lightweight, features sun protection and dries quickly, so really good for packing away in the suitcase. Made from CIMAFRESH fibre, which prevents the build-up of bacteria that leads to bad smells, this will see you from the gym to the beach for a run; it’ll keep you cool in both senses of the word. I loved the hidden side seam pocket too, which is perfect for a locker or front door key. The sizes come up small so you may want to review your usual size.

Available in sizes XS-XL

STOLEN GOAT Women’s Tapioca Base Layer | £35
Tester: Tina

Ideal for all those hot summer runs that are beckoning, and very useful under other layers for more chilly days, this in-your-face addition to your fit kit is bright and vibrant and there’s a four-way stretch to the lightweight AirMesh material. It fits true to size under the arms and around the neck and is so thin that sweat wicks away from your skin instantly. The feminine fit is lovely, but it’s a winner due to the comfortable fabric that does a brilliant job at keeping you cool.

Available in sizes XS-XXXL

MONO 2-in-1 vest £12.50
Tester: Esther

The recent drop of athletic kit from Tesco has been a delight. This vest is brilliant; I’ve worn it for home workouts, but I’m looking forward to wearing it for running when it’s less chilly. It looks ace with an internal close fitting vest, and a loose overlayer. The internal vest didn’t ride up, not even during mountain-climbers (and that’s high praise), and the loose overlayer happily skimmed over bits I’d rather it skimmed over. I know we should all be body positive, but it’s far easier to be body positive about other people than yourself, I find. Fantastic value, great fit, and brilliant performance – a new favourite.

Available in sizes 6-22

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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