Cool runnings | Cool gear for hot-weather runs
Exercising outdoors is a breeze even on the hottest days with new breathable gear.
Smarter sipping The handheld, 20-ounce Fast Draw Extreme by Ultimate Direction ($18.95, www.ultimatedirection.com) nests in an insulated pocket so water stays cold. The sleek, lightweight pouch straps comfortably around your waist. There’s also a pocket big enough to carry keys or an iPod. To stop the flow of water, all you have to do is flick the valve to the side to pop it down to closed position.
Doubly cool High-end fashion guru Stella McCartney designed a functional and stylish women’s Run Singlet for adidas ($80, www.shopadidas.com) in an attention-grabbing electric yellow, with cute gathers at the hips. Strategically placed ventilation slits and X-Static (cooling and odor-eliminating silver-coated fibers woven into the fabric) keep you from overheating.
Light on your feet The high-performance Trance Six ($135, www.brooksrunning.com) running shoe by Brooks is supportive and cushioned, plus its mesh paneling allows air to circulate so your feet stay cool and dry during your sweat session. Embedded silver lining inside the shoes conducts heat away from blister hot spots. They’re available in men’s and women’s versions.
Fast Draw Extreme - Run Singlet - Trance Six
(Don’t) feel the burn Hydrology fabric in the men’s Velostretch Run Shirt by Asics ($38, www.asicsrunning.com) is named for its ability to absorb sweat from the skin and transfer it to the fabric surface where it can evaporate rapidly for increased breathability and comfort. Mynx UV yarns protect against UVA and UVB rays (it’s the equivalent of wearing SPF 50).
Stop the stank Silver fibers in the X-Static Racing Sock by Pearl Izumi ($12, www.pearlizumi.com) stop the growth of smelly bacteria. Meanwhile, Coolmax technology draws heat away from steamy, sweaty feet. A thin layer of extra padding protects pounding-prone areas like your heels. A similar model is rumored to be the sock of choice for U.S. soldiers stationed in the sweltering deserts of Iraq.
Better than a breeze Lightweight, lined Ultra Shorts by lululemon ($42, www.lululemon.com) have built-in undies to reduce chafing and are made with a silky, water-wicking material that dries quickly. Both the men’s and women’s styles have an inside pocket so you can keep keys or money handy. They also sport a back pocket that is big enough to fit a small snack to power you through longer workouts.
Velostretch Run Shirt - X-Static Racing Sock - Ultra Shorts