Record-breaking heat: summer is making itself known! Does it feel like it where you are? If you have to train through the heat, and most marathoners do, there are a few things out there that make runs a little more comfortable and possibly enjoyable. The key is breathability and comfort!
Sugoi RSR Mesh Cap ($25)-This is a real hat made of lightweight breathable material. I say ‘real hat’ because some running hats are more like a beanie with a bill and don’t provide real head coverage. Stretchy design and adjustable velcro closure. This hat has reflective logos on the front and back. The bill and the back are lined with reflective material as well. see slideshow
CW-X Ventilator Sport Top ($58)-The lightest sports top I reviewed. Entirely mesh back. The support is actually built into the top itself so there is no seperate shelf bra. Deceptively supportive with its unique five-point webbing. Top is chafe-free with seams strategically out of the way. Long and conservative fit. see slide show
- More Sports top reviews.
Patagonia Multi-use shorts ($45)–Perfect for summer. These shorts are feather-light and incredibly comfortable. The waist band is a wide band of spandex vs. elastic and has a drawstring. The two rear velco-closure pockets are big enough for a key or gel, or both! Part of the reason these shorts are so light is there is no internal liner. see slideshow
The North Face Eat My Dust Skirt ($45) The bells-and-whistles running skirt. Wide, comfortable waistband. Overlapping material eliminates bunching. Zipper pocket in the rear perfect to securely store a key or a gel. Mesh internal short that won’t squeeze or ride up on your thigh with a side pocket to put your MP3 player in, plus a small cutout in the back to run your earphone wire through. see slideshow Only con: it isn’t super-lightweight, however because the shorts underneath give adequate inner thigh coverage this skirt is great for long distances with no chub-rub!
Hydrapouch-Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Already being used at races throughout the country, the Hydrapouch is a lightweight portable drink holder tapered for easy pour. It can clip on to your shorts or number belt and you can fill it at waterstops. More water makes its way into your mouth and less ends up on your clothes. Watch for the Hydrapour at a race near you.
- See Marathon Examiner for more information on this revolutionary product.
Brooks Utopia Sock ($10)-As far as socks go this is the best bang for you buck. Brooks brings together the best features in one sock. A well-cushioned bottom with a light mesh top for ventalation. There is also an arch support band around the middle and a seamless fit. The only thing missing is the extra rear-ankle cushioning.
- More sock reviews.
Sole Recovery Sandals ($70)- Your feet swell when you run, and when it’s hot they swell even more so. After a long run your feet could use a breather and maybe a little pampering. The Sole Slides has a moldable footbed that cradle your feet. Just like most shoes, you have to wear these to break them in to receive the full benefit.
Gatorade Pro Series ($15-50)–Gatorade continues to evolve. Now there is a three-part Pro system that gives your sweaty runs the repenishment it needs. Step 1. Prime-use to get ready by powering muscles with a high dose of glycose Step 2. Perform-use during workouts to keep a steady flow of electrolytes Step 3. Recover-replenish muscles with protein. The Gatorade Pro series can be found at GNC or Dicks Sporting Goods.
Gear provided by Outside PR (Sugoi), Blumenfeld PR (CW-X), Patagonia, Ruder Finn (The North Face), Maloney&Fox (Brooks), Backbone Media (Sole)–thank you!