It can be tough to find good new men's running clothes brands when you're on the hunt for new running clothes. Our handy guide will help you know what to look for in mens running clothes.
Working from the bottom up, a good pair of running trainers is crucial for a good run. The way you train and your running goals are important to consider when looking for a new pair of running trainers. Do you want more of a barefoot style or do you need sturdy trail running shoes? Look at your running style and location first before you start searching for a new pair of men's running trainers. It's also important to consider your goals; a very lightweight pair of running trainers like the Topo Men's Speed Trainer will help you to achieve the goal of a speedy new 5k PB, but a more robust pair with waterproof features will help you during a longer, more demanding run.
The next thing to consider in our run down of men's running clothes is running shorts. The Sundried Furgler Shorts are designed with you in mind. These relaxed jogger shorts are super comfortable and won't inhibit your running style. They are very much like gym shorts in that they feature a longer length for enhanced coverage and zip pockets to keep your valuables safe while you run. You want your sports shorts to complement your training, and you can always wear running tights underneath for extra protection during the colder months.
You want your running tights to keep up with you while you train hard and get results. The worst things are when your leggings slip down or ride up while you're trying to run. Look for running pants with a personalised, adjustable waistband like the Sundried Roteck Leggings which have a double drawstring so that you can tie them as tightly or as loosely as you find comfortable. You also want to decide if you just want your leggings to run in on their own, or to act as a base layer under a pair of shorts. The Sundried Roteck 2.0 Tights are compression-style and are perfect for adding coverage and protection in winter.
Finally, we come to running tops. There are plenty of styles to choose from such as sleeveless, t-shirt, tank etc. Think about which style you find the most comfortable and go for that. A long-sleeve top can be perfect for colder weather and provide compression to your workout.
Training throughout the summer can be tough, especially when battling a heatwave. We give you a run down of all your summer workout essentials and what to look for in summer activewear so you can sweat it out with no worries.
Best Leggings For Women In The Summer
Undoubtedly, the best leggings for women in the summer are Capri leggings. Named after the stunning isle of Capri in Italy, these leggings are cropped in length and present in a 3/4 length, meaning they finish just below the knee or mid-calf. If you don't feel comfortable working out in gym shorts but are getting too hot in your running leggings, cropped leggings are the answer.
There are lots of types of cropped women's workout leggings to choose from as they can vary in length. Some will finish right at the knee while some may be a little longer and finish mid-calf. Choosing the right length for you will depend on how much movement you require and how much coverage and protection you need. If you do a lot of trail running, you will benefit from a slightly longer pair of leggings, while someone who practises a sport like tennis or running may enjoy the freedom of movement and temperature control from a short pair of leggings.
Mens Activewear Tops
There are lots of different types of activewear tops for men to choose from, and plenty that are suitable for summer. Avoid the compression gear and base layers and opt for an ultra cool t-shirt or vest instead.
Men's Ultra Cool Gym Top
When the weather really heats up, an ultra cool gym top can be your saviour. There's nothing worse than sweating it out in a stuffy gym, so being comfortable in your men's gym top is paramount if you're going to have a good session. Look out for tops that feature superior sweat-wicking so that you don't experience chafing and super soft materials that are kind to your skin.
If you find you're constantly getting too hot during your workouts but you don't feel comfortable in a vest, then an ultra cool t-shirt is the perfect solution. The short capped sleeves will give added protection and activewear made from recycled materials can dry 200 times faster than cotton, meaning you won't be constantly drenched in sweat and suffering under a heavy t-shirt.
Gym Vest For Men
The ultimate top for working out the summer has to be a great gym vest. For men, you want your tank top to give adequate coverage and protection while still keeping you cool and allowing freedom of movement. Look out for sleeveless t-shirts which present flattering designs and motifs that accentuate your best features.
There are different types of gym vest for men from tank tops to sleeveless tees and racerback stringers. Depending on the type of training you do will help you to decide which style is best for you. Bodybuilders tend to opt for stringers as they can show off your hard-earned physique better, while a sportsman might need more protection and coverage from the fabric and so will go for a sleeveless t-shirt which is more structured. In any case, you want a gym top made with four-way stretch materials so that you can move as much as you need without being restricted.
Mens Gym T-Shirt
The most classic of all styles is the gym t-shirt. Choose from more tight fitting designs which are great for running and cycling as they are more streamlined to a looser fit which is good for yoga or bodybuilding as you have more freedom of movement.
In any case, you want a t-shirt that fits well, is flexible, and wicks sweat. Add to this smart designs and stylish lines and you have the ideal combination. Look for fitness clothing that is light in colour as this will reflect the sunlight and stop your clothing from absorbing too much heat. Also look out for premium materials such as recycled polyester as these dry very quickly and provide additional technology such as UV protection and anti-odour capabilities. This will mean your activewear is working with you to keep you comfortable under tough conditions.
Yoga Clothes For Women
Yoga is something that is often done in high temperatures anyway - hot yoga anyone? - and so yoga clothing is often designed to be comfortable and withstand lots of sweating when it matters. As such, yoga clothes can be the perfect choice in the summer when you need something comfortable for your workouts.
Loose flowing yoga top
If you don't need to be aerodynamic for your workout, a loose flowing yoga top will be perfect. The loose design will mean you have lots of freedom of movement and won't suffer from sweat-soaked fabric clinging to your body. It will also mean you can enjoy better air flow while you move and you are more likely to feel comfortable.
Sports bra crop top
Yoga is a very low impact activity and as such you won't need an industrial-strength sports bra to keep you in place. This can be a huge benefit if you want to wear a very loose-fitting top as you can layer under it a crop top-style sports bra. Choosing a sports bra in a crop top style gives you more coverage and will mean it looks stylish and attractive on its own so you don't have to wear anything over it.
2-in-1 yoga shorts are the perfect choice as the compression-style under-short will give you protection and coverage no matter how much you contort your body, while the looser over-short will add style and features a subtle zip pocket for your valuables.
One of the worst things about training in the summer is suffering from itchy and chafing sportswear. If this affects you, then seamless activewear is the answer. This style of sportswear is a design innovation and means that itchy, chafing seams are a thing of the past. It's fully breathable and made with 4-way stretch materials so you can move as much as you need without being held back. The super soft materials are kind to your skin and will allow you to have a great workout without worrying about your activewear.
If you're working out in the summer, one of the most important things to have with you is a water bottle. These days, single-use plastic bottles are very much being scrutinised and rightly so. At Sundried, we believe in ethics and sustainability, which is why we developed our best-selling reusable water bottle so that you can help tackle the global plastic pollution problem and end the waste of single-use plastic.
Choosing a reusable water bottle can be good for your health, too. Our water bottle is BPA free meaning your health won't be compromised by prolonged exposure to the chemicals used to make certain plastics. Not only this, it is shatter-proof and leak-proof so you can throw it into your gym bag or even drop it off your bike and it won't flinch. Stay hydrated the right way!
In the winter, having the best running jacket for men or women is vital. We look at the features to look for, from waterproof to reflective and lightweight.
Waterproof running jacket
Your mens running jacket should be waterproof (or at least water resistant) to keep you dry and comfortable during bad weather. They say there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes, and this is absolutely right when it comes to winter training. Make sure that your waterproof running jacket has you prepared for whatever the weather might throw at you during the winter months. This includes being windproof as having a windproof running jacket could be the difference between a bad run and a good one.
Winter running jacket
When it comes to activewear for winter running, a reflective winter running jacket should be a staple of your wardrobe. Being visible in low light could literally save your life, so make sure that you wear sportswear for men that has reflective trims to make sure people can see you when you're out.
You also want your winter running jacket to have pockets for valuables including your phone and keys so that you can have peace of mind while you're out there training.
Lightweight running gear
In the winter, it can be tempting to throw on as many clothes as possible and opt for heavy, cotton running clothes in order to stay warm. However, the real trick is to wear lightweight mens running clothes in layers so that you can take them off and put them back on as and when you need. The Sundried Grand Casse running jacket folds away into its own bag so you can stow it away when you don't need it, or even clip it to your bike, for ultimate convenience. It is made from 100% recycled materials which provide superior technical qualities, including sweat-wicking, so you won't end up too hot or sweaty while you train. Wear over a running vest for exceptional comfort and perfect temperature control.
As well as a good running jacket, your lightweight running gear for winter should include a great pair of men's running leggings. Opt for seamless running leggings to prevent chafing and wear under gym shorts for added coverage and protection.
In this digital age, more and more people are turning to online retailers for their shopping needs. However, this does not come without its problems and there are lots of things to look out for when buying online. We guide you through the tricky process of buying activewear online.
One of the most important things to be careful of when buying women’s activewear online instead of from a sportswear store is sizing. You want your workout clothes to fit well and look good, which can be tough when you can’t try it on before you buy. Check that the retailer you’re looking to buy from has an activewear size guide, as gym wear from different brands can come up in different sizes; a size large for one brand might be completely different from a size large from another.
Not only is it important to check their activewear size guide, it’s also very useful to check a brand’s customer reviews. No one will be more honest than someone who has already purchased athletic wear from this particular retailer. See if there are any answered questions and comments about sizing, this will help you hugely when choosing your ladies gym wear.
There are so many different fabrics and materials available these days, so it’s useful to do your research first before making an investment in expensive gym clothes. With ethics and sustainable fashion being on the rise, there are lots of brands offering sportswear for women made from recycled materials. These responsibly-sourced and sustainable fabrics feature superior technology and are perfect for fitness clothing as they feature sweat-wicking, four-way stretch materials, and other benefits.
Here at Sundried, we live by the motto that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Nowadays, fast fashion is prevalent and if the activewear you're looking to buy is very cheap, it's likely that the people in the supply chain are being treated unfairly. On the other end of the spectrum, just because the activewear brand you're looking at is very expensive that doesn't mean you're getting what you pay for. It's good to find a middle ground, whereby the price is a little higher but you know you're getting exceptional quality.
Workout wear is continuing to grow and it won’t be long before it’s a staple in every wardrobe. No doubt it’s a staple in yours, that’s what’s led you to Sundried. Now you can be stylish and functional post workout with apres sports jackets that fuse technical function with catwalk style.
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Why wear a training jacket?
Post workout protection
You can’t catch a cold from being cold. You only ‘catch’ a cold if you have been in contact with the virus. However, the sudden change in body temperature after a workout can accentuate a condition you already have, such as asthma, which could make you more susceptible to a virus with a weakened immune system.
The winter months are tough on your body’s thermoregulation process, especially when you're training outdoors your body will be fighting to maintain its core temperature. After your session you need to give your body every advantage in getting back up to temperature, so once you’ve washed and dried, putting some layers on, like a jacket can aid the recovery.
Add athletic style
You just worked hard why wouldn't you want a jacket that reflects that. An athletic jacket completes the look and is perfect for layering over your workout wardrobe. Often regular jackets can look odd with workout clothes or trainers, but a training jacket is designed to be worn with your trainers, so you're going to look and feel the part.
From moisture-wicking linings to smooth, leather exteriors, training jackets are available with the technical functions of your gym wardrobe, so they can be worn whilst you're warming up, whether that's your walk to the gym or your dynamic stretching before a run as well as post workout.
Training jacket materials
Fleece jackets are ideal for autumn days when brisk temperatures begin to set in. They are lightweight and soft, and provide a comfortable way to keep out the chill when worn post workout.
Nylon is lightweight and waterproof. Many have a fleece lining for extra warmth. These fabrics are ideal for biking or hiking in wet and windy weather. Nylon has more bulk than fleece. Opt for taped seams and a front flap to cover the zip if you need extra insulation. Narrow armholes and elastic waists help to seal garments to prevent wind and rain from entering. A nylon jacket with a high collar will also protect the neck from wind chill.
Traditional down-filled jackets are bulky, but the feathers help the wearer to maintain their natural body heat and keep it circulating, even in very cold temperatures. Down typically lasts longer than other fillings, however jackets filled with synthetic materials have a slimmer design and withstand wet weather better than down gilets, but tend to lose heat more rapidly.