September has arrived and school has started, but that doesn’t mean that the warmth of summer has disappeared – far from it, in fact. We’ve still got a month or two to go before the air is too cold to run in shorts and a t-shirt.
If your closet is anything like ours, your warm-weather running gear may show some wear and tear from this summer’s activities. Truly…after washing your favorite shirt twice a week for the past 12 weeks, it’s no small wonder that the thing is still in one piece.
With that in mind, it may be time to replace a few items, and we have some suggestions for what you need to keep you cool, dry and odor-free.
Skin cancer is real, folks. And so are raccoon tans. If you’re spending any amount of time out in the sunshine you should be lathering up your exposed skin in sunscreen. That said, offering a little extra protection to your face doesn’t hurt either. The adjustable Brooks Hat II is made from moisture-wicking material that is light-weight and well-ventilated to keep you cool and safe from the sun.
It may be September, but it’s still hot. Finding the right shirt that feels almost weightless even when it’s drenched with sweat can be a challenge. We’ve got a solution for you. The mesh panels on the Women’s New Balance Ice Short Sleeve Top (it also comes in yellow) mean you get airflow in all the right places. Evaporative cooling, anyone?
Perhaps you’re one of the fortunate few who doesn’t sweat – you merely glisten. If you are one of those lucky individuals, please feel free to read ahead to the final paragraph, because the next two are for those of us who can’t get that irritating sweat smell out of our favorite running shirt (amiright?) Fortunately, Saucony seems to have figured out a solution in their Premium Tech Short Sleeve Top. It not only eliminates moisture, but it is also made from anti-microbial fabric to keep you odor-free wear after wear and wash after wash.
Ladies, Icebreaker offers a great, odor-resistant tee to help the transition from summer into fall. The Icebreaker Flash Short Sleeve Top is made from extremely lightweight wool, making it a great transition piece as the warmer temperatures start to cool off. It dries quickly , and can be used as base layer once winter rolls in.
It won’t be summer forever, so it’s good to plan ahead for the winter months. The Ultimate Direction Signature Series Scott Jurek Ultra Vest was designed by an ultra-marathoner as the ideal pack for every runner. Made to hold all the essentials that every runner needs from your cell phone to water bottles, it has special features like a water-proof pocket to store things next to your back without running the risk of sweat percolating through to your gear.
Got questions? Call Boulder Running at 1-800-807-61791-800-807-6179 (303-RUN-WALK303-RUN-WALK locally) and we’ll be glad to walk you through fabrication details.