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Mens Running Clothing Guide
With so much choice and so many things to consider, how should you go about choosing what to wear when running? We explore the main items of clothing that serious and amateur runners should never be without. We also help you to choose the right gear for your run so you that nothing gets in the way of your performance. But first here’s a rundown of your running clothing essentials.
Running Jackets & Tops
In athletics, a running top could be anything from a basic vest to a long-sleeved, lightweight jacket. Actual running jackets, on the other hand, are usually thicker, warmer and waterproof, plus they provide pockets to store your keys, money, phone and snacks. if you're going to be running at night, always ensure that your outermost layer features reflective strips to keep you visible in the dark.
Running Shorts & Tights
Many runners prefer to wear running shorts over jogging bottoms due to the freedom of movement they offer. Lightweight running shorts sit above your knees and feature elasticated drawcord waists. As an alternative to heavier jogging bottoms, some men prefer to wear running tights in the winter for extra warmth.
Base Layers & Compression Wear
Base layers are worn beneath running tops and sit close to your skin to keep you dry and your body temperature regulated. Base layers and compression shorts made with nylon and polyester act to pull sweat away from your skin to evaporate as you run. Under Armour and Nike offer base layers designed specifically for runners. Find out more about how compression shorts can help improve your performance here.
Socks & Gloves
Most running socks include cushioning and support that's ergonomically tailored to each foot. Running socks made by More Mile even incorporate Tactel Aquator technology to help keep your feet dry and comfortable. Running gloves provide the perfect solution to numb fingers on frosty mornings and some even include touch-screen friendly fingertips allowing you to check your route on the go.
A good pair of men's running shoes will not only keep your feet comfortable but could also help to improve your running style. Read our guide to choosing the best running shoes for a full breakdown of what to consider or find out how to recognise if you suffer from pronation. We also have complete guides to Asics and New Balance running shoes.
Running gear for all times of year
The problem with deciding what to wear for your run is that your body is usually cold at the time of choosing. You could be three miles from home before you realise that taking a running jacket with you was a bad idea. Now you're stuck with extra weight to carry and additional warmth that you don't need. So how can you plan for your run, so you have exactly what you need and nothing more? The further you run, the more important it is to check the weather forecast. But this isn't simply a case of looking if it'll stay dry for your afternoon barbecue; you need to consider a few more variables:you
Where you're running to - If you're training for a marathon, you could easily be running between 10 to 20 miles a time. This will not only take you to different towns and cities, but also into different weather systems. There may be no rain forecast for where you live but there could be where you’re running to.
How long you'll be out - While the weather is unlikely to change during a half hour jog, longer runs could span a large part of your day. If you're running in the summer, remember that days get progressively hotter until the early hours of the afternoon. Layer lightweight clothing that you can remove as necessary.