Best Summer Running Gear for Women

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Whether you’re an expert marathon runner or someone who simply likes to jog with friends, running outside during the summer can be tough. The heat! The humidity! The dehydration! So many things can deter you from pounding the pavement (trails, paths, sand) when the temperature is 60 degrees or above, especially if you aren’t prepared with the right gear. So, I tapped ELLE.com’s most avid runners to share what they use to get through their summertime runs. Take their advice ahead, and build a warm-weather running kit of your own.

1

Biker Shorts

Outdoor Voices TechSweat Flex Short
outdoorvoices.com
$34.00

When heatwaves become less of a wave and more of an every. damn. day type of occurrence, biker shorts are necessary.  Outdoor Voices ones are made from an exclusive, lightweight fabric called TechSweat that sucks you in and keeps you dry due to it’s sweat-wicking and breathable material. Four-way stretch also means they’re easier to peel off your body after an especially sweaty run. Just sayin’. — Nikki Ogunnaike, ELLE.com Style Director

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2

Lightweight Shoes

On a recent trip to Tokyo, Japan with Nike, I had the pleasure of putting the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo sneakers to a run test three days in a row. Not so pleasurable? The 95 degree, 15 percent humidity weather. Nevertheless, I got through it in part to this shoe’s ZoomX foam, the lightest foam that Nike has developed in its history. Beloved by elite runners like NYC Marathon runner Shalane Flannigan, the sneaker is designed to help runners store more energy, something everyone needs on an already-draining summer day. —N.O.

Available July 19 for NikePlus members through the Nike app. The shoe will release globally August 2 on nike.com and at select retailers.

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3

Bombas Socks

Bombas may have gotten its start on Shark Tank, but this brand is anything but a TV gimmick. These are hands down my all time favorite socks because, while I’m very prone to blisters during long runs, I’ve never ever gotten one while wearing these. I am truly obsessed. —N.O.

Bombas All Ankle Socks, $122.40 for 12; bombas.com

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4

Breathable Sports Bra

Gymshark Sleek Sculpture Sports Bra
gymshark.com
$38.00

I tend to wear just sports bras with shorts during my summer runs, so having one with good support and a breathable mesh back is really nice. — Alyssa Bailey, News Editor 

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5

Spray Suncreen

Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50
neutrogena.com
$8.99

No matter when I go out, I make a point to quickly apply an SPF 50+ sunscreen diligently. I like waterproof ones because when I start sweating, they don’t make an even stickier mess. —A.B.

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6

A Visor

Scunci Scunci Visor Headwrap
amazon.com
$2.99

Don’t laugh—this visor may not be something you wear out at night, but it will shade your face from the sun. It won’t mess up your hairstyle like a baseball cap might and is made of soft, headband-like material so it feels comfortable and lightweight. —Kristina Rodulfo, Senior Beauty Editor 

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7

Running Belt

FlipBelt
rei.com
$28.95

When you’re wearing next to nothing, but still need to carry the essentials, this snug belted pouch comes in handy. It even fits an iPhone so you can comfortably go hands-free while you run. —K.R.

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8

Wetforce Clear Stick UV Protector Broad Spectrum 50+

Shiseido
sephora.com
$28.00

Another sunny day must, this SPF stick is super tiny and easy to pack in your fanny pack or a pocket for reapplication during longer runs. It is waterproof, goes on clear, and feels like nothing. It won’t get in your eyes and irritate them when you start to sweat, either! — K.R.

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9

Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Loose Powder Formula
sephora.com
$20.00

To keep my hair from getting too greasy during super-hot runs, I squeeze some of Khlorane’s dry shampoo with oat milk into my roots before leaving the house. It’s a powder, which means it’s extra absorbant on sweat and grime—the exact kind of stuff that collects in your hair when you’re doing laps around Brooklyn in 90 percent humidity. —Jessica Roy, Deputy Editor

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10

GU Energy Original Sports Nutrition Energy Gel, Espresso Love, 24 Count [Espresso Love]

GU Energy Labs
amazon.com
$29.95

If you’re doing long runs in this heat, it’s important you keep a good electrolyte balance. If I’m running more than eight miles at a time, I’ll take a Gu nutrition gel along with me in case I start flagging. It helps replenish my energy and the espresso flavor is as non-gross tasting as a sugary goo can be. —J.R.

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