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Appropriate Running Clothing: What You Should Know

by Clare Louise


Clothing designed especially for street runners is often distinct from clothing for other types of exercise.  This is because, unlike other activities, which you perform indoors. And generally air-conditioned, street racing requires you to adapt to the environment.

So, running clothes are produced in formats, fabrics, and materials that allow your body to perform at its best. Therefore, let’s get to know the types of clothing, material, and accessories indicated for the sport.

Regular Running Clothes:

Bermuda shorts, shorts, and shorts:

Running shorts made from flexible nylon are ideal as they are light, soft, and allow airflow. And you avoid any friction or sore spots. Furthermore, these shorts are designed to provide complete freedom of movement. However, some runners prefer tight Lycra shorts, such as those worn by sprinters, to avoid friction and support.

Skirt-shorts, also known as “skorts” (a sum of English skirts and shorts), are becoming increasingly popular among female runners.

Tank Top

For starters, avoid cotton shirts. The cotton-based fabric absorbs moisture, meaning sweat is absorbed, and the shirt is soaked and heavy. Furthermore, the cotton weft does not allow for adequate ventilation.

Opt For Polyester Shirts Or Tank Tops.

This fabric is lightweight even when wet and allows sweat to evaporate, keeping you comfortable and dry.

Base Layer / Long Sleeve Top

For warmer, long-sleeved shirts, the most common examples are polyester and Merino wool. Polyester ones come in different thicknesses for different temperatures but are more likely to sniff. Merino wool fiber is great because it heats up when wet. However, it is much more expensive than polyester.

Leggings And Running Pants

If its cold, running pants are the ideal choice. They are firm and elastic and won’t wobble or suffer from puddles, for example. If you are a man and find it strange to run in tight pants, just wear shorts or shorts over them. Versions suitable for negative temperatures have thermal wool lining and even windproof panels for thermal insulation.


The best is the light but wind-resistant and rain-proof versions. Some newer versions are also made from waterproof but breathable fabrics.


Vests are an alternative to the jacket for those who want a weatherproof garment but like greater freedom of movement in their arms. Vests are great for mildly cold days, worn with long sleeves.  The only downside is that you can’t tie it around the waist like jackets if you want to take it off because of the heat.


When you run, your feet are sweating a lot. This can lead to blisters and cold feet in winter unless you wear synthetic or Merino wool socks that absorb moisture. They are designed to keep your feet warm, dry, and blister free. Avoid cotton running socks and those with toe seams, which can cause blisters and sores. Socks with extra padding around the heel and sole provide extra cushioning and warmth.


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