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What to wear this fall: Running jackets, tights, shorts and tops

There is no such thing as bad weather, just poor clothing choices, right? That’s never been a truer statement than this year, thanks to the impressive clothing options on the market. We had a look at a variety of training options from lightweight jackets to shorts and T-shirts perfectly suited for a run or hard gym session.

Under Armour — Streaker ¼ Zip ($65) and NoBreaks ColdGear Infrared Leggings ($80)

This fitted long-sleeve shirt uses Under Armor’s Microthread technology to create a fast-drying stretchy running shirt that won’t cling, chafe or absorb sweat. The material has built-in anti-odour technology to keep things fresh, while the reflective logos help keep things safe on those fall evenings when the light fades. Pair this stylish shirt with the NoBreaks ColdGear Infrared Leggings that are sure to keep you warm and comfortable as the temperature drops. The tights feature ultra-tight, secondskin-like compression thanks to a dual-layer four-way stretch brushed fabric. There are side pockets and a zipped back pocket, along with seven-inch leg zips to make it easy to get into, or out of, these speedy tights.

Zoot — Wind Swell+ Jacket ($80) and Twin Fin Capri ($130)


The lightweight Wind Swell+ jacket provides lots of protection from the elements without the bulk. The lightweight woven polyester shell uses an ultra-fine denier yarn in a rip stop pattern to keep out the wind and water. There’s added warmth thanks to a “Dawn Patrol” lined collar, but lots of ventilation thanks to the front and back vent so you won’t overheat during hard efforts. There are lots of pockets, too – two zippered pockets on the front and another zippered back pocket with two interior mesh pockets. Pair this stylish jacket with the Twin Fin Capri tight in the fall. It offers a comfortable three-season stretch knit fabric with smooth seams and a wide knit waistband with a draw cord for a sleek fit. There’s a back, zippered pocket, too.

2XU — MCS All Sport Tight ($160) and Top ($160)

You’re dying to know what MCS stands for, right? Muscle Containment Stamping, of course. This fabric support system is designed to target key muscle, tendon and fascia groups and reduce muscle oscillation and damage. The top “maps” the traps, lats, pec and deltoid muscles to limit tension in the shoulders and support your back. The tights are designed to provide stability and support to the glutes, hamstrings and calves, while using PWX Flex 70D fabric on the front panels for the quads. Despite all this support and compression, these comfortable tights provide lots of flexibility and, thanks to the Invista Lycra, are really durable, too.

Asics — Short Sleeve Crew ($60) and Woven Short 7″ ($60)

For those still-warm fall days you’ll want some shorts and a T-shirt for your run or cross training workouts, Asics has a couple of very comfortable options. Featuring impressive breathability and moisture management, the lightweight heathered Crew moves with you through even the hardest efforts. The Woven Short 7″ is a perfect companion for runs or gym sessions. There’s no lining in these almost knee-length shorts, so you can pick your own underlayer. (Running to the pool? These are a perfect choice.) The soft material offers four-way stretch and wicks moisture away in an instant. You can carry keys or a membership card with ease – there are two hand pockets and a welded back pocket. Whether you’re running, lifting or throwing tires around a gym, you’ll be comfortable in this combo.

New Balance — Kairosport Jacket $130


Using the NB Heat material, this very stylish and comfortable fullzip hoodie manages to provide lots of warmth without feeling like you’re running in a parka. The innovative material also wicks away perspiration, so you’ll feel warm and dry even during the hardest efforts. Providing lots of water and wind resistance, this is a perfect outer layer on colder days in the winter, while being breathable enough to get you through those cool fall morning or evening runs, too.