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Summer Running Apparel

Invest in some new clothes to get you through your hottest training times.

During the hot summer months it’s sometimes hard to get yourself out the door for a run as the temperatures start to climb. You’ll be a lot more comfortable, though, if you invest in some new clothes to get you through our hottest training times.

There’s never been a better time to be looking, either, as manufacturers constantly try to out-do each other with new innovations. The result? A whole pile of incredible running clothes that are extremely comfortable, lightweight and, well, even stylish. Here’s a look at what you’ll find in Canadian stores this season.

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adiZERO Split Short – $49.99
Adidas
63047

Available for both men and women, these run shorts are light, free from constriction thanks to the split in the shorts, reveal a lot of leg and feature ventilated areas throughout the shorts and ClimaCool fabric in the brief to maintain dryness and comfort.

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Men’s Supernova Short Sleeve Tee -$40
Adidas
63048

Providing a loose but contoured fit, this shirt has a variety of ventilation panels to handle moisture differently at specific areas of the body. ClimaCool is used effectively at rear of the shirt to handle sweat that tends to pool at the spinal area. miCoach compatible, it works best for outdoor runs, but one can easily use this shirt for indoor training sessions since moisture does not bog down the fabric too much to create discomfort.

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Women’s adiSTAR Fitted Tank – $55
Adidas
63049

You will love the soft, silky feel of this stylish form fitted top. It is Formotion designed to work with your body’s natural movement. Testament to this is the practically unnoticeable right side zip pocket. (Of course that depends what you might put in it.) The ventilated ClimaCool moisture management fabric is placed at the back and cleavage areas maintain dryness and cooling. It is also miCoach compatible

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ARD Short – $65
Asics
63051

In both men’s and women’s models, the semi-fitted shorts are made with the lightweight, wrinkle-free Hydrology fabric that offers moisture management, breathability and UV protection. The seamless compression brief liner is durable, comfy, and chafe-resistant. It has a well-positioned rear zipper pocket for valuables.

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Women’s ARD Shimmel WR1196 – $70
Asics
63050

Constructed with breathable Hydrology mesh, the form fitted top has an internal shelf bra with an extra front mesh for additional moisture wicking and comfort. Reflective strips line the front for additional visibility, and there is a sizeable zippered mesh pocket at the rear centre of the garment.

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Men’s ARD Short Sleeve MR1123 – $60
Asics
63053

The ThermoCool Pro Eco fabric not only regulates temperature and provides 50+ UPF protection, it also feels soft on the skin. The Hydrology mesh adds to the moisture management, the flatlock stitching reduces chafing, front and rear reflection strips allow for night use and there is a sizable but subtle rear zipped pocket.

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WRT1106-SC NBx Welded Tank – $65
New Balance
63068

This form fitted garment has Lightning Dry (hydrophobic polyester yarns) moisture wicking, welded seams to reduce chaffing, high density transfer on style lines to provide support at the bust, and night safety with front and back reflectivity.

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WRS1107-SC NBx Run Short – $50
New Balance
63069

Features include a wide elastic waistband with an internal drawcord, front and back reflectivity, ICE (In Case of Emergency) trim in the rear pocket for safety, and, most notably, the X-Static silver fabric which reduces odour, regulates temperature, and resists static.

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MRT1116-YL – IceFilĀ® Short Sleeve – $42
New Balance
63070

Built for comfort, the key to this garment is the IceFil fabric that cools the body, wicks moisture and dries fast. The semi fitted shirt also has 40+ UPF protection, resists odour, and has front and rear reflectivity.

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Women’s Run Short (wr1231b) – $60
2XU
63055

With a short, form-fitted, comfortable cut, the super light VAPOR fabric keeps you dry and simply makes you want to run fast. It has anti-rub hems, low profile seams and an adjustable drawstring,Ā 

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Elite Run Singlet (mr1631a + wr1632a) – $70
2XU
63054

Available in both men’s and women’s styles, 2XU’s Elite Run Singlet uses four microfilament denier graded fabrics in order to control moisture, create comfort and provide durability. The SMD MESH fabric is used in high sweat zones, SMD SILVER provides for anti-bacterial and thermo-regulation, and the Fusion welded front panel prevents chaffing.

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Men’s Infinity In-R-Cool SL – $45
Pearl Izumi
63058

Part of Pearl Izumi’s Elite Series, this smooth semi-form fitted sleeveless top is not only great for running and racing, but also for those sweaty indoor training sessions. This is due to the In-R-Cool fabric technology, which manages perspiration to keep the body cool and its side and rear ventilated panels. Outdoor usage is enhanced thanks to the UPF 50 protection and its reflective front (logos) and rear (decorative design).

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Women`s Infinity Short – $55
Pearl Izumi
63056

Thanks to its seamless Float liner that resists chaffing, keeps the shorts from shifting around during motion and keeps you cool and dry, this is an extremely comfortable pair of shorts. The Elite Transfer fabric is lightweight, 100% recycled and moves moisture away from the skin. There is a zippered rear pocket and reflective design patterns at the front and rear of the shorts.

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Women’s Infinity Sport Tank – $65
Pearl Izumi
63057

This stylish and attractive form-fitted top can be used anywhere and is certainly an eye catcher. The flatlock seams maintain the overall soft and smooth feel, the Elite Transfer fabric provides works to keep you dry and comfortable, there is an inner bra with plush elastic for support and reflective logos allow extra visibility.

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Tech Run Shorts 2 – $45
Louis Garneau
63060

Guys who are not big fans of short run shorts will love these because they cover the entire upper leg region. Despite the length, they are not restrictive at all due to the Micron Light fabric which is very light, flexible, soft and has an anti-static finish. This means it resists bunching and riding up in the crotch area. Cooling is enhanced with the Aerator Mesh panels, there are front, rear and side reflective areas. There are four pockets, too, including two front zippered pockets, one back zippered pocket and an inner pocket.

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Men’s Carbon Run Tee – $45
Louis Garneau
63061
This shirt is so feather light you just might forget you have it on. It is made entirely of Carbon Ion Mesh that dries quickly and offers outstanding ventilation because its texture creates a cooling zone between the fabric and the skin. The flatlock seams ensure no chafing, there are reflective areas on the front and rear and the material does not hold onto odour, making it excellent for use for indoor spin classes where you are in close quarters with others.

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Women’s Supra Light Tee – $40
Louis Garneau
63059

Similar to the men’s Carbon Run Tee with its lightweight and Carbon Ion Mesh qualities, this women’s version adds a few extra features to the mix. There’s an ergonomically constructed collar to reduce chafing, Running Lite stitching to reduce abrasion and the Supra Lite fabric for wind resistance, improved durability and water resistance. It also has UPF/SPF 50 protection.

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Women’s Distance Shorts – $40
Oakley
63062

With a wide waistband, these stylish and extremely comfortable shorts have no seam lines, are comfortably loose and have a drawstring for an exact fit on your waist. You can easily roll the shorts (a seeming must for teenage reviewers), but the conservative – not-too-short – inseam length was a hit with our older reviewers, too, making this a popular short regardless of age.

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Elongate Tank – $50
Oakley
63063

This extremely lightweight tank top has an optional racer back and a comfortable built-in bra for support. The flattering length and fit at the waist, combined with the feminine detail made this another popular item for our female reviewers.

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Men’s Ultra Run Tech Tee – $60
Zoot
63064

Thanks to the UPF 50+ sun protection IceFil cooling technology used in this shirt, you’ll stay comfortable and cool with this lightweight T-shirt. The ULTRAcell fabric is moisture activated so it starts to work as you start to sweat. The material also uses anti-bacterial technology to combat odour.

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Men’s Ultra Run Tech Short – $60
Zoot
63065

With a TekSheen 7″ inseam liner that’s built into the short, there’s lots of muscle support built in to reduce fatigue for those long efforts. There’s integrated Hip Holster pockets and reflective detailing for safety that help make this a comfortable and high-performance training option.

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Women’s Seaside Run Tee – $45
Zoot
63066

This comfortably fitting lightweight sleeveless shirt has a higher cut for conservative coverage, a flattering feminine fit and offers lots of nice detail to add style to its performance qualities.

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Women’s Karma Run Short – $35
Zoot
63067

Made with extremely light MicroSilk fabric, the stretch woven shell construction with contrast leg insets on this short allow for full movement without being revealing. There’s a brief liner made with comfortable Transfer fabric and an internal key pocket which make this a great short for training and racing.

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Women’s Ignite Singlet – $45
Saucony
63084

With a feminine taper and stylish design, this lightweight singlet is extremely comfortable and is the perfect length, according to our reviewers. It’ll stay that way even in the hottest conditions thanks to the Jacquard speed pattern material that ventilates and moves moisture and the HydraLite breathable grid construction on the back.

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Women’s Run Lux II Short – $45
Saucony
63083

This comfortable stretch-fit short has a drawstring at the waist to ensure the right fit and a zippered pocket for keys or some coffee money for after your run. The Microdenier Stretch Ultrasilk material is extremely light and breathable, as is the Sheertek recycled brief. There are mesh side panels to ensure you’ll have lots of unrestricted movement, too.

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Men’s Inferno Short Sleeve- $45
Saucony
63081

This loose-fitting short sleeved shirt manages to provide a relaxed fit and look but also extremely functional for virtually any run effort. The Jacquard speed pattern material is extremely comfortable and provides lots of ventilation and moisture wicking. There’s also the HydraLite breathable grid construction on the back to keep things cool. Reflective Saucony logos help keep you safe, too.

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Men’s Inferno Split Short – $50
Saucony
63140

Made with light and breathable Microdenier Stretch Ultrasilk, this short has a 3″ inseam and mesh side panels so you’ll move easily through virtually any run this summer. The Sheertek brief is extremely comfortable and there’s a back zip storage pocket, too. Reflective piping adds a bit more safety.

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Women`s Nora – $45
Merrell
63118

It’s hard to know if you’re going to want to wear the Nora to a workout or around town. This lightweight and comfortable stretch tank has a feminine design, a built in shelf bra and a cool pattern. There’s a feminine, stylish and low back with a criss-cross detail to accentuate those muscles. The Merrell Opti-Wick fabric transfers moisture away from your skin and dries quickly to keep you comfortable.

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Women’s Atalaya – $55
Merrell
63119
The Atalaya skirt includes a compression short and used Merrell Opti-Wick fabric that wicks moisture so you’ll be able to hit the trails or the roads (or the town, too) in style. The high-stretch knit waistband is both flattering and wicks moisture away for comfort. There’s a back stash pocket for money or a key.

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Women’s Airborn Long Women’s Running Sports Bra – $50
Nike
63077

This sweat-wicking, form-fitting Sports Bra is long enough to be worn as a singlet for those with the confidence to do so. There’s lots of support thanks to an internal support frame, and comfort is enhanced thanks to the mesh bra lining. There’s even a media player pocket built into the stylish racer-back and back panel – Nike even included a reflective loop at the upper back to keep media cords out of the way. The Dri-FIT fabric will wick moisture away and keep you comfortable and dry as the temperature rises.

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Women’s Tempo Track Running Shorts – $35
Nike
63078

These low-rise shorts don’t provide quite the same range of movement as some of the other pairs we tried, but you won’t care once you feel the comfort of the built-in Dri-FIT crepe liner. There are side mesh panels for ventilation and comfort and an internal waist pocket to store small items. The 3.5″ inseam and the outer shorts, which are made of lightweight, polyester-taffeta performance fabric provides a classic look and a comfortable, athletic fit.

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Men’s Sphere Running Shirt – $50
Nike
63080

Made with ultra-lightweight Dri-Fit Mesh, you won’t even know you’ve got this shirt on. The flat-stitched seams ensure there won’t be any chafing, regardless of the conditions, and the mesh inserts under the arm and back add even more ventilation. Add that to the moisture-wicking properties of the material and you have a super-comfortable shirt. A longer back hem keeps things in place and a media loop helps direct headphone cords.

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Men’s Tempo Two-in-One Shorts – $60
Nike
63079

If you’re looking for the ultimate combination of compression and coverage, you’ve got it with these shorts. Dri-FIT mesh inserts provide breathability and great range of motion, while the 7″ inseam provides lots of coverage without limiting your movement. The drawcord elastic waist provides a custom fit, and there’s a back zip pocket and an internal key pocket.-KM and RH