This is a list of gear both beginners and advanced male runners will find most useful during the coming spring and summer months. We’ve included the best breathable socks, lightweight tights, durable shorts, versatile jackets, and many other items that have undergone our strenuous testing process and impressed us as we put them through the paces on our runs. Below you’ll find our top recommendations for products to boost your workouts, and recovery, as well as the functionality considered when making these selections.
Pursuit Four Ultralight
Admittedly, the conversations we have at Runner’s World—even virtually—aren’t your usual water-cooler gossip. But during an online chat between test editors, this was the sock that immediately sparked an uproar, with three runners and cyclists using the “100” emoji to declare their fondness for them. Swiftwick uses a lightweight all-season merino wool that naturally cuts down on stink and keeps the Pursuit Ultralight feeling remarkably cool and dry on foot. We know this because we’ve worn it for back-to-back 80-degree, 98% humidity 10-milers without a wash in between. There’s just enough cushioning for comfort, but it’s not overly plush, so the sock fits well in both daily trainers and snugger racing flats. (If you want a bit more padding, spring for the medium-cushioned Pursuit. Check out the Zero, One, or Seven styles if you prefer a different cuff height.) While it didn’t cause any blisters or rubbing, we did notice that the toe seam does protrude slightly.
Under Armour Fly Fast HeatGear Tights
Under Armour’s ColdGear line is designed to keep you warm when the weather is cool; the brand’s HeatGear line keeps you cool when the weather is warm. With that in mind, the Fly Fast tights aren’t the pair you’ll want to grab when the temperature dips below freezing. Instead, they’re ideal for chilly Spring morning runs when you want a little more coverage to keep your muscles warm, or as an extra layer under shorts. The Fly Fast has stretchy mesh paneling behind the knees for more breathability and better range of motion, and uses a quick-drying blend of four-way stretch polyester and spandex. The only drawback is that these tights don’t have side pockets, but there is a zip compartment along the back waistband.
Fourlaps Rush 2.0
In the Rush Jogger 2.0, men’s brand Fourlaps offers another premium warm-up (translate: classy lounge pant) to the athleisure category. A deep inseam, generous thighs, and tapered calves cut a runner-friendly form and leave room enough for a full stride, said our tester, Derek. But the French terry cotton, while lightweight and silky soft, was sodden by the end of a four-mile run. Such is the compromise with plushy, insulating high-cotton blends. The pants performed best, he said, when rolled tight, carried in a CamelBak, and donned as a cool-down layer—here, he pointed to the stretchy elastic waistband that reached easily over shorts and a zipped pocket-in-pocket that’s convenient for securing cards and keys. While their tapered calves and fitted ankle cuffs proved too narrow to fit over his shoe’s heel, these joggers excelled during Derek’s easy warm-up laps on the track and especially, the post-workout “nap test.”
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