Choosing the right type of Running Clothing is important as if you make your decision based on what the temperature is at your home location or if the weather forecast isn’t checked before you leave for your route you could end up wearing too much or not enough depending on how the climate changes. This can affect performance by being uncomfortable if you are too cold or are overheating and carrying too much so it’s always best to research and plan ahead if you’re new to long distance running.
Getting the most up to date forecast for your intended route is essential especially if it is marathon length and spans miles where there is time for the weather conditions to change as the day goes on whereas for shorter runs it is unlikely to change too quickly making it easier to plan ahead.
Time of year is also another factor to consider as generally during the summertime it will become hotter in an afternoon and during colder seasons it is obviously cooler but more likely to change with wet and windy conditions.
Knowing the conditions and the type of running route you’re going on means you can look at finding the right type of Running Clothing.
There is a wide range of Running Clothing available that not only suits varying weather conditions but types of run as well with others providing extra support and comfort to work to helping overall performance. In this guide we have broken down the available clothing into their individual types to make it easier to discover what each can do for you.
Ideal for colder weather conditions Running Jackets are designed to offer protection from the rain, wind and some can offer differing levels of insulation as well all while being much more lightweight than you would expect. A lot of the major brands like Montane and OMM use existing or create their own technical fabrics so they use synthetic microfibres that offer protection and tend to be durable and often breathable too. Many feature adjustable elements for more control over the fit, to lessen heat loss or aid cooling around the hems, cuffs and sometimes hoods as well. You will find that running jackets still have pockets for essential items plus reflective strips to help increase visibility in low light all in a packable garment.
Both short and long-sleeved tops are available specifically for running and tend to feature elements similar to base layers such as technical fabrics and weaves so that they have lasting durability and commonly have moisture wicking systems so that the more active a person becomes they will still stay cool and dry. Also included in this are running vest tops which may be a preference for when you want some insulation and protection but allows for more regulated cooling with the arms being exposed.
Running Shorts & Leggings
The main difference when choosing between either running shorts or leggings is basically what the weather conditions are but it may also come down to personal preference as well as a lot of the fabrics and technical features are fairly similar as they need to the same job. Obviously if the weather is warmer or you will be running a great distance then shorts are a better choice as they will keep you cooler but for colder climates leggings can offer that extra bit of insulation you need at the right time to stay comfortable.
Base & Compression Layers
Base Layers and compression running garments work slightly differently but both tend to be worn under other running clothing as they are extremely lightweight and wear very closely to the skin. Base Layer tops and shorts from brands such as 2XU, Under Armour and Helly Hansen work to stretch and conform to the natural body shape for comfort and ensuring a full range of motion is maintained while at the same time wicking away perspiration from the surface of the skin so you are left feeling dry and cool. Compression base layers have the added feature of offering muscle support to lessen fatigue over long-distance runs and marathons by helping to increase blood flow.
Gloves & Socks
Garments like Gloves & Socks dedicated to running aren’t always something you would normally think of but can make enough of a difference to increase your comfort and support as therefore your performance. Running Gloves are lightweight like all dedicated clothing to the sport but makes all the difference by keeping your hands warm when the weather becomes chilly, plus keeping them dry as well and certain gloves by The North Face even have touch-screen device compatibility making it easy to use your phone. Running Socks from brand’s like Thorlo, X-Socks and SealSkinz are fairly varied with many of the brands offering different features like breathability, insulation some have arch support and others cushioning or even dedicated abrasion resistant zones so if you know what is likely to occur on your chosen route it’s easy to find a pair that will help make it more comfortable and work with your running shoes.
Choosing the right type of Running Clothing for your needs is important so hopefully this guide will make things clearer in finding the right ones for you with us at Fitness Footwear.