2017 Back to School Buying Guide for the Male Runner

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It’s that time of year again. It’s time to find the binders that you buried in your closet, pick up a pencil for the first time in over two months, and start remembering what day it is. It’s time for school.

Whether you are a student athlete yourself or just shopping for one, this guide has our picks of the best back to school gear for students on the run.


The Singlet

Popping colors and a breathable fabric that can wick your sweat into oblivion, this singlet was made to run.

Shop the New Balance Men’s Accelerate Singlet
MSRP – $27.99


The Short Sleeve Tee

Aerated mesh in all the right places with irritation free flatlock seams, this tee has running incorporated into every stitch.

Shop the Nike Men’s Dry Miler Short Sleeve
MSRP – $35.00


The Long Sleeve Tee

Capilene isn’t a fancy word for buttery soft, but it might as well be. This plush, moisture-wicking fabric is treated with Polygiene to prevent microbial growth and unsavory odors. Oh yeah! It also has UPF 50+ UV protection.

Shop the Patagonia Men’s Capilene Graphic Long Sleeve
MSRP – $49.00


The Split Short

For the runner who wants the freedom of a high split and a selection with more print options than can readily be imagined, BOA has it all.

Shop all BOA Men’s 1″ Split Shorts
MSRP – $29.00 – $38.00


The Notched Short

Not everyone has to wear split shorts. For guys who’d prefer to leave a little more to the imagination while enjoying the cooling comfort of mesh paneling and a lightweight liner, these shorts are money.

Shop the Nike Men’s 5″ Challenger Short
MSRP – $35.00


The Quarter Zip

Lightweight and easy to pull on and off, this quarter zip has enough warmth for cool morning runs and the chilling tones of your US History teacher.

Shop The North Face Men’s Versitas 1/4 Zip
MSRP – $50.00


The Sweatpants

For warm ups, cool downs, or the times in between, these sweats are the play. Plentiful pockets can store any essentials while the tapered legs prevent that nightmare inducing swishing sound.

Shop the adidas Men’s Response Astro Pant
MSRP – $60.00


The Headband

Enough time has passed since Jaeger switched to the man-bun for headbands to be retro, again, and we all know that retro is equivalent to cool. Strut your way to practice with a bold and bright headband.

Shop the Nike Dri-Fit Headband 2.0
MSRP – $9.00


The Socks

Whether you’re looking for crew socks with added style or a no show pair that gets the job done, Swiftwick has ultralight running socks for everyone’s feet.

Shop all Swiftwick Socks


The Watch

After working on Algebra for hours, let your watch do the math. Nifty tracking features make hitting the right pace and logging your training a breeze.

Shop the Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS Watch
MSRP – $170.00


The Backpack

Stash your books, binders, pens, pencils, shoes, shorts, shirt, water bottle, and fidget spinner all in one convenient bag.

Shop the Nike Hayward Futura 2.0 Backpack
MSRP – $55.00


The Snack

Hungry at all times? Well, that really only passes with age, but these bars will temporarily quench the raging inferno that is your metabolism.

Shop all Clif Nut Butter Filled Bar 12-Packs
MSRP – $22.68


The Bottle

Things can get a little heated in Speech and Debate. Keep a cool head with cold water in this insulated water bottle.

Shop the CamelBak Podium Big Chill Bottle
MSRP – $15.00


Now, if you aren’t actually going back to school but you think you might enjoy some of the products listed above, that’s cool by us. We won’t tell.


Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.

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