Why Do My Running Clothes Stink?

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Sweat itself does not smell bad. It’s the skin bacteria that feeds on the chemicals in your sweat. Gross, right? So you’re just doing your thing, running your heart out and sweating like there’s no tomorrow, and meanwhile the natural growing bacteria on your skin is feasting on your perspiration. That smell is the excretion from the skin bacteria, after they process the chemicals from your sweat.

Okay, now that I’ve totally grossed you out, please don’t leave. You might be wondering why I’m telling you about body odor. It’s a fact of life – so, what?

Running apparel tends to hold odors. This is because synthetic fabrics (the polyester and spandex material that many running pieces are made of) harbor a unique kind of bacteria… Micrococci bacteria. This strain is particularly smelly, and grows best in polyester materials.

This is where antimicrobial fabrics come in. Antimicrobial fabrics come with an antimicrobial agent that prevents microorganisms from growing on the surface of the material. It’s a treatment that can be applied to running apparel, and you’ll see it listed under the apparel products list of features. Because the antimicrobial agent blocks the growth of microorganisms, it is thereby blocking the production of the odor they produce.

If you’ve found the running apparel odor struggle to be too real, here are a few of our top antimicrobial running tanks for Summer 2016.

Women’s Antimicrobial Tanks

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New Balance Women’s Ice Tank – MSRP: $40.00

Oiselle Women’s Flyte Tank – MSRP: $44.00

The Under Armour Women’s Heatgear Armour Racer Tank – MSRP: $25.00

Men’s Antimicrobial Tanks

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Brooks Men’s Elite Beast TC Singlet – MSRP: $70.00

New Balance Men’s Ice Singlet – MSRP: $40.00