Ahh, summer. Gone are the allergies, the cloudy days, and the dimly lit morning runs. Summer running is a simple beauty, and the benefits of a simply perfect running top cannot be understated.
Below, we’ve listed our favorite tops for the the season. In order to facilitate decision making, we’ve included two recommendations for each style: one with the spice (that premier technology) and one with the price (biggest bang for your buck).
Singlets & Tanks
The ON Tank-T is pretty much the pinnacle of running tanks. The fabric is so light it’s almost invisible to the naked eye, and the large rear mesh panel might convince your skin that you’re running shirtless. Welded seams around the neck and shoulders prevent irritation and add structure, so you can even throw on a hydration pack for longer runs without worrying about durability.
Simple and effective — this singlet leaves the frills behind in favor of quick-drying polyester mesh, a racerback design, and flatlock seams for comfortable, chafe-free miles in the sun.
Short Sleeve Tops
Not your average short sleeve top, this Salomon tee features ultra-light fabric that dries extremely quickly to help you maintain an ideal body temperature no matter how hard you push your run. A favorite of elite Salomon athletes like Max King, there aren’t many tops this effective at keeping you dry and cool.
With a silky-soft feel and an understated heathered design, this adidas tee is an easy go-to for any kind of run. Despite its simple appearance, the smooth polyester fabric makes it far better at wicking moisture than any of your cotton tees back at home.
For runs in unpredictable summer climates, this Ultimate Direction jacket is uncompromisingly effective. Completely waterproof material along with cinches in the hood, sleeves, and waist will keep you dry, while vents under the arms help prevent overheating. An internal chest pocket gives you a safe spot to store little necessities, and you can use the same pocket to pack the jacket down when the weather improves.
The Brooks LSD Jacket is an excellent companion for summer runs at dawn or dusk when there’s a chill in the breeze and dew in the air. The featherweight fabric is wind and water resistant with a zippered pocket to stow small essentials. This jacket even boasts UPF 30 sun protection, so you can run confidently from sunset to sunrise and beyond.
Looking for something other than tops? Check out our complete catalogue below.
David is a multi-sport athlete with a love for the outdoors and a passion for all things health-related. When not shooting hoops or spiking volleyballs, he can most likely be found running trails or pounding pavement around town. He first started running to stay in shape and has since completed a number of half and full marathons.