2016 Spring Running Apparel Guide
The spring running season is right around the corner, and ACTIVE.com tested the latest apparel in the industry. From vests and tights to shorts and tanks, our 2016 spring running apparel guide will be your one-stop shop for what's hot this season.
What's Hot For Spring 2016 Running1 of 22
Spring is a favorite time of year for many runners. Get your shoes out of hibernation and hit the road in the season's hottest running apparel.
Under Armour Women's Storm Layered Up Vest – Editors Choice$74.99 2 of 22
This flattering vest is ideal for spring transition days when it's still chilly, but a little too warm for a jacket.
The vest's incredibly light polyester fabric offers a buffer from blustery winds, and the collar can be zipped all the way up to your chin for additional coverage.
The front is slightly longer than the back, which we found strange at first. After a few runs, though, we enjoyed the added roominess of the design.
Asics Men's FuzeX Printed Short Sleeve Shirt$45; Available March 2016 3 of 22
The satiny-smooth fabric of this shirt is light and breathable, perfect for humid spring days. An all-over print is subtly distinctive, and reflective details make the top great for low-light runs.
The fit runs a little small, so we recommend ordering up a size.
Zoot Women's West Coast Short Sleeve$40 4 of 22
Zoot is based in San Diego, so it's no surprise this running tee is the epitome of West Coast cool. An ultra-light knit construction and tiny, breathable holes make the shirt ideal for warmer days, while the fun pop of color on the shoulders lets you run in style.
Mizuno Women's Katara Packable Hoody$85 5 of 22
When Mizuno says this jacket is packable, it's not kidding. Collapsing into itself as you fold it, this item can get smaller and smaller, making it the perfect addition for an on-the-go runner.
The jacket is constructed with IMPERMALITE, a weather-resistant fabric by Mizuno. Aside from the material keeping you warm and dry, it's also incredibly light—to the point that it's hard to believe you even have an extra layer on.
We tried it out on numerous almost-spring days when temperatures weren't quite warm enough to go without a second layer, and stayed perfectly toasty without overheating.
The jacket also comes equipped with a hood and reflective arm strap for night runs.
Saucony Women's Breeze Short Sleeve$46 6 of 22
A short-sleeve running shirt for spring is a must, and Saucony's Breeze is a great choice if you're looking for something easy to throw on.
The shirt has a long and lean fit, making it very flattering, and since it flares at the bottom, you don't have to worry about it riding up on your runs. It also has a droptail, providing extra coverage in the back.
It's hard to imagine overheating in this top. The fabric is extremely light and sweat-wicking, and the large, open back not only adds a dramatic detail, but keeps air flow constantly moving.
Lucy Women's Cloud Breaker Long Sleeve$69 7 of 22
You won't burn up in this burnout long sleeve top from Lucy. The airy polyester and spandex shirt has mesh venting and moisture-wicking technology to keep you cool and dry.
Thumbholes on the arms keep sleeves in place, and a longer length is flattering enough to go from run to real life.
Pearl Izumi Men's Pursuit Short Sleeve Shirt$45; Available late February 2016 8 of 22
As the seasons change and temperatures begin to rise, we're sure this will be your new go-to top.
This new, semi-form fitting shirt features a larger neck hole and loose sleeves to encourage free movement—even on warm, sticky runs. The lightweight Transfer Dry fabric and Ice-fil treatment wicks moisture and reduces body temperature, and the mesh panels increases airflow and ventilation.
Asics Women's FuzeX Split Short$50; Available March 2016 9 of 22
These airy shorts will be your new favorites for steamy late spring runs.
We loved the extra wide waistband, which lies comfortably flat on your waist without riding up—or down. While the color reminds us a bit of a hospital visit, the ultra-light, perforated fabric makes up for it by keeping you nice and cool.
New Balance Women's Trinamic Crop$94.99 10 of 22
These mid-rise, cropped leggings are part of New Balance's new line of compression gear, Trinamic, which launches this spring.
Slipping into these for the first time is like putting on a second skin—they have a tight fit, and the thin material clings closely to every inch. Though they don't provide the same coverage as other bottoms, the dark colors do a good job of concealing anything you don't want to show off, and there's an internal elastic waistband with a drawstring.
In addition to the thin material, these leggings also have laser-cut perforations behind the knee, making it extremely breathable for compression gear. The leggings feature NB DRY Technology, which wicks away sweat, and NB FLEXx premium 3D stretch fabric, so they always move with you.
Zoot Women's Moonlight Racerback Bra$45 11 of 22
Say hello to your new favorite sports bra. It's so comfortable, you may even forget you're wearing it.
The extra-wide bottom band lays flat against your chest without digging in or chafing, and the double straps offer added support for your gals in a fashionable way. For super steamy days, a small mesh window in the front of the bra provides additional ventilation.
Under Armour Women's Fly-By Capri$49.99 12 of 22
These pants offer the ultimate in comfort, gentle compression and support. With a wide waistband and flatlock seams, you'll want to wear these for more than just running.
Under Armour's HeatGear fabric, Moisture Transport System and mesh panels on the legs keep you cool, chafe-free and running smooth. A vertical zip pocket below your hip lets you store small items like a car key or gel.
We loved these capris on runs of any distance or pace, and we're sure you'll love them, too.
Brooks Women's Ghost Racerback$42 13 of 22
This tank is so light, you'll barely know it's there.
A sheer, moisture-wicking fabric and featherweight feel is made for humid, late-spring days. A longer, flattering cut makes this a great top for both training and racing.
Lululemon Men's Repetition Shorts$72 14 of 22
Not all running shorts are created equal, and the Repetition Short from Lululemon stands out in both form and function.
The Luxtreme fabric liner sits just above the knee and provides slight compression, and the Quad Pockets keep keys and gels from jostling around while on the move. The Swift Ultra fabric outer is stretchy and moisture wicking, and with five colors to choose from, it will match almost any style.
2XU Women's Mid-Rise Compression Tights$89.95 15 of 22
For runners who like compression, these tights offer the perfect amount of pressure in the right areas.
The design features powerful, graduated compression, but unlike many compression products on the market, this pair offers a gentler, more comfortable feel. The wide waistband doesn't constrict and stays put through runs of any distance.
Our only complaint would be the small, fairly useless hip pocket. Replace that with a larger zipper pocket and these would be perfect.
Zoot Men's PCH 5-Inch Short$40 16 of 22
As California as the PCH itself, these shorts from Zoot feature beach-inspired graphics and a lightweight, unrestrictive fabric. Designed for warm weather runs, the Ice-fil liner keeps you cool and the VENTflex hip panel increases the fabric's breathability and range of motion.
Lululemon Speed Tight IV$108 17 of 22
From beloved yoga brand, Lululemon, comes the Speed Tight, made specifically for (speedy, of course) running.
A wide waistband sits comfortably through even the hardest and longest runs, and the company's Full-On Luxtreme fabric supports while staying cool. Ruching on the outside bottom of each pant leg is flattering and comfortable for runs, errands or whatever's on your to-do list.
A rear zipper pocket holds small items and open leg pockets let you carry gloves or gels. Flip up the cuffs on low-light runs to reveal reflective details near the ankles.
Asics Women's FuzeX Long Sleeve Shirt$60; Available March 2016 18 of 22
This super light, super flattering long-sleeve shirt is perfect for breezy spring days.
With a loose fit and wide open back, the top keeps you cool, yet comfortably covered. Thumbholes keep the sleeves in place, and a wide neck is relaxed and cool.
Everlast Women's Racerback Tank Top$25.16 19 of 22
This mesh tank lets you sweat it out on a run, in the gym or during a tough boot camp.
The lightweight fabric and racerback cut keeps you feeling—and looking—cool on those warm spring days. A curved hem covers your bum, while hitting your waist in just the right places for the ultimate running comfort.
Under Armor Men's Streaker Run 1/4 Zip$55 20 of 22
Form-fitting but not skin tight, the Streaker Run 1/4 Zip is a comfortable, lightweight alternative to other, more restrictive running outerwear on the market. The stretchy UA Microthread technology eliminates chafing, and the fabric dries quickly without absorbing sweat.
We found the top worked best in brisk morning conditions, but was casual enough to wear around town.
Saucony Curve Crusader Bra$45 21 of 22
Available for sizes A-DD, this high-impact sports bra is perfect for pounding the pavement while keeping everything secure. Not only is it specifically designed for runners with a tight, compressive fit and an emphasis on repelling moisture, it doesn't sacrifice looks in the process.
The bra is constructed with a dramatic crisscross back design, which includes an extra-large keyhole opening. It also has lightly-padded, separated cups, adding another layer of support and coverage, and the band is adjustable with a gel-padded hook-and-eye closure.
We tested the bra on both short and long runs and were impressed by how well the bra eliminated bounce. Unlike other bras that fail to meet their promise of "high-impact support," this one fits the bill.