The Best Sweat-Wicking Gear for Hot Weather Runs

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Whether it's summer where you are or you're just perpetually sweaty, having the right running gear can make all the difference. Long gone are the days of cotton tees and baseball caps. Today's gear can you keep you cool and comfortable while also making you look good. Before your next warm weather run, try on some of our picks—this gear has you covered.

Lululemon Fast and Free 6" Shorts

Loved by many runners in the know, these shorts have coveted side pockets, a flattering mid-rise and a comfy waistband. Gabrielle, a New York City-based runner says,  "This is my favorite style—the pockets keep your phone and keys secure, and the shorts protect against chafe and don't ride up. They are perfect for running in summer!"

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Nathan Exoshot Handheld Water Bottle

Claire, a runner in St. Louis, says this handheld water bottle is her go-to for sweaty summer runs. "The Nathan Exoshot Handheld Water Bottle has been a life saver for me," she says. The bottle features a removable neoprene sleeve that is grippy on even the sweatiest runs. And the bottle strap is removable in case you'd like to stash the flask in a hydration vest pocket.

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Run in Rabbit Surf n Turf Shorts

If your summer plans take you from the roads to the water, you can't go wrong with a pair of fast-drying shorts. Gina, a mom of three and runner near Boston, says, "I'm obsessed with my Run in Rabbit Surf n Turf Shorts. They're lightweight, have cute patterns and I can even wear them to the pool." The soft material is practically chafe-proof, a must for hot weather excursions.

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Swiftwick Pursuit Socks

Made of Merino wool, this sock absorbs sweat without getting soggy and also helps regulate temperature, meaning it will keep your toes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The sock comes in a variety of cuff heights, from no-show to calf length, so there's something for everyone. And bonus—it's environmentally friendly. Merino Wool is a sustainably sourced, naturally renewable resource.

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Tracksmith Run Cannonball Run Bra

If you can't resist a mid-run dip, this running bra is for you. It's made from an Italian performance fabric, which works just as well for swimming as it does for running. The bra is reversible (two looks in one!) and offers a moderate amount of compression and support. The brand also offers matching Run Cannonball Run shorts if you want to complete the look.

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Brooks Chaser Short 5"

With a 5-inch inseam and hidden side slits, the chaser short gives you a full range of motion while preventing clinging and chafing. And the wide, flat waistband is comfortable on even the sweatiest runs. Ashley Diamond, a runner and mom of two based in Arkansas, loves the Brooks chaser short for running throughout the hot southern summer. "They're so light and breathable," she says.

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Ciele Caps

Ciele caps are a favorite among elites and casual runners alike. This Canadian brand makes hats that are flexible, breathable and machine washable. With a soft curved brim and tons of color combinations, this hat is stylish to boot.

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Nike Rise 365 Running Top

This soft running shirt has ventilation holes to maintain airflow on even the hottest runs. The material is a mix of organic cotton and recycled polyeste—keeping things sustainable for the planet and cool for you!

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