During winter, we talked about what you’d need if you were running in the cold and some suggestions for those who feel more of the chill than others. You’re already on your way to get better shoes and better headphones. Now, while we’re slowly crawling out of that frosty period, we’re entering a new one with its own set of challenges.
Namely, I’m talking about rainy weather in temperatures ranging from chilly to warm. You’re basically challenged to find running gear apparel that’s designed to keep rain off your body and concurrently help you regulate your temperature (and sweat).
We put together some of our picks to help you navigate to a spring-ready running wardrobe.
Rainy Running: Jackets
Hoka One One Shakedry
If you’re going to invest in a rain jacket to run in, why not go for the cream of the crop? This Goretex waterproof jacket fits an 8L pack underneath it and features front zips allowing you to access it without undressing. It will keep you dry no matter what, and will make running in the rain an enjoyable experience.
Take things in an even lighter direction. It’s very lightweight and still packs a water repellent exterior. The fabric is designed to be wind-resistant and ventilation is increased via underarm vents while wrist cuffs should keep chilly air out. The hood can be stowed and reflective details will keep you visible during those dusk and dawn runs. I really like the minimalist design here and think it goes very well both with modern sensibilities and with whatever you wearing alongside it.
Rainy Running: Leggings + Joggers
Nike Shield Tech Running Tights
Not only will these tights keep you warm on rainy days, they also have pockets. The “Shield Fabric” is wind and water resistant and the pockets are designed to keep water out, too, so your phone doesn’t get wet.
If tights aren’t your thing, Lululemon has great joggers. They’re not water resistant per se, but they are quick drying, which is a plus. They are extremely lightweight so it won’t feel weird to run in pants, and they're flexible so you won’t feel restricted.
Mercury Track Pant
These pants are a unique blend between a jogger, a tight, and a sweat. The moisture wicking technology allows you to run without getting soaked, but you might just want to wear them on colder days, too. They are lightweight yet warm, and stretchy enough to keep up with you no matter your pace.
Rainy Running: Socks + Shoes
DryMax Run-Lite Crew Socks
These socks can maintain your low profile style and they won’t inhibit any of your foot’s movement. They’re made out of breathable mesh which will both cool and dry your feet quickly. They also include anti-slip wedges so you should avoid those rainy run skin rubs. I’ve suffered from too many blisters to ever use loose socks not designed to handle some rain (or sweat!) running down my legs.
Speedgoat 4 Gore Tex
When running in the rain, the last thing you want to do is slip. These shoes have incredible grip and can handle terrain far more extreme than a slippery sidewalk. They are also made with Gore Tex, so you better believe they’ll keep your feet dry, too.
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