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How To Choose Running Tops

Best Fabrics for Running in Hot Weather

What are the best fabrics for running?  Fabrics that keep you cool, comfortable and smelling sweet, or at least not smelling like a boys locker room after a hockey game.  I’ll share my favorite 2 fabrics here. I live in a hot climate, so comfortable running gear is an essential.  Yesterday the temperature reached 106 F.  Hot baby, very hot.   Though I won’t run outdoors when it’s over 100 F, it can still be sticky and humid when running in the air-conditioned gym. I rely upon my favorite running gear to keep me cool and comfortable as can possibly be.  Therefore, look for summer running tops which have UV protection properties.What makes running wear different from other sports wear is the use of technical fabrics that remove perspiration from your skin, preventing uncomfortable chafing caused by the build-up of moisture. The materials used are breathable, light and durable – designed to keep you dry and comfortable. The top 2 running top fabrics which are suitable for running in warmer weather conditions are shown below.

  • Silver Fiber:   Believe it or not, this fabric actually has real silver in the fabric, which gives the clothing a subtle shimmer that makes it most attractive. Also the silver within makes the fabric anti-bacterial, which means no-stink! It washes like a dream.  These Silver fibers fight odor and move heat and moisture out!
  • Polyester/Spandex:   Running tops made from synthetic materials such as polyester and spandex will  keep you dry during runs of all lengths.   Polyester and spandex materials resists wrinkling and it dries quickly.

Running Tops:


Brooks Men's Equilibrium Sleeveless II, $40

 Brooks Equilibrium Sleeveless II

Simple design and smart structure collide in this biomechanically-inspired top. Built for the serious runner.
 • Soft, lightweight, stretch fabric with fast moisture transfer 

 • Strategically placed UPF 50+

• Mesh panels for added breathability
• Front/back retroreflectivity
• 90% moisture-transfer polyester/10% spandex



New Balance NP Singlet, $24

New Balance Mens NP Singlet

Part of the New Performance Collection, the NP Singlet is lightweight and moisture-wicking. Whether you're running or working out at the gym, you'll love the way training feels in this sleeveless top.


  •  Double Knit Pique. 100% Polyester. 140.0 (GM/2):
  • Front and Back Reflectivity:
  • Updated Lightweight Fabric:




Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers, $25

Brooks Seamless Arm Warmers

Stay comfortable with easy-to-pack and easy-to-carry essentials. Seamless Arm Warmers add extra warmth without chafing.

These warmers will make you want to go out when the weather turns chilly.

Fabric: 92% moisture-transfer polyester/8% LYCRA Spandex

Top 5 Running Shoe and

Apparel Companies

The sneaker business is a $21 billion (retail) industry in the U.S. with running the biggest component at $6.7 billion.   Sales are projected to grow an additional 16% to approximately $7.7 billion in 2013.   The market has expanded with the explosion of running races (running and trail), triathlons and obstacle races like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder.   There were 23,000 timed races in the U.S. last year and 19 million people ran at least twice a week.   Participation in running has been on a steady climb for more than 15 years.

Here are the  Top 5 Running Shoes/Apparel companies that are rated for global sales.


1.   Asics

The Asics Corporation has been developing and designing sports shoes since 1949.  Through various mergers and acquisitions, Asics has become the best leader in running shoes and apparel.   Last year running apparel netted Asics Corporation $8.5 billion, which is approximately 20% of their total sales.

Asics Corporation's Core Vision is to create Quality Lifestyle through Intelligent Sport Technology.   Their business domain consists of Athletic Sports, Sports Lifestyle, and Health/Comfort.   Their Products provide innovative values and they integrate them to address customer needs.  They identify potential needs based on trends in various markets around the world, various customers’ opinions, product evaluations and sales result, and appropriately address these needs in product planning, and promptly provide such valuable products.  In addition, the Asics Corporation conduct R&D more advanced than competitors by developing their insight and awareness and provide technologically innovative products and values to customers.

  2.   Nike

NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the worlds leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.   In 2012, Nike had total global sales of $24 billion, where Nike Running Shoes/apparel had sales of approximately $3.7 billion.

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How to Make Your Running

Gear Last

Ok now that you have invested in running gear such as running shoes, tops, bottoms, and accessories, you will need to try and take of these in order for them to last longer.   You can expect to get about 400 miles of use out of your running shoes, so keep track of your mileage.  

 Listed below are six ways to take better care of the gear that takes care of you.

  • Run on softer surfaces such as grass or trails to less wear on your shoes' outsoles (not to mention your legs).
  • Wear Running shoes only for running, don't wear shoes for other sports such as basketball, soccer, or tennis (walking is fine).
  • Let gear dry out before tossing them in the hamper.  Don't wad up your dirty clothes and let them sit. (Is that where that smell was coming from?)
  • Stick to cold water.  Wash your running clothes in cold -- not warm or hot -- water.   Never dry clean technical fabrics.
  • Separate Darks and Lights.  Wash your running clothes inside-out with like colors. Don't use bleach -– even on your white technical running clothes.
  • Don't put your running clothes in the dryer.  Hang up your running clothes on the clothes line to air dry.  Allow your technical running clothes to air dry. Putting them in the dryer will reduce the effectiveness of the sweat-wicking technology.