12 Summer Apparel Picks to Keep You Cool


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As the temperature climbs, don’t let your workout motivation fall. With the right clothing and gear (as well as some extra precautions), you can enjoy outdoor exercise at any time of the year. Here are some of our picks for the best workout clothes and accessories to keep you cool and motivated all summer long.  

For Women
Adalyn Tank Top (sizes XS-XL)
This versatile tank from Lole offers a loose-fitting form for freedom and flexibility during workouts. The built-in bra provides extra support, and the mesh inserts keep you cool when your exercise heats up.

Tek Gear Elastic Back Workout Tank (sizes S-XL)
This sleeveless tank from Tek Gear features an elastic back and longer length for worry-free workouts. The mixed-mesh, moisture-wicking material keeps you dry even during the hottest outdoor exercises.

Co-Op Tech T-Shirt (sizes XS-2XL)
Featuring a looser fit and comfortable scoop neck, this technical shirt for women is made of lightweight fabric that wicks away moisture to keep you cool and dry during hot runs, hikes or workouts. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes. 

Mesh Shorts (sizes S-2X)
These Champion workout shorts have an elastic waist for comfort.  Made of breathable material, they are great for a variety of activities.  At this low price, you can buy more than one pair (which is good because you'll have a hard time deciding on just one color you like)! 

Stripe Swagger Skort (sizes XXS-XL)
I was skeptical I’d like running in a skirt, but now it’s the only thing I wear when it’s hot outside.  The key for me was finding a brand with built-in shorts that don’t ride up as I move. That’s why I love this running skort from Athleta, which has silicone grips inside the legs of the shorts to keep them in place.

Sweaty Bands ($7-$20)
These workout headbands are a popular workout accessory to keep the hair out of your face and sweat out of your eyes on a hot summer day.  Even better, they do not slip! Available in a variety of colors and patterns to compliment any workout attire, you can also customize your own design.


For Men

Vapor Heather Muscle Tee (sizes S-2X)

Sun's out, guns out! This sleeveless men’s tee from Champion offers quick-drying Vapor fabrication to keep you dry, along with FreshIQ odor protection technology. The reflective logo keeps you visible during dawn and dusk workouts. Choose from a variety of colors and sizes, all at a great price.

Tech T-Shirt (sizes S-3X)

This men’s tech t-shirt from REI can be a staple of any workout wardrobe.  Lightweight with an athletic fit, this versatile shirt will wick away sweat on even the hottest days.  ($24.50; available in sizes S-3X.)

Long Mesh Shorts (sizes S-XL)

These men’s athletic shorts from Champion come with side pockets for convenient storage of keys, phone and gels. Breathable mesh fabric helps pull moisture away from the skin to keep you comfortable on a hot day. The internal quickcord allows for easy size adjustments.

9" Mesh Shorts (sizes S-3X)

These C9 by Champion budget-friendly mesh shorts (available at Target) come in a variety of colors. If you're looking for a longer short that will still keep you cool—and won't break the bank—this is it.

Hot-Weather Accessories for Everyone
Runner's Cap
This running hat from REI is lightweight, well-ventilated and protective against the sun. It is available in a number of neutral colors for men or women. 

Performance Super Visor
This popular visor from Headsweats comes in almost every color you can imagine! Lightweight with an elastic band on the back, it will help reduce glare and keep sweat out of your eyes without trapping in heat. They also offer an adjustable-size visor. 

To maximize the comfort of your summer workouts, also consider investing in some sporty sunglasses and a quality water bottle
What are your favorite summer workout accessories? How do you stay cool and comfortable in the heat?

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