Moisture-Wicking: The Magic Word In Running Apparel

Once upon a time, runners worked out in cotton t-shirts and bulky sweatpants. But no more! Moisture-wicking fabrics have revolutionized activewear clothing, and runners are among the many athletes to reap the benefits. The best running apparel is made from a moisture-wicking fabric that moves the sweat away from your skin to keep you cooler in hot weather and cozier in cold weather.

Under Armour apparel and North Face running apparel are great examples of moisture-wicking running clothing. These and other apparel companies such as Brooks and Asics offer running gear for all seasons, including shorts, short-sleeved tops, long-sleeved tops, and tights.

To get the most out of your moisture-wicking running apparel, keep these care tips in mind:

  • Wash cold. Wash your activewear clothing in cold water on the delicate cycle to preserve the moisture-wicking properties of the fabric. Any detergent designed for the delicate cycle will do, or you can buy specialized detergents designed for activewear clothing.
  • Hang to dry. The labels on some activewear clothing say to tumble dry on low heat, but your gear will last longer if you let it air dry. Hang your activewear clothing on a plastic hanger or drying rack for an hour or so, and it should be good to go when you are.

Hydration Gear for Water on the Go

If you are running for more than an hour, it’s important to have some water or a sports drink, even during the winter. A hydration belt is the easiest way for runners to take their water with them, and there are several options for hydration belts. Keep these points in mind when choosing yours:

  • Single bottle: A single bottle belt, such as the Nathan Triangle Waist Hydration Pack, features an angled design that makes it easy to pull out the bottle and take a drink without breaking your stride. The belt is designed so the bottle is centered on the lower back for maximum comfort.
  • Multi-bottle: Some runners prefer a hydration pack that holds several small bottles instead of one large one. This style of belt, such as the Fuel Belt Endurance 4-Bottle Hydration Belt, distributes the weight of your water or sports drink more evenly, and some runners find it less distracting than the sloshing or large amounts of water in a larger single bottle.

Visit a Sun and Ski Sports store near you to try on the different types of hydration belts and find the best style for your fitness running needs.