Race Ready: Gear for the Run, Ride, and Swim


Go the distance in apparel designed to help you perform at your peak. With picks for men and women, everyone can find something new to love.


1. Smartwool Run Hat
Shade your face while managing your temperature and sweat, thanks to the Merino wool headband in this cute hat. Also available as a visor. $28 smartwool.com


2. SkirtSports Kelly Bra

SkirtSports Kelly Bra Meet your new breast friend, Kelly. She offers the support of a true pal and can be worn criss-cross or straight back. Pair her with interchangeable patterned straps for a fresh look. $60 skirtsports.com

3. Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra Tame your tatas with this adjustable bra that busts bouncing in any cup size. Winner of countless awards, it features a full-back opening for easy on/off and seamless cups to prevent chafing. $79 shockabsorberusa.com


4. Lucy Pack-n-Dash Ultimate Tank

Lucy Pack-n-Dash Ulitmate Tank The perfect race-day tank! Smartly placed eyelets mean you’ll never have to poke holes to pin on your race number again. $55 lucy.com


5. Lucy Pack-n-Dash Ultimate Jacket

Lucy Pack-n-Dash Ultimate Jacket Use this convertible jacket in spring’s variable conditions. Switch from vest to shrug to full jacket in seconds, and look smashing any way you wear it. $118 lucy.com


New Balance Impact Hoodie 6. New Balance Impact Hoodie
Wear this on brisk spring mornings and as you start to sweat, NB Ice technology will provide a tingling, cooling sensation. Love the perfectly placed media pocket. $65 newbalance.com


Moving Comfort Mementum Shorts 7. Moving Comfort Momentum Shorts
Go the distance in this long run-friendly favorite with updated styling and a comfy wide waistband. Stow tiny items in a hidden pocket. $46 movingcomfort.com

Icebreaker Rush 3/4 Tight 8. Icebreaker Rush 3/4 Tight
Colored tights are all the rage, but these ones deliver more than good looks. Made of Merino wool jersey fabric to keep you cool and smelling fresh with key details like reflective piping and a rear stash pocket. $90 icebreaker.com


Brooks Infiniti Short Tight 9. Brooks Infiniti Short Tight
Choose these flattering short tights to pair with looser tops when it’s too hot for full tights. Built with smart features like a moisture-proof rear pocket and silcone gripper. $46 brooksrunning.com


Brooks D'lite Reversible Racerback 10. Brooks D’Lite Reversible Racerback
Stay covered and cool in this featherweight mesh tank with ruching and a slightly see-through back. The fit is generous, so buy a size down. $40 brooksrunning.com


Merrel Theleon Tee 11. Merrell Theleon Tee
Prefer tees to tanks? Pick this feminine number with moisture-managing fabric and 20 UPF protection to keep sweat and sunburn at bay. $45 merrell.com


Moxie Cycling The Mullet Jersey 12. Moxie Cycling The Mullet Jersey
Look sexy and stylish on or off your bike in this fitted jersey made by and for women. Their take on basic black has a funky hi-vis print on back and t-back straps for max comfort. $65 moxiecycling.com


Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Short 13. Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool® Short
Chill out on your bike in these shorts with ELITE Transfer In-R-Cool® performance fabric that cools and protects in the sun. The anatomic chamois and silicone grippers keep them correctly placed when you’re in motion. $110 pearlizumi.com


Athleta Queen K Short 14. Athleta Queen K Short
Our favorite tri short for fit and features. The chamois supports on rides without being too bulky on runs, and the high-rise back keeps your backside covered. With reflectivity for low-light conditions. $69 athleta.com


Smartwool PhD Cycle Utltalight Micro 15. Smartwool PhD Cycle Ultralight Micro
If next-to-nothing cushioning delights you, there’s nothing better than the lightest Merino sock money can buy. The seamless toe provides a sublime fit, and they’ll last season after season. $16 smartwool.com


Athleta Rapanui Swimsuit
Athleta Rapanui Swimsuit 16. Athleta Rapanui Swimsuit
Designed for tri training and racing, this sports bra-styled swim top goes from swim to bike to run with ease. Supportive enough for smaller cup sizes to run in alone. Pair with matching bottoms. Top $54, Bottoms $46 athleta.com

SkirtSports Race Belt Skirt 17. SkirtSports Race Belt Skirt
Keep your backside covered with this cover-up skirt featuring handy snaps for your race number. Pair with bike shorts or your favorite active underthings. $45 skirtsports.com


Helly Hansen Pace 1/2 Zip LS 18. Helly Hansen Pace 1/2 Zip LS
Boasting the lowest weight of any training top, this long-sleeve champ combines the best in cooling and stay-dry fabrics with a mesh back panel for pure running bliss. $70 hellyhansen.com




Brooks LSD Lite Vest 19. Brooks LSD Lite Vest
Recently redesigned, this ultralight vest now has stretchy side panels for easy movement. Wind and weatherproof fabric make it ideal for spring. $75 brooksrunning.com


Helly Hansen Speed Jacket 20. Helly Hansen Speed Jacket
Outrun the competition with a stretchy shell designed to breathe while blocking wind. The zip chest pocket fits phones or iPods, and best of all, it packs to the size of a Clif Bar. $170 hellyhansen.com


Brooks Race Day Singlet 21. Brooks Race Day Singlet
Mesh fabric keeps you cool on race day so you can speed past the pack. With minimal seams for maximum comfort. Available in brights for optimal visibility. $30 brooksrunning.com


Brooks Board Runner Short 22. Brooks Board Runner 9” Short
If you’re new to racing, you may not be ready for short shorts. Ease your way into the sport with this long surf-inspired pair. There’s no liner so you can pick your own, and they do double duty for other active wear. $65 brooksrunning.com


Brooks Sherpa Race Shorts 23. Brooks Sherpa Race Shorts
Loved by racers, these 5” shorts are made from stretch fabric for easy movement with a wicking polyester liner to keep skin dry. $40 brooksrunning.com


New Balance Impact Short Sleeve 24. New Balance Impact Short Sleeve
It looks like a typical polyester running tee, but the NB ICE–infused fabric lowers your skin temperature to keep you from overheating when temperatures soar. $40 newbalance.com


Zoot Ultra 2.0 Crx Socks 25. Zoot Ultra 2.0 Crx Socks
Keep your legs feeling as fresh at Mile 1 as Mile 26 with race-ready socks with graduated compression are designed to stabilize muscles, reduce foot fatigue, and block blistering. $60 zootsports.com


Helly Hansen Puls Training Jacket 26. Helly Hansen Puls Training Jacket
Spinning your wheels on finding a perfect bike jacket? Pick Puls to stay seen and enjoy bike-built features like wind blocking, breathable rear grid, and open back stash pocket. $140 hellyhansen.com


Helly Hansen Pace Bike Shirt SS 27. Helly Hansen Pace Bike Shirt SS
Helly places performance fabric in all the right places, and this bike shirt is no exception. Built with HH Cool fabric all over and grid fabric in back to release moisture with Stay Dry technology that keeps you sweat-free on your toughest climbs. Rear pockets store tools and fuel. $90 hellyhansen.com


Santa Jenny Willden 28. Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool® Bib Shorts
This bib’s anatomically correct design provides a perfect fit, and cooling, sun-protecting fabric makes them ideal for racing. Odor-reducing technology means your friends will happily hug you at the finish line. $135 pearlizumi.com


Julbo Stunt Sunglasses with Zebra Lenses 29. Julbo Stunt Sunglasses with Zebra Lenses
Sure, they’re made for mountain bikers, but they’re great for a race. The grip nose and temples keep them put when you perspire, and they fit just right under your helmet. $90 julbousa.com


Incrediwear Pro-3 Socks 30. Incrediwear Pro-3 Socks
Perform your best in socks crafted with carbonized charcoal technology to increase circulation. This decreases foot fatigue while regulating temperature for endlessly sweat-free, happy feet. $14 buyincrediwear.com


Incrediwear Knee Brace 31. Incrediwear Knee Brace
Active geranium bamboo charcoal in this brace promotes increased mobility and circulation with support you’ll notice immediately. Shown to reduce inflammation and swelling quickly, making it ideal for post-race use. $37 buyincrediwear.com


Zoot Ultra Run BIOwrap short 32. Zoot Ultra Run BIOwrap 6” Short
Endurance athletes love this short for race training. The BIOWrap liner supports quad muscles to reduce vibration and damage for enhanced performance. A runnable loose overshort provides coverage. $50 zootsports.com


Zensah Compression Calf Sleeves 33. Zensah Compression Calf Sleeves
Ranked as the #1 selling compression sleeves worldwide, Zensah’s unique knitting process makes them a standout in the industry. The graduated compression increases blood circulaton for enhanced performance and recovery. $40 zensah.com


Switch Vision H-Wall Sunglasses 34. Switch Vision H-Wall Sunglasses
Switch’s magnetic interchange lens system uses powerful magnets embedded in both the lenses and frames to create the cleanest and quickest lens swaps I’ve ever seen. The H-Wall is an all-sport champ with a lightweight frame, ventilation, and frames that stay in place. $95–115 switchvision.com


Aaron Lovell contributed to the reporting of this article.


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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