Stay cool this summer in our best hot weather running gear.
Running in hot weather demands a lot from your body: Staying hydrated and protecting your skin from harmful UV rays are key. Don’t wrestle to find the balance between covering your skin and staying cool– the best hot weather running gear provides lightweight coverage while staying breathable and airy.
Shop fast-drying tops, lightweight bottoms and all the accessories you’ll need for sunny days on the run.
Find your favorite brands and styles for all your summer running adventures and get free shipping on orders over $99.
- Best Summer Running Tops
- Best Summer Running Shorts
- Best Running Sunglasses
- Best Running Hats
- Best Sports Sunscreen
- Best Hydration Packs
[Updated July 6, 2021. This page is part of the Best Running Clothes Buyers Guide 2021]
Best Summer Running Apparel
Best Summer Running Tops
rabbit EZ Tee Short Sleeve
The rabbit EZ Tee short sleeve provides effortless comfort and instant cooling on any run. Cut from unbelievably soft fabric is not only super-comfortable, but it performs well under pressure. The unique fabric blend wicks sweat and dries fast, which means no soggy feeling and no clinging—only EZ, breezy miles.
Janji AFO Tank
Janij’s feather-light AFO fabric wicks away sweat and dries in a flash, so you can stay cool and comfortable even in the hottest of temperatures. Microperforations throughout the AFO Vent tank make it super-breathable while bonded hemlines eliminate chafing, making it the perfect top for summer runs and hikes.
New Balance Q Speed Fuel Jacquard Short Sleeve
The Q Speed Fuel Jacquard short sleeve is a classic in the New Balance apparel lineup, and it’s sure to be a go-to for your summer run kit. NB ICEx technology helps you cool off while you bring the heat. Designers make the Fuel Jacquard short sleeve super airy with an open back slit and perforations for added ventilation.
On Performance T
On’s Performance T blends the best of polyester fabric and mesh paneling to create one of the best running T-shirts you can find. High-performing fabric at the front wicks away sweat and dries fast so you can feel fresh during and after your run. A full-length mesh panel at the back offers maximum breathability.
Brooks Distance Short Sleeve
The Brooks Distance short sleeve is a go-everywhere top for any summer activity. Brooks DriLayer technology handles moisture and keeps you cool and dry during and after your run. The super-smooth fabric is soft next-to-skin and transitions easily from running the roads to running errands.
Best Summer Running Shorts
Find the perfect balance between lightweight breathability and functional performance with the best summer running shorts.
Women's Brooks Chaser Short
Whether you’re chasing down a PR or getting after summer mileage, the Brooks Chaser short offers the lightweight performance you need.
Fabric: Brooks DriLayer HorsePower fabric wicks sweat and dries fast. Paired with the sweat-wicking mesh brief liner, the Chaser short promises top-notch comfort.
Fit: 5” inseam, semi-fitted, internal infinity drawcord in waistband.
Pockets: Two drop-in side pockets in the waistband securely hold keys and cards while a back panel pocket is large enough for most smartphones.
Men's Brooks Sherpa Short
The Brooks Sherpa 5” short offers lightweight comfort and high-end performance to any activity.
Fabric: Whether you wear them on a hike or out on a run, the DriLayer fabric wicks sweat away and dries fast to keep you cool and comfortable. Plus, a mesh brief liner offers support and breathability where you need it most.
Fit: 5” inseam, semi-fitted, internal infinity drawcord, wide no-slip waistband.
Pockets: Two internal drop-in pockets and a large, zippered pocket at the back.
Women's rabbit Hopper Shorts
The rabbit Hopper Shorts make light work of summer runs
Fabric: Stretchy polyester blend fabric and breezy back paneling provide excellent moisture control and ventilation while a mesh brief liner offers breathability and support.
Fit: 4” inseam, slim fit.
Pockets: Two drop pockets tucked into the wide waistband comfortably store essentials like keys, cards and snacks. A zipped back pocket securely holds your phone or keys.
Men's New Balance Impact Run Short
Feather-light fabric and workout-ready durability make the New Balance Impact Run 5” short a go-to for hot weather runs.
Fabric: A moisture-wicking inner brief works with New Balance’s fast-drying fabric to ensure long-lasting comfort on the run.
Fit: 5” inseam, athletic fit, internal adjustable drawcord.
Pockets: An adjustable waistband includes internal stash pockets and a zippered back pocket is large enough to fit a smartphone so you can run hands-free.
Women's New Balance Q Speed Fuel Shorts
Performance tech and lightweight fabric come together to make the New Balance Q Speed Fuel short one of the best summer running shorts.
Fabric: Mesh paneling and NB ICE technology make light work of sweat. A breathable mesh brief liner offers coverage and ventilation to the overall airy feel of the Q Speed Fuel shorts.
Fit: 3” inseam, athletic fit, external adjustable bungee drawcord in waistband.
Pockets: A stash pocket in the waistband holds keys or cards securely while you run.
Men's On Lightweight Short
It’s all in the name. The On Lightweight short weighs in at less than 4 ounces but packs heavy-duty performance for even the hottest temperatures.
Fabric: A mesh brief liner enhances breathability where you need it most. The rear panel of the shorts is cut from polyester mesh for added ventilation while the front panel is constructed from fast-drying polyester fabric.
Fit: 5” inseam, athletic fit, internal adjustable drawcord.
Pocket: An adjustable waistband with an internal stash pocket comfortably holds keys and cards.
Women's On Sprinter Shorts
Find top-level speed and comfort in the On Sprinter shorts.
Fabric: These shorts offer gentle compression and support throughout the leg and into the wide waistband for a no-distractions fit. Performance polyester fabric wicks sweat and dries in a flash to help you stay comfortable over long mileage or intense workouts.
Fit: 4” inseam, fitted, gentle compression.
Pockets: Five pockets help the Sprinter shorts transition easily between runs, hikes and bike rides. Two side leg pockets are large enough to hold snacks or a smartphone, while three drop-in pockets along the back mesh panel easily fit cards, keys and, you guessed it, more snacks.
Men's Janji AFO Middle Short
The Janji AFO Middle Short is ultra-light and high performing, perfect for hot weather runs.
Fabric: The AFO fabric has a barely-there feel while delivering performance moisture control as you work up a sweat. An integrated brief liner provides support and comfort as you run. Bonded hems eliminate chafing or uncomfortable rubbing on even the longest runs.
Fit: 5” inseam, athletic fit, external adjustable drawcord.
Pockets: Two internal drop-pockets and a zippered back pocket easily hold your essentials as you run.
Best Summer Running Accessories
Best Running Sunglasses
Beef up your run kit with the hottest sunnies this summer. From non-slip tech to sporty frames, there’s something for everyone from top brands like goodr and more.
Best Running Hats
Keep the sun off your face with lightweight hats designed for sweaty miles. Shop bold prints or flexible models that store easily in a pack.
Best Sports Sunscreen
Sunburn is no fun for anyone. Protect yourself from harmful UV radiation with sports sunscreen developed to withstand sweat and water.
Best Hydration Packs
Hydration is key when preparing for and fueling a run. No matter how far or fast you run, quench your thirst with the best hydration packs.
Best Budget Hydration Pack: Nathan QuickStart 4L Race Vest
Get the most out of your hydration pack without sweating the price. The Nathan QuickStart 4 L Race Vest is not only lightweight, it allows you to carry a 1.5 L water bladder and offers enough storage for essentials like your phone, fuel, safety equipment and more. It's great for beginners, and even better for your wallet.
Best Hydration Pack for Storage: Salomon Active Skin 8 Set
Like the name says, the Salomon Active Skin 8 fits like a second skin, and offers all the storage you need for long days on the go. This hydration comfortably fits two, 500 mL flasks in deep chest pockets and has enough back storage for a 1 L bladder. Zippered pockets at the front let you securely stash essentials like fuel and keys, while the back zipper pocket comfortably fits your phone.
Best High Volume Hydration Pack: Nathan TrailMix 12L Race Pack
Tackle day-long adventures with confidence with the best high-volume hydration pack. The Nathan TrailMix 12 L Race Pack is lightweight and offers heavy duty hydration storage. The back compartment fits a 2 L water bladder, while two front chest pockets each store 22 oz flasks. Front and rear stretch pockets provide roomy storage and quick access to essentials like food and phone. Plus, a bladder hose sternum attachment makes getting to your water easy, so you can focus on having fun in the great outdoors.
Best Minimalist Hydration Pack: Amphipod PureRun Minimalist 24 Hydration Vest
Sometimes, less is more. The Amphipod PureRun Minimalist 24 Hydration Vest delivers heavy duty hydration in a lightweight package. Two chest pockets each store 12 oz water bottles that are designed to conform with the curves of your body to eliminate bulk. A back zippered compartment comfortably fits a 2 L bladder. The lightweight mesh construction no-nonsense with a lateral stabilization system and customizable fit to eliminate bouncing on the run.
Best Hydration Pack for Racing: Nathan VaporMag 2.5L Race Vest
Designed in collaboration with both male and female athletes, the Nathan Vapor 2.5 L Race Vest is ready for top speeds. The form-fitting, sweat-wicking vest is constructed to hug your body while eliminating bouncing and chafing. Front chest pockets fit two, 12 oz soft flasks with strap tubes so you can easily sip on the go. Lower and upper back stash pockets let you carry the bare essentials like an extra bottle, safety gear or fuel.
Standing Behind Our Picks:
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