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Find the best active clothing for trail running and other active pursuits right here, from technical wicking tops and bottoms to wind shells to comfy baselayers and socks, plus accessories like arm sleeves, sunglasses, and caps. Check out our reviews, ratings, and price comparisons, or review your own top running apparel picks.

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Types of Running Clothing

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Running Tops

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Running Bottoms

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Running Shells

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Running Baselayers

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Caps

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Arm and Leg Sleeves

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Running Socks

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Compression Socks

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Glove Liners

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How we choose: The best running clothing highlighted here were selected based on 559 reviews of 412 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Top Long Sleeve Performance Top

Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Outdoor Research’s Echo Hoodie is an ideal alternative to the grease and chemicals of sunscreen. Weighing in at 4 ounces, the Echo Hoodie provides SPF15 sun protection, with material that wicks sweat and keeps you comfortable when the sun is beating down on you. This hoodie and a ball cap completely negated my need to carry sunscreen (and bug spray) over the summer.

Reasons to Buy

  • Sun protection
  • Wicks sweat
  • Limited odor control
  • Lightweight
  • Thin material
  • Packs small
  • Sufficient length in torso and sleeves
  • Flat stitching

Reasons to Avoid

  • Durability
  • Polyester
  • THIN material
  • Hot in the shade
  • Pocketless

The Echo Hoodie became my go-to shirt for all outdoor activities this summer. I hiked in it—a lot. I ran in it. I rappelled into a cave in it. I mowed my yard and took a follow up nap on my deck in it. I even wore it on a winery tour for style and sun protection.  Balk Knob, Shawnee National Forest Rock Island State Park, Tennessee Cumberland Mountains, eastern Tennessee Initial Impressions Right out of the package, I was surprised by how light and thin the hoodie was. The shirt packed down to the size of a softball in my hand and only weighed 4 ounces.  The fit was just right.

Read more: Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie reviews (2)

Top Active Short

Showers Pass Gravel 10" Shorts

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The gravel shorts are made for mountain biking and double as a good pair of hiking shorts. Some cycling-related features and adjustments make these a good choice for biking. The shorts have no padding, so I liked these better with a padded undershort for longer and rougher rides. For hiking and cycling, these shorts are a winner.

Reasons to Buy

  • Cycling-related features
  • Comfortable
  • Versatile - good for hiking too

Reasons to Avoid

  • If you like bike shorts with cushioning, you will need a padded undershort

BASIC INFORMATION The gravel shorts are made for mountain biking. They are made from a 95% nylon/5% spandex fabric that has a nice bit of stretchiness that cyclists will appreciate. They have two big front pockets and one smaller, rear pocket, all with mesh liner material that helps with ventilation. The rear pocket is actually a dual pocket - it’s an open pocket, but within that, there’s a section that’s secured by a zipper.    The shorts have a number of design elements that make them particularly good for their mountain-biking purpose.

Read more: Showers Pass Gravel 10" Shorts review (1)

Active Short

Patagonia Endless Ride Liner Shorts

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Patagonia Women’s Endless Ride Liner Shorts are a straightforward padded liner designed specifically for mountain biking. My personal litmus test when it comes to outdoor gear is whether or not I notice it when I’m out on the trail. I want my gear to fade into the background so I can focus on riding. This liner passes with flying colors. It stays in place, provides unrestricted movement, and vents moisture—keeping me comfortable while my body gets worked (...scraped, bruised) and enjoys some time to play.

Reasons to Buy

  • Mesh panels for breathability
  • Comfortable yet grippy leg openings
  • Unrestricted movement
  • Durable seat padding

Reasons to Avoid

  • Some chaffing on 40+ mile days

Testing Conditions: I tested the Patagonia women’s Endless Ride Liner Shorts as a member of the Trailspace Review Corps. I primarily wore them mountain biking in and around the White Mountains of northern New Hampshire and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont from June through October 2018. Temperatures during testing ranged from about 50 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit. I also wore them on a mountain biking vacation to Bentonville, Arkansas, and Asheville, North Carolina. This was a fall vacation, so temperatures during riding were around 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Read more: Patagonia Endless Ride Liner Shorts review (1)

Top Running Sock / Hiking/Backpacking

Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Swiftwick is as good as it gets for scent-free, blister-free comfort, wicking, and durability. Updated!!

Reasons to Buy

  • They wear like iron
  • Blister-free guarantee
  • Snug fit
  • Do not stretch out
  • Low odor
  • Blister free after four months
  • Merino!

Reasons to Avoid

  • They seem pricey till you see their durability

I have owned Swiftwick socks of one variety or another for five or so years now. I've worn them up and down several Cascades Volcanoes and they are now my go-to light hiking and running socks. Test Conditions: I received two almost identical sets of Swiftwick socks about four months ago and I have included them in all my fitness, trail runs, gym workouts and hikes in the hills. It's been long-pants season so I don't have a ton of action shots in them (socks are tough to review) because you'd just see me in pants and shoes.

Read more: Swiftwick Pursuit Four Sock review (1)

Top Performance Pant/Tight

Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

The Fjällräven Abisko Trekking Tights are the perfect solution for comfortable and durable trekking pants as well as a thermal baselayer, all wrapped up into one. They feature functional pockets and robust construction, providing so much utility that one may find that no other pants are ever needed.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durability
  • Comfort
  • All-around utility
  • Good pocket design

Reasons to Avoid

  • Insufficient waist drawcord to prevent slouching
  • Can get a bit smelly after prolonged use

Specifications: Design: Reinforced Knees/Rear, gusseted crotch, articulated knees, and flat-lock seams Knees/Rear Material: 62% polyamide, 16% aramid, 12% elastane, 10% polyester; Stretch material: 82% polyamide, 18% elastane Pockets: 3 Weight: 265 g in size small (my sample, size small, weighs 9.7 oz/276 g) Conditions of Test Period: When I say that I lived in these tights for four months, I am not exaggerating much. These were the only pair of pants that I brought during a thru-hike of Te Araroa, New Zealand’s long pathway.

Read more: Fjallraven Abisko Trekking Tights review (1)

Top Boxer/Brief/Bikini

Smartwool Merino Boxer Brief

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Smartwool brings Merino magic with their Boxer Brief. Comfortable, functional, and surprisingly durable these are great for any sort of hiking or backpacking, but especially useful on extended trips when you appreciate the no-stink qualities of good wool.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good waistband
  • Amazing anti-smell ability

Reasons to Avoid

  • Investment

  . I have had great experience in the past with Smartwool products having enjoyed their socks and insulating layers. When the chance came up to test their Merino Boxer Brief I had high expectations. Made with a Merino/nylon blend, 150g weight material in a Slim Fit style, they looked and felt great from the start. After a grueling season on trail, including a month-long thru hike of Vermont's Long Trail, I have to admit I liked them even more than I expected heh. Let's get into these briefs...I mean talking about them.

Read more: Smartwool Merino Boxer Brief review (1)

Active Short

Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5"

user rating: 5 of 5 (5 reviews)

Patagonia's Baggies are my go-to, do it all shorts. They are lightweight, breathable, packable, abrasion-resistant, water-resistant, quick drying nylon shorts. The DWR treated Baggies sport a 5" inseam, two quick drain pockets with mesh in the bottom, and a stretchy elastic waistband with tie. I hike, kayak, wakeboard, play tennis, jog, work out and do just about everything in these shorts! If I had only one pair of shorts, these would be the ones. Patagonia has been making these for years and are made for babies on up to men's and women's.

Reasons to Buy

  • Durable (abrasion-resistant)
  • Lightweight (4.8 oz)
  • Quick draining pockets
  • DWR treated (water-resistant)
  • Nice length (5")
  • Available in a variety of colors and patterns
  • Come with a lifetime warranty
  • Flattering fit

Reasons to Avoid

  • No zippered pocket
  • Pricey (but worth it)

My Patagonia Baggies have been through it all. I love these shorts! I would literally wear them every day if I could. I bought them primarily for hiking because I had heard so many great things about them. They are perfect for hiking because they have pockets (but they are not big baggy cargo pockets), they resist abrasion and water, they are breathable and comfortable, and they do not chafe. Nowadays, ladies' shorts tend to be rather short (3" inseam), but the 5" inseam in these is the perfect length for me.

Read more: Patagonia Baggies Shorts 5" reviews (5)

Top Wind Shirt

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11 reviews)

The Patagonia Houdini Jacket is a classic. An excellent, all-around, windproof, water-resistant, lightweight shell, it performs in a wide range of outdoor scenarios. I've had mine for more than six years and use it primarily running, hiking, and skiing, but have also taken it biking, paddling, traveling, and more. It conveniently stuffs into its own pocket as a just-in-case layer, and at less than 4 ounces there's no excuse not to bring it along.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight (women's 3.6 oz / men's 3.7 oz)
  • Blocks wind
  • Sheds light rain and snow
  • Full length zipper
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • Packs away
  • Current models made with 100% recycled nylon ripstop

Reasons to Avoid

  • Water resistant, not water proof
  • Use some caution with thin material
  • You could find a cheaper windbreaker...

  hiking in the Houdini Use I've had my Patagonia Houdini Jacket for six years and regularly wear it running in the rain or snow, hiking, cross-country skiing, and more. It's a basic, lightweight, nylon windbreaker with full-length zipper and hood and is extremely versatile and well made and durable. It fits and moves well, whatever your outdoor activity. My husband, Dave, also has a Houdini and uses his regularly as well. Both stay in rotation in our mudroom year-round. Materials & Weather Resistance Current versions of the Houdini are made with 1.2-oz 100-percent recycled nylon ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and are Fair Trade Certified sewn.

Read more: Patagonia Houdini Jacket reviews (11)

Boxer/Brief/Bikini

ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9 reviews)

These might replace every pair of underwear you own. Okay, maybe not at $25 a pair, but they are comfortable, lightweight, incredibly fast at wicking away moisture and quick drying. Yep, they are that good.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable, does not ride up
  • Unbelievably fast drying
  • Wicks away moisture flawlessly
  • Anti-microbial treatment keeps stench away

Reasons to Avoid

  • Waistband stretches out over time
  • Every time I look for them online, I have to look at the midsection of an incredibly toned and tanned young man. Well, I guess that would be a pro for some.

When I purchased my first pair of these in 2009, I would have said $25 is rather expensive for a pair of underwear and would have listed that as a con. Today, as I see other performance underwear being sold for $30-$50, I realize that $25 is reasonable and well worth the investment. If you're a briefs kind-of-guy, they are slightly cheaper ($20).  USE: I first bought them because I was bike commuting 8 miles each day in the summer heat and preferred to be dry upon arriving to work. Since then, I have purchased a few more pairs (three in all) and have used for multi-day and day hikes, fishing, hunting, swimming, and just everyday use.  THE TEST: These underwear really proved their worth to me when I visited the tropical rainforest island of...

Read more: ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Brief reviews (9)

Active Short

Patagonia Strider Pro Short

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3 reviews)

Light but protective short that gets out of the way, yet lets you carry tons of stuff.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable
  • Light
  • Breathable
  • 5"
  • 5 pockets for ample storage

Reasons to Avoid

  • Durability of pocket area?
  • Bit pricy
  • Waistband bit thick

Fit I will say it up front, I love the Strider Pro shorts. When trail running or hiking up steep hills I love the fit of them. The 5" inseam means they do not pull on your quads when going up steep terrain. They have a split on the side to give you extra freedom of movement while covering you up well enough. For me a 5" inseam is perfect. The waistband is a good elastic, but also has a lace that you can tie in case they would sag on you. I can't speak for everybody of course, but the fit on me is great, and the adjustability makes me think it would fit most people very well..

Read more: Patagonia Strider Pro Short reviews (3)

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