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Running Tops

The best running tops, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 8, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie Long Sleeve Performance Top
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Tropic Comfort Hoody II Long Sleeve Performance Top
$59
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Simms BugStopper Hoody Long Sleeve Performance Top
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood Long Sleeve Performance Top
$157 - $195
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Interval Long Sleeve Zip Tee Long Sleeve Performance Top
$65
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rab Interval Tee Short Sleeve Performance Top
$27 - $44
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Icebreaker Sphere Short Sleeve Crewe Short Sleeve Performance Top
$49 - $75
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Sunshade Technical Hoody Long Sleeve Performance Top
$79
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpenglow Hoody Long Sleeve Performance Top
$55 - $85
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fjallraven Koster Sweater Long Sleeve Performance Top
$161 - $180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee Base Layer Top / Short Sleeve Performance
$47
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Dart Zip-Neck Long Sleeve Performance Top
$50
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Capilene Cool Trail Shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top
$39
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Free Fly Bamboo Lightweight Long Sleeve Long Sleeve Performance Top
$55
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montane Dart T-Shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top
$35
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee Short Sleeve Performance Top / Top
$42 - $65
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Forward T-Shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top
$27
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Icebreaker Tech T Lite Short Sleeve Performance Top
$42 - $79
Outdoor Research Astroman Sun Hoodie Long Sleeve Performance Top
$67 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Ibex Scout 1/2 Zip Long Sleeve Performance Top
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Short Sleeve Pack Polo Short Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Patagonia Lightweight Sun Hoody Long Sleeve Performance Top
$59 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Mountain Hardwear Wicked Lite Short Sleeve T Short Sleeve Performance Top
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Ibex Echo T Short Sleeve Performance Top
$69 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
REI New Route Henley T-shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top / Hiking
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Asics FujiTrail Hoodie Long Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Mama Tenaya Tee Short Sleeve Performance Top
$39 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Champion C9 Long-Sleeve Shirt Long Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia PFG Omni-Freeze Short Sleeve Tee Short Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Outdoor Research Echo L/S Duo Tee Long Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Ultra Stop Long Sleeve Crew Shirt Long Sleeve Performance Top
$40 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Under Armour Team Tech Shortsleeve T Shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top
$20 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montane Shark Ultra Tee Short Sleeve Performance Top
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Freezer II Long Sleeve Tee Long Sleeve Performance Top
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Under Armour T-shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trew NuYarn Wool Pocket T Short Sleeve Performance Top
$59 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ibex U-Sixty T Short Sleeve Performance Top
$59 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Ultra Stop 1/2 Zip Long Sleeve Performance Top
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face S/S Reaxion Crew Short Sleeve Performance Top
$20 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Ibex Hooded Indie Long Sleeve Performance Top
$115 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Ibex Shak Jersey Long Sleeve Performance Top
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ibex Full Zip Hooded Shak Long Sleeve Performance Top
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Better Than Naked Crew Short Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Vargo Slag Short-Sleeve Shirt Short Sleeve Performance Top
$50 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Lana Comp Shirt LS Long Sleeve Performance Top
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Ridge Merino Heist 1/2 Zip Hoody Long Sleeve Performance Top
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Crew Long Sleeve Performance Top / Top
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Pearl Izumi P.R.O Fly Evo Pullover Long Sleeve Performance Top
$160 MSRP

Recent Running Top Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Icebreaker Quantum Long Sleeve Zip Hood

Smart design, adjusts to changing temps: Hood up for cold mornings, down as the sun rises and activity level increases. Breathable wool is naturally odor-resistant, can be used longer between washings if traveling . Durable, functional, stylish and well-made. Recommended for active/exercise wear, travel, and layering. Found the original design of this jacket at an excellent price several years ago, on sale at a local outdoor specialty retailer. I bought it primarily with travel in mind. I also liked… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Arthur Beale Erebus Boat Neck Pullover

The Arthur Beale Erebus Boat Neck Pullover is an old school heavyweight wool sweater for cold weather. It’s made from unbleached, undyed black Welsh mountain wool that still smells like sheep. With the lanolin not bleached out, the sweater smells like sheep, tends to repel water, and also feels like unprocessed wool—it’s pretty scratchy. This sweater’s weight and bulk would limit appeal for backpacking, but it’s very nice for cold weather day hikes either on its own or under a shell.  … Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie

The very best long sleeve base layer out of many I've tried! I've meant to review this earlier as I have three full seasons using this shirt (actually now own three). I use this base layer summer through winter. It cheats all the important criteria of a base layer—lightweight, check; breathes well, check; dries quickly, check; AND has a hood. I use the hood all the time, in the summer to shade my neck/sides of my face and when cool to add a little warmth on the move. It utilizes a synthetic microgrid… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee

The Smartwool Merino 150 Pocket Tee is an active wear, base layer made up of 87% merino wool and 13% polyester. The high wool content maximizes one of nature's greatest insulator's ability to regulate temperature, ward off the multi-day stink, and manage moisture, while the polyester content adds durability and comfort. A lightweight wool tee allows for an endless amount of uses—from a thin sun shirt on hot summer days, to an excellent next to skin layer as part of a clothing system in winter. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Outdoor Research Echo Hoodie

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. 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… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Crew

The All-Paca Crew is a lightweight, medium thickness base-layer suitable for active wear or just lounging around the house during a lock-down. It's made from 100 percent Alpaca fiber. It fills my niche as a three-season hiking/sleep layer, to be paired with a t-shirt on cold mornings and with a shell when the wind or rain begins to cut. It offers a good warmth-to-weight ratio, breathability, and also a hefty resistance to odor. It closely matches the performance of similar technical base-layers… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Banner & Oak Coyote T-shirt

I occasionally receive free products to test in exchange for reviews. With hot, humid summer days in the Midwest, choosing lighter, more breathable clothing is a must. Banner and Oak’s Coyote tee was perfect for strolling around the campground on a sunny afternoon. The graphic on the tee is what really caught my eye. Simple and nature-inspired, this shirt will be a go-to on my future camping adventures. Soft, comfy, and cool. This 60/40 cotton/polyester blend is perfect to toss on for a night… Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Free Fly Bamboo Lightweight Long Sleeve

No question, Free Fly fabric is superior to all synthetic when it comes to cooling, but the tailoring is not up to a snuff for a garment at this price. RE: Free Fly Bamboo lightweight long sleeve shirt, the sleeves and side seams are single needle with standing selvage, basic cheap t-shirt approach. When compared to the NRS silkweight poly shirt with all double needle flat seams and angel wing shoulders, Free Fly comes up way short. No question, Free Fly fabric is superior to all synthetic when… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee

The Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee is a lightweight tee-shirt, made from a comfortably soft blend of merino wool and polyester (56% merino/44% polyester). This combination makes for a shirt that breathes well, stays cool, dries quickly, and doesn’t stink after a day of hiking. An ideal shirt for warm weather adventures. Unfortunately, the hidden pocket isn't very practical. Conditions: I’ve worn the Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Hidden Pocket Tech Tee regularly for two months,… Full review