Each week at our office, we’re checking out new running gear, testing the latest shoes and discussing our favorite nutrition products and healthy recipes. Plus, as runners ourselves, we’re always coming across new products that we love as we’re out and about in our everyday lives. This year we’ll be showcasing some of our favorite products of the moment on a weekly basis so that you can check them out on your own. Without further ado, here are five things that we’re currently digging right now:
Before testing out these Under Amour tights on a run, we weren’t sure we’d love the expandable center-front waistband pocket for your phone. But we took these leggings out on a six-mile run and almost forgot that the phone was in our front pocket; it didn’t bounce around and even with its case on, didn’t feel too bulky. As far as fabric and feel go, the compression tights were comfortable and soft, with an added mesh paneling that allows for more breathability. Plus, its sweat-wicking fabric was true to its word and kept us feeling dry throughout the run.
Oakley Split Time – $173
Although the price point is high, for those who regularly run in sunglasses, these Oakley Split Time shades are worth checking out. First off, their design is more stylish than other running sunglasses on the market, so they already won some points there. We love the matte black with prizm or prizm polarized lenses that provide control of light transmission to enhance visibility. They are also great for combating backside glare and don’t bounce around on the face when running.
Adidas Solar Boost – $160
The new adidas Solar Boost trainers hit the market on 5/17, but we had the chance to test them early and are pretty impressed with their performance. Designed with Tailored Fiber Placement (TFP) uppers, the neutral shoes provide better zones of impact that maximize running performance and offer a snappy ride. Thanks to their midsole technology, they also have an added bounce that helps to focus energy forward and encourage a quicker pace. And, because they are made with Continental tire rubber, they offer solid traction on wet or dry surfaces.
With Gal Gadot’s name attached to this sports bra, we couldn’t help but feel pretty badass in it. The Reebok Hero Racer Padded Sports Bra, part of the Gal Gadot collection, is made up of 85 percent recycled polyester and 15 percent spandex and is for medium-impact activities. After a long run, we found that its Speedwick technology and mesh racerback design worked well to keep us feeling cool and dry. The pads are removable (which some of us tried) and even then, there was still a good level of support.
New Balance 890v6 Boston – $119-$129
Technically we have been running around in these kicks since Boston, but they’re still high on our favorites lists. The New Balance 890 v6’s come in various colorways (so you don’t need to grab the special edition Boston ones necessarily) and are good lightweight performance trainers. Thanks to their uppers, the shoes offer added breathability and a good lockdown fit without making the foot feel confined. Their midsole is firm and responsive, with a strong energy return and stable ride. If you’re needing a more cushioned shoe you may want to check out the brand’s Fresh Foam Collection instead. Overall, these shoes will do best for shorter distances and quicker-paced runs.