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The Best Running Gear of 2020: 31 Items you Need

If you're looking to buy running gear in the UK, then look no further.

Throw on your tracksuit and that pair of trainers you’ve had lying around for years and you’re good to go running, right? Wrong. Wearing the right running sports gear can make a difference on every run you embark on, and not just by improving your comfort, but also to your ability, health and safety, and style!

We understand it’s easy to get confused, and even intimidated, by all the specialist jargon and excessive options that are flooding the internet from a basic ‘running gear’ search. Sportswear brands always seem to be introducing some sort of new and improved extra special sweat wicking, fast drying, futuristic technology in their kit.

So to make your life easier, we’ve done the hours of research and put together the ultimate guide for the best running gear on the UK market right now. 

We’ve done the stressful part, now you just have to put on your kit and run.

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Shoes

First of all, let's talk shoes. Whether you’re training for your first 5k, participating in a marathon, or have challenged yourself to boost your health through a daily jog, it’s important you invest in the right running shoe. Knowing what to look for can seem complicated with all the technical features, different benefits and names that sound like something straight from the Hogwarts handbook. 

Don’t worry – we’ve made it easier for you to find the perfect shoe for your goals.

To ensure you get the best shoes for your particualr needs, we've divided the catergory up into the following: Trail running, marathon and budget.

Men

#1 - Trail: Inov-8 Mudclaw G260

inov-8 best trail running gear for men

For the on-trend runners, this is a must for your new running gear update. 

Boasting 5 star reviews all round, the Inov-8 Mudclaw G260 has been titled the world's toughest shoe for the world's toughest muddy mountain runs and obstacle course races. 

With cutting edge graphene-enhanced rubber and 8mm studs, these trendy running gear favourites promise to deliver the world's toughest grip over soft and wet ground.

In this new model, these running shoes have been built with new super-strong upper materials that provide high levels of durability and breathability, all within a shoe that weighs just 260g. 

Designed to make light work of all tough mud, the Mudclaw G260 comes with an integrated gaiter to help keep debris out of the shoes. 

Most definitely one of the best pieces of practical, retro running gear around right now.

Best for: OCR, fell & mountain running

Price: £140 (Currently reduced to £112.00)

#2 - Marathon: Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% 

Nike Air Zoom best long distance running gear

Brand new to designer running gear in the UK is these attractive marathon shoes.

In 2019, when Eliud Kipchoge ran a marathon in 1:59:40, you might be interested to know he did this whilst wearing a prototype of the Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT% -  so I guess you could say this is up there as the best professional running gear the world has to offer.

The highly-popular trendy running gear, which features a full-length carbon-fibre plate to provide a snappy sensation with each step, is the next generation Vaporfly NEXT% - an upgrade of the famously popular 4%. 

The latest drop is loaded with new technology, including the new ultra-responsive Zoom Air pods in the forefoot and additional ZoomX foam in the heel. This reactive foam is the key part of the success of this shoe, designed for the sole purpose to push your running game forward for your next marathon or road race.

These professional running gear essentials are made to shatter records and PBs, whether you're looking to finish a marathon in two, three, four or five hours.

The only downside to this shoe is it’s hard to get your hand on, and with a new release dropping this month, if having the latest running gear is a priority to you then you’ll want to get yourself on the waitlist now for a chance of bagging the best running gear to date.

Best for: Making new PBs

Price: £259.95

#3 - Budget: Reebok Quick Motion 2.0

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If you’re looking for the both the best and cheap running gear in UK, Reebok has your ideal shoe that provides you with all the quality for a fraction of the cost.

These affordable, cool running gear front runners are kitted out with a breathable mesh upper and supportive overlays to ensure wearers have the maximum comfort, 

With the addition of 3D Ultralite EVA foam on the midsole, you’re guaranteed cushioning and stability with the shoe carrying the impact of every footstrike for you.

Feel light on your feet with our pick for the best budget running gear in the UK right now.

Best for: A lightweight casual running shoe

Price: £27.40 - £44.61

Women

#4 - Trail:  Saucony Peregrine 10

Saucony 10 best womens running shoes

For those looking for cheap running gear but still want the guarantee of a shoe with a grip that won’t let go, these running shoes are one of our favourite running gear essentials.

As a result of its PWRTRAC outsole, the Saucony Peregrine 10 running shoes possess grippy versatility that is responsive to the changing surface underfoot. So whatever the terrain, this is the ultimate trail shoe to ensure your speed is not affected.

 For maximum protection from the surface below, these running shoes include a rock plate and the trail-specific FORMFIT design to supply runners with a stable and comfortable fit with additional protection.

For the runners who want to explore off-road, the cushioning provided in the shoe is just right for uphill responsiveness and downhill forgiveness. 

We can’t imagine the top running gear to be complete without them.

Best for: For runners venturing off the pavement

Price: £110

#5 - Marathon: Asics Gel Nimbus 22

ASICS Gel nimbus best marathon running shoes for women

If having the latest running gear is important to you, then we have your shoe.

You’ve signed up to run 42.2kM and now you need the best running gear possible to ensure the ultimate performance, make room for the ASICS GEL-Nimbus 22.

An essential for athletic running gear, this new ASICS trainer is packed with technologies that help runners improve their performance and push their run further.

With the FLYTEFOAM Propel that provides the ultimate energetic feel,and an improved forefoot GEL technology that further reduces the load on feet, they promise to take care of any potential damage so your feet can focus on the run.

The lightweight mesh upper makes this a popular choice for the best marathon shoes around as it allows your feet to experience breathability and a supportive and adaptable fit. 

Designed with the high mileage runners in mind, these must-have running gear implement additional foam in the midsole to reduce the severity of harsh impact.

Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, these are amongst the best running gear around, designed to deliver soft cushioning and a more responsive stride.

The latest release from ASICS, this new running gear is available in a range of colours and designs to enable you to express yourself freely.

Best for: From marathon beginners to seasoned runners

Price: £154.99

#6 - Budget: Adidas Galaxy 4

Adidas Galaxy 4 cheap womens running shoes

In need of a new pair of running shoes but want to avoid breaking the bank? Some cheap running gear? These Adidas Galaxy 4’s are a great option for the best budget running shoes available right now.

Though they may be lacking the Boost technology that Adidas’s premium trainers are so popular for, these budget running shoes have been engineered with a Cloudfoam midsole that offers runners exceptional cushioning, and the rubber outsole maximises traction.

 These quality running gear essentials also feature a breathable mesh upper with a comfortable collar and molded lining for lightweight support, despite its chunkier appearance, making them amongst the most comfortable and bouncy you’ll find in the bargain bracket in the UK.

The Adidas Galaxy 4 is available in a range of different colours, including pink and white.

Best for: Shorter runs of up to an hour, once or twice a week on the road or a treadmill

Price: £44.99 (currently reduced to £32.00)

Tshirts

Over the years, fabric technology in sportswear has advanced so much that today’s running gear probably consists of more technology than the latest iPhone.

After years of perfecting the best materials and technologies, finding the perfect t-shirt will now make running a more comfortable and fun experience, whilst still getting your fix of cool running gear.

But how do you know what to look for to find the best running top? We’ve done the research and shortlisted the best two options to help you find the perfect T-shirt to meet all your needs.

Men

#7 - Under Armour UA Streaker 2.0 Mesh-Panelled Microthread T-Shirt 

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We told you, cool running gear is now a thing.

Under Armour has been designing innovative kits to support every type of athlete through every workout, game and race day since the '90s, so it’s no surprise they make the list for our top running gear.

Part of the 'Streaker 2.0' line, this t-shirt is dotted with strategic venting to keep you feeling cool as well as anti-microbial technology that reduces odour, making it a must-have addition to your designer running gear. 

Made from a lightweight, stretchy microthread fabric that doesn't cling or chafe on the body and wicks sweat from the skin, the tee provides the ultimate comfort for all runs ranging from short HIIT sprints to a full-length marathon, making it a great running gear product for people of all abilities.

This range also includes colours that offer reflective details and bold colour to increase visibility on low-light runs.

Price: £33.99


Women

#8 - Adidas 3 Stripes HEAT.RDY 

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For those looking for a looser fit t-shirt option for those warmer days, this is one of our favourite choices - and it has a pretty retro running gear feel about it also!

Despite its minimal appearance, this piece of stylish running gear is still fitted with multiple technical features to keep you cool while you train

Built to be breathable and comfortable, this scoop-hemmed Adidas tee has large V-shaped mesh panels on the front and back, combined with cross-over splits at the sides for added ventilation and maximise air flow. It's reinforced at high-stress areas for durability and has bonded finishes for a smooth, against-the-skin feel.

The unique stitching pattern in the top makes this tee extra durable, as well as being made from recycled materials.

With a choice of different colours on offer, implement your personality into your workouts.

Price: From £25

Shorts

Wearing the right running shorts is key to ensuring you have a successful run. Shorts made with just any old material can stick to your body in hot weather, chafe your skin and make your overall running experience uncomfortable.

To achieve maximum performance, it’s vital to invest in shorts that are specifically designed for running. This means lightweight material, moisture-wicking fabric, and built in compression for comfortability . Shorts are available in different lengths to match personal preference and for different running styles.

Whatever the distance, we’ve done the research to find the best running shorts around that could be the difference between a casual saunter and a personal best.

Men

#9 - Columbia Titan Ultra Short

Columbia Titan Ultra Short best running gear

Looking for the best running shorts that will support you in everything from ultra trail running to other high performance activities? We heard you.

With built-in compression briefs for a secure fit and a security pocket for small items, these Columbia running shorts are ready to hit the road.

These are the best running shorts for trail runners due to their Omni-Freeze ZERO sweat-activated cooling technology which will keep you comfortable for the entirety of your run, and the ultra-wicking material that moves sweat away fast. 

These tech-loaded running shorts even have Omni-Shade UPF 40 built into them, protecting runners from the sun.

Finally, you can’t rely on running gear that doesn’t have your comfort and practicality at heart. The Columbia running shorts  guarantee comfort and freshness with their antimicrobial treated inner briefs as well as multifunctional pockets, catering for safe storage of personal items and reflective details

Price: £45 (currently reduced to £31.50)

Women

#10 - Lululemon Fast and Free Short 6”

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Branded a ‘game-changer’ by sporting professionals, these beautiful cycling-style shorts win our vote for the most stylish running gear on the block.

From the popular Canada-born brand, Lululemon, these 6” running shorts might feel slightly revealing at first, but that's quickly forgotten with the high waistband and velvety fabric . 

The tighter fit and Nulux™ fabric helps prevent any chance of chafing as well as offering a near weightless coverage.

Trialled and tested across a range of runs - from short sprints to long distance - these are a must have for not only your professional running gear, but everyday activity too.

These running shorts are also available in a 10’inch leg length for taller runners and you can even choose between a reflective or non-refleclective option.

Price: £58 

Running Tops

Sure, you can go out in an old t-shirt or a hoodie that provides absolutely no benefits to your run, but the best running tops offer so much more than just acting as a layer over your skin. 

We’ve found the best long-sleeve options for the colder months to add to your running sports gear that will work to keep your upper body cool, provide compression to help your muscles feel more oxygenated and offer highly-breathable and sweat-wicking technology so you can enjoy running for longer, all whilst looking good too.

Men

#11 - Nike 3.0 Element Mélange Therma-Sphere Dri-FIT Half-Zip Top

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So you're after a top to keep you warm, but you're worried that means comprimising having the coolest running gear. Well, we're here to tell you that practicality now also means fashion.

Incorporating Nike’s Therma Sphere technology, a lightweight and breathable material made for movement, this is a great running gear product to absorb sweat, whilst keeping your body temperature high for the colder climates. 

The fabric on this Nike running gear also features closed mesh, which allows a more insulated fit. 

An essential piece of running gear for the colder conditions throughout Autumn or Winter -  it even supplies built-in gloves that provide additional warmth for your hands when running. 

Price: £48 



Women

#12 - TCA Women's Lightweight Fusion QuickDry Long Sleeve Half-Zip Running Top

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 This long sleeve running top was designed with performance in all conditions at the forefront of their focus.

With premium light-touch fabric, this lightweight running sports gear is flexible and soft against the skin, giving you full flexibility to move in total comfort.

It features a subtle invisible zipper pocket with a hidden cord management system that provides secure storage for the likes of your phone, keys or another small music device.

The moisture wicking fabric absorbs sweat right from the skin keeping you dry, light and comfortable at all times.

Along with the chic quarter zip feature that provides custom comfort in changing conditions, the design is finished off with sleek thumb holes and is also available in an array of colours all for a small price.

Price: £21.99

Running Jackets

If there's one thing all runners will agree on, it’s running through the torrential rain, bitter temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions of winter is no (ice-cold) breeze.

A running jacket is the holy grail to every runners performance running gear.

There’s no jacket out there that can make torrential rain a joy to run in, but there are plenty of great options that will help you shrug off showers and power through a nasty headwind - and to make your job easier, through the process of elimination and thorough research, we’ve narrowed it down to one ultimate running jacket for each gender.

Men

#13 - Proviz Classic Waterproof

Proviz classic waterproof running jacket

It wouldn’t be a guide to the best running gear if we didn’t include the Proviz Classic Jacket.

With its fluorescent yellow design and generous addition of REFLECT360 reflective material, ensures you won’t go invisible on your runs, whether you’re out during the day or at night - probably one of our most recommended running gear pieces to ensure you can stay as safe as possible.

As well as its visibility benefits, this running jacket will also keep you warm and dry at the hand of the windproof and waterproof fabric.

Designed with four-way stretch material that gives the jacket a high waterproof and breathability, it makes for one of the most practical and comfortable pieces of running sports gear on the market.

The jacket incorporates two side pockets to house all of the gear needed on your run. 

Price: £79.99

Women

#14 - Kalenji Kiprun Light Showerproof Jacket

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For the top running gear it doesn’t need to be expensive, just effective and Decathalon’s Kalenji Kiprun running jacket embodies just that.

The practical and affordable option, this windproof and showerproof running jacket is extremely lightweight, and also features taped seams, zippered pockets and reflective detailing. 

Under the arms feature two 2-way zips where you can regulate your temperature by either unzipping the long ventilation flaps to cool down as you go or keeping them fully zipped for extra warmth. 

This practical piece of running gear won’t take up much space if you want to take it off either, as it can be packed away into its own pocket and then worn on your arm while running with the handy elastic straps.

Price: £34.99

Leggings

Name a bigger distraction than leggings that work their way down your midriff mid run or bunch and bag around your ankles. You can’t, because the wrong running leggings can quickly turn a promising 5K PB into a chafe-fuelled burden.

For men, running leggings/tights supply slightly different benefits. When the temperatures drop, the only thing to keep you motivated sometimes can be that extra layer of warmth. A pair of running leggings will improve circulation and support muscles for the entire duration of the run.

OriGym has read the reviews, done the research and weighed up all the pros and cons to present to you the best running leggings on the market right now.

Women's Leggings

#15 - Sweaty Betty Power 7/8 Gym Leggings

sweatty betty best running leggings for women

Famous for their bum-sculpting fabric that provides comfort for a broad range of sport and exercise, Sweaty Betty’s running leggings are second to none. 

 Squat-proof fabric? Check. A high-waisted fit? Check. Pockets for your valuables? Check. They tick all the boxes.

Featuring not only a side pocket, but two back zip pockets (fit up to an iPhone 8 or Samsung S) also, these running leggings are not only chic and stylish, but efficient and practical.

The Power leggings also come in a full length version for the colder months when your ankles need the coverage, as well as a massive 18 different colours and designs for you to choose from - the essential running gear for all year round.

Price: £75

Mens Leggings/Tights

#16 - Karrimor Performance Tights

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We’ve told you, the best running gear doesn’t need to make a dint in your bank account.

A cheap and cheerful option that is perfect for beginners, these affordable Karrimor running gear favourites are perfect for the colder months when you need that extra comfort.. 

With a zipped back pocket perfect for small valuables, stylish mesh panels for increased airflow and reflective panelling for low light conditions to increase visibility, all for such a small price, we couldn't not include these running tights in our best running gear guide.

Karrimor’s Performance Tights are also constructed with an elasticated material and waistline enabling them to provide max breathability as well as absorbing sweat at a rapid rate - what more could you want for just £16?

Price: £16

Sports Bras

For female runners, selecting the right sports bra is equivalent to choosing the right running shoes – if it’s comfortable and fits properly, you’ll perform better, trust us, even a study says so!

It goes without saying that a sports bra is the most essential running gear for any female runner.

Unlike other workouts, a sports bra for running needs to offer high-impact support as if not, the repetitive strain that running puts on your chest can cause permanent damage to your back and even your breasts.

With so many brilliant options available, we found it impossible to narrow our top picks down to just one, so we’ve included the two of the hottest sports bras for running.

#17 - Sweaty Betty Ultra Run Sports Bra 

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Whoever said training can't incolve stylish running gear, clearly hadn't been introduced to this highly-raved about sports bra.

With award-winning support that combines compression and encapsulation technology to offer high-impact protection for running without wiring. 

The specialist running sports bra features strategically placed mesh ventilation in high-sweat areas to help keep you cool and dry and what's more, the bra’s seams have been carefully placed on the outside to ensure no unwanted chafing.

Unlike many other sports bras, the Ultra Run has adjustable straps meaning you can wear it as a racerback or U-back, as well as accommodating for up to a F cup

There is no doubt that this is one of the best sports bras for running around. 

Price: £45 

#18 - Lululemon Run Times Bra 

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Another product from the favoured Vancouver brand, this Lululemon sports bra gets our vote on a style front, and it checks out on technicalities, too. 

The cushion-soft, sweat-wicking fabric promises maximum comfort and no risk of cutting into your shoulders, whilst still offering the high-impact support you need for a run. 

The addition of perforated panelling on the front of this running sports  bra allows for extra comfort as well as ensuring you stay cool as you clock up the miles.

Just like their 6” Fast and Free running shorts, the Run Times sports bra for running is made with added lycra fibre for shape retention and comfort.

Similar to the Ultra Run, the Run Times bra also features customisable straps - a must-have feature for the most effective support if you ask us.  Available to provide high support for B to E cups.

Price: £58 

Men's Base Layers

When it comes to running comfortably and the perfect winter running gear, it’s all about that base.

It’s easy to understand how base layers can help in the winter – they hug the skin, keeping you toasty warm, whilst absorbing sweat to prevent that uncomfortable stickiness during a run or workout.

However, when it comes to the warmer months of the year, you might be more sceptical of their relevance and benefits. What if we told you that adding another layer, even in the Summer months, can actually be the ticket to avoiding overheating?

By adding a lightweight, sweat-wicking base layer under your running gear, it can actually have a cooling effect on the body, as well as their fast-drying tech making for a much more comfortable running experience,

We believe base layers are a must have in running gear, so below are two of the best base layer options for running that we find to be the most effective.


#19 - HeatGear Short Sleeve Short Sleeve Compression Undershirt

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The OG’s of performance enhancing sportswear, Under Armour’s HeatGear undershirt is no exception and will quickly make its way to your best running gear piece.

Specifically designed for wear during competitions, running and high intensity workouts, this ultra-tight athletic running gear becomes like a second skin during activity. 

Crafted with care and innovation, the elastic mesh inserts under the arms of this essential running gear provide ventilation and the Moisture Transport System diverts sweat away from the body. 

In addition, this practical piece of quality running gear features anti-odour technology that prevents the growth of microbes and formation of odours.

Designed with UPF 30+ sun protection factor, this running base layer protects the skin from harmful sun rays. The shirt is crafted from 140 g polyester/spandex and the mesh inserts are made of 130 g polyester/spandex.

Price: £25.00

#20 - MegMeister DRYNAMO Warm Long Sleeve Base Layer

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This ultralight long sleeved base layer offers the perfect climate regulation, making it the ideal addition for your performance running gear collection.

Carefully crafted with 4 way stretch and a completely seamless finish, you can expect the optimum level of freedom and movement with no restrictions from this running base layer.

Made with Polypropylene and DRYARN fabrication with a touch of Nylon for added strength, the DRYNAMO provides an exceptionally dry running experience due to DRYARN’s role in moving moisture more rapidly than Polyester and its rejection to hold water.  

The longline fit of the top ensures comfortability and coverage, even for taller athletes - this will quickly become a stale in your running gear wardrobe.

Price: £54.95

Running Gilets

Whether you’re training for a marathon or trying to get out of bed for a 5K, keeping yourself motivated on those colder mornings can be hard work.

A running gilet is, no doubt, likely to be the last piece of kit you pick up to complete your running gear getup, that’s if you choose to purchase one at all, yet this is a fundamental no frequent runner should be without.

With the majority of options available benefiting from windproof and water-resistant materials, a running gilet ensures you can keep your core warm and dry, whilst preventing any chance of overheating as a result of its sleeveless design - it offers the perfect amount of protection for many, if not all weather conditions. 

Our top choices below promise to protect you from the bite of those chilly winter mornings, but are also lightweight enough for you to leave it out of that winter clothes suitcase during the warmer months - a must in any runner’s winter running gear.

Men

#21 - SOAR Ultra Gilet 

soar wet weather running gear

You might be sceptical of its high price tag at first, but when it comes to practicality, design and benefit, this must have running gear is the best on the market and well worth its RRP. 

For mornings when the cold catches in your throat. Evenings when the rain isn’t on your side. Days when the sun is threatening to play - but not quite. 

This practical designer running gear is made from a super lightweight material, making it easy to fold up and stash away in a pocket or waistband when the sky looks promising - though, we recommend always having it to hand as the front, shoulder and side panels are waterproof and windproof for when the unpredictable drizzle begins.

Light enough to zip over a T-shirt on a cool summer morning due to its breathable back design, but warm enough to throw over a long sleeve top to get windproof in the winter - this is a versatile piece of running gear that will be useful all year round.

There is even room to store your valuables, with the front pocket suitable for cards and keys, while the larger back pocket can hold a phone or wallet.

Price: £135


Women


#22 - Proviz Women's Reflective Pixelite Running Gilet

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Designed and manufactured in Italy, the Proviz PixElite Running Gilet is made to the highest standards of Italian style and manufacturing and a favourite amongst hi vis running gear in the UK.

Don’t be fooled by its soft touch and lightweight material, as this piece of running gear is still highly breathable and wind-resistant to ensure the utmost comfort when you’re out on those cold, rainy mornings.

Designed using the high performing PixElite reflective material that provides extra visibility, this is great running gear for both early morning jogs and late night runs. OriGym has a great guide on running at night that you should check out if you need more info.

Finished off with a zip garage, this feature was expressly included to keep runners comfortable on cold days as well as protecting against potential neck chafing when the jacket is fully zipped up. 

An all round comfortable, efficient and stylish running gear for any female runner to have in their wardrobe.

Price: £79.99

Hi Vis Running Gear

A fundamental for every runner and athlete's running gear essentials.

For any atheltic running gear, hi viz items are a must-have, not just for your autumn and winter runs, but for those early morning summer months when you’re trying to avoid the sunrise joggers.

Putting running first doesn't mean safety needs to come second. Hi vis running gear is an easy way to ensure you’re staying safe and not letting the dark get in the way of running. 

Though there are a couple of reflective options floating across other sections of our guide, we’ve popped below a couple of items that the sole purpose is to light you up and ensure maximum safety and visibility on those dark runs.

You can find our more detailed guide on the best reflective running gear here.


#23 - Flipbelt Reflective

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The Flipbelt is our ultimate favourite piece of quality running gear. 

For many runners, finding a belt that isn’t uncomfortable and that doesn't negatively impact their run is hard to come by, so with that in mind, the Flipbelt Reflective was made with the highest quality moisture-wicking micropoly fabric and stretch-friendly, ultra-reflective 360 3M materials, to ensure discomfort was a problem of the past.

Not just a great piece of safety running gear, the Flipbelt can also hold a remarkable amount of stuff tight against your body so it doesn’t bounce around annoyingly while you run. 

Its innovative large-pocket tubular design allows you to easily and securely carry large phones, keys, gels and other running essentials without the hassle of a backpack, running pouch or running armband.

This premium athletic running gear is designed to sit securely around your waist without riding up or bouncing and comfortably fits over any bulky clothing for maximum reflectiveness.

Upgrade your hi vis running gear now with a FlipBelt Reflective.

Price: £35



#24 - Rosenice High Visibility Safety Vest Reflective Jacket 

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This popular piece of quality running gear, made of lightweight, breathable mesh fabric ensures what it provides in practicality, it does not lack in comfort like much other hi vis running gear on the market.

Many brands producing related items often sacrifice quality when it comes to reflective wear as they see it as a one-purpose product, however Rosenice is not one of them. With their High Viz running gear vest, they bring you a high quality running jacket that promises durability and long-lasting use. 

If you're an avid evening runner but you want an alternative to hi-vis running gear, why not check out our guide on the best running lights available.

Made of a lightweight, breathable mesh fabric, this hi vis running gear prioritizes comfort as much as it does safety and with the addition of the side closures, you can even customise the fit and size - for just £8.99, a real bargain if you ask us.

Price: £8.99

Socks

We all know the importance of choosing the right running shoes, but there isn’t enough talk about how it is just as important to ensure you’re wearing the right running socks too - and trust us, we'd go as far as saying they're one of most highly recommended running gear essentials.

Just like shoes, a bad pair of running socks can lead to blisters, a build-up of bacteria and overall damage to your feet, whereas the right pair will offer extra protection where you need it most.

Whether you’re training for a marathon or your first mile, as a runner, looking after your feet is a must. 

Whilst you're in the process of training for a specific run, you might benefit from reading out guide of the best running books of 2020.

#25 - Balega Blister Resist Quarter Socks

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Balega’s Blister Resist Quarter socks prove that you can have great protection and a soft feel. 

These running socks use a combination of mohair and the brand’s own moisture-wicking material, Drynamix, to create a plush yet durable sock and keep your feet cool and dry at all times. 

Made with hand-linked seamless toe for seamfree comfort and an extra deep heel pocket to prevent any sliding, these are running socks that refuse to sacrifice comfort for technology.

To accommodate all, these running socks come in a range of different colours too!

Price: £14.99

Running Underwear

For a comfortable run, underwear is one of the most important articles of clothing you need - and no, your regular day-to-day underwear is not going to cut it.

Just like your running attire, the underwear you’re wearing has the ability to make or break the success of your run and even has the capacity to hold you back from breaking that new PB. 

Many people overlook the importance of wearing the correct undergarments. Sure, there are running shorts that come with built-in lining or inner briefs, but for many runners, this doesn’t provide the comfort and convenience that specific running underwear does.

Sports and running underwear is designed to wick away sweat, prevent chafing, prevent the harboring of bacteria, all whilst offering a comfortable and supportive fit or your run  - and we’ve found just the pairs for you.

Men

#26 - ExOfficio Give-N-Go Brief

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Antimicrobial treatment that reduces odor clinging onto fabric, breathable mesh fabric that supplies airflow enabling you to stay cool and a durable fabric - everything you need in your running underwear and everything the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Brief has. 

These fast-drying, lightweight underwear garments include a comfortable waistband that won't stretch and a promise of being odor-resistant, even in cases of long-wears.

Price: £15.98

Women

#27 - Runderwear Running Hotpant

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The most popular brand for sportswear underwear, Runderwear Running Hot Pants are designed to provide fuller coverage and a girl-boxer style fit. 

They offer exceptional support and comfort with their 360° seamless technology design and a 2.5" inseam which offers extra protection at the top of the thighs and inner-legs as well as a chafe-free guarantee.

For hygiene purposes, you should always favour running underwear, both men and women, that is designed with a breathable, moisture-wicking construction, as well as being lightweight and durable - all of which, you'll be glad to know, these popular running hot pants provide.

The elasticated waistband and super-soft fabric provide maximum comfortable support during exercise. 

Price: £36 for a pack of 2 / £20 each

Running Gloves

There once was just two things running gloves needed to do: keep your hands warm and prevent them getting sweaty, but this is not that time, it is 2020.

Today, the market is booming with gloves that are loaded with technical performance fabrics and benefits such as: Sweat-wicking and temperature regulating technology, maximum breathability, tactile ability, and many other functions including e-tips.

From smartphones and distance trackers to GPS watches, most of our favorite running gadgets once would have become inactive once we pulled on our gloves. Not anymore. Many gloves now, particularly in sportswear, incorporate some level of compatibility with touchscreens, and our top pick is no exception. 

#28 - Under Armour Liner 2.0 Gloves

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Featuring flatlock stitching, anti-odor treatment, moisture-wicking magic and a functional fly, we don’t think there's a competition worth having when it comes to the best running gloves on the block - so what if we told you there's more.

These ultra-soft, thin knitted fabric trendy running gear necessities can either be worn on their own or as a base layer under heavier gloves in harsher conditions - though we don’t think that would be necessary.

With the popular Under Armour Storm finish, these running gloves repel rain and snow without sacrificing breathability and their plush interior provides just the right amount of warmth. 

They even include Tech Touch print on thumbs and fingers, so you don’t need to take off your gloves everytime you want to use your touchscreen device. You can find more useful gadgets to enhace your performance with our running accessories guide here.

Price: £22

Running Bags

For those looking to buy running gear in the UK in the form of practical bags and storage, then this is what you want to read.

If you are a long distance runner then you know how helpful a great running backpack can be. We always have stuff we need to carry, but sometimes there's just nowhere to put it. A good running backpack will carry a good amount of water and make it easily accessible to you during activities. 

And before you ask, no, your old work or school bag will not suffice. Running bags are made specifically to combat any damage to your shoulders and back that could happen, as well as offer a secure fit that won’t bounce around and affect your running rhythm.

We’ve given you the best two options that cater for everyone, from the power walker to the cross-country runner.

Backpack

#29 - Inov-8 Race Ultra Pro 2-in-1 Vest

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Sitting on the pricier side of our top running gear in the UK, the Inov-8 Race Ultra Pro earns its higher price tag through its highly versatile and functional design.

Made with a 2-in-1 design, this versatile running vest features a detachable 10-litre pocket that can be removed when necessary, allowing the pack to be used both as a pocketed race vest with increased storage capacity and a minimal stripped-down race vest, depending on how much you need to carry.

The 4-Way durable stretch fabric with fully adjustable straps provides optimum mobility and comfort for runners, as well as a bounce-free guarantee.

In addition to that, the two large breathable mesh pockets on the side and eight front, including a water resistant zipped one, are designed to expand and distribute weight evenly, as well as offer easy access storage for quick reach items.

This is definitely a product for those wanting the coolest running gear around.

Price: £134.97 - £153.00


Waist Belt

#30 - Running Ultra Waist Pouch

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We get a race vest or backpack isn't practical for everyone but you may still need more room than most waist pouches seem to offer - that’s why we love the Patagonia Ultra Waist Pouch. 

This waist bag for running stores a capacity of 6L, which can be organised strategically thanks to the internal mesh pocket, and the great thing is that even when it’s full the design keeps it stable against your lower back. 

The pouch has a specialised pocket that keeps your water bottle secure for the entirety of your journey. Why check out our favouirte running water bottles that will best compliment your new OMM Ultra Waist Pouch.

Featuring a reflective strip with a slot for clipping LED light and a whistle integrated with a zip puller, this bag provides not just the ultimate level of practicality but safety as well.

The ultra waist pouch is a much more runner friendly option than than a conventional pack as well as being highly versatile, making it equally suitable for lightweight walkers, long distance road runners and cyclists

Price: £43.33

Running Hats

Whether it’s to defend you from the sun beaming in your face or the rain bouncing off your head a decent running hat can make all the difference to your running experience.

Take a look at our top choice below and be sure to add it into your basket to level up your performance running gear.

#31 - On Lightweight Running Cap

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You might be thinking one option isn’t enough, but let us tell you, there is no other running hat on the market that matches up to this one.

Though it is one of the more expensive caps out there, you really do get what you pay for with the On lightweight running cap. 

Think of the two features you look for in a running cap… super lightweight and fast drying - so why is it so difficult to find?

On’s running cap supplies a ventilation that really works, so no matter how warm it might be, you won't feel restricted or like you're overheating. 

Unlike some of the other running hats on the market, it's got a gap on the back for a ponytail (a popular feature for female runners) plus it performs well in a heavy downpour. 

As well as catering for the colder weather, the On hat will also benefit runners by keeping the sun out of their eyes on those scorching Summer days. You should also check out our guide for the best running sunglasses that will sit comfortably in conjunction with this running hat.

The cap is available in four different colours, with options for all genders. 

Price: £32

Before You Go!

So, now you’ve got the knowledge for all the must have running gear (UK) available on the market, there is no excuse to now be fully prepared no matter what the weather.

If you’re a fitness fanatic, why not turn your passion into a career by becoming a qualified fitness professional by completing one of our online personal training certifications or download our course prospectus before you go! 

Also, feel free to download our FREE 16 Week Home Strength Training Programme before jumping in.

Written by Annie Williams

Fitness Content Executive, OriGym

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Graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Annie specialises in mental and physical wellbeing, with a specific interest in nutrition and mindfulness. Her long standing interest in fitness is what brought her to OriGym, and led her to become a qualified Personal Trainer and obtain specialist qualifications in Advanced Sports Nutrition. Annie’s primary professional attraction lies in following and tracking the ever-changing trends in the fitness industry. Beyond OriGym, Annie divides her time between personal writing, her passion for the countryside and mountain walking, and charitable runs.

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