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Running shirts for trails and roads

Running really is the easiest way to get your daily dose of exercise or to escape for time in nature. Whether you’re heading out for a trail run or training for a 10K, you want to make sure you’re wearing a top that’s breathable, stretchy and wicks away moisture as you sweat (tip: no cotton). MEC has lots of running shirts and tops to choose from, including picks from Arc’teryx, Brooks, Salomon, The North Face and more.

Well-fit for fitness

Many running shirts and tops are made from polyester, since it’s a material that’s durable, lightweight and breathable. It’s also quick to dry, so you don’t stay damp after a sweaty session or if a light rain comes down mid-run. Some shirts also have spandex in them for added stretch, and many synthetic options have anti-microbial treatment to prevent odours.

For keen runners who head out even in cold weather, look for running shirts and tops that are thicker in material, or even made with merino wool (some people swear by merino wool year-round). Running shirts can also do double-duty as a base layer as you build a layering system.