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Shorts and tights for every runner

Running clothing is made from moisture-wicking fabrics that keep you drier to prevent chafing and keep you cool when you're working hard. No matter the length – shorts or pants – fit is key. Choose running gear that's snug but not restrictive, so it supports you as you move.

In summer, shorts and lightweight fabrics keep you cool in the heat. In the shoulder seasons and winter, longer running tights or pants are probably the best option (though we all know a runner who wears shorts in the snow!). For the coldest runs, add a base layer under wind- or water-resistant shell pants to keep you comfy on stormy days.

Details that matter

Consider the special features that make the running gear right for your run. Pockets give you a spot to store your phone and keys. Reflective materials keep you visible in the dark, and drawstring waistbands ensure an excellent fit. Zippered cuffs make pants easy to put on, even when you're already wearing your shoes. For wet weather days, water-resistant fabrics keep you warm as part of a layering system. The best running gear will be functional and make you feel good when you wear it to motivate you to keep stepping outside.