Let’s try a little science experiment. Go grab a cotton t-shirt. Run it under the faucet for about 30 seconds. Now put it on and go out for a run.
Not so much fun, right?
You hear us constantly harping on the fact that cotton is no good when it comes to running and working out. Cotton absorbs. So when you head out for a run on a 80* summer day, all that sweating that you’re doing is just going to stay with you, trapping heat and humidity, increasing the possibility of chafing, and restricting motion.
Moisture-wicking clothing in lightweight, airy materials. Your summer running gear should be made of synthetic materials. Take a look at the tag and if there is any cotton in there, ditch it!
Synthetic materials do the opposite of absorb. They wick. As you sweat, the material will grab that moisture off of your skin and pull it to the surface of the garment where it can evaporate, keeping you relatively comfy.
So to summarize, here’s why technical apparel is just as important in the summer as it is in the winter:
Stop by your local Runner’s Alley store to check out our selection of lightweight summer gear for men and women and get yourself geared up!