When it comes to selecting mens running clothes, the main consideration for most men boils down to what type of shorts to choose and what type of top to choose. Below are some points to consider when choosing your mens athletic apparel:
Mens Running Shorts
Not too long ago, it was not uncommon for men runners to wear a separate pair of underwear and a separate pair of running shorts over them (without built in underwear). Fast forward to the present, and the majority of men now run with bottoms that have built in underwear. The decisions regarding running shorts are 1.) Long inseam or short inseam, 2.) Pockets or no pockets, and 3.) Outer material and fabric.
Running Shorts with Long Inseam or Short Inseam
Different runners have different tastes. Typically, shorts with short inseams are preferred by elite runners who prefer to be as light as possible with no extra fabrics or accessories that may slow them down. Non elite runners may also opt for a short inseam short for racing as well.
For runners who do not like their running shorts to be too short, a longer inseam running short may be a good choice. In addition to looking sporty, a long inseam running short is also a good option for going to the gym.
Running Shorts with Pockets or No Pockets
Anotherconsideration for many runners is whether or not to go with a running short that has pockets. For runners who are looking for a running short that can hold a key, energy gels, an I-pod or MP3 player, or any other essentials, a running short with pockets would be ideal. For runners who prefer the minimalistic look, a running short without a pocket would be better.
Running Shorts and Outer Material
One more item to put on the running short checklist is to pay attention to the fabric that is on the outside of the shorts. A more expensive running short will often have a higher quality outer material that will be essential in wicking moisture and standing up against the outside elements.
Additionally, running shorts that have reflectivity may prove invaluable on those early, long morning runs when being seen will allow drivers in vehicles, bike riders, and other runners to see you and also allow them enough time to steer clear of you.
Men’s Running Tops
When it comes to selecting men’s tops, the main options are 1.) Running Singlet, 2.) Running Top with Short Sleeves, 3.) Running Top with Long Sleeves, 4.) Sleeveless Running Top.
Men’s Running Singlet
Running singlets for men are popular in the warmer weather times of the year when a runner may feel that a short sleeve or long sleeve running top are simply too hot and prefer the breathability and flexibility that a running singlet provides.
Also, in a runner’s quest to feel as light as possible on race day, a running singlet is enough to cover a runner up, but not with the added weight of a bigger and heavier running top.
Men’s Short Sleeve Tops
Short sleeve tops are ideal for runners who simply don’t like a running singlet or sleeveless running top, but it may be too warm to wear a long sleeve top. Additionally, a short sleeve running shirt can provide additional protection for the shoulders and upper arms against the sun and other outside elements.
Also, with the proliferation of warm weather arm cooler sleeves, many runners prefer to wear these types of sleeves underneath the short sleeves as opposed to with a singlet which still exposes the shoulders to some sun burn.
Men’s Running Top with Long Sleeves
Running tops with long sleeves for men are popular in the cooler weather when a runner may feel like a short sleeve running top, a singlet, or a sleeveless running top do not provide the warmth needed when running.
On the contrary, some runners will run in long sleeve running tops in hot weather as well to provide protection against the sun and other outside elements. Fortunately, many running companies do manufacture extremely lightweight long sleeve running tops that wick the moisture exceptionally well.
Men’s Sleeveless Running Top
Sleeveless Running Tops for men are popular in the warmer weather times of the year when a runner may feel that a short sleeve or long sleeve running top are simply too hot and prefer the breathability and flexibility that a running singlet provides.
For a runner who feels that a singlet has shoulders that are too narrow, this runner appreciates the wider shoulders provided by a sleeveless running top.
All in all, when it comes to choosing the optimal running shorts and running tops for your training or racing, make sure to consider the following. For running shorts, pay attention to inseam length, pockets (or no pockets), and the fabric of the shorts.
For running tops, pay attention to the style (i.e. singlet, sleeveless top, short sleeve top, or long sleeve top) and also to the outer fabric. As with anything in the world of sports, it is important to develop a comfort level with your apparel during training and as often as your schedule permits, simulate race day conditions so that come race day, apparel will not be a cause for worry.
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