Not all leisure activities can literally save your life. Running can. The right running gear keeps you comfortable while you push yourself and is made of eco-friendly materials, while the wrong gear just makes you want to pack it in and take up one of those easy indoor hobbies. Build up your running gear with our picks for shorts, leggings, top, and a no-excuses outer layer that’ll inspire you to go the distance.

Alana Athletica Classic Leggings


Key Selling Point: Stay-put leggings that are never see-through made by a socially committed company.

Known for making activewear with an ethical bent, Alana Athletica promises to support, educate, and empower the women working in their Sri Lankan factories. Their Classic Legging has a high waistband with light compression that doesn’t bunch or roll. A silver ion finish banishes odors (in a non-toxic way). And there’s even a pocket at the back to keep necessities close by on a run.

Ethos All-Day Tank


Key Selling Point: A breathable tank with a built-in bra offers light support for those easy run days. 

Soft is the name of the game with the All Day Tank from Ethos. Made from their proprietary Magic fabric, it’s a stretchy blend of poly and spandex that’s double brushed for a smooth hand. The mesh lining and removable padding offer light support and the modern crop gives it a fashion-conscious look — perfect for recovery days when you’re not running full tilt. 

Four Laps Serve Anorak

Key Selling Point: A packable and lightweight outer layer to keep the weather from ruining your next run. 

Four Laps keeps an eye on sustainability with 88 percent of their gear made from recyclable or biodegradable material. The Packable Anorak eliminates excuses when the clouds roll in thanks to its water-resistant and wind-blocking shell that also stretches as you move. It even packs into its own pocket. This piece is unisex, so pay attention to sizing measurements when you buy.

Koral Wonder Color Fast High-Rise Shorts


Key Selling Point: Premium jersey fabric in an updated, fashion-forward take on the biker short.

Billed as a luxe performance brand, Koral builds their athletic wear to last, wash after wash. The Color Fast High Rise Shorts feature a super soft and stretchy jersey fabric with a subtle pastel tie dye that won’t fade (and proves running can look as good as it feels). To top it all off, they’re ethically made in the USA.

Athleta Mesh Racer Run Textured Shorts


Key Selling Point: High-performance shorts with built-in briefs for serious runs.

Here’s what you pull on when you want to go fast and far. The mesh ventilation on Athleta’s Racer Run Shorts keeps you cool and adds a little extra length without bulk. There’s a zippered pocket at the hip for your needed items and the fabric is breathable, sweat-wicking, and made from recycled water bottles.  

This post was created by a non-news editorial team at Recurrent Media, Futurism’s owner. Futurism may receive a portion of sales on products linked within this post.

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