Finding a good running top is not as simple as you’d think. Sure, when you started out popping off for 15 minute jogs after work it might’ve been fine to throw on your dad’s faded Nirvana T-shirt. Or just chuck on a vest top.
But these items will not cut it for more serious running. As the weather starts to take a turn and colder winds rush in, it’s crucial to find the perfect running top that keeps you warm but doesn’t leave you sweating after a few minutes of hill sprints.
The fabric must be light, breathable and ideally, tight-fitting so as not to leave any space for cold air. Depending on the weather, you may also want to seek out something with a built-in hood.
Again, this must be lightweight so it doesn’t weigh you down. Sometimes, if the sun is shining and you’re venturing outdoors, a crop top might be more appropriate.
We tested the running tops in various conditions, from warm afternoon jogs to sweaty treadmill sprints. It was also crucial to see how these tops fared in poor weather, from rainy mornings to windy nights. Some are more suited to others, but of course personal preference also has a role to play.
From the long-sleeved saviours to the perfect tank tees, read on for our pick of the best running tops.
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