Essentials for Running in the Heat

The dry season is an amazing time to get out and run, but running in the heat and humidity can make it tough if you’re unprepared. It’s important to have the right running gear and accessories to help you stay comfortable and cool so you can work on your performance. Always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise program.

In this article, we'll explore how to choose the best running gear for both men and women, including tops, shoes, socks, and accessories, so you can stay cooler on your run.

Essentials for Running in the Heat

The dry season is an amazing time to get out and run, but running in the heat and humidity can make it tough if you’re unprepared. It’s important to have the right running gear and accessories to help you stay comfortable and cool so you can work on your performance. Always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise program.

In this article, we'll explore how to choose the best running gear for both men and women, including tops, shoes, socks, and accessories, so you can stay cooler on your run.

Tops to Keep You Cool

Running singlets and short sleeves are one of the most important articles of clothing for your runs. Sweat carries excess body heat with it when it evaporates, so quick-drying fabrics go a long way toward helping you stay cool. 

Wear tank tops or T-shirts made from synthetic materials with a loose fit for maximum breathability when running in hot weather. If you prefer a fitted top, racerback tanks with mesh panels are also a great option. It’s best to get tops made of moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics like polyester or elastane/spandex, which can help wick moisture from your skin to help you stay dry and cool. Some tops also have UPF protection to help guard your skin against harmful UV rays. Lighter-coloured clothing will be cooler than dark clothing on sunny days.

Steer clear of running tops made of 100% cotton when running in the heat. 100% cotton tends to absorb moisture instead of letting it evaporate. The fabric sticks to your skin, weighing you down and trapping heat. 

Worried about unexpected rain showers? Pack a lightweight, water-resistant running jacket. Light and breathable, it keeps you dry from a sudden downpour.

Tops to Keep You Cool

Running singlets and short sleeves are one of the most important articles of clothing for your runs. Sweat carries excess body heat with it when it evaporates, so quick-drying fabrics go a long way toward helping you stay cool. 

Wear tank tops or T-shirts made from synthetic materials with a loose fit for maximum breathability when running in hot weather. If you prefer a fitted top, racerback tanks with mesh panels are also a great option. It’s best to get tops made of moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics like polyester or elastane/spandex, which can help wick moisture from your skin to help you stay dry and cool. Some tops also have UPF protection to help guard your skin against harmful UV rays. Lighter-coloured clothing will be cooler than dark clothing on sunny days.

Steer clear of running tops made of 100% cotton when running in the heat. 100% cotton tends to absorb moisture instead of letting it evaporate. The fabric sticks to your skin, weighing you down and trapping heat. 

Worried about unexpected rain showers? Pack a lightweight, water-resistant running jacket. Light and breathable, it keeps you dry from a sudden downpour.

UA IsoChill Technology

The UA IsoChill keeps you feeling cool, especially for runs during the hot weather. This game-changing fabric that quickly pulls heat away from the skin-keeping you calm, cool, and crushing at max capacity. No matter how hot the weather gets, heat gets dispersed quickly, minimising heat and sealt build-up. Explore the UA IsoChill fabric in our run essentials series - The UA Launch.

UA IsoChill Technology

The UA IsoChill keeps you feeling cool, especially for runs during the hot weather. This game-changing fabric that quickly pulls heat away from the skin-keeping you calm, cool, and crushing at max capacity. No matter how hot the weather gets, heat gets dispersed quickly, minimising heat and sealt build-up. Explore the UA IsoChill fabric in our run essentials series - The UA Launch.

Choosing Running Shoes

Choosing the right running shoes is crucial for any runner. Here are some tips to help you choose the best running shoes that fit your running needs:

Choosing Running Shoes

Choosing the right running shoes is crucial for any runner. Here are some tips to help you choose the best running shoes that fit your running needs:

Breathable Shoes

Sweaty feet can ruin a run, so choose shoes with uppers made of breathable materials like mesh or synthetic to help dissipate heat. This helps keep your feet cool and dry and reduce the chance of blisters. Many running shoes also have mesh panels or ventilation holes for added breathability.

Breathable Shoes

Sweaty feet can ruin a run, so choose shoes with uppers made of breathable materials like mesh or synthetic to help dissipate heat. This helps keep your feet cool and dry and reduce the chance of blisters. Many running shoes also have mesh panels or ventilation holes for added breathability.

Lightweight Shoes

Lightweight shoes are crucial year-round for an efficient run, but they’re never more important than they are in the heat. Not only are heavier materials less breathable, they also create drag that makes each step more difficult. Look for shoes that provide cushioned support without adding unnecessary weight.

Lightweight Shoes

Lightweight shoes are crucial year-round for an efficient run, but they’re never more important than they are in the heat. Not only are heavier materials less breathable, they also create drag that makes each step more difficult. Look for shoes that provide cushioned support without adding unnecessary weight.

UA Infinite Running Shoes

The ultimate endurance shoes is finally here, with the springiest cushioning, UA HOVR+. This cushioned midsole is softer, lighter, and more flexible. Going the distance is no problem with a responsive cushioning that keeps your legs feeling fresh for longer.

UA Infinite Running Shoes

The ultimate endurance shoes is finally here, with the springiest cushioning, UA HOVR+. This cushioned midsole is softer, lighter, and more flexible. Going the distance is no problem with a responsive cushioning that keeps your legs feeling fresh for longer.

Choosing Breathable Running Socks

Socks are easy to overlook, but they play an integral role in keeping your feet comfortable and dry while you run.

Similar to running tops, it’s important to choose breathable athletic socks made of moisture-wicking fabric to go along with your shoes. Skip the 100% cotton material for fabrics that allow moisture to escape while letting air in to cool your feet. They should also have cushioned soles to absorb impacts and rise high enough to protect your ankles from rubbing against the cuffs of your shoes.

Choosing Breathable Running Socks

Socks are easy to overlook, but they play an integral role in keeping your feet comfortable and dry while you run.

Similar to running tops, it’s important to choose breathable athletic socks made of moisture-wicking fabric to go along with your shoes. Skip the 100% cotton material for fabrics that allow moisture to escape while letting air in to cool your feet. They should also have cushioned soles to absorb impacts and rise high enough to protect your ankles from rubbing against the cuffs of your shoes.

Men’s Running Gear for the Hot Weather

There are several options of running clothing for men to choose from. Here are some essentials:

Men’s Running Gear for the Hot Weather

There are several options of running clothing for men to choose from. Here are some essentials:

Lightweight Running Shorts

Look for men’s running shorts made of lightweight, sweat-wicking fabrics that help keep you cool and dry during your run. Look for breathable shorts that give you a full range of movement and draw moisture away from your body. For added ventilation, look out for shorts with mesh panels.


Some running shorts also have built-in briefs for added comfort and support. Or opt for a 2-in-1 shorts that comes with built-in compression shorts for coverage.

Lightweight Running Shorts

Look for men’s running shorts made of lightweight, sweat-wicking fabrics that help keep you cool and dry during your run. Look for breathable shorts that give you a full range of movement and draw moisture away from your body. For added ventilation, look out for shorts with mesh panels.


Some running shorts also have built-in briefs for added comfort and support. Or opt for a 2-in-1 shorts that comes with built-in compression shorts for coverage.

Breathable Tops

A lightweight, breathable running T-shirt or sleeveless top made of synthetic moisture-wicking fabric can help you stay cool and dry while running in hot and humid weather. Regardless, make sure to get a comfortable top that allows for freedom of movement. Some running tops come with laser perforations along the back or mesh panels placed strategically to allow for better heat dissipation.

Breathable Tops

A lightweight, breathable running T-shirt or sleeveless top made of synthetic moisture-wicking fabric can help you stay cool and dry while running in hot and humid weather. Regardless, make sure to get a comfortable top that allows for freedom of movement. Some running tops come with laser perforations along the back or mesh panels placed strategically to allow for better heat dissipation.

Moisture-Wicking Underwear or

Running Tights

Another great option for men is a pair of lightweight athletic leggings or underwear. While many running shorts have mesh-style underwear built-in, a pair of compression boxers or tights can help prevent chafing. Make sure to get tights with mesh panels for extra ventilation.

Moisture-Wicking Underwear or

Running Tights

Another great option for men is a pair of lightweight athletic leggings or underwear. While many running shorts have mesh-style underwear built-in, a pair of compression boxers or tights can help prevent chafing. Make sure to get tights with mesh panels for extra ventilation.

Women’s Running Clothes

Women have a few more options - here are some key pieces to consider:

Women’s Running Clothes

Women have a few more options - here are some key pieces to consider:

High-Impact Sports Bras

The best sports bra for running is one that provides ample support, comfort, and is breathable. Look for high-impact sports bras with moisture-wicking fabrics like polyester or nylon. The last thing you’d want after a long distance run is to have difficulty peeling off your sports bra. Front-zip sports bras, hook-and-eye closures on the back, and detachable straps make for easy on and off, especially after a running in the heat.

High-Impact Sports Bras

The best sports bra for running is one that provides ample support, comfort, and is breathable. Look for high-impact sports bras with moisture-wicking fabrics like polyester or nylon. The last thing you’d want after a long distance run is to have difficulty peeling off your sports bra. Front-zip sports bras, hook-and-eye closures on the back, and detachable straps make for easy on and off, especially after a running in the heat.

Infinity 2.0 Sports Bra

Using the UA Infinity-shaped support, this no-padding bra sync with your body. Now with a hybrid size range, enjoy a custom fit and added support. With easy-to-attach straps from the front, it is easy to take it off, even when you’re at your sweatiest.

Infinity 2.0 Sports Bra

Using the UA Infinity-shaped support, this no-padding bra sync with your body. Now with a hybrid size range, enjoy a custom fit and added support. With easy-to-attach straps from the front, it is easy to take it off, even when you’re at your sweatiest.

Lightweight Tank Tops & Short Sleeve Tees

A running top made of breathable fabric will help keep you cool during a hot run so you can focus on beating your PB. Look for tops with a loose fit that won’t cause chafing and a racerback design for added ventilation.

Lightweight Tank Tops & Short Sleeve Tees

A running top made of breathable fabric will help keep you cool during a hot run so you can focus on beating your PB. Look for tops with a loose fit that won’t cause chafing and a racerback design for added ventilation.

Running Shorts, Leggings or Tights

Loose-fit shorts, or fitted shorts and leggings made of moisture-wicking fabrics offer great ventilation and freedom of movement. Look for options with a built-in mesh or spandex lining for support and coverage. With the heat and humidity, getting bottoms with odour control technology minimises odour for a more comfortable run. Apart from the material, find running bottoms with pockets for a hands-free workout. With deep pockets, keep your phone and keys secure, with minimal bounce.

Running Shorts, Leggings or Tights

Loose-fit shorts, or fitted shorts and leggings made of moisture-wicking fabrics offer great ventilation and freedom of movement. Look for options with a built-in mesh or spandex lining for support and coverage. With the heat and humidity, getting bottoms with odour control technology minimises odour for a more comfortable run. Apart from the material, find running bottoms with pockets for a hands-free workout. With deep pockets, keep your phone and keys secure, with minimal bounce.

Running Accessories

Along with the basics, many accessories can improve your training to hit PBs in your runs. Some accessories to consider include:

Sunglasses: Look for sunglasses with polarised lenses to help improve visibility and protect your eyes from UV rays.

Sunscreen: Always apply sports sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that stays effective when you sweat. Apply it liberally on all exposed skin before heading out for your run.

Hydration Pack: Staying hydrated is absolutely necessary during Summer runs. Bring a water bottle for running to stay hydrated throughout your workout.

Headband: Keep sweat and hair out of your eyes with a headband. Look for headbands made of breathable fabrics that won't trap heat.

Running Cap: Shield your eyes and face from the sun - opt for a cap or a visor.

Running Belt: Carrying more than your phone or shallow pockets on your running shorts? A running belt is a thin waist bag that carries just the essentials.

Running Accessories

Along with the basics, many accessories can improve your training to hit PBs in your runs. Some accessories to consider include:

Sunglasses: Look for sunglasses with polarised lenses to help improve visibility and protect your eyes from UV rays.

Sunscreen: Always apply sports sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that stays effective when you sweat. Apply it liberally on all exposed skin before heading out for your run.

Hydration Pack: Staying hydrated is absolutely necessary during Summer runs. Bring a water bottle for running to stay hydrated throughout your workout.

Headband: Keep sweat and hair out of your eyes with a headband. Look for headbands made of breathable fabrics that won't trap heat.

Running Cap: Shield your eyes and face from the sun - opt for a cap or a visor.

Running Belt: Carrying more than your phone or shallow pockets on your running shorts? A running belt is a thin waist bag that carries just the essentials.

Summer Running Tips

Here are some additional tips to help you stay safe and comfortable during your run:

Time your runs. It’s best to schedule your runs in the mornings or evenings to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water or a sports drink before, during, and after your run.

Wear sun protection. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to minimise exposure to UV rays.

Run in the shade. When possible, choose routes with shade to help reduce your body temperature.

Listen to your body. Pay attention to your body and take breaks if you start to feel overheated or fatigued.

Having the right running gear for the hot and humid weather is essential for staying cool and comfortable during your runs. By following these tips and selecting the right gear, you can reap the benefits of running while managing the challenges of the heat.

Summer Running Tips

Here are some additional tips to help you stay safe and comfortable during your run:

Time your runs. It’s best to schedule your runs in the mornings or evenings to avoid the hottest part of the day.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water or a sports drink before, during, and after your run.

Wear sun protection. Wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to minimise exposure to UV rays.

Run in the shade. When possible, choose routes with shade to help reduce your body temperature.

Listen to your body. Pay attention to your body and take breaks if you start to feel overheated or fatigued.

Having the right running gear for the hot and humid weather is essential for staying cool and comfortable during your runs. By following these tips and selecting the right gear, you can reap the benefits of running while managing the challenges of the heat.