stay cool while running

Brands are shovelling money into technology that promises to keep you cooler, less sweaty, and sunburn-free

It’s not just as simple as wearing short shorts and a vest when you go for your run (well, let’s be honest, it could be). There are a number of big brands shovelling heaps of money into technology that promises to keep you cooler, less sweaty, and sunburn-free while you train.

Yeah, they might cost a slight premium for what essentially looks like the thinnest piece of material you’ve ever encountered for a t-shirt, but hey, if Nike and Adidas are down with it then it must be something we should consider…  right?

Click right for our pick of the best kit to help you stay cool while running.

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EnduraCool Towel, £18, Mission

The unique radiator-like fibre construction circulates water molecules to create a prolonged cooling effect

Possibly the coolest towel you’ll ever purchase. And not because it’s so fashionable (just look at the colour).

This Cooling Towel is constructed from a proprietary performance fabric that’ll instantly cool when it’s soaked with water (or your lovely sweat), wrung out, and then snapped in the air to activate the cooling properties.

The proprietary technology works by absorbing moisture and perspiration into the fabric core where the unique radiator-like fibre construction circulates water molecules, and regulates the rate of evaporation to create a prolonged cooling effect.

Sounds slightly complex right? But we doubt you’ll be complaining when you’re wiping yourself down with that wonderfully cool fabric. Like flipping over a pillow on a warm evening. Lovely.

Climachill top, £30, Adidas

Adidas’ chilled tech uses strategically positioned aluminium spheres  in the shirt lining

 ‘Climachill’, it just sounds cool doesn’t it?

Adidas’ top-line chilled tech uses aluminium spheres that are strategically positioned in the back of the shirt lining, providing a cooling sensation for the hottest part of your body when they make contact.

Couple this with the highly breathable ‘Polar Fibre’ mesh (nothing to do with bears) on the outer layer that release more heat and moisture than any other Adidas sport product and you may as well be running in the arctic…  sort of.

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Performance hat, £25, Mission

Wave the hat in the air a few times in order to promote airflow through cooling zones

Ok, it doesn’t look particularly fetching but it’ll keep you cooler than a snapback that’s for sure.

Either sweat it or wet it, then wave the hat in the air a few times in order to promote airflow through cooling zones found in the front panels. The hat’s built in cooling tech reduces the rate of evaporation for a prolonged cooling effect.

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Climachill Cosmic Boost Shoes, £77, Adidas

These trainers cool your feet when the road gets too hot

Cool, comfortable and cushioned, the three C’s you get with these Adidas runners that’ll do their best to ensure your feet don’t smell after every run. Using their Climachill tech these trainers cool your feet when the road gets too hot.

Basically, they have loads of tiny little holes in them that let air out, thus allowing your feet to breathe. Clever right? Or if you want to be all technical about it Climachill helps keep you cool with active 360-degree ventilation and quick-drying, micro-perforated Aerocool fabric. Personally, we prefer our description, but ya know, whatever Adidas.

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Freezer Zero Neck Gaiter, £21, Columbia  

The neck gaiter has built-in UPF 50 to keep out UV rays

Neck gaiter, neck warmer, snood, what ‘nancy boy’ footballers wear when it’s a tad chilly, call it what you will, it’ll keep you cool and stop your neck from burning in the sunshine.

Boasting sweat-activated cooling technology, which reacts with sweat to lower the temperature of the material, the neck gaiter also has built-in UPF 50 to keep out UV rays so you don’t end up with a lobster neck after an epic run.

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Lightweight Hydration Running belt, £15, Nike

Run handsfree with two removable bottles of water attached to your person at all times

Let’s face it, you can lump all the ultra-zero-freeze-arctic-chill-frost tech you want into a product, but nothing will keep you as cool as drinking the required amount of water.

The issue comes when you have to run with an annoying bottle in your hand for an hour, or when you opt to leave your bottle somewhere in the park while you run around it, only to have it mercilessly nabbed.

Enter Nike and their Hydration Running belt, allowing you to run handsfree with two removable bottles of water attached to your person at all times. Sorted.