You can't run naked

February 03, 2019

running gear clothing

Well, you can if you want to. Be sure to consult your local legal code.

Personally, I prefer being clothed. However, what that clothing consists of depends on the weather. I have acquired a variety of clothes specifically for running (and exercise) now. Spring, summer, and fall I generally wear shorts and a shirt. Although, as I’ve been running more and more, I’ve found that in the summer time even a tank top can be too much at times.

Since I’m a dude, I have the privilege of being able to run topless when it’s very hot out, which I regularly have to do. I didn’t know this until last year that, as you get in better shape, your body gets more efficient at sweating too. But, I digress.

A general rule is to dress as if it’s 20°F warmer. This is why I’m still wearing shorts when it’s 30° outside. It’s not until it gets down below 20° that I start putting on leggings.

In 30-40° weather I’ll wear a long sleeve tech shirt with a compression shirt beneath. Don’t forget the Body Glide to avoid the nip chafing on long runs!

As far as shorts go, there’s plenty of options out there. I prefer actual running shorts with the built-in liner, instead of wearing compression boxers and athletic shorts.

I’ve already written up my thoughts on socks.

Other miscellaneous thoughts on clothing:

Rain: I’ll wear a light running hat.

Sun: Either light athletic sunglasses, or my running hat.


  • Depending on the temperature and wind, I’ll either wear a full-on winter hat, or I may just toss on one of my gajillion Tough Mudder headbands to use as ear-warmers.
  • I also highly recommend a pair of wind-proof mittens for cold weather running. I usually only keep them on for a mile or two until my hands warm up all the way. I use Sugoi Zap Wind Mitts
  • And if you’re looking for a light jacket, with a hood for rain, pockets for your mittens, and bright/reflective surface for night running, then check out the Craft urban running jacket

That’s what I wear, but we’re all different. Try out different clothing options. See what works for you.

Thanks for reading! I'm Gabriel, and these are just my thoughts on random things, like running, fitness, paintball, life, etc.
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