Although running is one of few sports where women regularly beat men, the gear for both sexes is not created equally. From function, performance, and styling, many products geared towards women serve a specific purpose to improve the lives of female runners. Listed below are only a few favorites.
Gifted Verrazano Bra
For women who fall in the “gifted” category, a typical sports bra may not be enough. This gifted style by women’s-only company Oiselle seeks to ensure women everywhere are more comfortable, whether they simply prefer higher coverage or are seeking better support. The wide, adjustable straps ensure pain-free shoulders. As an added bonus, the Gifted Verrazano Bra comes in a variety of colors and patterns, which is a far cry from the boring white, black, or tan bras typically available for busty women.
This pair of capris has everything: soft, luxurious fabric, a zippered pocket, a gusseted crotch, great length, reflective details, attractive prints, and two large cargo pockets perfect for stowing a phone. The chafe-free design is great for a longer run, while the soft fabric will make you want to relax and recover in them all day. The wide waistband is flattering on any body type, and the continuous internal drawstring ensures no more missing drawstrings in the wash.
Tired of headbands that don’t stay in place? The HankOrange headband not only tames hair while staying put (thanks to a velvet under layer), but does so stylishly. Wear-tested by numerous runners, the HankOrange brand is always on top thanks to their range of colors, patterns, and headache-free hold.
When it comes to running watches, bigger tends to be better. After all, watches have essentially become computers we wear on our wrists. For women with smaller wrists, however, the large watches can feel bulky, heavy, and burdensome. Soleus’ Chicked watch (which refers to when a woman beats a man in a race), has a smaller profile, brighter colors, and is designed specifically with a woman in mind.
Face Kickin Dust Skirt
For the woman who prefers more modesty with her spandex shorts, a running skirt is a popular option. This North Face skirt is not only stylish, but functional too. The material is lightweight and breathable, and the boy short style liner is quick drying with sweat wicking technology. A zip pocket on the back ensures space to carry keys or phone, while the mesh ventilation panels guarantee ultimate comfort on warm days.
Runaway Bride and Bridesmaid Dress
Planning a last-hurrah race with your bridesmaids? Oiselle has got you covered for all of your running and wedding shenanigans. The women’s apparel company has perfectly constructed these dresses for both form and function. The bride’s dress features a ring pocket and pearl buttons all the way up the back, as well as lightweight and breathable fabric. The bridesmaid’s dresses are similar to the bride’s, minus the extra details, and are available in orange, burgundy, or yellow.