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This summer’s best running accessories

Everything you need for warm-weather running

Nathan Peak Hydration Belt

While shoes tend to get the majority of the press and hype in the running world, many accessories are just as critical for an enjoyable running experience. Items like socks, hats and hydration belts, which may initially seem less glamorous, can make a massive difference in your running comfort and performance.

So, to help you get the most out of your running, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite running accessories.

Best for trail runners seeking a no-compromise premium hydration vest for epic trail adventures
Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Hydration Vest

Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Running Vest

A full-featured hydration vest with exceptional fit and carrying capacity

Unlike on urban runs, where you can stop to purchase water or food or take shelter if the weather takes a turn for the worse, trail runs require that you be more self-sufficient and better prepared. And it’s during these epic trail runs that the Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Hydration Vest really shines. Constructed with supple fabrics and a sophisticated pattern, this hydration vest snugly hugs your body, minimizing the bounce and subsequent chafing frequently encountered with other vests. The vest features two front flask pockets as well as an insulated sleeve for a 1.5L hydration reservoir (sold separately). This combination provides plenty of hydration for long summer trail runs. The vest also features a large stretch-fabric compartment on the back that’s perfect for a jacket, hat or gloves. Multiple pockets and trekking pole holders round out the features of this category-leading hydration vest.

Best for runners seeking a sock with sophisticated construction for training in warmer conditions
Swiftwick Aspire One Running Socks

Swiftwick Aspire One Socks

A thin, lightweight sock with minimal cushioning

You can never have too many socks, and the Aspire One is a great addition to every runner’s kit. With their sophisticated construction, these socks provide excellent breathability and moisture management for additional comfort when running in warm weather. The socks’ low bulk, midfoot arch band and y-heel construction ensure a secure and supportive fit during long runs. In the toe area, Swiftwick uses seamless construction, which minimizes chafing.

Best for runners wanting cool hydration during longer runs
Nathan Quick Squeeze Insulated Handheld Bottle 18 oz.

Nathan Quick Squeeze Insulated Handheld Bottle 18 oz.

A versatile handheld hydration system

Featuring an insulated 18-oz. flask, the Nathan Quick Squeeze Insulated Handheld Bottle allows you to carry and enjoy chilled water (or other hydration beverages) during your warm spring runs. The double-wall insulated flask is ergonomically shaped for easy carrying and allows for easy squeezing when you need a sip. The bottle sits securely in an adjustable and breathable harness that fits the runner’s hand snugly. As an added bonus, the harness also has a zippered pocket that can accommodate small running essentials, such as energy gels or your phone.

Best for runners seeking minimalist socks for training in warm conditions
Smartwool Run Zero Cushion Low Ankle Socks

Smartwool Run Zero Cushion Low Ankle Socks

Thin, unpadded running socks

The Run Zero Cushion Low Ankle Socks are perfect for training in warm conditions. The socks feature many of Smartwool’s proprietary construction technologies, including Indestructawool, 4 Degree elite fit system, Shred Shield and strategically positioned mesh zones, resulting in exceptional durability, fit and breathability. Where they deviate from other Smartwool offerings is with their Zero Cushion construction, which eliminates excess material underfoot, resulting in a sleeker, cooler fit. The socks’ low ankle height also contributes to their airy feel, again making them ideal for warmer conditions.

Best for runners seeking a lightweight cap with UV protection
Ciele Athletics GOCap SC

Ciele Athletics GOCap SC

A colourful running cap

Constructed with a highly breathable and fast-drying polyester fabric, the GOCap SC is ideal for running in warm, sunny conditions. The cap’s five-panel shape offers UPF 40 sun protection, while the SOFTcurve brim does an admirable job of keeping the sun out of your eyes and face. For runners who prefer low-light early-morning starts, Ciele has also added reflective detailing to ensure you’re visible to traffic.

Best for runners wanting additional water and food without resorting to a pack or vest
Nathan Peak Hydration Belt

Nathan Peak Belt

A form-fitting running belt

The Peak hydration waist belt is perfect for runners logging longer runs in warm conditions. Consisting of a highly sculpted, body-hugging belt, the Peak delivers a bounce-free fit that allows runners to focus on running, rather than adjusting the fit of the hydration belt. On the left side, the belt features an expandable zippered pocket for storing food, a phone, ID or other small essentials. On the right, Nathan adds an adjustable drawcord-lashing system that securely holds gels and allows runners easy access to their energy source without fumbling with zippers or Velcro. Smack in the middle of the belt is an angled insulated bottle holder housing the 18-oz. water bottle, which can be easily retrieved and holstered while running.

Best for runners seeking protection against chafing and blisters
Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

An anti-chafe balm

With its unique plant-based wax formula, the Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm provides an effective barrier against chafing and blisters. The convenient balm format can be applied to different body parts (thighs, nipples, heels) and will not damage clothing, shoes or wetsuits. This is a great and affordable bit of insurance against one of the more irritating side effects of running.

Best for runners seeking excellent music quality without blocking external sounds
Shokz OpenMove Headphones

Shokz OpenMove Headphones

Affordable bone-conducting headphones

Unlike many traditional headphones that prevent you from hearing outside noise, the Shokz OpenMove, with its open-ear design, allows you to listen to your music and hear your surroundings at the same time. The result is greater safety, as you are not isolated from the noise of cars, bikes and other runners. This is particularly important when running in crowded urban settings. The OpenMove headphones, with their titanium band, are surprisingly light and comfortable, and provide a secure fit even during high-intensity workouts. At normal volumes, they offer up to six hours of listening time.

Best for runners seeking cushioning and blister protection
Balega Ultra Glide No Show Sock

Balega Ultra Glide No Show Sock

A padded low-cut running sock

Constructed with a combination of friction-free threads mixed with quick-drying Drynamix yarn, the Ultra Glide No Show Socks are perfect for runners seeking cushioning while minimizing the risk of blisters. At the forefoot and heel, Balega has added lightweight cushioning zones, while a compressive arch band with vent panels ensures a secure and highly breathable fit. The socks’ no-show height makes them ideal for running in warmer conditions.

Products reviewed in this article:

Best for trail runners seeking a no-compromise premium hydration vest for epic trail adventures

Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Running Vest

Salomon Adv Skin 12 Set Hydration Vest

Buy Now - $199.95

Buy Now - $165.00

Best for runners seeking a sock with sophisticated construction for training in warmer conditions

Swiftwick Aspire One Socks

Swiftwick Aspire One Running Socks

Buy Now - $21.95

Buy Now - $17.00

Best for runners wanting cool hydration during longer runs

Nathan Quick Squeeze Insulated Handheld Bottle 18 oz.

Nathan Quick Squeeze Insulated Handheld Bottle 18 oz.

Buy Now - $31.46

Buy Now - $40.00

Best for runners seeking minimalist socks for training in warm conditions

Smartwool Run Zero Cushion Low Ankle Socks

Smartwool Run Zero Cushion Low Ankle Socks

Buy Now - $18.39

Buy Now - $18.00

Best for runners seeking a lightweight cap with UV protection

Ciele Athletics GOCap SC

Ciele Athletics GOCap SC

Buy Now - $54.99

Buy Now - $45.00 - $55.00

Best for runners wanting additional water and food without resorting to a pack or vest

Nathan Peak Belt

Nathan Peak Hydration Belt

Buy Now - $59.95

Buy Now - $40.00

Best for runners seeking protection against chafing and blisters

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Body Glide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Buy Now - $14.95

Buy Now - $11.00

Best for runners seeking excellent music quality without blocking external sounds

Shokz OpenMove Headphones

Shokz OpenMove Headphones

Buy Now - $99.95 $80.00

Buy Now - $80.00

Best for runners seeking cushioning and blister protection

Balega Ultra Glide No Show Sock

Balega Ultra Glide No Show Sock

Buy Now - $21.99 $18.00

Buy Now - $18.00

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