The arrival of spring means you can finally say goodbye to that stupid treadmill and its magical ability to slow down time (I’ve only been on this thing for five minutes? Really?) and take your workout outdoors. Maybe it’s the scenery, but there’s just something about training outside that makes the entire experience much more enjoyable.
Spring is also a good time to refresh your wardrobe, and that includes your workout gear. Even though your fellow gym-goers are too polite to tell you, the apparel you’ve sweat in all winter probably smells like ass right about now. And since you’re going to be outside, you’ll be exposed to a lot more people so looking fresh is even more important. The old deodorant ad tagline, “Never let them see you sweat,” applies both literally and figuratively.
Whether you’re going for a run or doing pull-ups in a park, this workout gear will keep up with you and keep you looking sharp.
NOAH DIAGONAL STRIPE JACKET
For those cooler days, a trusty windbreaker is key. While known more as a streetwear brand, Noah is founded by Brendon Babenzien, who is an avid runner and places a premium on function—even though it may not be immediately obvious. This nylon pullover has a taffeta lining for added warmth and a stowaway hood. The diagonal stripes make it look like a vintage crew singlet.
TRACKSMITH MAGNOLIA SHORTS
With running shorts, it all comes down to the liner. You want something that is going to feel comfortable against your junk, wick away moisture, and fight off odor. Tracksmith’s Magnolia shorts check all the boxes and look great. A zippered pocket along one of the sides is the perfect size to hold an iPhone and keep it from bouncing around too much during your workout.
NIKE TECH HYPERMESH POCKET T-SHIRT
While technically a performance T-shirt, don’t be surprised if you find yourself wearing this tee for less active activities. Sure, it’s lightweight and doesn’t absorb sweat. But what really makes it stand out are the styling details like an asymmetrical hem that is slightly longer in the back and a stark mesh pocket that just looks cool.
ARCTERYX INCENDIO CAP
The Incendio cap is so light you’ll barely know you have it on. That is, until you get home from that long run and see that your face hasn’t been sunburned to smithereeens. A toggle in back ensures a secure fit and it is water resistant so you won’t get drenched if you run into a spring shower.
NIKE METCON 2
The second iteration of Nike’s shoe designed for CrossFit athletes (although it’s a bit of a touchy subject since Reebok is such a major sponsor of CrossFit) provides a flat and stable platform for all of your lifting movements and enough cushioning that you go for short runs in them. They are also abrasion resistant, so you can put them through hell and they’ll come back for more.
SUPREME MESH DUFFLE BAG
A mesh duffle bag is the ideal place to store your workout gear, especially if you’re the kind of lazy person (like me) who forgets to take all your sweaty clothes out after you get home from a training session. There’s also a zippered side pocket to hold smaller items like your keys.
UNDEFEATED X STANCE FUSION SOCKS
After cornering the lifestyle sock market, Stance moved into the performance space with similar results. This collab with L.A.-based sneaker boutique Undefeated features excellent padding while also remaining breathable to keep your feet from getting swampy. They have Undefeated’s five strikes logo on top to remind you not to take any L’s.