For kids, fall means back to school. For adults, it means back to the gym. After a summer of Summer Fridays, BBQs, and laying around the pool doing not a whole lot, it’s time to get your ass back into shape. The upside is that the weather makes you actually want to work out. It’s so easy to say no to going for a run in the summer when you feel like you’re stepping into syrup just walking out the door. A refreshing fall breeze is much more inviting.
Also, while your mom may not buy you back-to-school sneakers anymore, there’s nothing stopping you from picking up back-to-the-gym kicks (and other gear) to complete your training kit. Gone are the days of grey sweats. With fashion brands making their silhouettes more athletic and athletic brands making their styles more fashionable, the options available to guys have never been better. Because as much as we tell ourselves we’re exercising for our health, we all know that we also do it to look better too, so why not carry that over to the clothes we train in?
Here are eight ways to upgrade your fall workout gear and start turning heads at the gym, the track, or wherever you train.
ADIDAS Z.N.E. HOODIE
Z.N.E. stands for “Zero Negative Energy” and the flagship piece of the new Adidas Athletics line is designed to keep any bad vibes out. The hood is roomy enough so you can wear large headphones and is constructed to feel like a cocoon where an athlete can get in the zone. It is also wider at the shoulders and slimmer by the waist to accommodate more muscular builds while allowing for complete range of motion.
OUTDOOR VOICES RUNNINGMAN SWEATPANTS
Yes, these sweatpants from Outdoor Voices have all the performance qualities you need to work out in them such as a moisture-wicking compression fabric. But thanks to the two-tone color blocking by the calf, they also have plenty of style so you’ll find yourself wearing these to a lot more places than just the gym.
NIKE FREE TRAIN INSTINCT HART
Regardless of what you thought of Ride Along 2, you have to acknowledge that Kevin Hart is pretty damn fit. Anyone that follows the comedian on Instagram has seen how serious is he is about training, whether it’s running 5Ks or lifting weights. Nike gave Hart his own signature sneaker and it’s one of the best training shoes out there. The mid-top design provides a locked-down feel, more explosive exercises, and the midsole is bouncy enough to run in but also stable enough to lift heavy weights.
TRACKSMITH HARRIER LONG SLEEVE
Fall means swapping out the tank top for a long-sleeve tee. The Harrier from Tracksmith is one of the best out there. Aside from the old school white-and-red tab under the collar that will make you feel like you’re sprinting in Chariots of Fire, the shirt is made from a combination of merino wool and nylon. The merino helps the shirt avoid the plague of all workout gear: stank. It’s also incredibly soft, so you’ll feel comfortable logging one more mile.
APPLE WATCH NIKE+
Lost amidst all the bitching about the removal of the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 was the fact that the Apple Watch Series 2 solved a lot of the problems of the smartwatch’s first iteration. The built-in GPS means you can track your running distance and pace without having to have your phone on you—and it’s now water resistant to 50 meters so you can finally wear the Apple Watch for pool workouts. The Nike+ edition features a lightweight band with numerous perforations so your wrist doesn’t end up a sweaty mess after a workout. There are also custom Nike watch faces that fans of the Swoosh will certainly appreciate.
LULULEMON LICENSE TO TRAIN SHORTS
If you can get past the idea that Lululemon makes more than your girlfriend’s yoga pants, you’ll realize that the gear for guys is pretty on point. These shorts are light enough that you can layer them over a pair of tights without getting too hot and have abrasion resistant panels so they won’t get torn to shreds if when a barbell rubs against them.
PATAGONIA HOUDINI PULLOVER
If you’re training outside, a windbreaker is essential—especially early in the morning. Patagonia applied classic styling cues to modern fabrics on the Houdini pullover. It’s so light (just 3.5 ounces), you half expect it to float out of your hands when you hold it. If things warm up during your workout, the jacket stows away neatly into a zippered pocket that doubles as a stuff sack. The ripstop nylon is treated with a water-repellant finish so you won’t care if a little rain starts to fall.
686 MOUNTAIN SNAPBACK HAT
With a retro logo on the patch and a deep green color, this will be your go-to lid for fall. Known more for its snowboarding jackets, 686 applied the same waterproofing technology it uses to keep riders dry on a powder day to this snapback cap. So you can wear it confident in the knowledge that it can hold up to the elements, whether that’s a sudden rainstorm or your jerk of a friend pouring a beer on your head.