Your Summer Activewear Playbook


Jacqueline Wells
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Let’s face it: working out can always be rough, but working out in the heat of summer? It can be brutal. The words that come to mind for us are sticky, stinky, and sweaty—none of which are things we aspire to. But that’s not going to keep us out of the gym, off the trail, or out of the studio. So how do we make the whole experience more pleasant? Believe it or not, your workout gear can make a huge difference!

Activewear has come a long way from spandex unitards and leg warmers (thank goodness!), and so many activewear brands are equipping their clothing—and thus you—with the technology to keep you cooler, dryer, and feeling fresh longer. Keep reading for some of the coolest workout tech we’re loving for summer.

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We can’t talk about active tech without talking about Under Armour. Their original HeatGear Armour collection consists of baselayers and soft, lightweight pieces that act as a “second skin,” wicking sweat away from your body and regulating your body temperature. Make this your first layer with pieces like this high support sports bra and ultra-light, super stretch thong. Add a racerback tank that gives you full range of motion and, as a bonus, includes antimicrobial design for odor control.

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Under Armour’s newest activwear innovation seems almost impossible, but trust us—it works like a champ. CoolSwitch is an exclusive coating on the inside of the fabric that actually pulls heat away from your skin to make you feel cooler—think of it like having an AC system in your clothes. Look on the inside of this ventilated mesh tank and you’ll see the signature snowflake design lining the fabric. And it’s not just tops; these capris are also equipped with CoolSwitch tech, as well as anti-odor properties that actually prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes.

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Of course, Under Armour isn’t the only brand tackling this kind of tech. Puma has introduced DryCELL technology that wicks moisture away to keep you feeling cool and dry. The mesh panels on this wireless sports bra provide additional airflow, and these colorful tights are made of super lightweight material. Throw on this classic cotton tank for all-over DryCELL tech.

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tasc Performance gear takes all this amazing moisture-wicking tech and adds another level: a UPF of 50+. Their organic bamboo and cotton fabrics will keep your dry, and keep you safe in the sun. Cool, right? MOSOtech pieces like this ultra-soft tee and medium impact sports bra are perfect for runners, hikers, and even daily wear. Need something comfortable to throw on after your studio class that won’t make your sweat even more? These MOSOluxe French terry joggers are lightweight, breathable, and chic enough to wear to a post-workout brunch.