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Best new running gear summer 2014

Women's Outdoor Research Ignitor S/S Tee with Polygiene.
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Opedix KNEE-Tec ¾ Length tights

Need a little extra support for your knees when you run but don’t want to take the time to tape them up? Opedix KNEE-Tec tights were scientifically designed to help your knee move they way it was designed to, reducing muscle fatigue and decreasing the stress on your joints. When we’re injured or have poor form, our joint movement can become dysfunctional, increasing the likelihood of more injuries or imbalances. The Opedix KNEE-Tec tights wrap the knee joint (much like a pro-trainer would do with athletic tape) to keep the knee properly aligned.

Unlike traditional compression tights that provide compression everywhere, the KNEE-Tec tights offer the compression around the knee and up the side of your quads and hips. If you have knee issues or find traditional compression tights uncomfortable because they squeeze your belly so tightly you feel you’ve been stuffed into a sausage casing, the Opedix KNEE-Tec tights deserve a try.

Opedix KNEE-Tec ¾ tights are available online for $225 and come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Outdoor Research Ignitor S/S Tee with Polygiene

Contrary to popular belief, sweat doesn’t stink. But when you mix it with the bacteria on your skin or in your clothes, it can create a stench so horrible you may feel you need to incinerate your workout gear after a hard interval session. The Outdoor Research Ignitor S/S Tee is treated with Polygiene, an odor-control technology that uses silver salts to prevent bacteria growth. The silver salts are bonded to the material so they never wash out. Clothing treated with Polygiene can be worn for two to five workouts before it needs to be washed, saving water and reducing wear and tear. Polygiene is safe for your skin; in fact, it’s used as an anti-bacterial treatment in certain wound dressings. The Outdoor Research Ignitor S/S Tee has a sleek, fitted look without being too tight or restrictive.

The Outdoor Research Ignitor S/S Tee with Polygiene is available at specialty stores and online for $49.00.

FITS Ultra Light Runner Socks

It’s hard to get excited about socks, but if you’re a runner they can be almost as important as your shoe choice. FITS Ultra Light Runner running socks are made with fine Merino wool. They don’t itch, and they stay dry when you sweat, preventing blisters. They’re marketed as a “minimalist sock,” with no extra frills or cushion. If you like a super-thin sock that fits like a glove, the FITS Ultra Light Runner is the perfect choice.

FITS Ultra Light Runners are available at specialty running stores or online for $14.99 a pair.