How to Stay Cool While Running: 10 Ways to Beat the Heat
There’s nothing like extreme heat to turn a happy outdoor adventure into a dehydrated hell. When temperatures soar it can be hard to stay cool while running, but new technology means you can fight back against the burn. Here are 10 cooling products to help you rock out your run, even on the hottest days.
OSPREY REV SOLO 31 RUNNING BELT
Staying hydrated when temperatures soar is vital for regulating body temperature and keeping cool, but carrying enough water to see you through longer runs, walks and hikes can be problematic. The Osprey Rev Solo 31 solves that problem with a lockable 21-oz. bottle holster that sits snug on your back, eliminating annoying bouncing and allowing easy access to drinks on the move. It also provides added storage for your other essentials – energy gels, keys, credit cards and cash – and even a transparent phone pocket for easy access to your screen. The Osprey Rev Solo 31 is one of the best running belts you’ll find for longer hauls at a reasonable price.
ORANGE MUD HYDRAQUIVER DOUBLE BARREL
When the sun is shining it’s fun to extend your outdoor expeditions, but bigger adventures mean bigger thirsts. Spending longer under the hot sun requires more water and even the option of a separate isotonic source to replace all the salt you lose through sweat.
The Orange Mud HydraQuiver points both barrels at potential dehydration, tackling rising temperatures with two easy-access 24-oz. bottles. Added shoulder padding prevents chafing, while antimicrobial back padding decreases odors in the main sweaty area around your back. There’s tons of storage too, with room for up to 10 energy gels on each side plus a big rear zip pocket for other essentials.
TERRANOVA LASER ULTRA 1 SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT TENT
Rubber stamped by the Gunniess Book of World Records as the lightest double-wall shelter in the world in 2011, the TerraNova Laser Ultra 1 is the ultimate adventure racer’s mobile crashpad. Made from super-lightweight ULTRA fabric, it weighs little more than a can of Coke and packs down small enough to fit in most backpacks. Pair it with a lightweight reflective tarp and you’ve got shade and shelter in no time.
UNDER ARMOUR HEAT GEAR SONIC COMPRESSION
Under Armour’s Heat Gear range takes their trademark second skin compression gear and crams it full of heat-busting abilities. With the Sonic Compression top you still get the comfort and compact feeling of recovery-boosting compression, but with the addition of a sweat-wicking system that helps move moisture away from the skin, helping you stay cool while running in warmer climates. Anti-odor technology stifles the growth of smelly microbes while its 30+ SPF will keep your skin safer from the sun's harmful rays.
ADIDAS CLIMACHILL T-SHIRTS
If base layers leave you feeling exposed and uncomfortable, then the Adidas Climachill running t-shirt could be your sun-busting solution. These technical running tees feature Adidas SubZero yarn with titanium that sits close to the skin, and contain small aluminium silver dots across the shoulders. These metallic innovations combine to draw heat away from the body faster, keeping you cool as the day heats up. These tees are also nice and smooth on the underside - a big anti-chafing bonus if you’re heading out on longer runs.
DEUTER STREAMER THERMO BAG 3.0L
Your body isn’t the only thing that needs protection from searing heat— making sure drinks and food stay cold is just as vital. With room for a 105-oz. bladder inside its insulated central section, the Deuter Streamer Thermo is great for keeping drinks cold and preventing your power snacks from melting. It’ll also do the opposite in winter, giving you a piece of kit that’s useful year-round. The best part is, the bag won’t even add too much bulk - it weighs just 120 g.
MISSION SPORTS ENDURA COOL COOLING TOWEL
If the heat gets to be too much, it’s time to throw in the towel - the Mission EnduraCool™ Instant Cooling Towel. This innovative cooling product’s square of cloth boasts a performance fabric that instantly drops up to 30 degrees below body temperature when it’s soaked with water, wrung out and then snapped in the air to activate special cooling properties.
It works by absorbing moisture into its radiator-like fiber construction, circulating the water molecules and regulating the rate of evaporation for long-lasting cooling. Stick if over your head and you’ll also get 50 SPF sun protection.
THERMOS DOMINATE WATER FLASK
Another way to stay hydrated on the move, the Thermos Dominate Water Flask gives you 24 oz. of refreshing cold fluid in an easy-to-carry, rugged bottle that’s capable of keeping things cool for up to 12 hours. The locking button-activated flip-top lid is really simple to use even one handed, while the soft-touch silicone grip makes it comfortable to hold. In winter it will also work to keep things hot.
MERRELL GRASSBOW HIKING SHOES
Merrell’s lightest trail shoes – just 11.5 oz. - aren’t just about reducing weight for a more comfortable ride. The new Grassbows boast a super-smart air mesh and synthetic upper fabric that combine to increase air flow and keep your feet cool on long, hot hikes.
Additionally, the Bellows tongue works to keep pesky stones out of your shoe, and M Select Fresh odor control banishes awkward smells, giving you the ideal shoe for hot-weather adventures.
THE MINI CHILLOW
When it’s time to get some well-earned sleep, there’s nothing worse than being kept awake by a warm pillow in a boiling tent. So while this may look a bit novelty, the Mini Chillow – is a serious head-cooling weapon against clammy nights.
It works right out of your bag without refrigeration. Just fill it with water once to activate its cooling powers and it stays chilled, making it ideal for use on the move. It’ll also double as a cold compress for sprains or bruises, giving your more for usefulness for the added weight in your pack.