Legit, But Cheap Running Clothes and Gear for Under $17
Cheap Running Clothes and Gear
Running should be simple and accessible to every woman (because scientifically it's
good for you). At the heart, it's you, the music, the road or treadmill, and the endorphin-induced zen that follows.
The only downside: Activewear is notorious for being pricey. You could easily (er, accidentally) drop $200 on high-tech running shoes and a fancy fitness tracker with all the bells-and-whistle-metrics. But, here's the thing: You don't have to. You can find seriously good running clothes and gear that are affordable, too. Here are a few favorites that have been wear-tested to stand up to sweat, weather, visibility, and a whole lot of miles.
Under Armour Threadborne Train
Pro tip: You can still buy name-brand on a budget. Scour online sale racks and outlet options for five-star products with prices cut by 50 percent or more. Case in point, the super-soft Under Armour Threadborne Train tank top. Lightweight fabric wicks sweat and dries fast with bonus anti-odor tech. This loose-fit racer back silhouette allows for full range of motion and doubles as a cute weekend top.
Athletic Works Dri More Core Legging
Swing by a Walmart and, for the price of a low-cal Frappuccino and a muffin, you'll be ready to slay your CrossFit session with these Athletic Works Dri More Core Leggings. Are they as high-performance as Lululemon look-a-likes? No, but they won't leave your bank account sore—and the near-five-star rating doesn't lie. Perfect ankle-length with a fit that's both comfortable and supportable, this superstore find also has Dri-Works fabric to wick away moisture.
Forever 21 High-Impact Ladder Back Sports Bra
There surprisingly a ton of sports bra options from Forever 21, and not just all low-support, thin, "bralettes" either. You can find low-, middle-, or high-support sports bras that are also super fashion-forward. For running, err on the side of high-support with something like the sleek High-Impact Ladder Back Sports Bra. You'll also love that it's a high-neck crop, meaning there's less pressure on the line below your bust, helping you power through last next mile pain-free.
Champion Women's Seamless Performance Sports Briefs
Get not one, but three pairs of seamless sports briefs for eight bucks. These Champion Seamless Performance Sports Briefs are made with Power Cool Technology that keeps everything down south at a comfortable temp even if you're huffing it for a PR. Because coming home after a long run to wet cotton underwear is literally the worst—and btw, you really shouldn't be wearing cotton undies to work out anyway.
A new pair of tech-packed and ergonomically engineered running shoes can set you back $100 at least—unless you're a savvy sprinter and shop the online racks of Decathlon for the Kiprun SD shoes. As long as you pick the right cushioning for your stride, these discounted running shoes will go the distance for you, mile after mile after mile.
Balega Ultralight No Show
A pair of performance running socks can make you sprint farther and smell better after you (finally) slip off those sneakers. Enter, Balega's Ultralight No Shows. Seriously, don't underestimate how much better you (and your run) will feel in a moisture-wicking, strategically ventilated sock that doesn't bunch and has a deep heel pocket. The fit on these Balegas is amazing, the fabric keeps your feet cool and dry, and you can go a week without tossing them in the wash.
Buff UV Multifunction Headband
Cold neck in the winter? Avoiding sunburn in the summer? Sweat dripping in your eyes? Need a hairband? This Buff UV Multifunction Headband works to hold back your hair, cover your head from freezing temps, protect your skin from harmful UV rays, and more. It comes in tons of colors, but you'll feel the most ninja in black.
ONN On-Ear Headphones
These affordable, slightly throwback headphones from ONN's On-Ear Headphones will make you a believer of on-ear headphones. They don't fall out when you're sweating, they keep your ears sort of warm, and there isn't a plastic tip being squished uncomfortably into your ear. Plus if you lose them, it'll cost you a mere $10 to replace. (If cordless is more your thing, check out these wireless headphones for working out and every day.)