Summer Outdoor Workout Gear Must-Haves

An outdoor workout feels so good, but only if you aren't encumbered by uncomfortable workout attire. Here are your best warm-weather options for outdoor workout gear, from SPF-infused tops to cooling accessories for your summer workout routine.



Brave an early morning drizzle in style. The Nike Tech Poncho ($180) is made from a lightweight ripstop nylon that keeps you covered and dry without weighing you down. It even has an adjustable hood that stays put, plus practical pocket space to hold your essentials. It's so airy, you'll barely remember it's there!


Designed with Adidas ClimaLite technology, the Studio Drydye Tank ($80) by Stella McCartney for Adidas adds a dose of practicality to your workout wear. It may look like a basic tank, but it goes the extra mile by wicking moisture away from your skin and maintaining your body's natural temperature. In other words, you won't feel quite so sticky after that intense morning run.


If you favor evening workouts, a pair of protective pants is a must. Asics Lite-Show Capri Tights ($55) are made to perform after sundown, featuring stitching that reflects light and alerts drivers and passersby to your presence. Bonus: They're super sleek and sexy!


Après-swim, slip into the incredibly comfortable Merrell Iris Maxi Skirt ($60). Not only is it remarkably stretchy and easy to pull on over a swimsuit, it features drawcords that adjust the skirt to your desired length. Even better, it's made with UPF 50+ fabric to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays.


File this under summer essentials you didn't know you needed. Whether you're enjoying a long hike or jogging through the park, the Columbia Insect Blocker Bandana ($15) will save your skin from pesky critters thanks to its special bug-shielding technology.


Run-of-the-mill headbands have nothing on the Chilly Band Cooling Headband ($7.50). It absorbs moisture just as you'd expect, but it also goes a step further by leaving you nice and cool on a steamy day. It features a drip-resistant ice chamber and arrives in a zippered storage pouch.


Maybe you're not quite prepared for swimsuit season just yet. Don't sweat it—slip into the Lole Barcelo Swim Skirt ($40) and consider the mission accomplished. As flattering as it is stylish, this stretchy, comfortable skirt is made with UPF 50+ fabric that blocks the sun's rays.


Don't even think about skipping this important step! If you do nothing else, make sure you're properly covered with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, like La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid ($33.50). Though it's essential to use while you power through your workout, this is really an all-season-long (and beyond!) addition to your daily routine. Your skin will thank you.

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