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I recently wrote a blog on My Favorite Running Gear For The Neck Up. Now I’m following up with some of the best bets for the waist down. It would be impossible to feature all the noteworthy brands and different types of running gear in one post. Instead, I narrowed it down to a few of my favorite pieces.

Running Socks :

Feetures Elite Max Cushion No Show Tab – Blisters are the bane of every runner. Put these on to decrease the chances of getting blisters during long runs. The sizes fit as expected and provide snug comfort in a variety of colors and styles.  

Scentlok Men’s Ultralight Micro Sock – These socks are a top choice for those looking for odor prevention. They’re made for men, but women can wear them too – just size them down. In addition to inhibiting odor, the cushioned sole and seamless toe will protect your feet.

Bering’s Men’s Performance Athletic Low Cut Running Socks – Once again we can ignore the fact that these socks were designed for men. They offer high quality at an affordable price point. Pick up a pair or three if you’re looking for a sock that won’t quit before you do.

Shoes :

Brooks Ghost 11 – Everyone loves a winner, and these bad boys have won the Runner’s World Editor’s Choice award seven times. These shoes offer extreme cushioning on long runs while providing unparalleled comfort, support, and stabilization.

Reebok Floatride Run Fast – These shoes were built for speed. They are incredibly lightweight, clocking in at a mere 7.25 ounces for a size 10! These featherweight shoes keep the feet cushioned while reducing irritation and friction.

Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo – Another top choice for speed, this featherlight shoe was designed for elite runners looking for responsiveness during daily training runs and record-breaking pace during the big race.

Shorts :

Tracksmith Relay – These breathable shorts are made from Italian antimicrobial material with UPF 35 sun protection and odor resistance. The best part, these shorts come with an inner pocket with enough room to stash earphones and money.

Icebreaker Comet – More than just incredibly lightweight, these Icebreakers have a unique fabric blend that keeps you cool, feels silky against the skin, and repels water.

Saxx Kinetic Run – While the other shorts on this list are unisex, the Saxx Kinetic Run was designed with men in mind. The shorts have a built-in boxer-brief liner to eliminate chafe and uncomfortable bouncing and perform well in extreme heat and humidity.