Using technical fabrics to keep dry and comfortable can make all the difference to your run - whether you're running your first 5k or 10th marathon. That's why you must invest in technical clothing that is both sweat-wicking and breathable. Instead of trapping the moisture next to your skin, these fabrics move it away, allowing it to move to the outside of the fabric to evaporate, minimising chaffing and maximising your comfort.

What Fabrics Are Best For Running?

Synthetic fabrics have taken the lead in activewear in recent years for their superior ability to keep you dry and comfortable, whatever the weather. However, as people turn to becoming more eco-conscious, there are also some brilliant natural alternatives:


Nylon - Nylon is one of the most popular fabrics in runwear as it's sweat-wicking, breathable, and super stretchy, so it’ll move with you for a comfortable ride.


Polyester- Polyester is a plastic-based fabric making it durable, lightweight, breathable, and non-absorbent. It also repels UV rays and keeps you warm when wet, making it ideal for running jackets. Unfortunately, it does not hold the anti-bacterial qualities of natural fibres.


Polypropylene - Popular in running gear, this fabric is water-resistant making it great for running base layers. Regardless of how sweaty you get on the road, this fabric will stay dry and keep you cool.


Spandex - Also known as Lycra, spandex is stretchy and flexible. This synthetic fabric can expand, offering unrestricted movement before snapping back and retaining its shape. 


Bamboo - Bamboo is a great eco-friendly alternative to synthetic fibres and is naturally sweat-wicking, anti-bacterial, and incredibly soft.


Wool - Merino wool is ideal for hot and cold weather running as it is temperature-regulating, extremely breathable, sweat-wicking, and anti-bacterial. Incredibly lightweight, wool is often combined with synthetic fibres such as spandex to give it a more fitted shape.


Cotton - Be aware of cotton; it is not the optimum fabric for running. It absorbs moisture, traps it against your skin, and leaves you feeling damp and hot as you sweat. 

Most Popular Fabrics for a Comfortable Run

New Balance ICE

New Balance has developed a fabric known as New Balance ICE which keeps you cool and dry while running. The fabric is 'sweat-activated' and has moisture-wicking properties, meaning sweat will be wicked away from the skin, ensuring you don't get cold during your run or workout. 


Nike Dri-FIT is a polyester fabric which transports sweat, heat, and moisture away from the skin to the outside of the clothing, where it can evaporate to keep you dry and comfortable.


Nike Dri-FIT fabric also has a Body-Mapping construction using mesh ventilation in the areas where you sweat the most. This technology allows heat to escape and cool air to penetrate, keeping you comfortable on long runs.

Adidas COLD.RDY Technology

Adidas COLD.RDY Technology keeps you warm and insulated when temperatures drop.

Ronhill Merino 200

Ronhill's Merino 200 will keep you warm in cold conditions and keep you cool in hot conditions thanks to the fibre blend of natural Merino wool and synthetic polyester. 

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