The 10 best places to buy running clothes online
Have a great run in these top picks.
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Now that the weather is getting warmer and in-person group workout classes are on hold, running has become a go-to activity to get outside and get some exercise.
Whether you’re new to running or a professional, the right clothing can make or break your run. There’s nothing worse than realizing mid-run that your shorts are riding up or your top is not wicking away moisture, leaving you a sweaty mess. A comfortable, quick-drying, lightweight running outfit can also inspire you to go that extra mile or pick up your pace.
There are endless options of places to shop for running clothes, but if you would rather be outside than spend hours online shopping for your gear, we’ve done the research for you. We rounded-up the best places to shop for top-rated running clothes and the Reviewed staff’s must-have picks.
Our favorite things: Women’s Ghost 12—$130 and Men’s Ghost 12—$130 and Sherpa 5" Short—$28-$56 Sizes: 5-13 (women’s), 7-15 (men’s), XS-XXL (men’s) Prices: $-$$ Return Policy: 90 day trial for worn merchandise, 365 days for unworn merchandise
When I surveyed the staff here at Reviewed for their favorite places to buy running clothes, many of them said Brooks. You won’t find any yoga pants here because Brooks specializes only in running clothes and shoes.
Reviewers are obsessed with the Ghost 12 running shoe, which has a rating of 4.5 out of 1,200 reviews. Enthusiastic shoppers love the comfort of the shoes and many have bought multiple pairs.
Another highly rated pick is the Men’s Sherpa 5’’ short. Runners love that these shorts are as light as air and do not chafe. One raved that these are the only shorts he runs in and all his other running shorts are retired.
While best known for its yoga gear, Lululemon sells workout clothes for nearly every activity and its running clothing is equally popular with our editors. These clothes come at a higher price tag but are worth the splurge for their quality.
Our e-commerce editor, Courtney Campbell, loves the Sculpt Tank II and Run Times Short II, describing them as the “perfect running combo.”
Happy runners also love the Surge shorts because they're lightweight and comfortable. One satisfied customer writes, “So comfortable. Perfect length. Best running shorts I own. Love the Surge design.”
If you want to #justdoit and go for a run, Nike is a great place to shop for running clothes.
I personally love the Speed tight and Epic Luxe tight. Both are made of super-soft material and fit perfectly so I’m not constantly adjusting them during my workouts.
The Challenger shorts in men’s sizes are one of the highest-rated shorts at Nike. Reviewers rave that the shorts are quick to dry and their favorite pair of running shorts.
4. Old Navy
Our favorite things: High-Waisted Elevate Side-Pocket Mesh-Trim Compression Crops—$24-$28 and Go-Dry Side-Panel Performance Shorts—$24.99 Sizes: XS-XXL, regular, tall, petite (women’s), XS-XL(men’s) Prices: $-$$ Return Policy: 45 days
Many of our staffers love Old Navy for their affordable yet durable running clothes.
The High-Waisted Elevate Side-Pocket Mesh-Trim Compression Crop received kudos from editor Amy Roberts, who is also a runner and personal trainer. Its side pockets are large enough to hold a phone or a running gel.
The Men’s Go-Dry Side-Panel Performance shorts received praise from Old Navy reviewers for its comfort, lightweight fabric, and inexpensive price, making it a great choice for the budget-conscious shopper.
5. Under Armour
If you want great basics, head to Under Armour, which has made its entire business on creating good quality, sweat-wicking workout gear.
This popular brand is another of editor-and-trainer Amy’s favorites. One of her top choices for running shorts is the HeatGear bike shorts as they do not roll down and prevent thigh chafing during a long run.
Shoppers also reach for the UA Raid 10" Shorts because they are light, cool, and loose-fitting. They are one of the most popular men’s styles at Under Armour with 600 reviews and a rating of 4.6 stars. One reviewer loved them so much he bought 10 pairs.
Asics is another favorite retailer among our staff and the brand is well-known for its running shoes with gel.
Both men and women whose feet need more stability are obsessed with the Gel-Kayano 26 running shoes, as evidenced by the 4.4 rating from reviews totaling nearly 1,000. Dedicated runners wear these shoes for half and full marathons due to their stability and comfort and are loyal Gel-Kayano wearers, choosing these shoes over any others. Get ‘em now at a discount before they sell out and are replaced by the upcoming 27 model.
Staff member Sarah Hagman swears by the Reebok Puremove bra. She loves this sports bra so much it is the only one she wears. Reviewers agree, praising the bra for its ability to hold everything in while running and during other high-impact workouts. They say it’s also very comfortable and won’t dig into your skin while running.
One of the highest-rated shoes at Reebok, the Zigwild Trail 6 running shoes fit like a glove and are extremely comfortable, with many fans stating they have been buying these for years.
Nordstrom’s customer service makes shopping easy. The store has a generous return policy and customer satisfaction is a top priority, making it a favorite to shop for clothing, including running clothes.
The underwire sports bra by Wacoal has a cult following with nearly 1,800 reviews and 4.6 stars. Shoppers rave that this sports bra is supportive and comfortable. One happy reviewer writes, “I am absolutely thrilled with my new sports bra! It is so comfortable that when I work out it's like a second skin!”
Another shopper favorite is the Adidas Men’s Technical Crewneck. Shoppers write they love the fit, quality, and excellent price. Many Adidas wearers also commented on how much they liked the style of this shirt, which makes it great to wear around casually as well.
Our favorite thing: Balega Hidden Comfort Sock—$13 Sizes: S-XL (men’s and women’s) Prices: $$-$$$ Return Policy: No time limit
REI is a go-to for all things outdoors and the retailer sells some top-pick running pieces.
Reviewed editor Meghan Kavanaugh just bought a haul of her favorite running socks, the Balega Hidden Comfort socks, from the retailer. The Balega socks are one of the top-rated items in running on REI, with reviewers raving that these are the best socks because they don't slip or bunch, and protect feet from blisters.
10. Sweaty Betty
Sweaty Betty is one of my favorite clothing brands for running and working out. Its workout gear is high quality and super stylish. I discovered the brand on a trip to the UK a few years ago and have been hooked ever since.
The Power 7/8 Workout Leggings have a whopping 1,200 reviews and 4.7 stars. Legging fans rave they are great quality, lightweight, and come in great prints.
If you’re looking for a tank, try the Athlete Seamless workout tank. These tanks are lightweight, do not ride up, and come in a variety of eye-catching colors.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.