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Best running vests for sprints, trails and race day

Avoid heavy, clingy materials and enjoy a more comfortable running experience with our roundup of the best running vests

Best running vests

In hot weather or when training indoors it can be easy to overheat, which in turn can negatively impact your performance. That’s why it’s worth investing in a decent running vest to help you regulate your temperature.  

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Running vests, or singlets or tank tops as they’re often called, allow for a more comfortable run thanks to their lightweight, airy feel.

The sleeveless designs tend to be made with breathable, sweat-wicking materials and often feature reflective and anti-chafing features, so there are plenty of benefits in comparison to wearing a T-shirt.

In our roundup of the best running vests you’ll find a range of popular brands including Hoka, Asics and Under Armour, as well as varying fits, from the loose and baggy to the more fitted. The list has been compiled based on in-depth research, industry knowledge and analysis of consumer reviews.

For more running gear, take a look at the best running tops for men, the best running shorts for women and the best running gilets.

Best running vests for 2022

Best running vests for men 

Asics Running Vest

The go-to running brand for many, Asics is a reliable choice. This running vest has been made with a thin material and is on the looser side, described as ‘semi-fitted’, so it shouldn’t be too clingy around the notoriously sweaty armpits and chest area.

The side seam has even be pulled forward to avoid any armpit chaffing, so it’s a well thought-out design. It comes with a straightforward style – choose between red, blue, grey and white.

This running vest won’t break the bank, either, so you could even invest in a couple and enjoy a fresh top between washes.

Under Armour Singlet

Made with a sweat-wicking material, and a mesh panel for added ventilation, this Under Armour running vest is designed to allow for plenty of airflow when you’re working up a sweat.

We like the simplicity of the design, as it’ll easily go with other sports gear, and black is always a safe choice if you want to avoid the dreaded sweat patches.

This style is not said to be overly baggy, but promises not to cling, so could be a nice option if you prefer a tighter fit. It’s one to consider, too, for lowlight runs as there are a few reflective details to help increase visibility.

Hoka Glide Singlet

Hoka’s gear is becoming a popular pick for athletes with its trainers becoming a go-to choice for many on race day.

But as well as trainers, the brand offers a range of eye-catching and colourful running tops, like this blue running vest. This style offers a slim fit, a nice choice for blustery days when you don’t want baggy materials flapping about, and is made of a sweat-wicking, anti-bacterial grid texture fabric.

2XU Aero Tank

The Aero Tank’s combination of a double-knit sweat-wicking body and lightweight breathable mesh back is designed to allow for a breezy feel when you’re training.

You can barely see the small logo on the front so if you’re after a plain, block colour design, this running vest could do the job.

Salomon Running Vest

We like the bold contrast of the blue and white on this Salomon design – a great option if you’re looking for something a little different.

It’s designed to be a practical and comfortable pick, as it promises a fast-drying, breathable and ultra-soft fabric.

Best running vests for women

On Fiji Movement Tank 

This sleek design has been made with anti-odour technology and a quick-drying fabric to help you wear it for longer.

The broad straps and soft, cosy feel is said to make it suitable for runs in changeable conditions – layer up and don’t let the chill put you off. We like its simple yet stylish vibe, too, which is easy to wear even when you’re not training.

Dhb Women’s Run Singlet 

You can usually rely on dhb to bag yourself some bargain sports gear. Described as fitted but unrestrictive, this budget-friendly running vest features natural in-built odour management, so you may be able to get a couple of runs out of it before chucking it in the washing basket.

It’s recommended for runs up to 10km and is also an option for training and gym sessions. Choose between teal, purple, blue, light pink and dark pink.

Reebok Running Speedwick Tank Top

This affordable slim-fit running vest from Reebok is a lovely option, especially in the lighter summer months when you may prefer to wear lighter colours.

There’s a fairly narrow mesh back panel, so it’s a good match for your favourite sports bra, and its Speedwick technology aims to keep you as dry as possible.

Soar Race Vest 

If you’re after a running vest that’s race day appropriate, this running vest has been designed to help you shave off precious minutes.

The Soar design offers a close fitting style and a breathable, open mesh construction. It’s on the more expensive side, but it’s suitable for both track and road running, as well as marathons, so you’re sure to get plenty of wear out of it.

The North Face Sunriser Tank

Another distinctive option to consider, this running vest from The North Face features a breathable back panel and rolled-forward shoulder seams to limit irritation.

The scoop tail design should work well with leggings and there are reflective details to help ensure you’re noticed.

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