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A FlipBelt so you don’t have to carry anything while on your run. It has four pockets, which are perfect for your phone, gel packs, cards, keys — anything you need to store. It pulls on so you won’t get chafing from snaps or zippers, and — most importantly — it’s machine washable.


The FlipBelt is machine washable and dryable, and is also reflective for safe use at night.

Promising review: “Love love love my FlipBelt. I cannot stand arm bands so for the past year, I have been running while holding my phone (I know, awful). I was running with my coworker and she suggested I get a running belt. Having run a couple half marathons in the past, I have used running belts but they tend to bounce around and just be an annoyance. I happened to stumble on the FlipBelt on Amazon and had to give it a try. It fits my iPhone 7 that has an OtterBox on it, and did not budge once during my six-mile run. At the four-mile mark, I even tried adjusting it because I thought there’s no way this thing is staying in place so well, and it was still in the exact same spot as when I started my run. I also noticed I was able to run faster than usual and I think it’s because I was concentrating on holding my phone with its massive case on it. If you’re in between sizes, I suggest going a size down. Can’t wait to wear this for my upcoming half-marathons in the fall!” —kel07

Price: $22.99+ (available in XS–XL and eight colors)



A stretch out strap for giving your hammies and calves a good stretch before and after your runs. The strap helps you stretch in ways that just aren’t possible without it, especially if you tend to be a little tight.

Promising review: I’m a very inflexible runner and this strap has definitely been very helpful in increasing my mobility, stability, balance. I would recommend for anyone wishing to become more flexible athletes. Stretching regularly has reduced my injuries tenfold.” —Mike

Price: $15.95



A pair of running shorts you’ll always want to have in your gym bag. They’re breathable, don’t ride up, and are the perfect everyday exercise short.


Promising review: “I am an amateur runner training for my first races alongside my husband. This short is as good as any other name brand running short! It fits perfectly as advertised and contours with my legs, hips, and rear while I run. They don’t leave you feeling exposed but are cut in a way that you still look cute, sensible, and functional. There isn’t a better short on Amazon for the price.” —Amanda E.

Price: $20.99+ (available in sizes XS–4XL and 13 colors)



A pair of calf compression sleeves to cut down on shin splints and leg pain. These are great for new runners whose legs aren’t used to taking so much pressure and long-distance experts who can always use a little extra support.

Promising review: “I wore these compression sleeves during the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon, and they worked just fine. I ordered a small, and they fit as expected. I never had any issues with shin splints or calf tightness. Good quality and nice material. I highly recommend these for any distance running.” —Pon Bath

Price: $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and 11 colors)



An anti-chafe balm because chafing is a Bond villain that must be defeated. Not today, chafe. Not today.,

There are two formulas: an original and a “For Her” version. The pink kind has vitamins A, B, E, and F for moisturizing so if you’re a person of any gender who’s into that, go for it.

Promising review: “I run over 40 miles a week where it’s awfully hot and humid, so I sweat a ton and everything chafes. I started getting really badly irritated spots where my shorts and skin had contact. This product is great. I have no more irritation and the added ingredients really help keep my skin soft and healthy.” —Lorraine

Price: $8+ (available in three sizes) and the “For Her” for $7.99+ (available in three sizes)



A pack of NipEase stickers so you don’t end up like Andy Bernard at the Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race For The Cure. Together we can cure nipple chafing, one adhesive cover at a time.


Promising review: “I sweat a ton when I run. As a result, every glide-on or tube solution breaks down for anything longer than a 5k distance. Enter NipEaze — they just work. I don’t have to take any days off after long runs due to chafing. They go on like stickers on the nipples and areola and I’m convinced they’d stay on forever if you didn’t manually remove them. They are essential equipment for me on any runs longer than a 5k. Get the ‘extra’ size if your areolas are larger than dimes.” —Jon Snow

Price: $6.97 for a 15-pack or $22.97 or a 62-pack



A sports bra that makes running WAY more comfortable for people with big boobs! It’s wire-free, moisture wicking, machine washable, super stabilizing, and goes up to a size 50J. ALL of our prayers have been answered!,

Promising review: “Big boobs and you run? No problem! The size fits true and the coverage is there. The material is lightweight and there is no underwire. The top part that looks like a shirt underneath is mesh and I believe it is also there to keep your puppies up and stable because that’s what happens! The whole bra is also great at wicking sweat, which is good. D cups unite! Get this cheap bra! It works!” —TheKrautMonster

Price: $19.65+ (available in sizes 34C–50J and 10 colors)



A pair of capri leggings with two glorious pockets so your phone/keys/wallet can always be by your side. Shoutout to the MULTIPLE Amazon reviewers who put full-sized bottles of champagne in these pockets. Heroes., Amazon

Promising review: “I was skeptical about buying these pants as I am about most exercise clothing online. I got them in and wore them for a run. After my run I celebrated with champagne. Lo and behold, these pants fit a whole bottle of champagne in the pocket! This was a phenomenal feature! Since then, my run times have improved tremendously. I highly recommend these pants for this feature alone.” —Jesse Shiyou

Price: $21.98+ (available in sizes XS–XXXL and 56 colors and styles)



A pair of waterproof (read: sweatproof) Bluetooth headphones that keep a charge for a whopping eight hours so you can keep your pump-up playlist blasting during your entire workout.


Promising review: “I bought these to try out as my husband and I have started running more frequently, and all my wired headphones broke. So, I spent a lot of time researching these kinds that tuck over the ears, went with these, and WOW. I think the best part about these is the battery life. My phone tells me how much battery the headphones have left in them. We run three or four times a week, anywhere between 30 and 60 minutes. I haven’t charged these in three weeks and they’re still at 70% battery life. I also love the mic. I didn’t buy them for that intended purpose, but I’ve taken a couple calls while using them and I don’t have to move the cord or shout or turn my head or anything. AND THEY DON’T CUT OUT. EVER. I usually have my phone in a pocket somewhere, and they never have issues with connection. And the carrying case is perfect! I don’t usually use that kind of thing but I always make sure my headphones end up back in the case. It’s so convenient. Overall, amazing product and I definitely recommend if you’re looking for a good pair of Bluetooth headphones, especially for exercising!” —Flipz

Price: $19.98+ (available in seven colors)



A roll of KT Tape for recovering like the pros. The tape helps reduce pressure and provide support anywhere you need it. From knee problems to shin splints, even blister protection — this tape literally has you covered.,

Promising review: “My runner’s knee was eradicated from using this tape. Knee pains and aches were erased. Additionally, my husband started developing charley horses in his calves at mile 29 of the Keys 100 Ultra Marathon. We applied KT tape to his calf muscles the way the official KT Tape Youtube channel instructed and he finished the 100-miler with no more charley horses in his calves. Through the rain, and 71 miles, the tape never came undone. This tape is not a gimmick. Watch the videos and apply the tape.” —lavonne

Price: $16.99 (available in 13 colors)



An Under Armour running shirt that wicks sweat like a beast and dries almost suspiciously quickly. Anti-odor technology in the fibers also keeps smell to a minimum which is good because — not to be rude but — you kind of stink.


Promising review: “The price for this shirt was about half what I would have paid for it at a local retail store. It does an excellent job of wicking away sweat and moisture during and after the run. The fabric is loose fitting, but not overly so, and is very lightweight. No chafing or restriction of movement.” —D. Young

Price: $12.49+ (available in sizes XS–5X and 66 colors)



A muscle roller stick to work out the kinks after a tough run. Rolling before and after a workout is a great way to reduce pain and stiffness, and ultimately reduce risk of injury.


Promising review: “I’m a distance runner, and of all the gadgets and accessories I’ve bought myself, this is hands-down my favorite! Before this stick I had a solid stretching routine and proper diet, but even so, after my weekly long runs I could feel it. I was constantly dealing with tight quads and shin splints. Then I got this thing. I started rolling my legs for about five minutes before and after runs, and it’s been a game changer! Stiffness and soreness is gone, and I’ve seen my pace drop significantly. Also, this thing is lightweight and easily fits in a small gym bag. And at the price point, this is a no-brainer.” —Bryan

Price: $9.99



An LED band for your wrists or ankles to ensure you’re visible to cars, pedestrians, and bikers during your night runs. You can never be too safe!


Each pack comes with two adjustable bands. The batteries last for 50–70 hours, and they come with extra.

Promising review: “I am a runner. I run after work and when it gets dark early I worry about traffic and other pedestrians. These bands are lightweight and extremely visible. The band can either be on with a solid light or flashing. I have found the flashing to be more visible. I like this product so much I have bought several for other family members and I will attach one to my arm and another to my leg. I would highly recommend for anyone running at night. The battery appears easy to change. I say appears because the battery that came with the unit is still going strong.” —Siilverback

Price: $9.99 (available in nine colors)



A pair of Oalka Power Flex Running Leggings with a hidden key keeper pocket. Simultaneously looking fly and not locking yourself out of your apartment is a goal only amazing runners like you can achieve.,

Promising review: “These hold you in all the right places and stay up when I run. I don’t have to tug them at all. In fact, they are so comfortable, I could forget I was wearing them. As a plus, these have a brushed interior that keeps you warm. I have other, more expensive running pants with brushed interiors, and they do not keep my rear side as warm as these. Plus, who can beat the price! We’ll see how they hold up, but at this point, I could not be more pleased.” —Karen

Price: $6.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 38 colors)

These leggings won best affordable legging at BuzzFeed Reviews!



An insulated flask so you can stay hydrated during long training runs. It has a handle with an adjustable strap for grip-free running and a pocket to hold your phone, keys, and any other essentials.


The bottle holds 18 oz and is double wall insulated.

Promising review: “Very solid water bottle for long runs. It’s able to hold my iPhone 6S, keys, and multiple GUs in the pocket. When I’m running with the bottle full of water, it does feel a bit heavy, but the adjustable strap is nice for making periodic adjustments. Love that you can turn the bottle upside down and water won’t come out — you must squeeze a bit, which is nice. Very easy to squeeze and use. Would recommend this for marathon training — it was an absolute necessity for my long 16, 18, and 20 mile training runs.” —faridruns

Price: $29.97+ (available in four colors)



A basic T-shirt to keep you dry as heck on your run. With sweat-wicking power, a great color selection, and a long-sleeve option, you’ll want one of these shirts for every day of the week.


Promising review: “I liked this shirt so much that I ordered three! I’m working at losing weight and getting back in shape. At 63, I was a bit insecure about going to the gym in typical, revealing exercise clothes, but large t-shirts left me feeling sloppy. The fit on this top is perfect, it’s fitted in the places you want it and just loose enough where that is needed. I’ve owned mine for about a month now and wear them weekly so they’ve already been through several washes and hold up well. The construction and material are great and not to heavy or too light.” —S. Elkins

Price: $13.60+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and 18 colors and styles)



A sweat-wicking headband that will keep your hair out of your face and sweat out of your eyes while you pound the pavement. Sweat in the eyes is one of life’s great annoyances, and now you’ll never have to experience it again.,

Promising review: “I live in Southern California and even running along the beach in the summer, sweat pours down my face constantly. I thought about wearing hats but didn’t want something that bulky. I bought this for my first half marathon and not a bead of sweat hit my face. It’s extremely quick wicking sweat away and after a short period of time you don’t notice it.” —obookkenobi

Price: $9.99 for a two-pack



A pair of blister resistant socks so you can jog freely knowing your heels will be AOK and you won’t have to drop fifty bucks on bandages when you get home.

Promising review: “I’m a long distance runner. Last year I experienced a very painful bout of blisters with a certain pair of shoes while on an 18 mile run. Since then, I have tried all kinds of socks, mole skin, sports lubrication, foot sleeves etc. to avoid getting blisters to no avail. I skeptically ordered a pair to try them out. They are AMAZING! They are the most comfortable pair of socks I have ever worn and I have not had any new blisters since I started wearing them. I would highly recommend them!” —Gloria Ochoa-Bruck

Price: $13 (available in sizes S–XL and seven colors)



A multipack of Gu Energy Gel to give you that extra turbo boost during your long-distance runs. Where’s the “Millennium Falcon in Light Speed” flavor? Oh, that’s a legal issue? Ok, never mind.


Each pack has 100 calories and is packed with electrolytes, maltodextrin, and fructose to help give athletes extra energy.

Promising review: “I have trained for three marathons, and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE THINGS. They boost my energy and keep me running. They’re easy to store in my water belt, and I also sometimes tuck them in my bra strap. If you are a runner, you know what places we can fit things. They tear open easily while I’m running, even with sweaty hands (I don’t stop to open them). Can’t rave enough about how great these things are. I know there are a lot of different types of energy gel brands, but if you are trying one out for the first time, try these!” —Bri Reilly

Price: $10.68+ (available in packs of eight or 24 and in 21 flavors or an assortment pack)



A microfiber towel that soaks up a ton of water and dries in a jiffy. It’s the perfect gym towel for treadmill days *and* is easy to carry on the road with a handy carabiner.


Promising review: “Awesome deal for two towels! I love the bright green and use this for my gym towel. It’s super absorbent and even comes with a mesh bag and carabiner so I can clip it to my water bottle. I’ve used it four times already while sweating and haven’t had to wash it yet because it somehow absorbs the smell, too!” —Cassandra

Price: $8.59+ (available in four sizes and seven colors)



A hydration fanny pack with both a water bottle compartment and a storage pocket so you can take all your necessary valuables with you and keep hydrated, hands-free., Amazon

The belt even has reflective for visibility at night!

Promising review: “I’m training for my first half marathon and I noticed my arm going numb from the arm cell phone carrier, so I decided to switch things up to the fanny pack and let me tell you I AM SO HAPPY with this product! Two separate zipper compartments. My galaxy phone fits in with PLENTY of room. The water bottle compartment holds a 16oz bottle of water just fine and has plenty of room for a larger bottle.” —yenttrib

Price: $14.99



A high-impact sports bra with adjustable straps to make sure you’re all locked in when you head out to train. RIP painful boob bouncing, you will be missed by literally no one.


Promising review: “I’m large-chested and broad shouldered, and a daily runner. This is the most comfortable, sturdy, and reliable sports bra I’ve ever owned. It’s true to size and adjustable to accommodate monthly size fluctuations. This is better than the big brand names, and I’ve tried them all. You won’t regret buying this!” —Kelly Connolly

Price: $25.99+ (available in sizes 32B–42E and 10 colors)



A rolling foot massager that will just feel SO GOOD on your little tootsies. They deserve a nice little massage after all the hard work they put in. This should feel *especially* good if you have plantar fasciitis!

Promising review: “My feet have thousands of miles on them which means that the various problems that develop as a result of that kind of mileage are varied and can determine whether one runs or not. This product provides relief especially if used right before and after a run; the relief can be acute or not depending on what you wish to accomplish.” —achsa

Price: $18.95



A pair of quick-dry running shorts to keep things light and breezy while you work up a sweat.


Promising review: “Best running shorts I have purchased in a while. When I run, I don’t like my shorts to ride up and cause discomfort. The quality of the product is great and I did not have any discomfort running my daily six miles in the morning. After two days back to back wearing these shorts, I went back and ordered every color selection they had so I could have a week’s worth of running shorts. I’m super pumped and can’t wait until I receive my other pairs.” —William Traylor

Price: $11.99+ (available in sizes S–XXXL and 26 colors),

Promising review: “Excellent shoes! I am VERY picky about my running shoes, even though I’m not what one would consider a ‘serious’ runner. My shoes have to be great for jogging, lifting, and HIIT workouts. I have very bony/skinny feet and weak ankles, so I need extra support and cushion. These shoes are perfect! Like a hug for my feet! They more than meet my expectations for all my workouts. I want to get a second pair for casual wear!” —ClubSoda

Price: $74.99+ for the women’s (available in sizes 5.5–12 including narrow and wide sizes, as well as 10 colorways) and $128.99+ for the men’s (available in sizes 8–12 and three colorways)



A cold *and* hot therapy wrap to treat your feet to a little R and R. Just pop the gel pack in the freezer to get a post-run cool down or heat it in the microwave for a relaxing compress.


Promising review: “Great! Works as described. I am a runner training for a marathon. My feet get achy after long training runs, so this works well! I bought only one to try and plan to purchase another one so I can ice both feet at the same time.” —Rachel Hsu

Price: $9.99 for one and $16.99+ for a two-pack (available in two sizes)



A lightweight tank top with a built-in bra that’s the perfect ‘fit for a light jog on a sunny day. Sidewalk or catwalk? Same diff.,

Promising review: “I love everything about this top. It’s especially great for runs or hikes in hot weather because the style and material allow for lots of air flow. When I received my first one and tried it on, I immediately ordered two more before changing out of it. I even wear them around the house when I’m not working out. The style is flattering and long-waisted (one of my top priorities in workout gear), and the strappy open-back style is on point. This looks and feels like a much more expensive, high-end yoga top.” —Rachael Brady

Price: $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and 15 colors)



A pair of polarized, wrap-around sunglasses to keep your peepers protected from harmful UV rays. Their cushioned bridge will help them stay on no matter how speedy you are.,

Promising review: “These sunglasses are amazing! The polarization on the lenses is very strong, and they look just as advertised. Very sleek style and fits great on my face! Love the wayfarer style! The nose bridge has thick raised rubber pads that make sure the glasses don’t slip off or down your nose if you don’t have a pronounced nose bridge, very useful. Plus they look just as good as Oakleys! When I wear these running or biking, they never fall off and I never get any glare from the sun or cars. My eyes feel very protected and the glasses relieve some strain. Theses sunglasses come with a hard case and a sleeve case as well.” —Alex Mac

Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in five colors).



A lightweight hat for keeping sun exposure to a minimum. Every color has a black underside to keep glare to a minimum. Glare might not sound like a big deal right now, but talk to me again at mile eight.


Promising review: “Use it for my daily run. It’s very lightweight, absorbs sweat and water really well, and is very breathable. Very good gear for runners. I really like it.” —J. Koskinen

Price: $12+ (available in 21 colors)


Have fun. Be safe. Don’t forget to carbo-load.


The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.


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