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Running Apparel • April 5, 2024

Running Gear We Love Right Now | April 2024

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What You Need To Know

Discover Something New

Here’s where to find some of the best gear out there that doesn’t make it into reviews

Why You'll Like It

Because we’ve been wearing it all the time this past month

Best For

Anything from running to hanging out to livin’ the good life

How It Works

We get a lot of gear to review here at Believe in the Run. Sometimes we get a whole seasonal collection to review, but more often than not, we get a bunch of items meant for different purposes. Some nutrition here, a couple hats there, tack on some casual pants and maybe some socks.

If you’re like us, you probably don’t want to read a review about just one pair of socks, or a backpack, or whatever. But if we’re using something all the time– if it’s become part of our running life– we want you to know. That’s where this monthly roundup comes in.

Each month, we give you a list of items that we really, truly love. Everything on this list is something we keep coming back to again and again. Maybe it’s the fit, maybe it’s the performance, maybe it’s just something we can’t explain. But at the end of the day, we love it, and we hope you do too.

Of course, we’re always looking for new gear to fall in love with, so if you have any recommendations yourself, please leave them in the comments below.

The Running Gear We Love Right Now

Thomas’s Pick #1

Roark Run Amok Basquiat Tee ($59)

Look, yellow isn’t usually a color my pale ass can pull off. However, I’ll stretch the comfort zone for this tee. I’ve been feeling nostalgic recently, listening to Tears for Fears, Joy Division, The Cure, etc. The Basquiat collection played into my ’80s virtual diorama, giving me the same feeling as the Mike McGill Powell-Peralta tee I had as a kid. It wasn’t a performance tee unless you count catching 2 feet of quarter pipe air. But it told people I was a skate-or-die kind of 13-year-old. The Roark shirt is a performance tee and is perfect for the run. I’m no longer “skate-or-die,” but in some ways, I am even more hardcore these days, and this graphic tee leaves me inspired in ways that most running shirts don’t.

Buy The Tee

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Meaghan’s Pick #1

Bose Ultra Open Earbuds ($299)

I’ve never been one for bone conducting headphones. To be honest, I always thought the audio quality was trash and I didn’t care for the external noises. But here were are, and I’m absolutely loving the Bose Ultra Open earbuds. They wrap around your ears with “immersive” audio that makes it seem like music is being played in the room vs. your earbuds. The batter life is crazy long and they work great out on the run (in all sorts of weather), or just hanging in the office.

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bose ultra open - gear of the month april

Robbe’s Pick #1

Ortlieb Soulo ($200)

As with everything Ortlieb, the commuter-ready, made-in-Germany Soulo is waterproof and weatherproof thanks to the PU-coated polyester shell. With interior braces to give it structure, laptop sleeve, and plenty of space, it’s the perfect volume for daypacking or weekend trips (and fits within Spirit Airlines limits). What’s super rad about this pack is that it has a magnetic lid closure that also locks, preventing unwanted access. It’s the perfect pack for a laptop, extra pair of shoes, and running clothes, and it will last a lifetime.

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Thomas’s Pick #2

Hoka Essentials Hoodie ($108)

There are three things you have to do after a long run: first, get your protein, second, find a shower that has scalding hot water and pressure that can knock your teeth back, and finally– throw on this hoodie and find a couch to sink into. This overly cuddly cocoon of a sweatshirt will have you feeling like you’ve been swaddled up by your mum. If you have other responsibilities, forget about them as you nod off.

Buy Essentials Hoodie

hoka essentials - gear of the month april

Meaghan’s Pick #2

Hoka Transport Rain Jacket ($128, on sale)

I think it rains in Baltimore every day now, and running absolutely sucks when you’re soaking wet and cold. This Hoka jacket is one of the only ones that has really done its job of keeping me dry. It’s not as performance-designed as one might hope, but for the easy running days, it’s perfect. 

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hoka Transport Rain Jacket - gear of the month april

Robbe’s Pick #2

Tifosi Stash ($80)

You don’t want sunglasses that are throwaway, but you also don’t want something that’s gonna break the bank. That’s where Tifosi comes in. The Stash is supposedly for baseball or cycling, but it works equally well for running. With lightweight an durable TR=90 frames and shatterproof polycarbonate lenses with glare guard, the Stash is a straightforward shield that looks great, feels light, and gives needed comfort thanks to the adjustable nose tips and ribber grip on the arms.

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tifosi stash - gear of the month april

Ryan’s Pick #1

Near Earth Distance Sock ($24)

This one is for all of you who say we only pick expensive gear each month. Near Earth sent us several pairs of the Distance Sock, and I was lucky enough to grab one of the crew-length black versions. It has specific padding for the left and right footbeds, and there’s just something about Near Earth’s knit that makes me want to keep adding miles to my long run.

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Ryan’s Pick #2

Tracksmith Van Cortlandt Singlet ($70)

It’s officially spring racing season, and that means it’s time to bust out the singlets. In my case, that means Tracksmith’s tried and true Van Cortlandt — the only singlet I’ve raced in since I picked running back up during the pandemic. Sure, it comes in a ton of other cuts, but I’m partial to the way the sleeveless 2:09 mesh feels when I head out to shoot for a PR.

Buy Tracksmith Van Cortlandt

tracksmith van cortlandt - gear of the month april

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  1. Niki says:

    Bought the BOSE earbuds and they are great for my little ears lol

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