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Running Apparel • June 3, 2024

Running Gear We Love Right Now | June 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

Near Earth Race Day Sock

I have picked Near Earth Distance Socks previously, and they got me again. The Race Day Sock is lighter weight and thinner than the Distance Sock, but has the same perfect fit. If you like the Nike Spark Socks or Bandit Socks, the Near Earth Sock is even better with an anatomical fit, made with ECONYL® yarn from regenerated nylon waste and knitted with 100% renewable energy, waste recycling, and micro-plastic filtration., and a clean design that goes with any kit. Check them out for yourself.

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Meaghan’s Pick #1

Bandit Litewave 4” Rush Short ($88)

These are quite literally the softest, most comfortable running shorts I’ve ever worn. A ruched waistband and external drawcord allow for the perfect fit and the drape-y aesthetic and 4” length make them great for going straight from the run to the coffee shop. 

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Bandit Litewave 4 Rush Short

Robbe’s Pick #1

Fractel x BITR Robbe Raccoon Signature L-Series Legionnaire ($55)

In my wildest dreams, I’d never imagine I’d have a signature piece of apparel, but here we are. And the fact that it’s a Legionnaire couldn’t be more perfect. With an embroidered raccoon and copy of my signature on the front and a tail-style cape with “Break Ankles, Not Hearts” tagline on the back, the running mullet is here for all your summer runs. Repel the sun’s harmful rays while attracting the looks of a thirst-trap gaze.

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raccoon legionnaire

Thomas’s Pick #2

Ombraz Cammina ($160)

Running, swimming, cycling– whatever your sport, the armless sunglasses from Ombraz are perfect for it. The all-new aerospace grade TR-90 Cammina frames give off the perfect, laid-back summer vibes and the polarized lenses keep things clear. I was skeptical off the armless design, but they stay on perfectly– not too tight without any bounce. Also, it’s nice to know you’ll never lose them.

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ombraz cammina

Meaghan’s Pick #2

Lululemon Power Stride Tab Socks ($58 / 5-pack)

Ok, I know all the cool kids are wearing crew socks these days, but it’s getting real warm here in Baltimore and nothing beats a thin, comfortable ankle sock in the heat. I happened to have a gift card to Lululemon and picked up a pack of these and have no regrets. 

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lululemon socks

Robbe’s Pick #2

Janji Multipass Mini ($38)

It’s safe to say that we’ve been huge fans of the original Multipass Slingbag for years; we’ve put it in almost every gear roundup and gift guide since 2020. So we’re pretty stoked that Janji just released a follow-up to that winner. This lil’ guy packs a big punch with three zippered compartments, interior key loop and Nite-Ize S-biner. Plus, the exterior bungee system is a really cool and useful design. It’s the perfect companion for all those little essentials.

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janji multipass mini

Ryan’s Pick #1

IceMule Pro Cooler ($145)

When the main team is away, the kids will play. Cheribundi sent us a branded IceMule Pro Cooler while Thomas and crew were in Italy, and I adopted it as our beer cooler for Baltimore’s bike party and haven’t looked back. The roll-top design makes it easy to access everything you need, and the backpack-style design means you can lug it just about anywhere. So far, I’ve packed it with a case of beer, ice, bottled water, and a gallon of ice cream for a trail gating after party— just not all at once, but they all stayed ice cold for hours.

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Ryan’s Pick #2

HydraPak SkyFlask Speed ($30)

It’s already damn hot outside here in Baltimore, and that means it’s time to start running with hydration. I hate running with a stiff bottle, but give me a soft flask with a hand loop and I’m a happy customer. I actually have the smaller 350mL version of the SkyFlask Speed, but the extra 150mL goes a long way.

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  1. Jamie says:

    Your Janji link goes to the Salomon site.

    1. Robbe says:

      Fixed, thank you!

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Thomas Neuberger
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As the founder of Believe in the Run, Thomas’s goal is to help runners pick the shoes and gear that will make their running experience the best that it can be. 

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Meaghan Murray
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Meaghan signed up for her first marathon three weeks before the race, because it was $10 more than the half she planned to run. She learned everything in running the hard way. Now a USATF & UESCA certified run coach, she loves encouraging friends to go for big goals as she continues to chase faster times. She enjoys a hot cup of coffee, a cold martini, and making bagels for friends and family.

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Robbe is the senior editor of Believe in the Run. He loves going on weird routes through Baltimore, finding trash on the ground, and running with the Faster Bastards. At home in the city, but country at heart. Loves his two boys more than anything. Has the weakest ankles in the game.

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Ryan is kind of like Robbe’s Igor behind the scenes. He helps to compile and clean up everyone’s reviews, and finds time to get in a few miles of his own. When he’s not running or editing, Ryan writes and reviews for Android Authority, spending time with the latest tech and complaining when things don’t work quite right. If he’s not doing any of that, maybe you’ll find him nose-deep in a crossword puzzle or trying to catch up on an endless backlog of shows to stream.

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