By Abbie Digel Explorebigsky.com Contributor

The Better than Naked Cool Jacket ($130) from The North Face is an essential layer for those who’d rather run or bike outside instead of hitting the gym. A light, flexible zip-up, it keeps you dry and warm on early mornings, cool evenings or during a light drizzle. The mesh underarms and sides provide room to breathe, even as you sweat. Small enough to stuff in a pouch or pocket, it still packs a huge punch for comfort and endurance on a long run. It also stays put when tied around your waist.

TNF’s Better Than Naked technology sings to me with the running capris ($70). They’re so light and comfortable I barely notice I’m wearing them – which is the whole point. They slip on easily and hug your hips, but don’t squeeze too tightly, leaving plenty of room for flexible movement. Stretchy mesh on the hems rests comfortably on my calves without pinching or chafing. Laser-cut vents wick moisture, and a convenient rear pocket holds keys, ID, money and an energy snack.

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