Shirts: Shirts come in all different sizes, shapes and functions when it comes to running. We call the shirts found in our store 'technical shirts.' By technical we mean not made out of cotton and made mostly of polyester. This material naturally wicks, or moves away, moisture from your body to keep you cooler during activity. Running is a year round activity so you've got to be prepared for any kind of weather. Let's break things down based on what season you're running in.
Summer: Since it is hotter in the Summer this is when you'll most want to have a technical shirt on. If you're wearing a cotton shirt, you will likely feel weighed down with all the sweat the cotton shirt absorbs, unlike technical material, cotton gets wet and stays wet. Look for lightweight materials that have a texture that is comfortable to your skin. Many of these tops are going to be 100% polyester or somewhere very near that. The polyester fabric naturally acts to "wick" sweat off your body so it can be evaporated instead of covering your skin, increasing your body heat. Look towards short sleeve shirts or a sleeveless option, such as a singlet i.e tank top.
Fall/Spring: Be prepared to use your entire collection of technical apparel during these seasons as the weather can fluctuate week-to-week or even day-to-day (especially here in KY!). This will be the time to start bringing out the long sleeve technical shirts and long sleeve tops. Many tops that work best in these months will fall right between a t-shirt and a sweatshirt in terms of weight and amount of material. They will often come as half-zips so you can zip up or down depending on how you're feeling. Or of course you can go with your choice of jacket, which have many features including specially placed vents to keep you cool, zip pockets for your valuables, and occasionally, everyone's favorite feature - thumbholes at the end of the sleeves.
Winter: Getting out in the winter is tough to do, especially when you're warm in your bed on a frigid morning. You can be just as warm running though, as long as you have the right gear. Layering is important during the winter months. Remember to dress as if it's 20 degrees warmer than it is. Though you may be freezing when you walk out the door, your body is going to heat up while you run and having too much on can make you too hot. If you're braving the rain/sleet/snow, make sure to have an outer shell that is at least water-resistant, if not waterproof. Usually layers such as a tech shirt on bottom (your choice of short or long sleeve) with a thermal top above that will keep you quite warm. But don't forget your accessories like gloves, hats, and arm warmers!