THE BIGGEST ADVANTAGES OF RUNNING SHIRTS
As a high-quality material, cotton is ideal for everyday use. Because when you run, it absorbs moisture and increases in weight the more intensively you sweat. In addition, the wet fabric sticks to the body, which can therefore cool down. Premium running shirts, on the other hand, have special mesh inserts that improve ventilation. Above all, they are made of functional materials like polyester. These synthetic fibres absorb twenty times less moisture than cotton and also actively wick it to the outside. This prevents unpleasant sticking and keeps the weight down. Even when dry, running shirts are significantly lighter than their cotton counterparts.
RUNNING SHIRTS: WHAT MATERIALS ARE THERE?
Breathability is decisive. That's why running shirts don't settle on one polyester fabric. In fact, almost every brand has its own innovative technology. For example, adidas running shirts rely on ClimaCool®, which actively cools the body even at higher temperatures. Gore-Tex®, on the other hand, keeps water and wind away from the body while remaining breathable. Basically, microfibres are mostly made of polyester and polyamide. The manufacturing process is also crucial. It determines the texture of the fabric and thus how elastic, insulating, comfortable and breathable it is. Running shirts for lower temperatures also have warming wool components. To optimise the fit, many manufacturers also use elastane in their shirts.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A RUNNING SHIRT?
Running shirts serve your performance. Moisture transport. Wearing comfort. Ergonomics. All decisive factors. Anti-odour technologies protect you from excessive odour build-up. But functional clothing can do even more:
- Breathability of running shirts: essence number one of running shirts. Special microfibres ensure that the air exchange is always right.
- Moisture transport: the number two essence of running shirts. Sweat does not remain in the shirt. The material transports it to the outside and ensures a constant body temperature.
- Long-sleeved, short-sleeved, without sleeves: You choose the cut depending on the temperature and your own needs. For colder days, go for longer sleeves; on warmer days, go for running shirts without sleeves. There is also the normal T-shirt cut.
- With and without pocket(s): For longer runs or marathons, there are functional shirts with one or more pockets in which you can stow snacks or your smartphone.
- Collar? Zip? To protect your neck from the cold, there are running shirts with a high collar. You can stay flexible if the model also has a zip.
- Thumb hole: When it's cold, your hands need protection. Some long-sleeved running shirts have thumbholes that cover part of the back of the hand.
- Thermal running shirts: Perfect for colder days. Thanks to thermal and wool components, thermal running shirts keep the body warm even in cold weather without losing breathability.
HOW SHOULD A RUNNING SHIRT FIT?
Basically, you decide. Everything is allowed, wide as well as tight. At the same time, tighter-fitting running shirts reduce air resistance and do not flap in the wind. But they should not fit so close to the body that they restrict your movement. On the other hand, the functional shirt can be supportive, also through compression.
THE BEST RUNNING SHIRT FOR EVERY SEASON
The material of a running shirt regulates body temperature only to a certain extent. The external conditions are just as important. That's why you can find the right premium running shirt for every season online at Keller Sports:
Running shirts for winter
Long sleeves, possibly with a thumb hole, form the basis. In addition, the winter running shirt relies on a thermo-functional fabric. Put on a running jumper and running jacket over your running shirt. You can prevent moisture build-up by keeping the layers close together.
Running shirts for summer
Thin. Lightweight. Possibly without sleeves. In summer, breathability and moisture transport are crucial. Mesh inserts improve the shirt's air circulation. There are also models with increased UV resistance to protect against strong sunlight.
Running shirts for the transitional season
Again, you are primarily looking for breathability, but normally wear short sleeves. If it's getting colder, you can wear an additional running waistcoat to keep your torso warm.
HOW (OFTEN) DO I WASH RUNNING SHIRTS ?
Basically, you should wash your running shirt after every run. If the laundry pile is not enough, wash it by hand with cold water to remove sweat residue. For machine washing, check the washing label. Microfibres often tolerate a maximum of 30 degrees, and only special detergents for sportswear are recommended. Turn your running shirt inside out and select the synthetic washing programme with a low number of revolutions. Air dry your functional underwear instead of tumble drying.
RUNNING SHIRTS AT KELLER SPORTS
You can find running shirts in different cuts, for different conditions, with different additional features - and from different brands at Keller Sports. Our running shirt store offers the best brands like Nike, ASICS, adidas, Under Armour, ON or New Balance. In addition, you can also order the matching running jacket for men and women online at the click of a mouse and at particularly attractive prices in our running shirt sale.