Best running tops for spring/summer 2022

spring gear

by Trail Running staff |

Trail Running's testers review some of the best T-shirts around at the moment

Women's Artilect Goldhill 125 Zoned Crew merino baselayer

140g M


This lightweight long-sleeve baselayer has a nice longer cut, adding warmth and coverage that won’t ride up. Made from Nuyarn – a blend of responsibly sourced merino wool and Nylon – it’s soft, quick-drying and durable and well vented.

Verdict: Top looks, performance, comfort and design. 9/10

Men’s Saxx Aerator short sleeve crew

125g M


This light and airy polyester tee uses an open weave fabric to increase breathability. Constructed with flat, anti-chafe seams throughout, a standard fit works well on its own or as a baselayer and it’s comfortable under a pack.

Verdict: Good looking, comfortable and high performing. 8/10

Women's Tribe Sports Endure Tee

100g S


Made from Econyl recycled Nylon, this lightweight tee feels silky-soft and airy to wear. With stay-fresh antibacterial treatment, laser-cut holes for added breathability, super-quick drying and SPF 50, it’s a good choice for hot days.

Verdict: Best suited to warm weather running. 8/10

Men's Gore Windstopper Base Layer Shirt

135g L


This tee combines a windproof front panel with a light, breathable and stretchy back in a slim fitting top. Excellent at reducing windchill to the core and maintaining breathability in windy conditions. Long-sleeved version also available.

Verdict: Less niche than expected, great in cold, windy conditions. 9/10

Women's Inov 8 Long Sleeve Half Zip Mid Layer

180g size 10

Made from a soft, light and stretchy recycled polyester blend, this long-sleeved zip tee is a versatile, comfortable and protective with a chin guard, thumb loops and reflective details. Great for cold runs or to throw on pre/post-run.

Verdict: Stashable, versatile and thoughtfully designed. 9/10

Men's EDZ Merino Wool T-shirt

175g M


This no-frills 100% merino tee has a slim cut that works well on its own or as a baselayer and flat seams to reduce rubbing. Merino is naturally warm, breathable and anti-odour; great for a running top that can be used all year.

Verdict: A good-value merino running tee or baselayer. 8/10

Women's Findra Route Seamless Merino Tee

135g M


High-performing technical tee made from 100% superfine merino wool. Soft, comfortable, breathable and sweat wicking with a longer length for coverage and textured knit details at the neck. Beautifully designed and made in Britain.

Verdict: Great looks, top performance, ethical production. 10/10

Men's Loomi Beta Tec Merino Baselayer

225g M


This brilliant baselayer offers a great combination of warmth, breathability and next-to-skin feel thanks to a merino wool, Nylon and elastane mix fabric. The fit is superb; close-fitting but not restrictive, with seamless construction.

Verdict: A perfect baselayer combining great fabric and cut. 10/10

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