I have always been a pretty heavy sweater when exercising (or when slathering foods with hot sauce). Nothing clinical here: No matter the temperature, I just break a sweat pretty easily once my heart rate is up, and then tend to take a long time to cool down, too. Still, warmer temperatures will of course make my already sweaty workouts even … more moist … for obvious reasons.
Over the past few years, I’ve written about many different technical garments: cooling shirts that reflect sunlight, moisture-wicking socks, lightweight running shorts. Many of those things promise to be sweat-minimizing and breathable, but when you try as much gear as I do, you learn some brands are truer to their word than others. Below, I’ve zeroed in on the seven pieces that I not only find reliable and comfortable, but also to be the best at wicking moisture, drying quickly, and stabilizing my body temperature so that I can keep exercising — or sampling hot sauce — (relatively) comfortably, even in the sweatiest of circumstances. To help all potential shoppers, I’ve also included the women’s version of any product on this list that offers one.
The short-sleeved shirt
This is the shirt I wore as I slogged through a 40 kilometer trail run across the border from Switzerland into France, and it’s also the one I wore to the regular HIIT Orange Theory Fitness classes (perhaps the sweatiest classes I’ve ever done) before I had to give them up due to social distancing. Yes, I have written about it before, and no doubt I’ll write about it again after this. It’s my proverbial “desert island” workout shirt, and not just because that proverbial desert island would, almost certainly, get a lot of sun.