Favorite Quarantine Gear: the next edition of Another Mother Runner Gears Up. We have #motherrunners put key running gear to the test, then deliver the results so you can grab the gear that works best for your running and body.
AMR Gears Up: Favorite Quarantine Gear
By Allison Pattillo
It’s been a long summer of solo running, virtual races, and socially distant or V small group runs. As unusual as this new normal is, running alone together has been an essential coping mechanism for new and established runners everywhere. As with any good run, the right gear makes it even better. We checked in with other BAMRs across the country to find out what they’ve been using on repeat. Not only was this collection of gear curated by readers like you, it all been put to the test and earned five star ratings. Trust us, you’ll want to bookmark this page!
"The main reason I love my Hydroflask water bottle is that it encourages me to drink and stay hydrated. I put in a few ice cubes and fill it with water in the morning, and it stays cold and refreshing all day. After a long run I just add a Nuun tab to drink up a cold and refreshing electrolyte filled beverage. The sport cap makes it easy too. I would recommend this to a friend because it’s really important for athletes to stay hydrated all day. It comes in fun colors and different sizes, as well!" - Monica Bays
"This summer I’ve been loving my Sweaty Bands masks! When my favorite headband company released masks, I had to try them, and I wasn’t disappointed. The fabric is light and breathable, and they have a great variety of colors, patterns, and sizes—including kids. Where I live, masks aren’t required outdoors, but I always carry one with me on my runs in case I need to duck into a gas station for water or a bathroom break. The light fabric easily tucks into a shorts or hydration vest pocket without adding any bulk, and the fabric wicks away my mid-summer sweat. As a bonus, Sweaty Bands has also added a line of their non-slip headbands with buttons to hold the mask loops, so no annoying ear tugs!" - Erin McConnell
"Momentum Jewelry has some great motivating products, but my favorite are the Motivate Wraps because they are light weight and keep me motivated–I love having a bit of inspiration on my wrist. My favorite phrases are “No Excuses” and “Keep Moving Forward,” but they have so many relatable phrases and color options. I actually love to give Momentum Jewelry as gifts to friends and families. Especially during this uncertain COVID-19 time I have sent these to several Mother Runners to motivate them and get them moving forward!" - Suzanne Adams
"I live in the suburbs and run alone on most days. Having my Road ID gives me a sense of security. I hope that there is never a time that my Road ID needs to be used, but, wearing it on every run (even when I'm not alone), is a key part of my routine. I would recommend a Road ID to every and all runners! You never know when you are in an emergency situation and someone needs to be contacted to help you." - Suzanne Adams
"The Aftershokz Air are amazing. Before discovering these, I always had a hard time with headphones because my ears are not the same size, and the earpieces were either too big and didn’t fit at all, or they didn’t fit right and would fall out. That’s not the case with these!
I love that the product is wireless so I can easily connect to any number of devices, plus the headphones “talk” to you to tell you when you have a low battery or when you are connected your device. What makes them my favorite is they don’t go in your ears. Meaning I can still hear cars, people, bikes, dogs, even birds while safely jamming out on a run.
I’ve recommended these to several friends, who have all purchased them too! One friend, who wears hearing aid, said it’s the first pair of headphones she can actually use.
Side note: They usually run a great deal around Thanksgiving like Buy one, Gift one where you get 2 for the price of one or a buy one get one half off." - Jill Maxey
"I have been wearing Oofos sandals for a year now and love the cushion and support they provide, both after a run and instead of walking around my house barefoot. For another check in the “winning” column, before I started wearing my Oofos regularly, I experienced tendinitis and plantar fasciitis in both feet, and now I don’t! These, along with running shoes, have been my go-to footwear for quarantine." - Alicia Cline
"I recently upgraded my running vest to the Vaporhowe 2.0 and love the insulated bladder that is included with the upgrade. The insulation helps keep ice frozen longer and my body cooler. For cold weather running, I switch out the bladder for the 20oz soft flasks, which are a worthwhile separate purchase. This vest also has so many pockets, which is fantastic for storing my various fuels, trash, removed layers, sunglasses, and such. The best feature, in my opinion, is the movable straps. I can move them up and down to frame my chest so that the vest lies flat and doesn’t chafe." - Carrie Becker
"I've been running in the 360 degree visor this summer during quarantine and recommend for so many reasons! My number one reason is that it is so comfortable and lightweight that I barely feel it on my head and it never gives me a headache. It also allows me to put my hair up in a bun or high ponytail to keep it off my neck and is great for allowing the heat to escape on hotter days. With a black underside to the bill, it not only shields my face from the sun, but also helps to knock down glare. Plus, the terrycloth panel catches sweat before it drips in my eyes. I have these in lots of colors, but especially love the pink for the pop of color, my black one that goes with everything, and the fun memories associated with the ones I picked up through the Ragnar Relay race series. Now I need to get an AMR visor!" - Sara Martinez
"I swear by my Oiselle Long Roga Shorts because the fit is perfect, and the silhouette is flattering to boot! I had always gravitated towards running skirts and capris for the coverage and comfort, and the Roga Shorts are the first short I've found that don't ride up and aren't too warm. The quality is also amazing–I have a few older pairs that continue to stand the test of wear and sweat!
I would recommend to anyone looking for a well-fitting short that stays put, especially if you've experienced the dreaded 'chub rub' with other shorts. The fact that they are super cute and come in a wide variety of solids and prints is a bonus. The small zippered pocket in the back is perfect for a car key and ID. For any BAMR friends looking to support a woman-owned business, doing good things in and for the running community, Oiselle is a great fit!" - Lynne Garcia
"I want to wear as little clothing as possible when running during the hot and humid summer months, which means wearing shorts that allow my thighs to rub against one another. I've tried other lubricants to combat the resulting rub rash, but I found them to be thick, uncomfortable, and ineffective. The Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick is light and emollient, not to mention more effective–plus it smells lovely and is a woman-owned business! At this point, the only thing holding me back from running in briefs like the pros is the bikini line maintenance that would require." - Pam Harris