When it comes to workout tops and outerwear, our philosophy is that you shouldn’t overcomplicate things. A good workout top should be sweat wicking, have a snug fit that doesn’t get in the way of your movement, and be made of a soft fabric so there’s no risk of chafing or rubbing. The same goes for shirts, running jackets, and hoodies.
Our winners this year reflect what our judges liked best: subtle color and stylish details, paired with performance materials that keep their shape during tough workouts. Our testers took these tops cycling, on outdoor runs, and for walks in the rain. They also wore them to teach fitness classes, and even just commuted to and from work in them, day after day. Bottom line: You can feel certain that the (admittedly simple) racerback tank you see on our list is actually the best we found this year. The same goes for our new favorite packable nylon jacket (which folds up small enough to fit in one hand!) and the breathable raincoat that won’t leave you a sweaty mess.
Our judges—made up of editors, fitness enthusiasts, and trainers—tested more than 30 different styles of tops this year. Using their detailed feedback and scores, we narrowed the list down to the top 11 winners you see below. All of the winners listed here are new—released between October 2018 and September 2019. And don’t forget to complete your workout ensemble by checking out the full list of award-winning products right here.
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