You have a lot of choices when it comes to a technical short-sleeve top to wear at the gym or while running. So what makes the Q Speed Breathe stand out from the crowd? Let’s start with the function, as it features two of New Balance’s best performing technologies — NB ICEx, which helps you stay cool, and NB DRYx, which pulls moisture away from you. You will find that it’s incredibly breathable and handles moisture well, especially when you’re doing those hot treadmill runs in the winter. The shirt is a bit longer than most technical tops, with a curved hem. It’s made with 34% recycled polyester, and reflective seams give you 360-degree visibility when you’re running outside again. It comes in an athletic fit, so there’s not much flapping around when you’re moving fast — if you like to show off the guns, this is an excellent choice. It also has a subtle pattern that helps differentiate it from other running tops, but not enough to be too flashy. Ultimately, this is a performance top, and you’ll be happy with the results when you push yourself in it. It doesn’t hurt that you’ll look good as well.
Price: $45, newbalance.com