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    31 Products People Who Exercise In The Heat Swear By

    Including some affordable Lululemon dupes that will make your closet go 👀.

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    1. A pair of high-waisted quick-dry running shorts so lightweight that you might have to look down to make sure they're still on (PHEWPH). Not only do a lot of reviewers compare these to Lululemon, but they also feature a handy underwear liner and a sizable side pocket. 

    BuzzFeed editor in high waist elastic purple shorts
    The shorts with editor showing small zippered side pocket
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed

    I recently bought these shorts because I'm in love with the similar ones you can get at Old Navy, but they sell out so fast. Turns out I love these even more! I love the huge arrange of colors you can buy these in (at other places they often sell out too quickly to get to pick!), love that the high-waistedness of them meets about where my running crop top ends so I don't have to get bonkers with sunscreen, and love love loooooove the side pocket for my keys or face mask. I only have them in purple so far, but I'm excited to try other colors! 

    Promising review: "These are so comfortable and fit true to size. The high waist is exactly what I was looking for. Perfect for summer workouts when it’s too hot for leggings. They let you move well too! They aren’t restricting." —Stephiet82

    Get it from Amazon for $23.49+ (available in women's sizes XS–3XL and 19 colors). 

    2. A delightfully affordable, super lightweight UPF 50+ protective running hat for shielding your face from sunburns and keeping the sweat out of your unsuspecting eyeballs.

    Reviewer in neon green baseball hat with mesh panel
    Reviewer showing how small it folds into itself

    A lot of runners steer clear of hats because of the whole "you lose the most heat through your head" thing, but that's actually a myth! Plus this hat has bonus reflective edges for higher visibility and folds neatly, making it super packable for running adventures. Go live your hat-filled dreams.

    Promising review: "I went on a run with this hat, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is very lightweight. The hat completely covers my head from the front and reaches around a low pony tail, which is why I love it. It is reflective too. The really cool part is how it folds. There are two creases on the bill, so it can completely fold up. And when you’re wearing the hat, the bill stays firm and in place. I was just trying to get a good price on a running hat, but I was pleasantly surprised by the high quality and features. I would recommend this hat. I’ll be getting another one for my friend." —Calista Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven colors).

    3. Or a high ponytail running cap (that *also* has UPF 50 protection!) so you can maintain your preferred hairstyle while still keeping the sun and sweat out of your eyes. This particular design even comes with two openings in the back for a high *or* mid-pony. 

    Model in a blue baseball cap with a high ponytail coming out of the back
    Model showing back of the hat where there's a cross hatch design to support a high ponytail

    Vimhue is an Arizona-based, woman-owned small business that specializes in uniquely engineered running hats. 

    Promising review: "Love it! Fun color, and functions well for what I'm looking for (hiking in hot weather). Would love if there were floral patterns in the future!" —jemusebouche

    Get it from Vimhue on Etsy for $29 or from Vimhue's site for $29 (available in 17 colors). 

    4. A set of cooling towels that get *instantly* chilly when you soak them in water and wring them out — a godsend whether you're wearing one around your neck outside or need a quick way to cool down when you get back. 

    model using the pink towel on their shoulder

    It also keeps its chill for hours and will immediately get chilly again when you soak it in water and repeat the process.

    Promising review: "Great for a summer workout. I live in Houston and play soccer. These are great for half time to try and keep myself cool. My teammates also like them." —Leanne Field

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $17.99

    5. A reviewer-beloved pair of high-waisted bike shorts that will instantly become your summer uniform — these lightly compressive shorts are super breathable for summer exercising *and* chilling, plus are totally squat-proof, help prevent thigh chafing, and even have sneaky side pockets for your phone and accessories.

    Person is wearing a white top and black biker shorts
    a reviewer mirror selfie of someone wearing a sports bra and the biker shorts

    I bought these for running last year and I am SO MAD whenever they're in the wash that I just bought several more pairs for summer — the material is nice and thick, so I thought they'd overheat, but they actually stay lightweight and cooling even on my longest runs. It has just the right amount of compression for a workout, but not so much that they're uncomfy to wear casually, either.

    Promising review: "Gone are the days of slathering Vaseline on my thighs before my long runs! These shorts don't slip down, they don't ride up, and they have pockets that actually fit my entire hand. I'm training for a summer race and these shorts seriously saved my life. Best running shorts by I've tried by far." —J. Madrian

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in women's sizes XS–3XL, three lengths, and in 44 colors). 

    6. Or a dependable pair of Under Armour bike shorts designed with a HeatGear fabric that wicks sweat and keeps your shorts odor-free.

    A model in high waist black bike shorts that fall mid thigh
    Model wearing them in red showing the back
    Amazon, Amazon

    Promising review: "I tried these out after my favorite shorts from Old Navy were discontinued and couldn't be happier. I'm an avid runner and have a hard time finding shorts that don't ride up. These were perfect! I bought these in medium and they didn't ride up too much and provided plenty of coverage. They feel very lightweight and dried pretty quickly after a run in the Florida heat and humidity. I'll definitely be purchasing more of these." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.80+ (available in women's sizes XS–XXL and five colors).

    7. Plus a pair of neon color-block bike shorts so unique and comfy that they'll become your ~signature workout look~ for the entire summer (and probably inspire more than a few '80s running playlists). 

    Model in high waist mid thigh-length bike shorts with one leg orange and the other leg hot pink

    Curtisbrands is an LA-based, woman-owned Etsy shop established in 2014 that specializes in fashion forward, comfortable apparel. 

    Promising review: "The shorts are so amazing and they make me feel like workout Barbie. The stitching is fantastic and the seller totally helped me out. She answered all my questions and even sent a pic of her in her pair of the shorts. They are so cute and comfy. They wick sweat really well and I stayed cool in them in the heat of Phoenix!" —Hannah Sampson

    Get it from Curtisbrands on Etsy for $18 (available in women's sizes S–2X). 

    8. A cropped workout tank with a padded built-in bra compressive enough to last you through low- and high-intensity workouts in the summer heat, but comfy enough that you might just buy more for everyday wear, too. 

    BuzzFeed editor in a pink strappy crop top
    Reviewer in the green version
    Emma Lord/BuzzFeed,

    TBH, this crossed my radar because of Stephanie Buttermore, a popular YouTuber who shares Stories of her gym routines on Instagram. I love it so much I now own it in black, pink, AND blue. They're basically my summer uniform now, because they're compressive enough for me to wear on long-distance runs in the park but comfy enough that I love to throw 'em on with high-waisted shorts for an easy summer fit. It is hot as all HECK in New York City in the summer, so finding something this comfy and breezy at this price point has been a total boon! 

    Promising review: "I just ordered this in three more colors, I love it so much! It’s comfy, soft, and has the perfect amount of support. Great for summer workouts or lounging with high wasted leggings. I am a C cup and the built in bra provides enough support for running, yoga, and gym workouts. I love it almost more than my Lulu tank!!" —julie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in women's sizes S-XXL and 19 colors).

    9. A set of affordable, highly popular (these have over 154,000 5-star reviews!!) waterproof wireless Bluetooth earbuds so you can queue up all your bops and enjoy them on your outdoor runs or workouts without worrying about drowning them in sweat or rain. (Seriously, y'all — these are so waterproof you can swim in them!) 

    These come with a wireless charging case that provides up to 14 hours of charge (with the earbuds able to play for 4+ hours with each full charge). The earbuds also come with different sizes so you can find your perfect fit, and have a built-in mic so you can chat on the phone. 

    Promising review: "I recently purchased two sets of these earbuds, one for my wife and one for me. We have really enjoyed them. I opted to go with these since they are waterproof and want to try them this summer while I swim laps. These have great sound and best of all no wires. Set up was a snap and, I did not realize but each time you put them back in storage box they charge. I have used them numerous time and they connect every time. I use them while hiking and working outside and I have enjoyed them a great deal. They come with a wide assortment of covers that help to get just the right fit. I would definitely recommend them as I have not been disappointed." —April

    Get it from Amazon $29.98+ (available in five colors).

    10. Or a pair of hooks for your AirPods to stop them from popping right out of your ears, then onto the sidewalk, then somehow rolling into traffic, then under the wheel of a Ford Explorer, and — well. If you also get sweaty ears in the summer, you get the gist.

    A reviewer wearing Apple Ear Buds with the hooks installed to keep them secure
    A closeup of the hooks on Ear Buds
    A close up of the books on Air Pods

    These also work great for wired EarPods!

    Promising review: "The Earhoox 2.0 are even better than the original. I use these everyday with my AirPods to run and even with the sweat, they stay securely in place. A must have for anyone who active and wants to be sure to keep their AirPods safely in place." —Damon

    Get a set of two pairs (one small, one large) from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    11. A hands-free portable neck fan you can charge with a USB and take along with you on outdoor hiking, biking, and lifting excursions to stay cool and minimize some of the sweat getting into your eyeballs. 

    Reviewer with two white fans propped around their neck
    Reviewer with black version

    It has three speeds to choose from and also lights up, making you more visible at night. Reviewers note that you should definitely put your hair in a ponytail (but that it's easy to unsnag if it gets caught).

    Promising review: "The MAIN reason I don’t exercise as much as I should is because I sweat so bad in my hair. I hate sweating my hair out and then having to wash, blow dry, flat iron....that’s just waaay too much! I purchased these honestly with high expectations and they did not disappoint!!! They kept me cool during my entire workout! I usually will have sweat running down and burning my eyes...not a single run!" —Nicole W

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six styles).

    12. A Cooldri performance tank with UPF 50+ protection designed with a lightweight fabric both wicks away sweat and dries rapidly, making it ideal for summer sweat seshes. 

    Reviewer wearing a purple tank top in the ocean
    Reviewer wearing it in black

    Promising review: "I give 5 stars. Great for working out in this summer heat, fast drying and comfortable." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.96+ (available in women's sizes 16-5X and eight colors). 

    13. Or a set of three lightweight racerback tanks with deep arm holes for extra breathability to make make errand running on especially hot days feel breezy as heck.

    A reviewer in a pink tank that falls mid-bottom and has a crewneck
    A reviewer in the gray version showing the deep racerback cut from behind

    Psst to anyone breastfeeding — lots of reviewers mentioned that the deep sleeves in this also made it easier to breastfeed at home!

    Promising review: "Wore one of the three shirts today for two workout videos. It is very light and airy, great for summer or indoor workouts. It feels very soft and love the big side cut outs. The colors are great, just like the pictures. Overall, I am very happy with this order and will most likely order the other colors." —R. Scott

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 10 color combos and women's sizes XS–XL).

    14. A stick of Body Glide anti-chafing balm you can apply between your thighs or under your sports bra to avoid all that skin irritation in ~hot spots~ you get from working out in the heat. 

    A model applying the balm to her inner thigh
    Model applying balm under a sports bra band
    Amazon, Amazon

    I swear by this to the point where if I can't find it in the morning on a summer run, I just won't go out, lololol. My boobs chafe SO BADLY under my sports bra bands, no matter what kind I'm wearing, but putting on a tiny bit of this before I leave works like a charm. Absolutely no more friction and no more going "OW OW OW" in the shower because my literal boob wounds were stinging.

    Promising review: "I had a terrible summer in Florida this year with the high temps and humidity and started to chafe every time I wore my sport bra (five times a week) so bad. It was painful and my skin was breaking in places all along my sport bra band. Powder and/or vaseline did not help. I found this product, and have not had even one episode of chafing once I started using it. it's easy to apply; i just put it anywhere my sports bra band touches front and back. haven't chafed not one time since i started using it." —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    15. Or a Body Glide balm for feet that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your running socks and shoes for summer days when you can't avoid some sweaty friction.

    A model rubbing balm on their heel
    Model rubbing balm on outside of big toe
    Amazon, Amazon

    A lot of reviewers also swear by this for breaking in new shoes! Not just sneakers and hiking boots but ~fashion~ boots and sandals and flats as well. 

    Promising review: "This stuff is awesome. As a serial sweater, I NEED this on my feet before every run, no matter how long or short. It doesn't feel heavy or slimy on my feet upon application and so far my feet have not had any friction or hot spots while running in the summer heat. HIGHLY recommend, especially for anyone who suffers from constant feet blisters." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    16. A set of popular wickaway sweatbands for a quick fix to stop the sweat from stinging your eyes (or worse, from leaking sunscreen into your eyes).

    A reviewer in a gray sweatband
    A reviewer photo showing the 10 colors the sweatbands come in

    Promising review: "Amazing quality! These are super soft and keep your head cool when working out! I couldn’t believe how well they work at wicking away moisture and staying cool! They came in a super nice box that will help me to not lose them — like I’m prone to. The colors are cute and the headbands aren’t too tight at all! They have nice stretch to them if you have a larger head. This is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made on Amazon! I’m so glad I bought these!" —Gypsigirl213

    Get a set of ten from Amazon for $17.99.

    17. A set of body cleansing wipes to instantly remove sweat, dirt, and all the smells that come with 'em if you're biking or power walking to work or to meet friends in the heat.

    The box of wipes
    Hustle Clean / Via

    Promising review: "These are amazing. They really do totally freshen you up after a hard workout or run. I live in New Orleans and even after a long summer run, if I am in a bind for time, I can use one of these and be totally confident regardless of where I need to go. Individually packaged so you can keep one in the car, one in the gym bag, one in the desk, etc. Great to have at work if you have an after work event and don't have time to run home and freshen up beforehand.  I have turned several of my friends and co-workers on to these." —Randy C 

    Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.97.

    18. A pair of internet-beloved Adidas ~Cloudfoam~ workout sneakers with a memory foam sock liner and stretchy mesh top to let your footsies breathe. 

    These are also slip-on and slip-off for easy access!

    Promising review: "Perfect shoes for low profile sneaker. These are super lightweight and flexible. I would say excellent for pavement running only as these are thin. I normally wear 8.5 but ordered an 8. I wear them barefoot mostly or low profile socks. Definitely would purchase again when I wear these out. They are light colored and neutral so I wear them all the time in summer. When they start to get dirty I throw them in the delicate speed wash and they stay looking new! Once dry, I spray with a shoe protector and let dry completely! This helps keep them looking better for longer!" —Shannon Sartors

    Get it from Amazon for $45+ (available in women's sizes 5–12 and 20 colors).

    19. Or a pair of FitKicks, a fast-drying minimalist athleisure shoe designed to be lightweight and breathable so they'll move with you. Reviewers use these for everything from kayaking to traveling to beach running to plain old lounging around the house. 

    Models wearing sock-like shoes in heathered gray, coral, and mint green colors
    The Grommet

    Psst — reviewers love these, but warn that they run small! 

    FitKicks is a woman-founded small business that specializes in adaptable athleisure shoes for summer and winter for use across indoor and outdoor activities to suit a range of lifestyles. 

    Promising review: "In a kayak, walking on a beach, on the sailboat, these FitKicks work beautifully keeping sand out of between my toes, the top of my foot covered to prevent sunburn and a firm gripping sole to keep me from slipping top side. i can slip them too inside of fins and they protect my feet from getting blisters when snorkeling. Light weight and easy to pack. I'm on my second pair!" —Janet 

    Get it from The Grommet for $24.95+ (available in women's sizes S–XL and four colors) or on Amazon for $19.99+ (available in women's sizes S–XL and five colors) or from FitKicks for $24.99 (available in women's sizes S–XL and 24 colors). 

    20. A nifty ventilated cooling cap with UPF 50 protection you can wear by itself or under a hat or helmet. It cools instantly when you get it wet, settling at 30 degrees below average body temperature in under 30 seconds. 

    Reviewer in black cooling cap
    Reviewer showing side profile of hat

    Promising review: "Worked for my daily runs ... use it as sun protection and it does have a cooler feeling against skin than running without it. Would buy again." —ocamach 

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in four styles). 

    21. A set of popular moisture-wicking exercise socks to keep your feet cool and help prevent blisters on long, sweaty days in the heat. 

    The white socks modeled on feet

    I've had a set of these since April 2020 and not only have they held up for over a year, but they have kept my VERY blister- and chafing-prone feet snug and moisture-wicked since the day I got them. I bought two more packs of them over 2020 and they've essentially phased out any of my other socks, because they're extremely comfortable to boot. As a runner who clocks in 40+ miles a week and often in some "yikes!" summer heat, I cannot recommend these socks enough. 

    Promising review: "Great running socks! I got these for the tab in the back that fits high enough in my running shoes to eliminate blisters. These definitely handle moisture, even in the Florida heat." —Leslie Cornwall

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in four color combos and sizes S–L).

    22. A sleek pair of sports sunglasses designed to stay put on your head without hurting your temples — a perfect way to get sun protection *and* flex a casual "cast me in your action movie" look at the same time.

    Promising review: "Bought these for running, 10/10. They are lightweight and fit just snug enough to make them feel secure but not uncomfortable. The wrap-around lens gives excellent sun protection. The case is very durable and keeps them clean and secure when not in use. While I bought these for running I have started to use them when mowing the lawn as they give such good coverage over the eyes when on the zero turn. I have been a runner since junior high and still enjoy it. I run typically three times a week. These are the best running sunglasses I have ever used. I also like the look of the orange reflective tint. I may just buy another pair for the tractor and leave one pair dedicated to running. In short would definitely buy again." —mark gosling

    Get it from Amazon for $21.98 (available in 12 styles). 

    23. hydration backpack for runners and hikers going longer distances, which has a rubber "bladder" installed in it and a tube you can drink the water from without ever breaking your stride.

    A runner with the backpack on

    The straps are also comfy and adjustable and made with a machine-washable nylon fabric that won't overheat you. *Plus*, it comes with storage for things like keys, credit cards, and ever important snacky snacks.

    Promising review: "This pack was purchased for going on local hikes with the dogs in the hot summers of LA. Enough room for a small emergency & first aid kit and my phone along with enough water for the hike, seems just right. I bought the orange to also be seen on the trails, where I don't really want to blend in and be camouflaged! As long as it holds up over repeated usage, this will prove to be a great purchase." —Fixer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98 (available in five colors).