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Cool sportswear

Cool sportswear

Feeling sticky and sweaty in your sports top in the summer heat? Thankfully the latest fabric technology has come up trumps again, with fitness brands such as Nike paving the way for fresh fitness wear.

The changeable UK climate make comfortable sportwear a tricky thing for us to get right. From heatwaves one day to gales the next, who really knows what to buy to stay cool (but not too cold), dry, and still looking great?

So we’ve taken a look at what’s around and have selected some of the best performance pieces we reckon will help you look hot and stay cool this summer.


This fantastic Bonded T-Shirt £31.99 has blocked jersey and mesh sleeves allowing air to circulate and ergonomic seams which move naturally with you, helping to avoid rubbing.  The front panel is soft and silky while the adjustable waist cord gives you the choice to hang free and loose or show off your trim waist. The flattering fit means it’s an ideal choice for fashion, as well as fitness.


We think of wool as being warm and itchy. But in fact the fibres of wool are exactly what you need to keep cool. The right wool, such as Tech Knit wicks moisture away from the body and allows for fluctuating internal and external temperatures as you work out. 

The Tech Knit Crew Men’s Top £115, has a soft, stretchy fabric that moves with your body. The micro-mesh raglan style sleeves offer ventilation with good coverage, meaning you are guaranteed to feel comfortable whatever the weather decides to do.


We’ve all experienced the rain pouring down just as we’ve dashed out the door in our trainers. But who really wants to wear an anorak in the summer? The solution is a light, waterproof layer that won’t drag you down whilst keeping you dry.

Enter Hypermesh Gilet, £66.49. Its innovative style features a two-way zip which allows you to custom your own ventilation. Roomy, sleeveless arm holes and side slits help it hang loosely and stylishly.  Stretchy, mesh fabric makes it a joy to move in. And there’s even a hood.


The most innovative techonology for the steamiest days is Columbia’s Omni-freeze. Designed for hot weather, the fabric reacts to your sweat to lower the material’s temperature, keeping you cool in the heat.

The women’s Omni Freeze Short Sleeve Top come in a variety of colours and has ergonomic seams for comfort on the move. While temperatures in this country may not top 30 degrees regularly, anyone travelling overseas may welcome the ‘prolonged cooling sensation’ that Columbia claim will be experienced.


the author

Kath Webb

Kath is a contributing writer for Hussle. Football, running, weight training, yoga and walking are her forte, along with cooking tasty, nutritious food - with a regular batch of cake chucked in.