The best women’s running tops: for staying cool and dry on the trails in all conditions€

Let’s face it, gone are the days when you’d be willing to shrug on an old cotton t-shirt for a run. Running gear has come a long way in recent years and when you’re heading out on the trails, you want something that’s going to support your performance in all conditions. The best women’s running tops help to regulate your temperature on a long run, wick away sweat and never get in the way of your movement.

Naturally, if you’re a regular trail runner, you’ll want to have a few different running tops at hand to keep you protected from icy winds or cool in summer. Some of us prefer long sleeves over short sleeves and others are die-hard vest wearers no matter the season. Some women’s running tops are made using eco-friendly, sustainable materials and others rely on the durability of synthetic fabrics for long-lasting performance. The one thing all running tops seem to have in common in versatility, whether they can double as a base layer for a cold winter hike or serve as a yoga tank on the mat, meaning you always get more for your money. 

Some of us prefer long sleeved running tops over short sleeves and others are die-hard vest wearers no matter the season (Image credit: Silva)

The good news? With our pick of the best women’s running tops, there’s something for everyone. We tested out the best women’s running tops and recommend the ones that perform the best, and still look and feel great on a trail run. You can pair yours with the best women’s trail running shoes and running leggings to get the most out of your high-speed adventures. 

Best women’s running tops: long sleeves for cold weather 

Black Diamond LS rhythm tee women's

Black Diamond claim their Long Sleeve Rhythm t-shirt is the world’s lightest ultimate high output, breathable layer  (Image credit: Black Diamond)

This ultra-lightweight, fast-drying top combines natural and synthetic fabric so it breathes better, dries fast and moves with you


RRP: $110 (US) / €80 (UK)

Style: Long sleeve crew base layer

Sizes (women’s): XS-XL

Weight: 104 g / 3.6 oz

Materials: Wool Nylon Blend Single Jersey (57% Nylon, 43% Merino Wool, 95gsm)

Colors: Black, Pewter

Compatibility: Trail running, hiking, camping, skiing, snowshoeing

Reasons to buy


Ultra lightweight


Highly breathable




Quick drying

Reasons to avoid

Pricey for the casual runner

Wide neck may not be as warm for some conditions

No thumb holes

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