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There is more to athletic performance than what your body is capable of doing. In fact, how you perform is very much dependent on the elements surrounding you – air temperature, wind, sunshine and humidity. If you are looking for even the most subtle of results, you will likely become more aware of how to create a sense of consistency in an inconsistent environment. This is where performance clothing comes into play. The following sports gear items are telling of how much thought the performance industry has put into your athletic prowess.

I don’t put much thought into my daily workout routine – I slip on an outfit comprised of a free t-shirt from middle school, airy shorts and a head band, and then I hit the ground running. Even though I’ve been running for years, it has only recently come to mind that I could take my athleticism even further with the right gear. Here are some of my favorite pieces of sports gear that I stumbled upon and have heard great things about. Get ready to sweat!

1. Juggler Knickers

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These jogging pants offer incredible support, from the inside out. They combined the benefits of compression and the power of an ice bath in one garment. It includes strategically placed icing pockets and reusable ice inserts in order to transition quickly from performance compression and an active recovery system. It includes superior moisture wicking, antimicrobial silvertech fabric and five 110-percent reusable ice inserts. Buy for $150.

2. Oakley Fast Jacket

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These performance sunglasses allow you to change your lens optics depending on the environment. The spectrum of light offered by any given day, from sunrise to sunset, is highly varied and will affect your athletic performance if you aren’t prepared to adapt. These sunglasses do the work for you. You can switch out the lenses quickly and easily. The technology locks the lenses in place with a quick-release system. Buy for $220.

3. Patagonia Merino 2 Lightweight T-Shirt

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This T-shirt is not only comfortable but is made with a versatile merino base layer fabric designed to keep you dry. It controls odors, regulates body temperature and stretches. The shirt is made for both men ($56) and women (49).

4. Vapor Glove Shoe

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This Merrell shoe is one of a kind – it allows you to feel like you’re running barefoot while protecting your feet from the elements. The Vapor Glove is harnessed with zero-drop cushioning, which enables feet to have full ground contact, and an all-mesh upper, which helps to ventilate heat and reduce moisture. The shoe also naturally prevents odor. Buy for women or men for $80, each.

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Photo Credit: Jamie Williams, 110%, Oakley, Patagonia, Merrell