What does it mean to be “in the zone” on a run? No one quite knows how we get there, but we all know what it feels like. One thing’s certain, though: Having the right apparel for your environment can make entering that sacred headspace much easier. There’s specific high-performance gear made for various types of weather and terrain, to keep your body protected and your mind on the benefits of the run. Check out these options from On, tailored specifically to the different environments that move you.
For mountain running...
Mountain trails and their bumpy terrain are notoriously tough on trainers. Enter the Cloudvista, whose Swiss-engineered Superfoam provides cushioning against rocks and uneven surfaces. Made from more than 70 percent recycled polyester, these lightweight kicks encourage flexibility and protection, so you can focus on your mindset rather than your aching feet.
Nothing breaks a groove like a cold front, and mountain elevation means temperatures can drop without warning—even on a sunny day. On’s zipped hoodie is adaptable to the weather. Unzip it (or wear it around your waist) during the heat of the day. When the windchill sets in, zip up and continue running.
Running in the mountains can be a supremely meditative experience, but it’s important to safeguard every part of your body to achieve maximal euphoria. The Lumos Neck Gaiter features a lightweight brushed-fleece lining to keep your neck warm. And you can easily extend the flexible fabric to cover your mouth and prevent chapped lips.
For beach running...
Leave the world behind and let your mind wander with the waves. On’s sprinter shorts are skintight and breathable, so you can glide among the coastal breezes without retaining the sun’s heat. Five pockets (plus a key loop) provide ample storage space.
Don’t let sweat weigh you down as you float into runner’s high. The mesh back of this ultra-light tee helps your body breathe, while the taped seams prevent chafing. Stash energy gel packs in the small pocket in the rear.
Any beachgoer worth their salt (or sand) knows how vulnerable an exposed scalp is in the sun. This cap’s visor provides shade cover, while the breathable fabric keeps your head from overheating. The flexible design fits any head shape.
For forest running...
A rainy run in the woods is as peaceful as it gets, but you don’t want to get soaked. Windproof and water-resistant, this jacket provides protection against whatever weather the forest throws at you. Ventilated underarms and lightweight fabric disperse sweat. The best part? It’s made from 100 percent recycled materials.
These two-in-one shorts are the definition of flexible, with a skintight base layer underlining a loose-fitting, quick-drying outer layer. Wear them separately or together; hidden pockets provide surplus storage.
Made from moisture-wicking material, these tights have an adjustable waistband to fit perfectly to your body. Two pockets—one on the side for your phone and another in the back—provide enough storage that your mind won’t be distracted by worrying questions like “Where did I leave my phone?...”
For city running...
For urban running, you need a shoe that absorbs the impact of concrete streets. That’s where the Cloudsurfer delivers. Its cushioned footbed makes jogging on pavement feel like you’re, well, surfing the clouds. This shoe is made of 30 percent recycled material.
The On Performance Bra sports performance-optimized material to wick moisture away quickly. The elevated neckline provides extra coverage, and the mesh backlining keeps you from overheating in the concrete jungle.
Channeling a peaceful mindset in the city can be difficult, and ill-fitting clothing doesn’t help. These lightweight shorts feature an adjustable waistband so you won’t worry about a too-tight—or worse, too-loose—fit around the torso. There’s also an added key loop.
For wherever you’re running...
Peace of mind is hard to find. No matter the environment, you can get mentally prepared for your run by downloading the Ope_n x On breathwork series. It contains breathing exercises and soundscapes to encourage a smooth transition into the right headspace before you hit the pavement or trails. The first 30 days are free.