After a hot, humid run, it feels great to jump in the shower and wash away the grime and sweat. Running clothes need the equivalent of that refreshing shower, or they’re liable to retain that “runner’s funk” smell forever, no matter how often they’re washed.

Ironically, the clothes that keep runners the coolest are also the ones most likely to stay smelly, because the high-tech wicking fabrics are doing their job by moving sweat from the body to the clothes. While the moisture evaporates, the bacterial component of sweat stays behind, stuck to the fabric by body oils, to grow into a larger and smellier colony that can outsmart the humans doing laundry.

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