When I first started running back in 2011, I had no idea where to shop for my running clothes, let alone what to buy! Internet shopping really wasn’t a thing, which made it that more difficult to find affordable running gear.
Luckily for us runners, there are plenty of places to buy high quality and affordable running gear in 2020. So whether you’re at the start of your running journey or you’re a seasoned runner looking for new inspiration, this post has got you covered.
Here are the 5 best websites to buy affordable running gear.
The 5 best websites to buy affordable running gear
Best for the basics: Sports Direct
If you’re sticking to a budget and want to find some basic, affordable running gear, then Sports Direct offers a range of good quality gear that won’t break the bank.
They have a good range of running gear from brands like Nike and Adidas, and more affordable brands like Karrimoor. Many runners start off their running journey with brands like Karrimoor, then sample other brands once they have a few more runs under their belt.
I still own my Karrimoor running socks and running leggings that I bought from Sports Direct all those years ago as a beginner runner.
Note that Sports Direct do not offer refunds for goods bought in store. You can only get a credit note or exchange. Items purchased online qualify for a full refund within 28 days, provided it has not been used or fitted.
Best for a bargain: Decathlon
Decathlon is a favourite of many runners looking for affordable running gear. You can buy a pair of running leggings for as little as £5.99 from their website.
Instead of selling high street brands and Nike and Adidas, Decathlon have their own range of running gear. My recommended ranges are Kalenji and Kiprun where you can find everything from running leggings and running tops to water bottles and hats.
Decathlon also sell their own range of home gym equipment should you be in the market for some dumbbells or kettlebells for a home workout.
Best for run, cycle and tri gear: Wiggle
Wiggle started out as a small independent bike shop in 1995 in Portsmouth, UK. Since then, it has become one of the world’s largest online fitness stores, selling predominantly run, cycle, tri and swim gear.
You will find some of the world’s biggest brands on Wiggle, as well as small, specialist brands. Wiggle take pride in sourcing, testing and delivering the best sports equipment there is.
So if you’re into cycling and swimming as well as running, Wiggle have all your gear needs covered.
Best for big name brands: Runners Need
Founded by runner Chris Bould in 1982 in Camden, London, Runners Need has grown to over 40 stores nationwide in Great Britain and Northern Ireland and has more than 8 million people training and racing.
Whether you’re in the market for a windproof running jacket or running socks, Runners Need sell all the essential running gear you should need. They stock a lot of the big name running brands like Saucony, Brooks and New Balance, as well as technology brands like Garmin.
They offer free delivery over £50 and if you’re unsure about a purchase, they have a 100 day returns policy giving you that extra piece of mind.
Best for stylish running gear: TK Maxx
One of my favourite places to buy affordable running gear is TK Maxx. It’s such a great place to buy big name brands for little prices.
To date, I have bought about four pairs of running leggings from TK Maxx, from brands like Under Armour and Reebok. I also bought my Adidas waterproof running jacket from TK Maxx years ago which is still going strong.
TK Maxx also offer a great range of stylish athleisure wear from brands like Elle and Pineapple for those times when you want to lounge around in your running leggings.
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Where do you like to shop for your running gear? Comment below!