Fall running gear

We road-test the coolest new fall running gear
Asics Men�s ARD Jacket Come on, Chicago winter, what have you got to throw at us? We�ll slip on this subtly stylish all-weather jacket for late fall and early winter runs and expect it to see us through for years. $90 at Fleet Feet, 1620 N Wells St (312-587-3338).
Brooks LSD Light Jacket II Light as a feather, but powerful: This guy keeps you comfortable on drizzly, windy or cool days. And�major bonus�it folds up into its own pocket, so it�s the ideal travel piece to stash in your luggage this fall. $75 at brooksrunning.com.
Adidas Men�s Climacool Ride In this year�s field of lighter-than-air options, this one leads the pack: It�s quick and energetic, but also supportive enough to assume the role of our every-morning shoe. $90 at shopadidas.com.
New Balance NBx 5" Men�s Short These high-tech running shorts are anti-microbial, have a zip pocket in the back for our keys and are a medium-length square cut for those days when we�re feeling a bit more modest. $45 at shopnewbalance.com.
Splash_PhotoNike LunarGlide 3 Of all the swooshes we�ve tried, this lightweight but supportive sneaker is our fave. The foam in the footbeds molds to your peds, so you literally have a custom fit after a couple of runs. Plus, we�re psyched to show our city pride with the limited-edition Chicago pair available just in time for the marathon. $100 at Niketown, 669 N Michigan Ave (312-642-6363) .
Puma Men�s Run Tee Here�s the running shirt you look forward to putting on: It feels good, it looks good, and with its slim, flattering fit, it reminds you that you�re in (reasonably) good shape. Use it as a layering piece all winter long. $38 at Puma, 108 N State St (312-263-9006).
Puma Graphic Women�s Long Running Tights These are the perfect lightweight, transition tights as cooler autumn temps settle in. After spending the past ten winters in plain black tights, this colorful, patterned pant put a spring in our step. One caveat: The waist sits low, so if you like more coverage in your running tights, you might find yourself yanking these up. $60 at Puma, 108 N State St (312-263-9006).
By John Dugan and Liz Plosser |