Atlanta Trails shirts: locally made & inspired by great Georgia adventures

The Coolcore ‘Crush It’ Short Sleeve Tee and ‘Strider’ Shorts are lightweight, moisture-wicking and offer chemical-free cooling that works wonders in the heat – and they’ve quickly become our favorite pieces for running and hiking.

We’ve loved hitting the trail in Coolcore’s line of cooling running apparel. The chemical-free material activates as soon as we start to sweat and instantly cools against our skin, keeping us cool when the temps rise and workout intensity peaks. Unlike other cooling fabric, Coolcore builds the cooling technology into the material, so it continues to work wash after wash. And the excellent wicking properties of the material make the ‘Crush It’ tee a great base layer for cool weather adventures as well.

Our favorite apparel for warm-weather runs: Coolcore cooling fabric instantly cools when the temperatures rise

Coolcore apparel is pretty much perfect when summer’s swelter sets into the South, and our shorts and tee have kept us solidly cool on warm-weather runs on trails throughout the Southeast. Both pieces are so lightweight and comfortable we barely notice they’re on. And in addition to chemical-free cooling technology, the shorts and tee provide up to 30+ UPF sun protection. Paired with our FITS running socks and Hoka One One Challenger ATR3 shoes, we have the confidence to tackle any trail in the South.

Coolcore ‘Strider’ shorts

The ‘Strider’ Shorts offer a comfortable inner mesh lining, soft elastic waistband, and an inner drawcord for a customized fit. A short rise on each leg features a mesh panel for ultimate breathability and excellent range of motion. The ‘Strider’ lets us keep up the pace and doesn’t hold us back with an uncomfortable fit. And a reflective strip and logo help with visibility during early morning or evening runs.

Our favorite women's running shorts for summer: Coolcore cooling fabric makes the Strider Short our warm-weather favorite

In addition to the cooling properties of these shorts, we really love the zippered pocket on the back with enough room for a few GU Energy Gels on long runs, keys, and ID. The zipper lays flat when not in use and stays securely closed which gives us peace of mind that what we were carrying won’t fall out.

Coolcore ‘Crush It’ short sleeve tee

Constructed of stretchy fabric with mesh panels the Coolcore ‘Crush It’ Short Sleeve Tee allows for maximum breathability, ventilation, and range of motion. We’ve found the tee to be perfect for keeping cool on hiking, backpacking, or trail running adventures. We also love the stylish, geometric patterns created with the mesh panels which improves the overall look and function of the shirt.

Coolcore running shorts and shirts: our trail-tested review of this innovative line of cooling apparel

The tee is fitted and flattering without being tight. We love the cut of the sleeve which is long enough to offer our shoulders protection from the sun and stylish enough to wear it into town to yoga class or the brewery. Just like the shorts, the material is chemical free, sweat-activated, and offers UPF sun protection. The tee also features reflective details for maximum visibility in low light situations.

The ‘Crush It’ Tee is also the perfect base layer, and we find ourselves reaching for it every chance we get, especially on those cool mornings and evenings when we’re at a campsite after a long day on the trail.

Chemical-free cooling shorts and shirts for warm-weather workouts: our Coolcore review

Coolcore also offers men’s shirts and shorts featuring the same chemical-free cooling technology as the women’s line.

Coolcore review wrap up

We’ve been super impressed with Coolcore’s line of cooling shirts and shorts. The chemical-free cooling, UPF sun protection, and comfortable fit keep us cool and on the go whether we’re tackling a challenging day hike or putting in the miles on a long trail run.

So where can I find them?

While we received samples to test, all opinions above are our own, and based on our own, trail-tested experience. Some links on Trailful are affiliate links, which means that the merchant might pay us a commission if you purchase a product after clicking our links, at no extra cost to you. We only recommend gear that we personally use and love.
Thanks for your support! - the Trailful crew

Caroline Whatley

Caroline Whatley is a freelance writer and photographer at Authentic Asheville. She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but has called western North Carolina home for the last fifteen years. She loves hiking, running, backpacking, swimming and cycling and is on a mission to find new adventures in the South.