There’s often confusion about what constitutes “the best” activewear or work-out gear, and while plenty of excellent arguments can be made for clothing that’s breathable, anti-bacterial, or that wicks sweat away from your body—the real answer is that the best gear is what works for you.


Lately, I’ve been testing out the Arc’teryx Soria Long Line Bra and Essent High-Rise Short on my adventures both close to home and far away. Both are breathable and stretchy enough to be comfortable all day whether you’re hardcore hitting the trail or going for a quick run in the streets around your home.


The Soria Long Line Bra is made from a stretch nylon interlock fabric that’s 71 percent nylon and 29 percent elastane (and Bluesign approved). The fabric is treated with a durable anti-odor finish. While it’s stretchy, it also recovers well, so doesn’t retain a stretched-out shape after a lot of wear. The bra provides medium support for B-D cup sizes and has removable cups. The smooth, durable knit is comfortable to wear next to skin all day, and can be easily worn as a first layer or can stand alone.


The Essent High-Rise Short comes in three lengths—3.5 inches, 5 inches, and 8 inches—so you can choose the length you prefer. It’s made from the same stretch nylon interlock fabric that’s highly abrasion resistant, breathes, and has great stretch. The high-rise stretch-mesh waistband wicks moisture and is comfortable enough to wear through a day-long adventure. The short has two easily accessible low-profile thigh pockets, as well.


The Soria Long Line Bra comes in three colors: vitality (blue), revel (gold), and black (no need to explain that one!). It lists for $70 on the Arc’teryx site. The 8-inch version of the Essent High-Rise Short comes in labyrinth (dark green), revel (gold), Jupiter (dark rose), and black, and also lists for $70 on the Arc’teryx site.