A little layering goes a long way when the mercury drops.
Written by: Cielestia Calbay
And with new innovations in cold weather fitness apparel, you can forget about heavy and oversized clothing that slow you down. The key to cold weather running is layering to trap body heat while still allowing sweat to escape.
Whether you’re in the mountains, along the coast or elsewhere, these tried and tested winter gear options will keep you running safely and comfortably in frosty temperatures.
Outdoor Research Havoc Jacket, $225
This lightweight technical jacket makes a great third layer in frosty temperatures. It utilizes synthetic insulation that keeps you warm without the bulk and can stand up to damp and windy conditions.
Under Armour Cold Gear Colorblock Tights, $60
These tights kill two birds with one stone, as they keep you warm and aid in recovery. They are made from a double-sided fabric that controls odor, wicks moisture and circulates body heat while utilizing compression technology to support and reduce fatigue in your leg muscles.
Kako Ice Trekkers Chains, $20
Don’t let a little ice ruin your next run. These ice grippers are like snow chains for your running shoes, as they provide traction when walking or running on slick surfaces. The rubber sling remains flexible even in sub-zero temperatures and stays securely on the foot in deep snow.
Mizuno Breath Thermo Stretch Crew, $60
This long-sleeved crew has an insulating fabric that adapts to your body temperature, keeps you warm and wicks away moisture. The two-way stretch gives it a thin, lightweight feel, while strategically placed seams provide support to targeted muscle groups.
X-Running Gore-Tex Active Shell Jacket, $300
This lightweight, short sleeve jacket will protect you against the wind while still allowing heat and sweat to escape to prevent overheating and chills. It has a slim fit and comes with a hood to shield your head on rainy days.
Lululemon Brisk Run Ear Warmers, $24
Unlike some headbands that barely cover your head, these cozy ear warmers provide a lot of warmth from your ears to your forehead. While it’s a one-sized product, we still recommend going into the store and trying on different pairs to find one that fits snug.
Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Stretch Crew, $35
Aside from shoes and a hat, the best way to preserve body heat and to stay dry when running in snowy, windy and frigid conditions is to wear the right base layer, and the rapid-wicking Capilene crew from Patagonia gets it right. With a rib-knit collar that’s silky soft against the skin and offset side seams, runners can count on staying chafe free. Air flows freely thanks to open knit construction and a relaxed, yet slender fit. Bonus: The top's outfitted with odor control technology.
The North Face Torpedo Jacket, $89
Whether you prefer morning or evening runs, this all-weather waterproof jacket keeps the wind and moisture out and the heat in, while its reflective elements and glow-in-the-dark zipper ensures visibility.
Ibex Zepher Beanie, $25
On cold days, it’s reported we lose 40 percent of our heat from our head. This form-fitting Merino-blend performance beanie can be worn alone or layered under a helmet.
Sugoi Unisex Firewall LT Gloves, $35
These windproof gloves have a pre-curved, ergonomic fit, comfort grip and slip-on wrist cuff that doesn’t inhibit movement. 3M Scotchlite reflective elements make the glove perfect for a night run. A size medium is the average size for women while large is the average for men.
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