Stay comfortable when running in cold conditions.
Just because the weather outside is frightful doesn’t mean you have to confine yourself to the treadmill all winter long. 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 winter gear options will keep you running comfortably in frosty temperatures.
UNDER ARMOUR COLD GEAR COLORBLOCK TIGHTS
$60 | www.underarmour.com
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.
X-RUNNING GORE-TEX ACTIVE SHELL JACKET
$300 | www.gore-tex.com
This lightweight, short sleeve jacket protects you from wind while 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.
YAKTRAX PRO TRACTION CLEATS
$30 | www.yaktrax.com
Don’t let a little ice ruin your run. These ice grippers conform to the shape of your shoe for traction when walking or running on slick surfaces. The spikeless and lightweight design makes these easy to put on and take off.
PATAGONIA CAPILENE 1 SILKWEIGHT STRETCH CREW
$35 | www.patagonia.com
A great way to preserve body heat and to stay dry in 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 soft on 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.
LULULEMON BRISK RUN WOMEN’S TOQUE
$24 | www.lululemon.com
It’s reported that we lose 40 percent of heat from our head. Designed as a base layer to keep heads and ears warm, this toque has a stretchy, slim fit that works great as an extra layer under helmets and hoods, and features a ponytail hole.
THE NORTH FACE TORPEDO JACKET
$89 | www.thenorthface.com
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.
This piece first appeared in the December issue of Competitor magazine.