With fall upon us, we’ve been adding more layers to our morning and evening runs. To get us through these chillier months, we checked out some of the industry’s newest apparel for cold-weather running. Decking ourselves out in thick tights, rain-repellant shells and warm jackets for the past few weeks, we found the best athletic attire to add to your closet this autumn.
Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker (Unisex) – $80
Until winter hits, we haven’t officially made the transition from light layers to thick ones, so these Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker half- and full-zip unisex windbreakers are a nice addition to our fall wardrobes. Designed in a variety of unique color combinations, these jackets have a very retro look to them that we love. Water-resistant and ideal for windy conditions, we found the windbreakers to be the perfect combination of style and function.
Reebok Running Essentials Long Sleeve Tee (Women’s) – $35
This long-sleeved tee from Reebok offers a good level of both warmth for cold runs and breathability once those runs start to heat up. The back features a mesh panel to allow cool air to come through and offers a flattering cut that makes it easy to wear while exercising or just out and about running errands. Because of its material though, it doesn’t have a lot of stretch to it, so be sure to try it on and mimic the motions you’ll be doing in it to get a feel for how it’ll move.
Under Armour Outrun The Storm Jacket (Men’s) – $100
UA’s Outrun The Storm series is all about keeping you dry. Created to be “super” water-resistant, this slim-fitting jacket repels water without losing breathability. Made with 84 percent polyester and 16 percent elastane, it has good stretch to it that prevents you from feeling restricted while on runs. The sweat-wicking material also dries fast and was designed with technology to prevent the growth of odor-causing microbes.
Icebreaker Bodyfitzone 150 Zone Leggings (Men’s & Women’s) – $90
You’ll probably find us in these base layer tights during camping adventures this fall. Made from 83 percent Merino wool, the Icebreaker Bodyfitzone 150 Zone Leggings are comfortable, lightweight and great for chilly autumn temperatures that haven’t quite hit winter lows yet. With its mapped insulation and heat dumping zones, the tights feature mesh panels along the areas that get the hottest while also ensuring you’re trapping in the heat everywhere else.
Brooks Cascadia Thermal Running Vest (Men’s & Women’s) – $110
We have a feeling that Brooks’ wind- and water-resistant running vest is one we’ll be pulling out of our closets all season long. Not only does it have a good, comfortable fit, but it’s designed to keep you warm without overheating your body on long runs. As far as features go, it includes front zip pockets with an inner security pocket, reflectivity panels in front and back and a headphone anchor zipper pull. It runs a tad on the smaller side, so size up if you like a more loose fit.
Cotopaxi Paray Lightweight Jacket (Men’s) – $100
The cool thing about this lightweight nylon shell is that if you’re not wearing it, it packs down into its interior chest pocket for compact travel. Made for light, rainy weather and windy conditions, Cotopaxi’s Paray Lightweight Jacket is a good choice for fall running but you’ll want something warmer come winter. With its elastic binding at the hem, hood and cuffs with thumbholes, the jacket stayed in place on runs and blocked out the chilly evening air during night workouts. For pockets, you’ll find two in the front along with a chest unit and a key pouch inside the left side interior.
Kari Traa Tove Jacket (Women’s) – Around USD $180
If you haven’t heard of Kari Traa yet, it’s a European sportswear company formed by its namesake—a champion freestyle skier and three-time Olympic medalist—that was created just for women. The brand’s Tove jacket is a slim-fitting top that features water- and wind-resistant panels on the shoulders, upper sleeve and hood. We loved the insulation in the jacket and the thick reflective strips on the cuffs and back that make you easier to spot on evening runs. The strips on the cuff though make that area more snug, so if you regularly wear a sports watch, it makes getting your hand through a little trickier.
Daehlie Winter Tights (Women’s) – Around USD $130
Made with Merino wool, these Daehlie winter racing tights are ideal for runs once the temperatures really start to drop. They’re also just extremely comfortable and we found ourselves keeping these on long after our workouts were completed. The front of the pants includes a separate thin layer of wind and water resistant material that stretches down to the knees, acting as an additional shell for cold runs. On the sides, mesh panels allow for added breathability. The front and back sides also include reflectivity features and blue color-blocked segments on the back of the lower legs.
Reebok Classic Vector Tracktop (Men’s) – $75
We love a good retro style, and Reebok’s Classic Vector Tracktop is taking us back to the ‘70s a la Steve Prefontaine. The color-blocked zip-up features a full-length zipper, elastic binding at the hem and two hand pockets in front. The jacket kept us warm during chilly runs in the Midwest while also proving to offer enough breathability to not overwhelm us during warmer San Diego sessions.
TNF Nordic Ventrix Jacket (Mens & Women’s) – $160
The thing about fall temperatures is that one minute you’re cold, the next you’re hot. And it’s hard to know exactly how to dress until the weather settles on those colder degrees. We loved The North Face’s Nordic Ventrix jacket because it’s thin and breathable enough to wear during the day, but also keeps you warm when the nighttime breezes starts to blow through. It also features a flattering slim fit with an asymmetrical zipper. While on runs, the sleeves have enough give that you won’t feel trapped in while pumping your arms back and forth. The collar also features a doubling layer affect and buttons that keep it securely locked in around your neck to trap in heat.
Oiselle Homerun Half Zip – $78
The fit and style of Oiselle’s half zip is a semi-fitted top made with a polyester/spandex blend this super soft and cozy. In front, an asymmetrical zipper adds a little playfulness to the sweatshirt, and in the back a horizontal storage pocket that is large enough to carry both keys and gels with you on your run. With thumbholes to keep it in place, the sweatshirt moves well on runs. Although it’s not the best sweat-wicking material, we found it to be a good option for shorter runs to keep our body temperature up and regulated.