Cold Weather Gear: Your Winter Running Survival Checklist

Seven essentials for warm and cozy winter running

Sure, maybe wintertime isn’t the most ideal season for running outside, but just because the chilly temperatures don’t compare to a milder climate like in fall or spring, doesn’t mean you have to put your running routine on hold. Or worse, switch over to the treadmill.

With the right gear and proper layering running during the winter can actually be quite cozy and even enjoyable.

Not exactly sure what you’ll need to stay warm and dry? Below we’ve listed seven items that are essential for surviving the winter as a runner.

1. Pearl Izumi Men’s/ Women’s Ultra Thermal Top 

Pearl Izumi designed this cozy, midweight outer layer with an especially soft interior so that you can wear it on its own or over a base layer. With Thermal Lite front, back and underarm panels and internal fist mitt this half-zip is sure to keep you dry and warm during any outdoor winter workout.; $100

2. Darn Tough ¼ Sock, Light Cushion

Darn Tough socks are essential for winter running for two simple reasons: they’re comfortable and they’re warm. Constructed with fine gauge Merino Wool, these lightweight socks offer unquestionable warmth without weighing you down.; $17

3. Asics Thermopolis® LT Tight

With a warm pair of thermal tights like the Thermopolis® LT from Asics (made for both women and men), you won’t be sad to pack your running shorts away. (At least for a little while, anyway.) And not only will they keep you warm, but they’ll help make sure that you’re seen. Featuring silver or ombre reflective tape you’ll be able to run outside safely at any hour of the day.; $60

4. Under Armour ColdGear ® Fitted Long Sleeve Mock

Made for men and women, this long sleeve base layer from Under Armour’s ColdGear® line is an absolute must for wintertime running. It’s fitted enough so that you can layer it under any outwear piece but also flexible so you won’t feel constricted. Plus, according to Under Armour, the feather-light ColdGear® fabric is designed to keep athletes dry and warm, “even when it’s cold enough to hurt.”; $50

5. The North Face Runners1 ETIP™ Glove

These versatile gloves feature touch-screen compatibility, a moisture-wicking fleece jersey inner layer and a reflective exterior for added visibility while running in the dark. And for even colder climates, these pair well with the Runners 3 OverMitt (also pictured above).; $25-$35

6. Yak Trax

These easy-to-attach traction accessories make snowy or icy roads an invalid excuse. Designed to provide 360 degrees of underfoot protection, Yak Trax offer balance and stability over any type of winter element.; $39.00

7. "Urban" with Headphones

These convenient ear warmers with built-in headphones make playlist powered winter running easy by combining two pieces of gear into one. And not only will they keep you connected to your music, but a multi-layer, wind-resistant design will ensure that your ears stay warm at all times.; $35