Once the cold weather strikes, many people tend to avoid running outside. They may hit the gym or workout at home instead. But the truth is that winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year, and running during this season is an experience like no other. It offers spectacular views, incredible scenery, and peaceful landscapes.
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Enjoying winter running is all about dressing right. The right gear, accessories, and proper layering can make all the difference. You need a thermal beanie or headband to keep your head and ears warm, gloves to protect your hands, and a base layer, mid-layer, and a jacket to protect you against the wind. Leggings, socks and the right running shoes are also extremely important.
Regardless of the weather, this jacket has got you covered. The Men’s Flight Series Fuse Jacket is perfect for running in cool, dry, and wet conditions. It has wind protection, reflective materials, and breathable fabrics. The jacket features a secure-zip chest pocket, adjustable hem and a durable, lightweight FuseFormTM.
The Speed Tight V leggings by Lululemon are specifically designed for running. They contain multiple pockets to store your essentials, an added Lyrca fibre for stretch and shape retention, and reflective details. One reviewer wrote: “These pants are nothing short of exceptional. Great for workouts as well as every day wear and the side pockets make them even more functional! The medium rise makes you feel tucked in and slim and the reflective detail make them my go to pant for night time runs/hiking.”
Pair the Hill And Valley Vest with your running base layer for the ultimate warmth on your cold weather runs. This is a lightweight vest, woven for strength, with two-way stretch fabric. Store your essentials in the zipper pocket, stay visible in low light with its reflective materials, and keep your headphones in place with the vests cord exit.
Plenty of storage space, reflectivity, and ventilation are just some of the many things that you will enjoy while wearing the Surge Jacket by Lululemon. One reviewer wrote: “Love this Jacket, light, packable and looks good on with anything. Get hot, open the zippers, cooling off instantly. Layer with a light sweater for colder mornings, it works well. Rain? No issue, pull out the hoodie concealed in the collar.”
If you’re an avid runner who suffers from frequent knee pain you should definitely consider It Bandz. They are endorsed and recommended by physical therapists as a way to decrease pain and enhance the recovery of knee related issues. They support and stabilize the knee for individuals who suffer from knee pain while they are running.
Night running can be extremely dangerous, which is why it’s important to wear a headlamp for protection – other people can see you and you can see your surroundings. The X-120R X-ACT FIT HEADLAMP™ by UCO Gear is a powerful headlamp with a very comfortable fit. Don’t worry about it falling off of your head. This product features an adjustable strap for a custom fit. Take advantage of its unique settings – flood, spot and red night vision modes.
Absorb sweat and keep your hair out of your face with the original no-slip, no-headache headbands by Violet Love Headbands. The Finish Line Headband features superior wicking ability and lightweight fabric. It is made with 13.3 ounces of High Count Poly Microfiber fabric for extreme comfort and durability.
This is the perfect jacket for trail running in cold weather. The Wind Shield Hybrid Soft Shell Jacket has a lightweight, stretch soft-shell fabric. It provides protection from wind, and controls odor. This jacket contains a DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish that repels snow, and light rain, and decreases dry times.
The Women’s All Weather Zip-Neck makes for the perfect second layer. It is durable and highly breathable, and has a panel on the back for ventilation. Keep your neck protected with its front zipper, secure your thumbs in place with its multifunctional cuffs, and stay visible with its reflective logos. One reviewer wrote: “Another beautiful, durable, high quality Patagonia piece. Light enough to wear on warmer days and can also be used to layer for colder days. The bottom of the sleeves turn into light gloves to keep your fingers warm when running/hiking/etc.”
Perfect for your cold weather runs, the Wind Shield Hybrid Soft Shell Pants provide protection, while still allowing excess heat to escape. They feature a lightweight, stretch soft-shell fabric, a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, a reflective logo, zippered hand pockets, and an internal tying drawcord.
The Hestra® PrimaLoft® CZone Gloves are perfect for all of your outdoor adventures such as running, skiing, snowboarding, and hiking. They are windproof and waterproof, and contain breathable Hestra Micron polyester fabric for incredible dexterity. They also feature a comfortable layer of PrimaLoft insulation for extreme warmth, elastic around the wrists to seal out the cold weather, and a hook-and-loop strap at the cuff for easy adjustability.
Wearing the right running shoes is crucial for a safe and comfortable winter run. The Men’s Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Low trail shoe features a NeoShell upper material, which keeps the snow, rain, dew, and mud on the outside. One reviewer wrote: “After a few months of wearing shoe and now in the rain and slush of Southeast Alaska winter I am extremely impressed with "waterproofability" of this shoe and the grip on the sole.”
Winter runners know the importance of a comfortable, warm, and durable sock. The Elite Merino + Cushion Quarter socks by Feetures! will not disappoint. They feature a Patented Sock-Lock Technology that provides targeted compression, an anatomical design that delivers maximum comfort and protection, and high density cushioning. But most importantly, they feature Merino+ fibers that keep your feet warm, dry, and odor-free.
Keep warm, dry, and comfortable in the coldest conditions with the Expedition Weight Balaclava. It is lightweight, compact, and features a face opening that can be worn above the mouth or under the chin. A few reviews on Patagonia.com said: “great warmth,” “great for cool days, not frigid,” and “full coverage, breathable.”
Listen to music while monitoring your heart rate at the same time with the Under Armour Sport Wireless Heart Rate headphones. These Bluetooth Wireless headphones feature convenient and comfortable in-ear technology, and a touch sensor to hear heart rate updates and optimize your endurance training session. The headphones were designed with rugged and premium materials, they were tested by athletes and have proven to withstand the most intense training sessions.
It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you’re not in danger of the sun’s UV rays. The Sun Protective Turtleneck was designed for cold weather athletes. It features flatlock seams for comfort and no chafing, thumb holes, and a high collar for additional warmth, and a reflective logo for added safety. The material is UPF 50+.
Control your body temperature and enjoy a comfortable run with the flexible Outside-In Hoody by Sierra Designs. The hoody features two sides – shell and fleece. Wearing the shell side next to your body promotes faster evaporation and it keeps you cooler on your run. While wearing the fleece side close to your body traps more heat and keeps your body warm in harsh running conditions.
Stay warm and stylish with Ultra Band, a stretchable performance headband by HeadSweats. This large band can be worn as a face mask to protect you from the cold winds, as a headband to absorb sweat, or as a wristband to wick moisture away. It features a full stretch tubular construction and performance wicking fabric.
The ultralight materials are what make the CamelBak Ultra Pro Hydration Vest ideal for long-distance training and elite-level racing. The vest features two lightweight, collapsible Quick Stow flasks, 3D ventilated mesh for maximum comfort and breathability, harness storage, reflectivity, and dual adjustable sternum straps.
Measure your heart rate, resting heart rate, sleep, calories burned, steps, and distance with the MIO SLICE heart rate and activity tracker. The stylish, water-resistant, one-button operation wristband is the first wearable that provides heart rate tracking, and features Personal Activity Intelligence (PAI).
Eyewear is essential, especially in the winter when the weather conditions have the tendency to become harsh. The TYCANE sunglasses by Adidas feature hydrophobic lenses that repel water, dirt, and dust. They have a wrap-around design, SPX frame, and Climacool dynamic ventilation, and they are even compatible with prescription lenses.