Winter cold (and snow, and ice, and… ) is no excuse not to keep your game tight, and that means that, yes, you need to still get out there and run. Especially with all that holiday eating and excessive, uh, let’s call it merriment. So get your rapidly flabbifying butt up and get out there with the help of these 15 pieces of essential winter running gear, all of which are guaranteed to keep you comfortable and safe during your winter runs.
Let’s start with your innermost defense – your baselayer. These Capri compression leggings from Tesla are designed with fleece to keep you warm against the cold and wind, and the moisture sensing fabric works to keep you dry with two-way air circulation to keep you comfortable.
And if you’re gonna protect your lower half, you might as well go all the way and take care of your upper body. This is basically the same thing as the leggings, with all the same features and tech, only, you know, it’s a top.
Your baselayer is just the start. Layer up with these warm windproof pants which are also water-repellent and feature a reflective logo to make sure a snow plow doesn’t murder you.
Add this half-zip long-sleeve top fitted with an inner thermal layer, while mesh panels and the moisture-wicking fabric keep your body breathing and dry when you start to sweat. The half-zip allows you to create a mock neck for extra warmth and protection against the cold. And, oh yeah, it also has reflective fabric to keep you safe. You can’t ask for much more from a top.
For even further protection against the wind and cold, pick up this thermal jacket, which is light enough to work as an active jacket while still warm and durable enough to stand up to the elements. How warm will it keep you? Well, it’s designed to keep motorcyclists warm in winter, so you should be good.
Okay, now on to keeping your head warm so you don’t end up having your ears amputated thanks to frostbite. This beanie is a great place to start, as unlike other beanies it’s specifically designed with the runner in mind. Moisture-wicking fabric will keep your head cool and dry while still keeping it warm. It’s like Goldilocks and the perfect bowl of porridge. Not too cold, not too hot. It’s just right. Was that analogy too weird? Yeah? Well, run it off.
If you don’t want to go with the full beanie look and feel, grab this ear-warming headband. There’s nothing complicated here. It’s just a nice, warm fleece headband designed to keep your ears in the game.
If you’re running in some really extreme conditions, you need this balaclava which is warm enough that it works great as a windproof ski mask. It’s guaranteed to keep your face warm even when the weather turns ultra-hardcore. That’s because you’re hardcore too.
If you just want to keep your neck warm and don’t want to feel overly encumbered, consider this neck warmer which gives your neck all the protection of a balaclava without the hassle of a full face/head wrap. Or, pick it up and add it as an extra layer for your polar runs. Your choice.
Now let’s take care of your feet, starting with these crew socks, which are made with moisture-wicking fabric designed to keep your feet dry. Combine that with the warm mohair lining and you have a pair of socks perfect for your winter run.
If you’re like me, you don’t necessarily like to run in long crew socks. Well, lucky for us, Balega also makes their socks in a quarter-cut, which fits right over the foot without running up your leg to chafe and annoy.
Traction is key in the snow and ice and you won’t find a better running shoe for those conditions than the Speedcross 3, which is designed to grip in all sorts of crappy weather, thanks to a combination of deeply contoured tread and a rubber outsole built for the mud and snow. And even when the weather warms up, you’ll have a great running shoe to hit the trails with.
If you don’t want to get a new pair of dedicated winter running shoes, you can cheat a little with these ice grips, which fit around your shoes to give you grip and tread in the snow and ice. It’s not as elegant or as comfortable a solution as new shoes, but if you’re on a budget, give these a try.
Finally, you’re gonna need to keep your hands warm or else risk dealing with numb fingers all day long. Great if you wanna experience “The Stranger” (if you don’t know, don’t ask), not so great if you want to be at all productive during the day. These gloves keep your hands warm thanks to a natural polar fleece, but are breathable enough that you don’t get overheated. And, of course, they’re designed to work with your touch screen so you can still use your phone.
Like listening to music while you run? Want to make and take calls without slowing down? Well, these winter gloves are just for you, as Bluetooth technology and a built in wireless stereo speaker and microphone combine to keep you warm and connected at the same time. Maybe the future is okay after all.
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