Dropping temps don’t mean you have to abandon your love of running outdoors. But choosing the right cold-weather running gear is vital to keeping your training enjoyable — instead of a miserable battle against the elements.
The chill of fall and winter is nothing to take lightly, especially if you plan to tackle it while prepping for that upcoming 5K.
With so many products out there designed to aid in keeping your body warm and dry during cold-weather workouts — from weatherproof sneakers to base layers with heat-holding technology — we’ve gathered the must-have running gear for exercising in frigid temps.
Block out all the cold with this high-neck pullover, designed with a double layer front. Breath Thermo technology generates heat to provide you some extra warmth. And the reflective front and back will keep you visible at all times.
Get it from Mizuno for $28.50.
These water-resistant runners will keep your feet warm thanks to their snow-stopping collar that pushes heat back toward your feet. The Vibram sole performs well on mixed winter surfaces and the heat-reflecting insole helps keep your feet warm.
Get them from Merrell for $170.
You can use your phone and keep your fingers shielded from the biting chill with these touchscreen-compatible gloves. They feature four-way stretch for added comfort and Radiametric Articulation so your hands can remain in their natural position.
Get them from The North Face for $45.
If your go-to cold-weather trainers aren’t equipped for mixed winter surfaces, this system will put you back on solid running ground. Each lightweight device is designed with ten tungsten carbide spikes, providing additional traction on icy surfaces. And they are compatible with most running shoes, allowing you to easily swap them between multiple pairs of shoes.
Get them from Backcountry for $37.46.
With its breathable insulation and lightweight fabric, this hoody doesn’t sacrifice performance for warmth. It also features Gore-Tex Shakedry technology that makes it windproof and waterproof — so you can keep in stride no matter what the weather throws your way.
Get it from Arc’teryx for $399.
This balaclava is made with a thermo-conductive inner coating that holds in your body heat throughout your run. It provides full protection to your face and features perforated fabric over the mouth for increased breathability.
Get it from Under Armor for $29.99.
Crafted from weather-resistant fabric, this vest will keep you warm in snow, rain, or wind. The 80g insulation locks in heat, even if your vest gets get wet. The interior phone pocket will keep your phone safe and secure. And front and back reflectivity provides additional visibility during night or early morning runs.
Get it from Brooks for $110.
From an anatomically correct design to fit the left and right foot to 200 needle count stitching for added durability, these wool socks are quick-drying and extremely comfortable. They are also designed with mesh vents that wrap around the top of the foot to the arch for added breathability — which may make for your best run ever.
Get them from Stance for $22.
This headlamp features white and red lighting and five lighting modes. It also includes three standard batteries and can be used with a rechargeable Core battery, as well. And with a burn time of 60 hours on Max mode and up to 260 hours on Max Autonomy mode, it will be able to show you the way during even the longest runs.
Get it from Amazon for $39.90.
You can rock this versatile piece as a helmet liner, balaclava, mask, scarf, hat, and many other ways. And its designed with polygene odor control treatment on the Buff side, which helps fight odor-causing bacteria.
Get it from L.L. Bean for $39.
These base layer tights include Breath Thermo thermal fabric technology — which puts your escaping body vapor to work to generate heat. The tights also feature improved stretch technology, as well, so you’ll have full mobility while taking on the trail.
Get them from Mizuno for $80.
Crafted from ColdGear Reactor insulation, these sneakers warm up depending on your level of activity, ensuring your feet don’t get too hot during workouts. They also feature UA Storm technology to repel water and a knobbed rubber outsole for additional traction on slippery surfaces.
Get them from Under Armor for $130.
A pair of wireless Aukey earbuds will keep your mind focused on your run and not the annoying cords that keep getting in your way. Their water-resistant design means sweat, snow, or rain won’t ruin your precious buds. Silicone ear-wings provide a secure fit. And their 7-hour battery life offers you enough power to keep your tunes blasting through the lengthiest workouts.
Get them from Aukey for $110.
Keep small personal items — like keys or your ID — secure during your run with this zippered waist pack. The lightweight pack features a zippered, expandable waist pocket, and is designed with moisture-wicking fabric.
Get it from Columbia for $14.25.
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