The cooler temperatures are a very welcome relief to many runners after an extremely hot (and sometimes humid) summer, but lower temps also mean dressing differently for your run, which can get tricky. Follow this guide to everything you need to know about running in the cold. From what to expect to how to layer up, here’s how to avoid the treadmill and crush your outdoor runs all winter long.

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Is Running in the Cold Dangerous?

No, as long as you dress for the weather. When dressing to run in the cold, remember that once you get moving, your body heats up fast, which could result in overheating if you’re bundled up. Layering properly will help regulate your body temperature and keep risk of cold-related illnesses like hypothermia at bay.

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The opposite is also true: Once you stop running, you will cool down very quickly, so be prepared to get out of those wet clothes immediately upon finishing your run. It’s always wise to bring a change of dry clothes to put on as soon as you finish your run or to jump into a warm shower if readily available.

Cold Weather Running Essentials

Dressing in layers is the key to running comfortably all winter. You can start the run feeling warm, then easily shed the layers as your body warms up and you need less clothing. Simply tie unneeded layers such as jackets or long sleeve shirts around your waist and keep running once you’re warm, or plan a loop run so you can drop them off in a safe spot—like your car—when you don’t need them. Remember to put your base layer on the bottom so as you strip layers off, the correct layer is underneath.

When stocking up for the winter season, here are a few essentials you should fill your drawers with:

  • Running tights or pants
  • Long-sleeve tech shirts (wool or poly blend) to use as a base layer (depending upon winter temperatures in your area, you may need to invest in both a medium-weight and a heavy-weight base layer shirt)
  • Running gloves or mittens
  • Headband or hat
  • A windproof running jacket
  • Running socks (tech fabric or wool blend)

Cold-Weather Gear

Best Hat Merino Sport 250 Beanie Smartwool amazon.com $28.00

Made of 100 percent merino wool, this beanie is perfect for all wintry weather thanks to a double-locked construction.

Best Base Layer Long Sleeve Training Top Nike amazon.com $32.00

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Nike’s dri-fit technology is designed to be ultralight and sweat-wicking while keeping you covered.

Best Tights Coldgear Run Tight Under Armour amazon.com $80.00

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Great for a base layer or on its own, these reflective tights will keep you warm without any awkward winter sweat.

Best Jacket Repel Running Jacket Craft Sportswear amazon.com $174.99

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The Repel Run has a tight yet stretchy fit, with four-way elasticity and Ventair wind- and waterproof fabric.

Tips for Running When It’s Cold

When dressing to run in cold weather, the rule of thumb is to add 10 to 20 degrees to the outside temperature to calculate your running temperature. Keep in mind that this number is dependent upon how quickly you heat up and cool down, run pace, and the length of your run.

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So if you are going out for a short run, an easy-paced run, or you get cold easily, add 10 to 15 degrees to the outside temperature to estimate your running temperature. If you are going for a long run, doing a hard workout, or get warm easily, add 20 degrees to the outside temp. For example, if the thermometer says it’s 40 degrees outside, it’ll feel more like 50 to 60 degrees when running.

But you should also take the windchill factor into consideration. When winds are present, look at the “feels like” temperature to determine what to wear. For example, if the outside temp is 40 degrees, but the real feel is reported to be 30 degrees because of the wind chill, you’ll want to add 10 to 20 degrees to the lower temp.

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When planning your run on windy, cold days, try to run into the wind on your way out and have the wind at your back on your return. It’s best to avoid running into the wind when you are wet and sweaty because you will chill very quickly.

What to Wear Running in the Cold

Still wondering what you should wear? You can use our clever What to Wear tool, or use this quick guide.

  • 60+ degrees: tank top and shorts
  • 50–59 degrees: short sleeve tech shirt and shorts
  • 40–49 degrees: long sleeve tech shirt, shorts or tights, gloves (optional), headband to cover ears (optional)
  • 30–39 degrees: long sleeve tech shirt, shorts or tights, gloves, and headband to cover ears
  • 20–29 degrees: two shirts layered—a long sleeve tech shirt and a short sleeve tech shirt or long sleeve shirt and jacket—tights, gloves, and headband or hat to cover ears
  • 10–19 degrees: two shirts layered, tights, gloves or mittens, headband or hat, and windbreaker jacket/pants
  • 0–9 degrees: two shirts layered, tights, windbreaker jacket/pants, mittens, headband or hat, ski mask to cover face

How Cold Is Too Cold for Running Outside?

When temperatures dip below freezing, be sure and pay attention to local weather information and warnings. Cold temperatures and dry air can aggravate some health conditions, so use your best judgment as to whether you should run outside or hit the treadmill instead.

How Many Layers Should You Wear During a Winter Run?

Climbing out of your toasty warm bed to run, or really, to do anything in the winter is a challenge. When the temperature drops, so does your desire to work out. (I mean, how cold is too cold to run outdoors?) We talked to Katherine Kielar, marketing brand manager at SIX:02 Powered by Foot Locker, for advice on the best exercise clothing and fabrics to help you tackle those chilly fall 8-milers or downright cold short winter runs. “As a general tip for my winter runs, I like to dress as though it’s about 20 degrees warmer than the current temperature,” says Kielar. So if it’s only 45 outside, dress as if it’s 65-as you know, your body temperature will still rise during your run, no matter how cold it is outside.

Another tip: Start your run moving into the wind and end it with the wind at your back. If you start by running away from the wind, you’ll heat up too quickly and it will cause your temperature to drop during the second half of your run (because you are already sweaty/damp-your body’s natural cool-down method). Planning to run in seriously harsh climate? Opt for clips to attach to your shoes for running on ice ($39.99; yaktrax.com). The infographic can help guide you to the best clothes and gear options to wear for cold-weather runs-even if temps drop (gasp!) below freezing. (Bundle up? Good. If you still need more motivation, check out the nine reasons we love cold-weather running.)

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Base layer: No matter what the temperature, your base layer should be moisture wicking. Avoid cotton as it absorbs moisture, which will make you feel colder. In the winter, Kielar recommends starting with a lightweight base layer shirt that has a high neckline. A tight-fitting shirt with a high neck will keep out the wind while you’re running. (Buy it: L.L.Bean Polartec Power Dry Stretch Base Layer, $40, llbean.com)

Insulating layer: The goal of the insulating layer is to keep you warm. Look for comfortable fabrics, like fleece or wool, that allow for full range of motion. A relaxed-fit hoodie or insulated jacket that uses heat-trapping technology is perfect for running, so more layers can fit underneath. (Buy it: UA Squad Woven Full Zip, $60, underarmour.com)

Vest: A vest is a great transition piece as it will keep your core warm but your arms free. One filled with down or another insulated fabric offers warmth without adding bulk, and a wind- and water-repellent treatment will combat the elements. A running vest with a reflective patch also ensures you’ll be visible no matter the weather. (Buy it: Nike Essential Running Vest, $80, macys.com) (For more suggestions, check out the best new reflective workout gear to rock this winter.)

Jacket: A jacket is your outermost layer and can be the most versatile. For winter running, Kielar suggests looking for one that is insulated yet breathable. Fitted winter running jackets that are also wind- and water-resistant with reflective capabilities are a necessity for winter workouts. (Buy it: Nike Shield Runner Flash Women’s Running Jacket, $140, amazon.com) (BTW, Did you know that running in the cold is actually good for you?)

Tights: A good pair of tights is like a Swiss Army knife for an all-season runner. They can be paired with tanks and tees in warm weather, and layered for when temperatures start to dip. Look for tights that are moisture-wicking and that have comfortable seams-and when you find your Holy Grail, make sure to get them in every color and pattern. Switch up your running look by wearing winter running tights with different patterns and flattering details. (Buy it: Athleta Stealth Tights, $98, athleta.com)

Heat-capturing tights: To keep your legs warm in the winter, look for heat-capturing capabilities such as fleece lining or an engineered fabric. Insulated running tights that are designed to wick away sweat while holding in heat will keep you warm and dry on cold weather runs. (Buy it: Athleta Polartec Sculptek Tight, $118, athleta.com)

Socks: This often overlooked component to running clothes and gear can make a big difference. Look for a running sock made from fabrics that won’t absorb sweat, like wool. Winter running socks with padding on the sole softens impact and the fabric keeps feet dry even though slushy winter weather. (Buy it: Smartwool Women’s PhD Outdoor Light Micro Socks, $20, amazon.com)

Ear warmers/hat: When temps start to drop, keeping your ears and head covered is especially important. Kielar suggests a running hat, like a beanie, with breathable, sweat-resistant fabric and soft material for a comfortable feel. Choose brighter colors-such as hot pinks or greens-for increased visibility when there is snow on the ground. (Buy it: UA Around Town Beanie, $30, underarmour.com)

Gloves: Cold hands are the absolute worst. Even in moderate temperatures, your hands can still be very cold when you first begin a run, so gloves are a great idea, says Kielar. Running gloves with a snug fit will keep a tight seal against the cold. Look for a pair with touchscreen-compatible fingertips so you’ll still be able to control your playlist. (Buy it: Athleta Reflective Run Glove, $42, athleta.com) (Need music ideas? Try these blazing fast tracks to help you burn off that winter chill.)

Neck Warmer: If you’re going to be running in below-freezing temperatures (major props), then you should throw on a neck warmer. A lightweight running scarf is ideal so as not to restrict neck movement while also keeping the cold away from your skin. (Buy it: UA Storm Fleece Gaiter, $28, underarmour.com)

Layered up and ready to get started? Here’s your guide to cold-weather running.

  • By By Shannon Bauer

The 40’s are here – yay! (and cool weather chart)

As I checked the weather forecast Monday night for Tuesday’s 9 miler I saw something I hadn’t seen since April – the 40’s. I must admit I was a little excited. The 40’s are perfect running weather (don’t let Mary tell you otherwise).

When it is in the 60’s and I walk out the door at 5am for a run I let out an audible “ugh.” However, when I walk out the door for a run in the 40’s, I let out an “ahh” and my body wakes up a little more and really wants to start running.

Running in the 40’s also means I have to change attire slightly. I remember when I first started running I had no idea what to wear and had to learn the hard way – either being too hot on a run or much worst – too cold. NOTE: In my opinion the most important part of your body to keep comfortable on a run is your hands. Keep your hands comfy and you will enjoy your runs so much more in the cold. I have finished runs where my body felt fine, but I was MISERABLE because my hands were were so cold.

I truly believe that you can run comfortably in temperatures down to 20 degrees if you have the right clothes. (update – I have now run down to 5 degrees – comfortably – I updated the chart below). I know some people that will run when it is even colder, but 19 degrees (8 degrees wind chill) has been my lowest temperature run – after all I have to use my dreadmill sometime – otherwise why did i buy it?

I make no apologies. I am a running geek and as such I track everything in my running journal including what I have worn running when the temperature has dropped below 60 for the past 6 years. Based on these notes I compiled the below chart to help give you a guideline of what to wear as the temperature gets colder. I posted this chart last year (it was actually my first blog post ever), but as with any blog we have many new readers and some new runners that I thought could benefit and enjoy running outdoors into the winter.

John’s chart of what to wear as the temperature dips:

  • > 60º – Shorts, sleeveless jersey, socks, sunglasses
  • 50-60º – Shorts, short sleeve jersey, socks, sunglasses
  • 42-50º – Shorts, long sleeve jersey, socks, sunglasses, light gloves (mine are windproof)
  • 35-42º – Running pants or tights, long sleeve jersey, socks, running vest, sunglasses, gloves, chapstick. Note if it is 39-42 degrees and I am doing speed work I have replaced the vest with an extra short sleeve shirt under my long sleeve jersey and felt comfy.
  • 30-35º – Running pants or tights, long sleeve jersey, woolie socks, running vest, headband, sunglasses, gloves with glove liners, chapstick
  • 25-30º – Running pants or tights, long sleeve jersey, woolie socks, running vest, headband, sunglasses, warmer gloves – I use gloves that have a mitten top that can be flipped down, chapstick. If running long (90 mins+) I use hand warmers in the mitten portion to help keep my fingertips warm.
  • 20-25º – Craft windproof front panel pants, spandex shorts under the tights, long sleeve jersey, Craft windproof under layer, woolie socks, running jacket, running face mask, sunglasses, glove/mitten combo, chapstick. If running long I will use hand warmers as discussed above in my mittens, but also a pair of hand/feet warmers on top of my toes. I stick them to my socks and then slip into my running shoes.
  • 15 Degrees – Craft windproof front panel pants, spandex shorts under the tights, long sleeve jersey, Craft windproof under layer, woolie socks, running jacket, light windproof outer shell running face mask, sunglasses, glove/mitten combo, chapstick. If running long I will use hand warmers as discussed above in my mittens, but also a pair of hand/feet warmers on top of my toes. I stick them to my socks and then slip into my running shoes.
  • 5 Degrees – Craft windproof front panel pants, spandex shorts under the tights, 2 long sleeve jerseys, Craft windproof under layer, woolie socks, mid-weight running jacket, light windproof outer shell running face mask and a headband, sunglasses, glove/mitten combo, chapstick. If running long I will use hand warmers as discussed above in my mittens, but also a pair of hand/feet warmers on top of my toes even on shorter runs. I stick them to my socks and then slip into my running shoes.

The above chart gets adjusted for:

Long slow runs – I find that I may need to wear gloves if the temperature is below 52º because my hands get colder the longer I am running. Again – keep your hands comfy you can always take off the gloves.

Races – I dress a little cooler because I am running faster and tend to be hotter

Windy – I may wear an extra layer (sleeveless shirt) under my top layer.

1st cold run of the season – dress a little warmer because you are use to the warmer weather so it feels even colder than it really is.

Dark runs (early morning/night) – dress a little warmer than if you are running when the sun is out

If the temperature is going to rise significantly as you are out on your run then dress for the colder temp because you can always remove a layer.

If you are like Mary – wear twice as much as I suggested

I understand that everybody has a different definition of comfortable, but maybe the above chart will give you a starting point towards enjoying the sport we love during these perfect fall running months and continue staying comfortable as the winter months approach, too.

Do you love cool/cold weather running? Any additional hints to staying comfy?

How to Layer Your Clothes for Cold Weather Workouts

When cold weather hits, it may seem like the right time to move your workouts indoors—but a low number on the thermostat doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t or shouldn’t exercise outdoors.

You simply need to choose the right layers of clothing that protect your skin from wind and cold, keep your muscles warm, and help regulate your body temperature.

Maintain your Aaptiv workout routine through the winter with our guide to layering up so you can stay warm and safe on your next outdoor run.

Read on to learn how to layer your workout clothes for cold weather.

Base Layer: Tight-fitting

Start with a base layer of tight-fitting compression material in order to keep moisture and sweat away from your skin. Try running tights and a long-sleeve tech shirt. Your goal here is to stay comfortable and dry.

Obviously winter weather varies depending on where you live. So, depending on your location, look for lightweight, medium-weight, and heavyweight shirts.

Something lighter weight will wick perspiration away from your body, and something heavier will add more insulation. It really depends on the temperature outside and your level of activity. Aim for silk, polyester-blend, or synthetic fabrics instead of cotton. The latter actually absorbs sweat and will ultimately make you feel colder.

Middle Layer: Extra Warmth

It’s all about insulation when it comes to your next layer. Look for something a little looser than your base layer that offers full range of motion, but still that carries moisture away from your body. Spandex or fleece are great, inexpensive options.Try a sleeveless vest or pullover for customizable bundling. “I like a puff vest, because I can be more mobile and let my arms be free, but it keeps my body warm in my core,” says Aaptiv trainer Jessica Muenster.

Outer Layer: Protection

Your final layer should repel water, block wind, and hold in heat. A windproof running jacket or loose-fitting running pants (to be worn over tights) will work great.

You’ll want to specifically look for wind-blocking fabrics that breathe, like a polyester blend, and try to avoid rubber or plastic materials that allow moisture to build. The key here is to choose a layer you can easily take on and off depending on your temperature.

The Rest: Head, Hands, Ears, and Toes

Finally, don’t forget about your extremities. It actually may be more important to protect these parts than your main body, says Muenster. “When I run, I heat up, but typically blood doesn’t flow as much to my toes, hands, ears, and nose. So, gloves and hats are essential for winter.”

Be sure to choose warm, non-bulky socks and a water-resistant running shoe with lots of traction to avoid slipping. Add thin gloves or mittens to keep hands toasty. You can always take them off and slip them into your waistband if you get too hot. A headband or hat with a visor will protect your head and ears from the cold and wind, as well.

Other Tips

  • As a rule of thumb, always dress for weather 20 to 25 degrees warmer than it is outside. Once you get moving in chilly temperatures, your body will heat up fast, and once you stop moving, you’ll cool down fast. Dressing for warmer weather will help compensate for body heat and help you avoid getting too hot.
  • If it’s dark outside always wear reflective tape or clothing with reflective patches.
  • If it’s sunny, remember sunglasses and sunscreen, even if there’s snow outside.

Aaptiv has outdoor workouts from top trainers that will guide you through each step of the workout. !

Are you staying warm? Malko here, and I know it’s difficult to get enthusiastic about a predawn workout once colder weather arrives. I also know what it’s like to show up to a FiA workout (actually, F3 for me) only to find out I had miscalculated how to dress for said colder weather.

It took a few weeks of trial and error before I completely ironed the guesswork out of my winter workout attire. In my case, I realized that if I wasn’t a bit cold at the start, I’d be way overdressed 10 minutes into the workout. Ultimately, it came down to layering. So, I put together a layering guide for my F3 brothers. I then wanted to do the same for FiA Nation, but it would require a little recon.

After asking enough ladies how they’re doing it, we came up with this handy dandy layering guide to help you brave the winter workouts.

Above 55 °F

It’s going to be cool at first, but things are going to warm up quickly. All you’re going to need is a short sleeve performance tee and shorts. Go with a long sleeve tee shirt if you run cool.

50-55 °F

Lower fifties is when many FiA like to switch out that short sleeve jersey for a comfortable long sleeve shirt. This provides just a little extra core warmth. A hat will provide some added warmth, but you’ll probably realize you don’t need it a few minutes into the workout. You don’t really need gloves for warmth either, but the Madgrip Gloves are great for protecting hands from the brittleness that often comes with the cold.

45-50 °F

As we dip below 50, let’s go with the long sleeve over a fitted short sleeve for a nice one-two combo punch.Shorts are still good in this temp, but you may want to step up to a pair of mid-weight gloves like these Mechanix Thermal Knit Dip Gloves. A hat still works well.

40-45 °F

Many of our ladies are still wearing shorts at this point, while rocking MudGear compression socks to cover up some more skin. It’s going to feel brisk before the heart rate kicks in to warm you up. An easy-on-easy-off layer is the FiA Sport-Tek Full-Zip Jacket over a short or long sleeve shirt. You’ll also want to up your headwear to something that covers your ears like the FiA Fleece Headband.

30-40 °F

The lower we get in the thirties, the more sweatpants become a must. Up top, we’re ready for the triple threat: a fitted short sleeve, under a fitted long sleeve, under a fleece vest that warms the core while keeping your arms free. Feel free to peel off layers as the workout heats up, but don’t forget your Fleece Beanie and Cold Condition gloves.

Below 30 °F

Definitely sweatpants with maybe even some tights underneath. As for shirts, we’re not trying to add an infinite number of layers. Instead, at this point, we’re just trying to add the warmest layers possible. A long sleeve shirt under a fleece pullover should do the trick, but you can always add a vest or light jacket for that final layer of protection. Thermal Beanie. Cold Condition gloves. If there will be a windchill, add a buff on the neck that you can pull over your mouth and nose.

Again, these are just some suggestions that seem to be working for women throughout FiA Nation. We’re always interested in knowing what’s working for you in your region. Sound off on Twitter / @FiaGear

Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean you have to stop running – just means you need proper winter running gear. While getting motivated to run in the cold can be a different challenge, the truth is that by gearing up you can run just as easily during the winter as any of the other seasons of the year.

To do so, you’ll need to figure out how to layer your clothing correctly and make smart gear choices. Instead of learning what and what not to do through trial and error, use this basic guide to choose your winter running gear wisely – to stay warm and comfortable running in just about any weather condition that comes your way this winter.

Why You Need to Layer

The key to running outdoors during the winter is layering. This will allow you to unzip or remove clothing as needed to control your body temperature when you start to heat up. Layering when it’s really cold will also actually keep you warmer than a heavy jacket, trapping heat in between the layers while also wicking away sweat from your skin.

For this reason, you should always do a quick test before you head out for your workout.

Unfortunately, layering correctly can still be difficult to manage. Other factors like humidity, wind, rain, and even snow can make it difficult to determine the number and thickness of your layers, and if you get it wrong you can end up overheating or shivering as you trot home.

One way to determine if you’ve layered correctly is to stand outside for five minutes before your run to stretch and get your GPS watch ready to go. If you’re comfortable, you’ve probably overdressed. If, on the other hand, your slightly chilled and want to get moving, you’ve probably got it right.

Since your body temperature will rise during your run, dressing like it’s 20°F (ca. 11°C) warmer than the temperature is usually the sweet spot. Just be sure to consider whether or not it’s going to rain or snow, as keeping dry in cold temperatures is essential to preventing a disastrous scenario like hypothermia.

Also keep in mind that if your run is shorter at a higher intensity (like a quick interval session for instance), you won’t need as much heavy clothing. Longer runs at slower temperatures are harder to get right, and will require several layers for you to adjust your internal temperature as needed.

What to Wear in Moderately Cold Conditions

Layering too much can cause overheating, leaving you sweaty and uncomfortable for the duration of your run. This, however, doesn’t mean you should head out in shorts and t-shirt.

Creating a log will help you dial in clothing choices for future runs.

The key is to adjust the thickness of your layers and experiment over time to see what works for you. When you get home after each run, jot down a quick note in your running journal whether you were warm, cold, or just right, along with the length of your run and the temperature.

While you’re experimenting, this head-to-toe guide for those cold runs when the temperatures haven’t dipped down below the freezing point just yet should help.

headband

This will keep your ears warm but leave the top of your head uncovered, allowing more heat to be released.

thin base layer

A short-sleeve, thin layer should be all you need to keep your skin dry during longer runs. If you don’t tolerate the cold well, opt for a long sleeve base layer.

Zippered jacket

A running jacket that can be vented by unzipping sections will help you adjust your temperature as needed. Pockets will also help you store hats or gloves if your temperature rises to a level that is uncomfortable. Consider a water-resistant rain shell if there’s any chance of precipitation.

Wind-resistant gloves

Since your extremities can be difficult to keep warm, you’ll want to wear gloves even when the temperatures are above freezing.

Wind-resistant tights

While you won’t need to opt for the thickest running tights, but wind-resistant tights will protect you from the wind and cold. Lightweight running pants are also an option.

Moisture-wicking socks

Keeping your feet dry is a must. Compression socks are a good option that adjust well to your body temperature.

Trail shoes

In this temperature range, you might not need full-on winter running shoes. However, you’ll still want to avoid running shoes with lots of mesh so trail shoes are usually a suitable option.

What to Wear When It’s Really Cold – Below 0°C Or 32°F

In extreme cold, you’ll need to use more layers and consider your gear choices more carefully. The head-to-toe dressing guide below will help you find the balance between staying warm and overheating, and provide you some of our top gear recommendations.

Running beanie

This will help keep heat from escaping and keep you much warmer than a headband. We like this one if you’re looking for an inexpensive option.

Neck warmer

If your jacket doesn’t provide neck coverage, you can use a neck warmer to protect your skin and trap your body heat. This can be stored in your jacket easily if needed.

Base layer

You can opt for a light or mid-weight base layer. Make sure it’s moisture wicking and comfortable against the skin.

Mid layer

A long-sleeve mid layer is recommended. How heavy this layer is will depend on how cold the temperatures are and the intensity of your run. Merino wool is often a favorite among endurance athletes for its natural ability to breath and adjust to body temperature.

Shell

A running jacket with pockets that also protect you from rain or snow will usually be needed. Zippers along the back, arms, and sides of the jacket can help you control your temperature.

Running gloves

You can choose between a thicker pair for cold weather or double up with a liner and a mid-weight glove.

Tights

Thicker, cold-weather running tights or pants are usually needed. For really cold days, you can wear moisture-wicking compression tights underneath a mid-weight running pant with vents.

Knee-length socks

Socks that are moisture wicking while still providing some extra warmth are essential. Be careful doubling up on socks, as it can affect the fit of your shoe.

Cold-weather running shoes

These will keep your feet much drier and warmer than any regular running or trail shoe. This running shoe is built for winter running and is waterproof.

Last, but not least: Don’t let the cold stop you from tracking your runs! Use the Polar H10 chest strap to get the most accurate heart rate data or a running watch with optical heart rate measurement (or better yet, use the chest strap and watch). Check out running watch options in the Polar Gift Guide below.

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What to Wear for Cold Weather Running

Getting out of bed to run or after work for a run is a challenge for most people. But it gets even harder when the temperature drops.

Wearing the right clothing is key to being comfortable running in the cold. It can make the difference between being warm and comfortable compared to cold and soggy.

Let’s jump in and see what runners should wear in the cold….

What should you wear running in the cold?

When selecting clothes for chilly temperatures, keep in mind that you’ll warm up quickly once you start moving. Wear too much and you’ll end up hot and sweaty. Your clothing will be less effective at keeping you warm when it’s wet.

But you also can’t wear too little or you’ll be cold the entire run.

So you need to find that perfect balance. This varies with each person depending on internal body temperature, how fast/slow you run, and how much you sweat. If you are new to running, you’ll need to experiment to find what works best for you.

At a minimum, your basic running gear for the cold weather should consist of:

  • Hat, beanie, or headband
  • Medium-weight or heavyweight base layer shirt
  • A running jacket
  • Running mittens or gloves
  • Running pants or tights (see our favorite men’s tights and our favorite women’s tights)
  • Merino wool or tech fabric running socks

All of these items should be made from moisture-wicking materials like merino wool, polyester, or other synthetic fabrics that dry quickly and remove sweat from your skin.

This is most important for base layers. Cotton is one of the worst types of fabrics to wear running or working out. It’s not very warm to begin with and once it gets wet, it stays wet. You don’t want the material that’s closest to your skin to be cold or clammy.

The Importance of Layering

The secret to a comfortable run in cold weather is layering.

Layers do two things. They provide a pocket of air between each layer. This is warmed by body heat and keeps you that much warmer.

Layers also allow you to easily control your internal temperature. Unzip or take off your running jacket, remove your hat, or take off a mid-layer to adjust as you run.

Our favorite type of cold weather apparel is a half zip shirt or jacket. The zip lets you best control temperature and allows you to adjust on the fly. Zip it up on downhills or during your cool down. Unzip it on uphills or tempo runs.

Click here to see the best cold weather running jackets.

Layers for Your Long, Cold Run

Your level of comfort in cold weather depends on many variables, which includes how comfortable you are in the cold, how fast you’re going, and how long your run will be.

So it’s possible that your outfits may have to differ. Here are our suggestions for cold weather running in different temperatures.

For 32 Degrees and Above Run

  • Bring a pair of gloves resistant to wind and medium thickness. If you think it’s too warm, keep them in your pocket and save them for later.
  • Wear a lightweight hat or a headband that covers your ears. This will keep you warm enough, but not too hot that your whole head sweats.
  • Put on running tights or pants to keep your legs warm.
  • You will still have to do some layering for your torso, but you can leave the middle layer out. Opt for a long-sleeved moisture-wicking shirt. Pick a jacket that’s lightweight, something that you can easily strip off when it’s starting to get warm. If it’s raining, a windbreaker that’s waterproof will keep you dry.

For Below 32 Degrees

  • Wear an insulated running liner or gloves to protect your hands.
  • Thermal (i.e. thick) running tights or pants should be worn in this type of weather.
  • To protect your body from the cold, wear a long-sleeved base layer shirt, midweight or heavyweight, that’s made of polyester or merino wool. Over the shirt, you can wear a second layer, if needed, for added protection.
  • A good, wind-proof jacket. Ideally, with a hood if the weather turns.
  • Moisture-wicking socks should go above the ankles to cover that gap between your shoe and tights.
  • A traction device for your shoes should also be worn to avoid slipping or shoes made for winter running.

Why Your Running Socks are Just as Important as your Shoes

There is nothing worse than running with cold, wet feet. Wearing warm, moisture-wicking socks will ensure your feet stay warm and dry.

Go for ankle height or higher socks. Although the low-cut “no show tab” are most popular, this leaves a small gap between your shoe and the bottom of your tights. Ankle height or higher will keep that gap protected from the wind.

Thicker socks will help your feet stay warm. Merino wool is the warmest.

Wear Reflective Clothing While Running

With short days and long nights, it’s likely your daily run will occur in the dark or near dark. Make sure drivers can see you by wearing reflective clothing. It’s important to be seen at a significant distance so drivers know you are out there.

Opt for reflective gear with LED lights for the most visibility. Reflective prints work well, too.

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Welcome to T3’s best winter gear roundup! We collected all the winter running essentials, including winter running tops, jackets and even tights, as well as winter running shoes, running hats and high-viz backpacks you might need for your winter running sessions.

Summer training is great, especially if you can run on a sandy beach in Ibiza, barefoot. Any other times, we tend to forget the flies, the blistering heat and humidity, the copious amount of sweat and basically all the features that indeed come with running in hot weather.

Running during winter is a glorious feeling, though. Those crisp Sunday mornings, when the weather is dry and cold, the sun shines bright orange and it’s just you and the road…nothing can beat the tranquillity of those running sessions.

As peaceful as winter running is, you still need to wrap your body parts up appropriately so your joints and muscles won’t get hurt. Warming up before each session is also a good thought and keeping the warmth in during runs is an even better idea.

You can’t just chuck on a woolly jumper on top and expect it to work and you not to get too hot. The garments on this list have been tried and tested to work perfectly in cold conditions and to provide you maximum breathability, insulation and comfort.

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How to choose the best winter running gear?

There are a few criteria winter running gear need to comply with. Putting on a parka and thick skying trousers won’t cut it, I’m afraid. Not only they will make you feel way hotter than needed, they will also restrict your movement’ none of which is a desired thing when you run.

Winter running jackets and tops need to be warm enough so you won’t feel cold at the beginning of your runs but not too warm so you’ll feel toasted by the end of the session. This is achieved by applying a few thin layers of insulation and them having a close fit.

Running tights need to be, well, tight enough but not heavy so even if they get slightly wet, they won;t weigh your legs down. Winter running tights tend to be more solid than their everyday counterparts, to protect you from wind and all the other elements.

Accessories can also come handy, because as we know, it’s all about layering when it comes to winter clothing. Lightweight neck warmers and beanie hats you can take off and shove in your pocket if needed are a great addition and can help you bridge the initial transition period of your runs.

Always check the weather before you head out and dress accordingly. Being mindful about winter exercising always pays off!

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Gore Wear R3 Jacket

Designed for runners with high breathability and comfort

Reasons to buy

+Permanently waterproof+Windproof+Breathable

The versatile Gore Wear R3 jacket is the ideal companion in cool weather conditions. As it should be, the R3 fits close to your body and thanks to the runner-specific cut in combination with GORE-Tex Active Technology, nor will it restrict your movement, neither will it let you get cold during sports.

The applied technology makes the jacket waterproof, windproof and extremely breathable. The Gore Wear R3 jacket is ideal for activities with very high physical stress. It was specially designed for maximum breathability and offers reliable protection even in rainy weather.

The R3 comes with adjustable waistband and a chest pocket with zip and cable exit, keeping your phone/tissues/keys securely in one place. It is also backpack-friendly, much to trail and long distance runners’ delight.

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Rapha Merino base layer – Long Sleeve

Just as good for runners as it is for cyclists

+Wick moisture awayJust as good for runners as it is for cyclists+Odour resistant

Rapha might be famous for their cycling gear and this is technically a cycling top, but it works equally as well for runners, too. Rapha’s merino blend wicks moisture quickly and efficiently and it is also extremely odour resistant.

Rapha also uses flatlock stitching so the top won’t chafe and the seams are positioned behind the shoulders to avoid bag straps rubbing while running. The Rapha merino base layer is close fitting and cut long at the back so you can tuck it into your tights.

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ASICS Lite-Show 2 Winter Long Sleeve Half Zip Running Women’s Top

The best warm winter top for woman

Specifications

Material: 94% Polyester, 6% Spandex +Moisture wicking+Extra underarm ventilation+Highly reflective

Reasons to avoid

-It is a bit warm for anything but the coldest of weather

The ASICS Lite-Show 2 Winter Long Sleeve Half Zip Running Women’s Top has not only got a very long name, it also features Asics’ Lite-Show “body mapped 360° reflectivity” – it’s not just on the bike when it’s useful to be seen but on the pavement, too.

The half zip nature of the top is great for adding some extra ventilation when you really get warm during your runs: a half zip is an ideal compromise between a sweatshirt and running jacket, the former being too warm and the latter flapping around your hip as you run.

The Lite-Show 1/2 Zip Top is of the synthetic kind and was designed in a way to maximise moisture wicking without compromising heat retention. This is further enhanced by the mesh panels under the arm – say good by sweat patches!

The brushed knit fabric also just looks great; choose the black colourway to make your silhouette more slender if you wish or stand out a bit more with the purple version.

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Gore Wear R7 Windstopper Tights

Stop the wind and keep your legs warm with these weatherproof running thights

+Windproof+Water resistant+Breathable -Tighter fit

The Gore Wear R7 Windstopper Tights, as the name suggests, are suitable all year round, windproof, water resistant and extremely breathable thanks to Gore Windstopper technology.

According to Gore Wear, the R7 tights are “optimal for the performance-oriented road and cross-country runner with a tight fit”. The Gore logo on both the front and the rear of the tights are highly reflective, for added safety.

These brilliant tights have foldable hems that turn long tights into a 7/8 tights. They also come with two front pockets and a zippered rear pocket as well as the waistband being adjustable using the elastic cord.

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Asics Lite-Show 2 Winter Running Women’s Tights

A matching set for for full winter protection

Material: 91% Polyester, 9% Spandex +Laminated media pocket at back+Rear-leg zip opening

The Asics Lite-Show 2 Winter Running Women’s Tights is the bottom half of the Asics Half Zip top above; it offers the same great features, like heat retention and highly reflective panelling like the top.

The features that are exclusive to this garment, however, are the rear leg zip at the bottom of the legs for extra ventilation and the laminated rear media pocket for your phone or iPod Touch – does anyone still use those?

For sure, the Asics Lite-Show 2 Winter Running Women’s Tights will keep your legs warm when they need to be warm and also keep the muscles stimulated and joints protected all the way through your runs.

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Proviz Unisex Pixelite Running Gloves

Gentle to the touch, visible to the eye

+Highly reflective material+Soft touch fabric

The performance-grade Proviz Unisex Pixelite Running Gloves are made of a mix of soft touch fabrics and the highly reflective PixElite material, meaning you will feel good and be visible, even after sunset.

Designed and manufactured in Italy, the Proviz Pixelite running gloves are designed to be stylish whist also trying not to compromise too much on performance. And they do just that, although the gloves are not the thickest, so we wouldn’t call them ideal for sub-zero conditions.

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Stolen Goat Sputnik Bandido / Neck Warmer

For the sportsman with style

+Funky looks+Reasonably-priced

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Stolen Goat is a British company that provides high-quality cycling, running and triathlon gear and accessories. They blend style with functionality and do it successfully so.

Their one-size-fits-all neckwarmer is the perfect accessory for keeping your ears, face, head and neck warm whilst enjoying your runs. The Stolen Goat Neck Warmer’s main appeal is its versatility: pull it up if you are cold, pull it back down if you are hot. Easy as pie.

Another main appeal of the the neck warmer – and the brand in general – is the design. Wear a piece of clothing from Stolen Goat if you want to stand out; these aren’t your plain vanilla garments.

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Adidas UltraBoost S&L Running Shoes

Retro looks and great traction for the win

+Great looks+Continental rubber gives excellent traction -Not waterproof

We loved the Adidas Ultraboost 19 and this version build on the foundation laid by the one of the best running shoes on the market. What has been added is a leather upper, making the shoes more resilient and definitely more handsome than before.

The Adidas UltraBoost S&L running shoes are excellent for training days during winter. The stretchweb outsole flexes naturally and the Continental rubber gives the shoes excellent traction.

The Boost midsole provides temperature-independent cushioning; it will feel responsive in both and even colder weather.

The leather upper give the Adidas UltraBoost S&L a retro look, something you can wear for all occasions. Well, maybe not for a gala dinner but definitely to shops.

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2XU Vectr Ultralight Cushion Crew Socks

Better have those ankles wrapped up properly, no one like them sprained

+Extra cushioning in soles+Top mesh for added breathability

Runners often forget to support their ankles, which is quite surprising, given how much pressure they must endure during running. Even in cold weather, many people often only put leg warmers on with ankle socks, leaving the ankle joints susceptible to cold weather conditions.

Give your ankles some much deserved love and wrap them up well in some nice supportive socks. The 2XU Vectr Ultralight Cushion crew socks use a system called ‘X. Lock’ for arch, ankle and plantar fascia support. The design promotes an anatomical, anti-blistering fit for reduced friction in the shoes.

2XU says the Vectr is “the ultimate sports performance sock, built for every sport and every shoe”. The zoned mesh ventilation ensures breathability and comfort, along with the light 1.25mm cushioning at the soles, which deliver greater comfort inside tight-fitting sport shoes.

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Proviz Nightrider Backpack – 10 Litres

Hydration pack ready and fully waterproof

+Chest strap+Waterproof+High-viz

The Proviz Nightrider 10 litre backpack has a tough 600D nylon outer layer, coated with a PVC lining to make it water-resistant to the highest levels. The inner lining is 210D polyester which adds strength, something that comes handy when battling the elements outdoors.

The chest strap helps to add stability during your runs and keeps the bag from bobbing up and down. The outer shell is covered with Proviz’s highly reflective paint and there is even a cute little triangle on the top of the bar, which can be removed and replaced with the Triviz Light Pack (sold separately) for extra visibility at night.

Use the Proviz Nightrider 10 litre backpack as a hydration pack or as extra storage space to keep a set of spare socks and snacks for longer rides.

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Nike Team Performance Beanie Hat

A winter running essential

+Straightforward design+Reflective logo

As straightforward as it gets, the Nike Team Performance Beanie Hat will keep your head warm when it needs to warm. A no frills, easy to wash hat that sports a reflective Nike swoosh logo at the front and isn’t too warm so it’d make your head boil. What else can you possibly ask from a beanie hat?

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If you’re forgoing the comfortable temperatures of your gym this Winter, that can mean dealing with a lot of snow, ice, hail, rain, and sleet. Winter running has just as many challenges as running in extreme heat, but with the right gear, you’ll stay warm, dry, and comfortable.

Your comfort level depends on many factors, including how fast you’re running, how comfortable you are in the cold, and how long your run is, so your perfect Winter outfit may differ. However, below are good rules of thumb for dressing for Winter running, whether it’s in snowy, freezing conditions or slighter warmer temps.

When It’s 32 Degrees or Below

  • Start off with a wicking bra and a wicking tank. We love Ibex sports tops since they are made of comfy, breathable, and natural merino wool.
  • Pull on a long-sleeved midweight base-layer shirt made from either nonitchy merino wool or polyester.
  • Slip on wicking socks that go up to your knees to keep your calves warm. Lightweight ski socks do just the trick; many, like these Smartwool PhD Snowboard Light socks ($14), are made of a natural and synthetic blend that keeps your toes warm without too much bulk.
  • Wear warm running tights on your legs. Try these Under Armour cold-weather compression leggings ($50).
  • Over the long-sleeved shirt, wear a fitted, wind-stopping softshell like this one from The North Face ($149).
  • Running gloves or liners will protect your hands.
  • Wear a lightweight hat so your head doesn’t get too sweaty.
  • On cold days, wear a fleece neck warmer. It will keep your neck and chin warm while also helping to prevent burning lungs.
  • Facial sunscreen and lip balm with SPF are both musts, as are sunglasses to protect your eyes. Snow reflects the sun’s harmful UV rays, and the light bouncing off the snow can be blinding.
  • Water-resistant but breathable running shoes help make snowy or rainy conditions bearable for your feet. These Salomon XR Mission trail-running shoes ($110) are made just for bad Winter weather. Wearing gaiters over your calves will keep your ankles and legs dry when the snow is deep.
  • When it’s icy, slip on a set of Yaktrax Run straps ($40) on your running shoes to give you more traction and prevent slipping on hard snow or ice.

When It’s Above 32 Degrees

If temperatures are chilly where you live but haven’t hit that freezing mark, you still need to dress for the weather. But while all of the above are Winter essentials in snow country, layering that much on your body in 40-degree weather can lead to a sweaty, uncomfortable run. Dressing like it’s 20 degrees warmer than it is will help ensure you don’t over-layer. With that said, here are some guidelines for those (relatively) warmer Winter runs.

  • Dress in layers, but leave out the insulating middle layer. Depending on the temperature, you may want to stick with a thin moisture-wicking shirt (go for short-sleeved if you are running for a long time and temperatures are 40 degrees or higher) and lightweight zippered jacket that you can easily take off when your body temperature rises. Look for a thin, waterproof windbreaker with vents to keep you dry and comfortable if it’s raining, and choose a jacket with zippered pockets as well to stash any headgear or gloves when you warm up.
  • If it’s windy, you probably will need running tights to help insulate your legs from the chill. If there’s not a lot of wind, regular fast-drying pants should work.
  • If you find that hats trap too much heat while you run in warmer Winter weather, look for ear-covering headbands that keep your ears warm while preventing overheating.
  • Rainy Winters call for shoes that protect your feet, so look for shoes that have as little mesh as possible for your wet Winter runs. Trail runners work perfectly; just be sure to wear noncotton moisture-wicking socks and avoid puddles as much as possible.
  • Gloves are still important in above-freezing temperatures, since cold weather can chill your extremities and cause discomfort while you run. Go for thin, wind-resistant gloves without the bulk, and stash them in your pockets after you warm up.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and lip balm with SPF are still a good idea, even if you’re running under cloudy skies. The sun’s UV rays can pass through clouds.

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This cold-weather running gear is perfect for training in frigid temps

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.

Mizuno Breath Thermo Half-Zip Pullover

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.

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Merrell MTL Astrum Trail Runner

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.

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The North Face ETip Gloves

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.

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Kahtoola NANOspikes Traction System

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.

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Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Hoody

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.

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UA ColdGear Infrared Balaclava

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 Armour for $29.99.

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Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest

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.

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Stance Uncommon Solids Wool Crew 

Socks

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.

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PETZL Actik Headlamp

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.

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Buff Polar Reversible Headwear

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.

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Mizuno Breath Thermo Tights

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.

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Under Armour UA HOVR ColdGear Reactor 2 Sneakers

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 Armour for $130.

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Aukey Key T10 Wireless Earbuds

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.

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Columbia Outdoor Adventure Expandable Waist Pack

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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13 Winter Essentials That Make Running in the Cold Way Less Miserable

As the saying goes: There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear. When you’re properly dressed for the conditions, nothing can stop you from crushing an outdoor workout. And since it’s perfectly safe to exercise outside all winter long, you can keep logging those miles even when the mercury drops. Learn to love a cold-weather run by layering up with these 13 cold-weather running essentials

Under Armour ColdGear Long Sleeve Shirt

You can’t go wrong with a base layer from the company that pretty much invented them. This basic long sleeve is actually not so basic—it features Under Armour’s exclusive ColdGear technology, a double-layer fabric that wicks moisture away from your skin while also maintaining body heat. The special lightweight construction keeps you warm and comfortable without extra bulk that can slow you down.Available at underarmour.com for men and women, $49.99 each.

The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip

Here’s a pro tip: When looking for gear for inclement weather, turn to outdoor brands like The North Face. Products get tested in the toughest conditions and have a lifetime guarantee (yes, for the duration of your entire life!). This fleece is like hygge for your run. It’s as soft as it is warm and makes for the perfect top or mid layer. Available at thenorthface.com, for men and women, $55 each.

Sugoi Alpha Hybrid Jacket

You only need one really good outer layer for cold runs, and this one is it. The wind-resistant panel along the front keeps your torso protected, while the stretchy knit fabric on the sleeves and sides won’t limit your range of motion. We’ve been running in freezing, snowy, and bitter cold temps in this for two winters and counting! Available at amazon.com, for men ($126.61) and women ($121.99).

Craft Cover Thermal Tights

No need to mess around with trendy patterns or crazy colors here. This pair of classic black tights comes from a brand known for Nordic ski gear (so you know they’ll keep you warm!)—the brushed fleece interior feels like butter when you slip them on. Available at shop.craftsports.us, for men and women, $89.99 each.

FITS Performance Trail Quarter Socks

On a warm day, you might just grab any old pair of socks, but when you exercise in the cold, your body sends blood straight to your major muscle groups, leaving things like your fingers, toes, ears, and nose to get extra cold. So grab a medium-weight wool sock like this one. It has a special construction that hugs the curves of your foot and stays put, so there’s no loose material to rub you the wrong way (a.ka. no blisters!).Available at backcountry.com, $18.95.

Saucony Peregrine Ice+

Designed specifically for winter running, the Peregrine Ice+ has more grip than your traditional road running shoe, so you’ll feel traction on icy surfaces. The water-resistant upper keeps your feet warm and dry through the deep winter and straight into spring.Available at saucony.com, for men and women, $150 each.

Smartwool Merino 150 Pattern Neck Gaiter

The quickest way to make every shirt in your arsenal more versatile: Add a gaiter. Top a tank, tee, or long sleeve with one of these to transform it into a turtleneck style top. Scrunch it down for scarf-level warmth or pull it up over your nose for bitter cold, windy conditions. Available at smartwool.com, $30.

ASICS Thermal 2-N-1 Headwarmer

Your winter kit is not complete without an ear warmer. This soft, multi-weather style is reversible, so you get two for the price of one—can’t beat that. Available at asics.com, $9.

Nike Dry Running Knit Hat

On days when a headband just won’t cut it, reach for a full-coverage hat. This one features Nike’s Dri-FIT technology, which helps keep your head dry and comfortable, as well as reflective elements so you stay visible in low-light conditions.Available at store.nike.com, $25.

Brooks Running Greenlight Running Gloves

The most important feature for running gloves (other than warmth, of course) is a tech-tipped thumb and index finger, so you can keep your music and run tracking apps in play at all times. This pair has that covered plus a secret pocket in the palm so you can stash a little cash or credit card for emergencies (like a post-run hot chocolate emergency). Available at brooksrunning.com, $21.

Oakley Radar EV Path Prizm Snow

Do you really need a winter-specific pair of sunglasses? Truthfully, no. Any pair will do. But trust us when we tell you: This pair is worth consideration. You know that blinding feeling you get when you walk outside on a bright winter day, and the sun reflects off the snow? Well these lenses specifically filter white tones so you can see more clearly without being blinded by the glare. If you’re into snow sports, they’ll also do double duty on the slopes, so they’re worth the investment. Still not sure? Just try on a pair and you’ll instantly understand. Available at oakley.com, $190.

Hot Hands Hand Warmers

EDITOR’S PICK{{displayTitle}}These bad boys aren’t just for your parents during tailgate season. It’s a good idea to stash a box of these near your gloves for below-freezing days. Slip a pair into your gloves to keep your hands toasty through every mile. Available at amazon.com, $14.92 for pack of 10.

Aquaphor Lip Protectant + Sunscreen

We’re in the camp of can’t-leave-home-without-lip-balm—especially during dry conditions. This balm locks in moisture and prevents water loss from your lips, but can also be used around your nose and as an anti-chafing body balm for long runs. Bonus: It’s got SPF 30, which is a must for outdoor workouts.Available at amazon.com, $3.77.

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When the temperatures drop, you need cold weather running gear you can rely on. Shop Athleta for the latest winter running gear to keep you comfy and stylish, from warm jackets to sleek sneakers.

Keep Up With Your Routine

Don’t let winter keep you from staying active. If you love to run, walk, or workout outdoors, embrace the chilly weather with our winter running shoes, jackets, socks, sweatshirts, and more. In cold weather, running can be difficult when you aren’t fully prepared. Our hoodies, mock neck sweatshirts, jackets, and down coats keep you warm but not too hot. Super soft fabrics like fleece, cotton, and water-proof nylon are lightweight enough to not weight you down, yet durable enough to do their job. Whether it’s raining, snowing, or just a bit cold, we have headbands, hats, socks, and well-designed shoes to keep up with you when winter strikes. Use these essentials for any outdoor activity, even if you’re just running errands instead of running the track. You’ll feel good getting your blood pumping while enjoying the crisp winter air, and you’ll feel cozy and comfy every step of the way.

Stay Stylish In The Cold

Don’t sacrifice your fashion sense just to stay comfortable while you exercise. When the weather calls for it, break out a winter running jacket that’s sleek and on-trend. Our winter workout gear features coats and sweatshirts with fashion-forward touches like crossover zippers, drapey necks, quilted stitching, and mock necks. Working out in the cold will seem far less daunting when you look this good in your winter workout clothes. And when you look good, you feel motivated. Go for bold colors and unique prints that get attention, or keep it simple with neutral hues that go with everything. Whether you’re shopping for leggings or coats, our styles skim your curves in flattering semi-fitted or fitted silhouettes, allowing you to bend and move without restriction. If you’re in need of eye-catching sneakers or the best winter running jacket, Athleta has what you’re looking for. You can have the best of fashion and function, and our stylish selection proves it.

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