We have been very lucky with this warmer fall weather, but hate to break it to ya.. but the temps are defiantly going to get a little more chiller. I think for a lot of us are scared of the cold..well at least we are at times but there is some amazing gear out there that will keep you warm. And no you don’t have to put a ton of layers on. When you have gear that is functional, you don’t have to worry about those layers. Another thing to think about those winter runs is your safety, the mornings are dark and at night it’s getting darker earlier, so it’s key to have some sort reflective piece on you when you run.
Here’s how to stay warm in the long, cold months of winter that are coming up!
Tops: We recommend something that blocks the wind, escapes the sweat, has thumbholes and includes a hood, mask, or some other protection just in case.
Under Armour Storm Layered Up Hoody: The mask in this hoody is amazing especially when that cold wind picks up right in your face. Obvi this is one of our favorites!
Oakley Water Repellant Hoodie: A great hoodie not just for running but if you want to get some extra moves in that workout. It’s functional like a hoody but thick like a jacket.
Athleta Vortex Half Zip: We love the extra layering in the neck portion to make sure you are protected.
Outerwear: You always want to look for something that holds against the foul weather but also keeps you safe in the dark. We recommend something that is functional, includes reflective and can hold against wind and rain/snow.
Bottoms: anything that blocks the wind from coming in but keeps the sweat out is key! Cold wet bottoms are the worst.
Roxy Thermal Layer Pants: Perfect for putting under bigger pants too – for snowboarding/skiing/etc.!
Under Armour Aerial Speed Illumination Legging: We highly recommended because of the reflective strips on the legs!
Accessories: We always love to bring our accessories with us just for that last layer of protection.
Brooks Dash Running Gloves: Keep those fingers warm!
C9 Champion Beanie: Another one of those awesome tops to keep your head warm (also with a sweet ponytail hole!).
When to wear what:
Well we defiantly have those moments where we dressed like a snowman because of all the layers we have one that we end up overheating, or completely underestimating how cold it is. Runner’s World provided some levels of temps and what to wear during them.
- SUN: 35° to 45° F and Clear Wear tights or thin running pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and a vest. You may be able to keep your hands warm using the thumbholes of your long-sleeve shirt when it’s 45° F outside, but you should put on gloves when it’s closer to 35° F.
- RAIN: 35° to 45° F and Rainy Slim-fitting tights fare better than pants in rain since they won’t get as wet and droopy. And a wool base layer will keep you warmer than a synthetic top since the natural fiber retains warmth when wet. Finally, a water-resistant jacket is fine for a drizzle, but you’ll want something waterproof in a deluge.
- SUN: 10° to 35° F and Clear Wear technical underwear under your tights or pants and a long-sleeve shirt underneath an insulated vest or jacket. Thin gloves are essential, and at the lower end of the temperature scale, you should switch to thick gloves or mittens and add a thin beanie.
- RAIN: 10° to 35° F and Sleet Wearing tights, a water-resistant jacket, and a cap will keep you dry top to bottom. Add water-resistant mitts to keep your hands from getting cold and damp.
- SUN: -10° to 10° F and Clear Focus on covering every inch of your body at least once (maybe even twice) by wearing wool underwear and thicksocks underneath tights and running pants. To keep your core warm and dry, go with a long-sleeve base layer under an insulated vest and windproof jacket. Round it out with a beanie and mitts over gloves.
- RAIN: -10° to 10° F and Snowy Use the same cover-every-inch strategy as above for the bottom half. Up top, wear an insulated vest and a water-resistant or waterproof hooded jacket over your wool or synthetic base layer. Also, make sure your hat and gloves are water-resistant.
Grab the right gear and get MOVING outside!
Stay warm, keep moving!