The Running Gear You Need for Cold Weather

Let’s be honest—it takes serious dedication to keep to your running regimen all through winter. But as any seasoned runner knows, it’s much easier to brave the cold when you’re wearing the right cold weather running apparel.

If you’re serious about running outdoors this winter, here is a list of essential winter running gear to help you conquer the cold:

Traction Devices

Rain, snow, and sleet can quickly turn to ice and pose a serious threat to your safety. If you’re hoofing it on pavement in below-freezing temps, having traction devices for your shoes is critical.

A set of Yaktrax or Kahtoolas will give your feet proper traction to prevent nasty slips and falls. These devices slip right over your shoes and have metal spikes to give you greater stability while you run.

Reflective Running Belt

A reflective running belt serves a variety of purposes. Besides making you more visible in the dark, running belts also make it easy to store essential items (such as your keys and cell phone) while you run.

Every seasoned runner knows that layering is key to conquering cold weather runs. The most important layer of all is your base layer.

Regardless of the season, a running belt with reflective 3M material will come in handy. This reflective material increases your visibility when running in the dark or in inclement weather.

Want to improve your winter safety even more? Consider adding a FlipBelt Running Light to your running belt to help you see objects more easily in the dark hours of winter.

Multifunctional Buff

Running buffs are one of the most versatile garments that a runner can own. These multifunctional accessories can be worn as a headband, neck scarf, face mask, and hat, just to name a few.

Once you own a running buff, you won’t go on a run without it. Whether it’s keeping your neck warm in freezing temps or protecting your face from dust and wind, these handy accessories are a must-have in every runner’s arsenal.

Moisture-wicking Gloves

If you’re using proper running form, your hands are constantly moving back and forth as you run. To keep them sufficiently warm on longer runs, you need a pair of moisture-wicking gloves that fit snug.

If you live in an area that receives heavy wind and rain, you’ll want gloves that are wind and waterproof. For those who run in below-freezing temperatures, look for dual-layer fabrics which contain an ultra-warm interior layer and a moisture-blocking exterior.

Lower-priced running gloves will serve their purpose for mild winters. But when it comes to running in extremely cold weather, a pair of high-performance gloves are well worth it to keep your extremities warm.

Long-Sleeve Base Layer

Every seasoned runner knows that layering is key to conquering cold weather runs. The most important layer of all is your base layer.

The ideal base layer top is a mid-weight, long-sleeve top that hugs the body. A snug-fitting top allows you to easily add layers when temperatures drop.

Your base layer top should also be designed to wick away moisture. As the layer closest to your skin, it must be able to wick away your sweat to keep you dry and warm.

Insulating Middle Layer

Once you have a base layer, it’s time to move on to the middle layer. This layer is meant to retain heat and keep you warm in colder temperatures.

Middle layers are often made of polyester fleece and are designed to fit more loosely than your base layer. If you’re running in temperatures below freezing, chances are you’ll want a cozy middle layer to trap in heat for your longer workouts.

Wind/Water Resistant Jacket

A weather-resistant outer layer is key to staying warm and dry in rainy conditions. When temperatures aren’t too cold, the outer layer can be worn with only a base layer.

Outer layers aren’t meant to be super heavy. They should be lightweight, wind/water resistant, and provide excellent interior air circulation.

For example, a shell jacket or windbreaker should repel rain and wind without weighing you down too much. However, those who heat up quickly may prefer a lightweight, weather-resistant shell vest instead.

Two men Running on in cold weather

High-performance Running Tights

The secret to getting through the most brutal of cold spells is a pair of high-quality performance running tights. The ideal pair of running tights are designed to block out wind, wick away moisture and keep your legs warm.

When it comes to choosing running tights for winter, find a pair made with a blend of performance fabrics. For instance, The Flipbelt Crops, Nike’s Dri-FIT and Under Armour’s ColdGear® both contain polyester fabric blends to keep runners cool and dry.

The cost can quickly add up when purchasing more than one pair of tights. However, your legs will thank you when they aren’t frozen on mile two.

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