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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.