Winter Running Guide
Winter running can bring solitude and beauty into your world. However, it does take some extra planning and protection to keep those polar expeditions fulfilling and enjoyable. There is no reason to stay inside, here is some excellent wear tested gear, that sets the bar exceptionally high and will help you run in those adverse weather conditions.
L.L. Bean ProStretch Fleece Jacket
Head out on the trail with confidence when you’re wearing the L.L. Bean ProStrecth Fleece Jacket. This cozy fleece jacket moves effortlessly with you during cold runs. Its athletic fit trims bulk and maximizes the fabric’s sweat-wicking powers, and flat-lock seams ensure a smooth feel that won’t chafe during long runs. In addition, zippered pockets at the hips and on the chest store your ID, cash, phone, headlamp, or whatever else you might need when you’re facing cold weather.
www.llbean.com MSRP $89
SmartWool Double Propulsion 60 Jacket
Whether you’re running the trails or just chillin’, the SmartWool Double Propulsion 60 Jacket is ready to insulate your torso, provide excellent breathabliity during aerobic activities, and wick sweat away from your body for greater comfort. The outer fabric also features a water-resistant coating to help keep you dry during episodes of light rain and snow.
www.smartwool.com MSRP $190
Columbia Brushed Micro Brief
Whether you’re running down the trail or taking a hike in the woods, you can stay comfortable in the Columbia Brushed Micro Brief. The luxuriously soft brushed microfiber feels like wearing nothing, only better, it’s Omni-wick advanced evaporation pulls moisture away from the body and enables perspiration to evaporate quickly for unrivaled comfort in any active situation. Seam panel construction eliminates friction, and the platinum shinny Columbia waistband is a blend of microfiber and super-fine spandex that won’t chafe, roll, or constrict.
www.columbia.com MSRP $26
LaCoste Micro Mesh Stretch Briefs
The LaCoste Motion Brief is specifically designed for performance and comfort when you’re running. Its nylon and spandex blend dries quickly, manages moisture, and provides a four-way stretch while the athletic waistband wicks moisture to keep you comfortably dry. Mesh paneling brings the airflow, and the articulated front pocket gives you an ideal amount of support.
www.lacoste.com MSRP $30
Injinji Snow Midweight OTC
Run those snowy trails with Injinji’s Snow Midweight Compression Over the Calf Socks to keep your feet comfortable. Injinji’s NuWool blends merino wool with nylon and spandex to provide thermal regulation, natural odor-resistance, and a super soft feel. The anatomical five-toe design reduces blistering, while the mesh top ensures breathability. These socks also feature arch support and cushioning underfoot for extra protection on rugged trails.
www.injinji.com MSRP $30
Scarpa Neutron Shoes
As the rest of the runners get soggy and slow, you can keep up your speed because you’re wearing the lightweight Scarpa Neutron Trail Running Shoes that grip the slick trail. Designed for racing over snowy or wet trails, this shoe features just enough cushioning and a breathable mesh and synthetic upper to ensure the elements don’t dampen your spirits. Read the full review.
www.scarpa.com MSRP $129
Saucony Xodus Iso Runshield Shoe
You’re way too dedicated of a runner to let a little thing like wet, slippery trails keep you at home. Get out and show the trails who’s boss with the Saucony Xodus Iso Trail Running Shoe. The Flexshell helps keep your feet dry whether you’re splashing through yesterday’s puddles or running in the rain, and a breathable mesh upper with abrasion-resistant microfiber provides breathability for when the temperatures inevitably creep upward. You don’t want to be worrying about slipping on roots and rocks along the way, so Saucony used Super-tacky PWRTRAC rubber for an extremely grippy, high-traction sole that won’t leave you floundering when things get slick. Read the full review.
www.saucony.com MSRP $140
Nathan Peak Insulated SpeedDraw Flask
Great for cold road and trail runs, Nathan’s Peak Insulated SpeedDraw Flask offers the utmost stability for a bounce-free ride. It includes Nathan’s 18 oz insulated bottle that stays secure in the angled holster for easy right-handed access. The front pocket is large enough for running gloves and the biggest smartphones, and there are stow straps for layers. Dual-side adjustments center the SpeedDraw’s holster at your back and the pocket at your front for a precise fit.
www.nathansports.com MSRP $55
Stabil Icers Traction System allows you to take the streets or trails this winter without the worry of taking a header on an icy sidewalk or slippery trail. Durable but lightweight, each pair has nine heat-treated steel cleats that bite into icy surfaces as you run. The system is available in x-small, small, medium, and large, so you can get the right fit for your running shoes.
www.stabilgear.com MSRP $43
Under Armor Launch Sunglasses
Bright winter snow won’t slow you down when you’re rocking the Under Armor Launch Sunglasses during your run. Vented lenses prevent fog buildup so you don’t have to stop to clean them up, while the lightweight and subtly flexible, yet ultra-tough frame sits comfortably on your face. UA’s scratch-resistant lenses enhance color, clarity, and contrast while the polarization filters out any glares to leave you with natural, clear, and comfortable eyesight. The UA Storm lens technology keeps water, dirt, oil, and nasty reflections off these high-performance lenses.
www.underarmour.com MSRP $120