Winter is close at hand (and foot), bringing with it cold, darkness, and generally less-than-ideal running conditions. While this may be enough to keep the average runner indoors, the right gloves and socks can help a determined athlete power through any type of weather.
Let’s begin with gloves. Whether the air is just a bit brisk or you’re caught in a full-on snowstorm, keeping your hands warm and functional is a priority. When we run, blood is pumped towards our core and vital organs, meaning that hands and feet are the first to feel the chill. With gloves, however, we can delay or avoid this feeling almost entirely.
Nofel is a recent addition to the Running Warehouse family. They offer a wide assortment of gloves for any condition, including the Running Basic Gloves, which boast an inner fleece lining and a snug fit. Also featuring touchscreen-compatible thumbs and index fingers, these gloves make it easy to check your texts on the go.
As the temperature dips, you want your hands to be both warm and unrestricted. That’s where the Oiselle Lux Gloves come in handy, allowing you to enjoy silky smooth fabric and extended wrist cuffs that keep cold air out. You’ll fall in love with the soft feel, and if the temperature starts to rise, you can stow them just about anywhere.
Runner Up: Mizuno Breath Thermo Knit Gloves
With the Saucony Ulti-Mitts, you get the mobility of a lightweight glove and the protection of a mitt; they’re basically two great gloves in one. The inner thermal gloves feel soft and warm while pulling sweat away from your skin to keep you dry. If it begins to rain or an unexpected gust of wind shows up, simply fold over the convertible wind- and water-resistant mitt shells for added protection.
The Nike Women’s Therma-Fit Elite 2.0 Run Gloves offer plush, breathable fleece that circulates warmth to keep your digits cozy. With extended wrist cuffs, you get a more secure fit and a little extra protection from the cold. For medium-thickness gloves, they have enough dexterity for your hands to feel unrestricted, and strategically placed grips and touchscreen-compatible fingers let you quickly access your smartphone without exposing your hands to the elements.
Runner Up: Sugoi Wind Mitts
If even the most extreme weather conditions can’t keep you from getting out for your run, then you may be interested in the Craft Siberian Gloves. They contain a three-layer, wind- and waterproof shell to stop the elements from getting in, and a cozy inner fleece lining to ensure your hands stay warm. Adjustable velcro straps at the wrists let you lock in a secure fit, and reflective detailing on all sides helps you stay visible in low light.
Wind and snow are no match for the Sugoi RSR Zero Gloves. A weather-resistant backhand keeps the elements at bay while lightweight Thinsulate insulation wicks moisture from the inside so you stay dry. When your nose starts to drip from the cold, take advantage of the soft fabric on the rear thumb panel. To round out the package, these gloves include a velcro wrist strap, touchscreen-friendly fingers, and reflective elements.
Best Winter Socks
Don’t forget about your feet! While it can be important to wear shoes that have some weather protection, selecting the proper socks is also a must. No one wants to run with cold feet or numb toes, especially when it can be easily avoided. Helpful things to look for in winter running socks include the amount of leg coverage, type of material, and thickness.
One of our favorite options is the Sugoi Zap Winter Sock, which features a crew length design for added coverage and Zap reflectivity surrounding the cuffs for bold visibility. With thick padding underfoot and a technical polyester blend throughout, these winter socks are soft, comfortable, and highly breathable, making them an easy go-to for your cold weather running.
And last, but definitely not least, are the Smartwool PhD Run Cold Weather Mid Crew Socks. They are strategically designed with durable, stretchy, and cushioned Merino wool, which is a naturally odor-resistant fabric that dries quickly. It’s also plenty warm and comfier than your favorite winter blanket. What more could you ask for in cold weather socks?
David is a multi-sport athlete with a love for the outdoors and a passion for all things health-related. When not shooting hoops or spiking volleyballs, he can most likely be found running trails or pounding pavement around town. He first started running to stay in shape and has since completed a number of half and full marathons.