Growing up in a small, snowy mountain town in the Sierra Nevada mountains, I was no stranger to dealing with inclement weather. I knew what it was like to be forced to brave the freezing conditions to and from school (and everywhere in between). Not unlike Randy’s mom from A Christmas Story, my mother would make sure that I was tightly bundled and layered before I ever left the house. I was going to stay warm, whether I could keep my arms down or not.
Running in a get up like Randy’s doesn’t prove successful, comfortable, or practical, though. When it comes to running in winter weather, staying warm isn’t the only thing that matters. Visibility, mobility, ventilation, and comfort are other factors to consider.
Let me take you through some appropriate winter running solutions, head to toe.
Running Accessories, Running Apparel
With cooler weather around the corner, we’re starting to look for creative ways to stay cozy on our runs. Hats and beanies will always have a special place in our hearts, but recently we’ve been running in the Buff.
Um… what? The temps drop and we say ‘forget clothes’? Not quite. The ‘Buff’ is perhaps the most versatile piece of running headwear on the market. It has an incredibly simple design (it’s basically a long tube of stretchy, moisture-wicking fabric), but it can morph into nearly any type of headwear you can imagine.
This little powerhouse accessory even comes in a High UV Protection version. There are at least 12 ways to wear it: from balaclava to headband to neck gaiter, the Buff will have you covered. Check out our complete Buff collection so you can try out the above styles yourself.