Introducing the Great Gear Guide, Running Warehouse’s rundown of some top choices in running gear. First up: winter running jackets. What do you need to keep your runs comfortable in the rain, sleet, snow and other assorted muck this winter season? Read on for our picks.
Great Jackets for Cool Days
Ah, that delightful, crisp fall air. Except wait a minute, I’m feeling a bit too nippy out here. That’s where the Asics Thermopolis LT Full Zip comes in. The fully peached interior retains heat, and mock neck adds extra coziness. Zip up or down to adjust to just the right temperature.
Others to consider:
- Nike Element Thermal Full Zip
- Salomon Men’s XA Midlayer
- Salomon Women’s Swift Full Zip Midlayer
Great Jackets for Cold Days
It’s a dry day, but it’s cold as the dickens. And we all know how cold the dickens can be. Avoid becoming dickensian on your run when you zip up the Sugoi Firewall 180. Intense thermal properties and soft fully brushed interior make this jacket a cold weather champ. Two generous front storage pockets allow you to carry A Tale of Two Cities and Hard Times, or other essentials for your run.
Others to consider:
- Zoot Ultra WRKSnano Thermocell Jacket
- Brooks Utopia Thermal Hooded Jacket/Hoodie II
- Saucony T-Grid RX Fleece Read more…
The trail beckons. Are you equipped for the journey? You will be in the Men’s Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection and Women’s Pearl Izumi Ultra Collection. As an ultra runner, it can be challenging to find gear and apparel that provides both a lightweight, performance fit and enough storage options to cover you for the long haul. This fall, Pearl Izumi came through with a solution. Here are a few highlights from the collection:
Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Jacket
The power in this piece is all in the details. The jacket is constructed of a wind resistant fabric (without a laminate) that offers some serious protection against the elements, with supreme breathability. Pearl Izumi added an abrasive print to the shoulders of the jacket to increase pack traction, so you’re pack or vest won’t slide around as much when you maneuver over technical terrain. The zipper hides a draft flap and zipper garage that help prevent chafing and chilliness. Zip up and get out the door!
Pearl Izumi Ultra Tight
Start with a multi-paneled, ergonomic design that allows your legs to move freely as you power through challenging mileage. Add soft thermal fabric with waterproof calf and ankle splices that keeps your muscles warm when the temperature plummets. Then throw in lock-down ankle zippers and hits of reflectivity.
In addition to a large secure zip back pocket for safe storage of essentials, these tights have stretch mesh pockets located at an angle on each hip to store gel flasks, gels, or other nutrition or hydration essentials. The pockets are located on the upper back portion of the hips, so whatever you’re carrying will move with you.
Pearl Izumi Ultra Gaiters
Take care of yourself all the way down to your toes on the trail with the Ultra Gaiters. Stretch fabric and a highly durable underfoot strap will give you a secure, almost custom fit. A small hook attaches to your laces to keep dirt and debris from sneaking into the front of your shoe, so you can focus on the trail ahead.
What do you look for in long-distance running apparel?