2016-17 Gear Guides for Running in the Winter

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Snow. It happens to the best of us. Instead of forgoing a chilly run (or worse, running unprepared, despite the conditions), gear up to make the most of your snowy situation. We have a series of guides to help you stay warm, safe, and on your feet this winter!

Running Jacket

Jackets for running come in many flavors, all based on the conditions you’ll be facing along your run. With snow, you’re going to want thermal warmth, and ideally, some degree of weather-resistance. If snow is currently falling from the sky, something water-resistant or water-proof would be wise. A freezing wind would also cause you to amp up your protection to something wind-proof.

Read the Winter Running Jackets Guide: Men’s | Women’s

Running Tights

All tights are not created equal, despite how similar they all seem to look. If you take the time to look closer, you’ll find that certain tights are much better suited to running in sub-zero temperatures than others. And if you’re running in snowy or rainy conditions, you’ll also want your tights to feature some form of water resistance. Certain tights also come with built-in wind panels, which really help take the chill off.

Read the Winter Running Tights Guide: Men’s | Women’s

Running Gloves

Keeping your hands warm and protected is essential when it comes to your overall warmth and comfort during a snowy run. Gloves made specifically for running are built with technical materials, meant to wick your sweat away as you perspire while remaining breathable and providing your hands with thermal warmth. From simple, thin liner gloves to thick, sub zero rated wind and waterproof gloves, there are options for whatever snowy conditions your fingers face. Additional features to watch out for on running gloves are touch-screen fingertips, silicone grippers, and designated nose wiping fabric (because the drip is real).

Read the Winter Running Gloves Guide

Neck Warmers, Face Warmers, and Arm Sleeves

When the wind is biting and the snow is blowing in your face, it’s easy to turn back and run straight home. Keeping your neck and face warm can help you press on by providing you with protection and warmth where many jackets fall short. Buffs, neck warmers, and balaclavas all offer this added protection on varying levels. A balaclava is the most hardcore option, and a few that we carry only leave space for you to see and air holes to breath through. At the risk of looking like an awesome ninja, you’re going to feel invincible.

Read the Winter Running Accessories Guide

Beanies, Insulated Hats, and Thermal Headbands

Even though it’s a myth that most of your heat escapes through your head, there is something to be said for the huge increase in warmth that you feel when you wear a beanie. A running beanie will provide your head and ears with thermal warmth, and since it is built for activity, it breaths well and also wicks moisture away as you sweat. Many of them come with built-in reflectivity, and a few feature a short bill, providing your face additional protection from any wayward precipitation. Sometimes, beanies are just “too much”, but your ears feel like they are going to get frostbite and fall off. On those days, earwarmers are clutch. They keep your ears covered securely so you can run without distraction.

Read the Winter Running Hats and Headbands Guide

Running Socks

Socks are pretty important. It’s the layer between your feet and your choice of running footwear. Socks have the ability to keep dry, cushioned, and blister free, and when temperatures drop, you’ll want them to also help to keep your tootsies warm.

Read the Winter Running Socks Guide

Running Shoes

It’s easy to assume you’ll need different apparel for winter running. But don’t neglect your running shoes – after all, they are the vessels that come in direct contact with the frosty ground. Better traction, better weather resistance, and better warmth – shoes that are equipped for running in the rain, sleet, or snow are going to have features to help you combat the elements as you run.

Read the Winter Running Shoes Guide

Rachel runs for fitness. It’s entirely about personal health and mental/emotional wellness for her. She’s one of those weirdos that finds proofreading to be thrilling. As manager and lead editor for the Running Warehouse Blog, THIS is her baby. She also recently started a graphic design business with her husband Ryan as a side hustle.

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