The most devoted runners don’t let a little winter weather prevent them from hitting the pavement…even when it’s covered in snow. But, running in the winter can be challenging and well, cold. But with the right gear, it can be an enjoyable and invigorating experience.
Here are some of the best items to consider for your winter running gear collection:
Sweat-Wicking Layers: One of the most important pieces of gear for winter running is a sweat-wicking base layer. This type of clothing will help keep sweat away from your body and prevent the buildup of moisture against your skin, which can lead to hypothermia. Try this NB Heat Grid Half Zip that includes NB HEAT technology to help you feel warm while also wicking away moisture.
A Warm Hat: Cover those ears and keep heat escaping from your head with a hat that will stay in place while you move. With a roll cuff for added warmth over the ears, this cuffed beanie is perfect for mild and cold weather activities alike. Made from a Merino 250 base layer fabric, this hat insulates and moves moisture, keeping you comfortable.
Smart Running Gloves: Another important piece of gear to keep your fingers warm and protected are smart running Gloves. It’s important to keep your hands and fingers warm and these gloves have 4 Levels of warmth & versatility - for every stage of every run!
Running Tights: Running tights are a great way to keep your legs warm and protected while running. These Dri-Fast tights move sweat away from your skin for quicker evaporation, helping you stay dry and comfortable…they’re also soft and cozy for maximum comfort while you push through those miles.
Headlamp: On those days when it gets dark early, a headlamp is a must-have. This will help you see and be seen by others, making your runs safer and more enjoyable. This headlamp is lightweight so it feels barely there and it features a reflective thread that makes the user visible under any conditions.
Running shoes with traction: Running shoes with good traction will help you grip snow and ice, preventing slips and falls. This is especially important in the winter when surfaces can be more uneven and slippery. You can buy shoes with extra traction or add traction to your existing running shoes with an ice runner addition like this durable push-through replaceable carbide spikes for ice-biting, on-demand traction.
Orange Insoles: Insoles will help maintain alignment on uneven terrain and provide extra cushioning for your feet, making your runs more comfortable and help prevent pain after.
Once you have the essentials, keep these tips in mind before you head out into the cold:
- Avoid bundling. The more you sweat, the more water builds up against your skin, and the higher the risk of hypothermia.
- Wear layers. Top layers that unzip are a great way to invite airflow if you start to get too warm
- Focus on the extremities. Hands, toes, and head are the most important body parts to protect.
By following these tips and using the right gear, you'll be well-equipped to tackle your winter runs and enjoy the unique challenges and benefits that come with them.