Winter is coming whether we like it or not. But, this doesn’t mean that you should bring your running routine to a halt. To help you survive by running in the cold, dressing in layers and being prepared is the key.
Here are some more cold weather running gear must-haves to help you stay warm during your runs:
1. Shoes with good traction
Running in the snow and ice is slippery so it is best to wear shoes with better traction. This will help you run better and comfortably. It’ll also make you less prone to injury.
Additionally, wear a shoe that has less mesh to avoid getting your shoes wet while running in the snow. This could help you stay dry and warm.
2. Tights or running pants
Wearing tights or running pants will keep your legs extra warm in a cold winter run. When the weather gets extra cold, you can wear the tights as a base and running pants on top. Consider wearing a synthetic wicking fabric to help wick away moisture and sweat faster, keeping you dry and warm.
3. Running gloves or mittens
Our hands are the most exposed. So, it is important to cover and protect them, especially when you're in a cold environment. Heat loss happens most to our body extremities. Plus, high exposure to a very low temperature can reduce blood flow to the hands, decrease manual dexterity, and can cause injury.
4. Windproof or waterproof running jacket
It is important to consider wearing a windproof and waterproof jacket for the outer layer when running in snow and wind chill. This will help you stay warm and dry. Your body loses more heat when your clothes are wet. If your clothes are wet can affect your body temperature quickly, making you feel colder, uncomfortable, and at risk of hypothermia.
5. Technical fabric long sleeve shirt
Wearing technical fabrics when running is essential to your performance and comfort. Cotton is not ideal for running as it gets uncomfortable and heavy when wet making you feel colder.
Technical fabrics are made from materials that allow a wide range of motion. Choose the moisture-wicking, breathable, lightweight, quick-drying material ideal for working out and running in winter.
Wearing a wicking base layer is helpful to keep you stay warm and dry even when you are sweating.
6. Head and neck cover
It is important to cover and protect your head from cold as it is one of the most sensitive parts of our body to temperature. Wear a thermal moisture-wicking hat, beanie, or balaclava to protect your head from the cold during winter runs.
7. Tech fabric running socks
Avoid 100% cotton socks and go with moisture-wicking material to keep your feet dry. The right socks protect your feet from getting blisters. They also keep your feet comfortable, and warm, while helping you avoid fungal issues.
If you're stocking up on cold-weather running gear, make sure that you only pick the best. Check out the GearTOP shop to enjoy high-performing cold-weather wear to stay comfortable and warm!