Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to take your workouts indoors! I personally hate working out inside and prefer to be outside running. And even if it’s snowy and cold, as long as I’m dressed for the weather I find running outside in the winter to be pretty enjoyable! Today I wanted to share some of my cold weather gear favorites as well as some other highly reviewed items I’m eyeing.
Base Layer Shirt
This top from Lululemon is my favorite cold weather shirt. It is really warm and also moisture wicking. Here’s also a few others that look really good.
For milder winter days (or spring/fall) I find a vest to be the perfect layering piece. I do get too hot quite easily, and a vest is much more breathable than an actual coat.
Once the temps dip lower (especially on snowy and/or windy days) it’s time to break out a warm down coat. My favorite is the one I’m wearing above which is Lululemon’s Down For A Run Pullover. It is a few years old and is not currently available, but they do have a really similar coat.
On more mild winter days I can wear pretty much any leggings, but for the coldest days the key is to go for fleece lined leggings. The pair I’m wearing above is from Fabletics – they are really thick and fleece lined and are my favorite cold weather pair. Unfortunately these are several years old and I’ve not seen them come back into stock, but I just ordered this pair from Lululemon and I’m really excited to try them out!
Running with cold hands is no fun at all, so gloves are super important. I have and absolutely love this pair from Lululemon (also pictured and linked below) – they are tech gloves, but have a waterproof flap that turns them into mittens for extra warmth if you need it. They are on major sale too!
Headband or Hat
My ears get terribly cold running in the winter, so covering them is a must. I have several fleece headbands that typically work just fine, but if temps get really low, then a beanie does a better job of keeping you warm and prevent you from losing too much body heat.
My feet typically stay pretty warm when running (even in the snow!), but if you struggle with cold toes you may want to consider wool running socks. Wool socks are key to keeping your feet warm (it’s all I wear when we go skiing!). A good pair of moisture wicking socks is also a good option.
The trails near my house are kept pretty clear, but these cleats would really come in handy for icy areas. Also with daylight hours being shorter in the winter, a headlamp can come in handy for being able to squeeze in runs when it’s dark out. And even though it is cold, don’t forget sun protection!