Every season has a certain set of challenges for runners, but winter seems to pose the toughest ones. From the brutal low digit temperatures to the ice on the ground and the unpredictable snowstorms, winter can be a tricky time for runners to get their desired distance completed. One of the smartest ways to ensure you are able to run as much as you plan to and do it enjoyably is to dress appropriately in the right winter running gear.
The shift from autumn to winter always feels like it happens in an instant, and it’s important to know which cold weather running gear you need for which temperatures. Remember that if it’s hot, you need fabric that will work to cool you. If you’re cold, the fabric will insulate you and if it’s raining, the fabric will shield you. The easiest way to regulate body temperature is by layering your clothing so you’re able to adapt to the weather as it changes. Everyone is different and with time you will quickly see what temperatures call for certain gear, but there are general guidelines below that will help you.
- Thick windproof running jacket
- Tights maybe winter tights
- Sports underwear
- Thick running socks
- Hat that that moves moisture, if necessary move moisture extra warm
- Maybe a scarf or neck these
40% body heat is lost through your head so a hat is a necessity. Generally, when temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, a hat is advised. Hats made out of windstopper fabric do a fantastic job of keeping you warm and are breathable so that you don’t overheat.
Neck gaiters can be raised up or down off the face to act as an additional barrier layer from the cold wind. They do a great job of keeping away the cold air from going down the inside of your jacket. These are usually only necessary during very cold temperatures.
The base layers are the most important part of putting your winter running gear together. Multiple layers of lightweight clothing keep you drier and more comfortable than a single heavy garment. Clothing must move sweat and moisture away to prevent a constant chill. Make sure to steer away from cotton, as it does not absorb sweat. This layer must move moisture away from your body to prevent chill. Wicking clothing is a must for cold temperatures. This is a highly popular term that runners use to describe clothing that transports moisture away from the body towards the outside environment, so even with intensive sweating you stay comfortable and dry.
When the weather drops below 32 degrees, it is advisable to wear a jacket. Jackets that offer wind protection and rain-resistance capabilities will keep you warm and dry throughout any run.
Gloves can help keep your body temperature just right. Depending on the weather, a lightweight pair may be all that is needed but when temperatures dip below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s highly advised to wear water resistant gloves that can keep your hands warm in all conditions and temperatures.
When the weather gets cold, many runners wear tights to keep their legs warmer which reduces the chance of injury. Running tights hug the leg more efficiently than pants and can stop the wind and rain penetrating the leg itself. Tights allow you to run and stay warm which also reduces injuries from cold muscles.
The worst material choice for socks is cotton. Cotton absorbs water, which doesn’t evaporate. The best choices of fabrics for socks are moisture wicking ones that are made with polyester, acrylic or wool blend fibers.
Although these aren’t solely for winter running gear, yellow vests at night are a great way to make your presence known on the roads to drivers and to avoid any potential accidents. Also, a headlamp is another smart safety option that will get drivers attention and can help show the road in front of you in case of any potholes or other potential danger in your path.