Winter is coming. Serious. For outdoor use, this means a completely different program. After all, you do not want to get cold, right? We looked at some of the best running and accessories for the winter run.
We focused on warmth because that's the big problem when we're out there. Cold air that hits your lungs can damage your health, and the cold can also affect your limbs and muscles. It is important to be dressed appropriately for cold weather.
Not everyone feels the cold right away. We all have different ideas about what feels right and what feels ice cold. Different climates also mean different levels of "cold", so we've made a layered approach to things. Look, wearing multiple layers will keep you warmer than just wearing one or two really thick garments. It also means that if you get too warm (or the weather gets better), you can remove a layer and move on.
Here is a look at some of the best clothing solutions for keeping you warm through your winter runs, as well as a few other useful accessories.
Basic T-Shirt: Under Armor Men's Tech Short Sleeve T-Shirt ($ 25)
You probably already wore some good t-shirts for jogging or running, but if not, buy an Under Armor Men Tech Short Sleeve T-shirt. It is made of 100% polyester and contains a very sophisticated technology known as the Moisture Transport System. Essentially, it means it dries sweat away from the skin and dries quickly. There is also anti-odor technology so your shirt will not stink at the end of a run.
No matter what the weather, you should wear it.
Basic Pants: NIKE Men's Athletic Track Skinny Pants ($ 53)
Okay, you'll probably need to wear another layer under the NIKE Men's Athletic Track Tight Trousers, but for now – these are the simplest pants you'll need to wear when you're outside. Made from a polyester blend, they use Nike's Dri-FIT technology to wick sweat away from the body so you'll feel comfortable at the end of your run, not wet and sweaty.
Plus, zippered side pockets feature a drop-in waist pocket, making it easy to stow things. A zipper hem helps you put them on and off over your shoes as well. It's the little things that are important in the end.
Make sure you buy a larger size than usual because you'll need to put an extra layer under it during the colder days.
Base Layer: Tesla Men's Thermal Wintergear Compression Baselayer Long Sleeve Shirt ($ 10- $ 17)
It's so much colder than it used to be earlier in the year. How's it going? Okay, you still wear your regular T-shirt, but underneath, buy a Thermal Wintergear Compression Baselayer Longsleeve by Tesla and wear it.
It's designed to keep you warm and tight. It still has room for air circulation and it wicks sweat away from your body, but in the end it's another line of defense against the cold. It may look a bit thin, but it is deceptively comfortable. It's exactly what you need when it gets cold outside.
Base Layer Bottoms: Duofold Men's Mid-Weight Wicking Thermal Pants ($ 9- $ 15)
As with the tops you wear, you'll need an extra layer for your pants as well. The Duofold Men Mid-Weight Wicking Thermal Pants is a great idea as it is a cuddly cotton and polyester fit. They have a moisture wicking waistband, while the rest of the pants keep you warm whatever the outside temperature.
They are tight-fitting, but you'll soon get used to it. Wear the Nike tracksuit trousers over them and you have an extra layer of protection from the elements.
For when it's colder: Running Warmer: TCA Men's Excel Runner Thermal Lightweight Running Vest / Bodywarmer with Zippered Pockets ($ 30)
Was it getting colder? Yup, winter will do that. Buy the TCA Men's Excel Runner Thermal Lightweight Running Vest / Bodywarmer with zippered pockets and you should feel warm enough to run.
It is a bodywarmer that you wear over your normal upper layers to give you extra protection against the elements. It has a padded insulation on the front with a breathable back so you do not sweat too much. Zipped pockets on both sides allow you to safely store items such as your phone or purse. There is also a reflective hi-vis icon that gives you extra visibility when it matters.
One Last Layer: Running Jacket: Przewalski Men's Winter Thermal Cycling Jacket ($ 26- $ 35)
Running while wearing a coat or jacket is not ideal, so we will not accuse you of running treadmills on these days. But if you want to take to the streets, the Przewalski Men's Winter Thermo Cycling Bike Jacket is a pretty jacket that keeps you warm (but not too warm) while you run.
It's waterproof with a brushed fleece lining to keep you comfortable when you run. There is also breathable material that maintains this strange ability to keep you warm and yet be free of sweat. A reflective stripe means that you can also be seen outside at night. Still, it's a relatively light jacket, so we do not recommend it on the coldest days, but it's a good middle ground if you want to go outside. When you buy it, make sure you buy one or two sizes larger than usual – it must fit over your existing layers.
Running Gloves: TrailHeads Running Gloves with Touchscreen Fingers ($ 18- $ 20)
Cold hands are the worst when running. They can soon be painful and sore, and the cold is harmful to the skin. When you buy the TrailHeads running gloves with touch-screen fingers, your hands are protected and you can still use your smartphone when needed.
The gloves are made of a blend of nylon, polyester and spandex. Hands are kept warm while sweat is transported away from the skin. Conductive fabric is used on the thumb and forefinger, so you can easily touch touch screens. Admittedly, these gloves are not designed for the coldest winter days, but if you have the cold but relatively mild temperatures somewhere, they are perfect.
Neckwarmer: SUNMECI Neck Gaiter Warmer Windproof Mask ($ 14)
Breathing in the cold air is not good for you. It may be dangerous if you are asthmatic, but for anyone, it is likely to slow you down and you will feel less than great. Buy a mask / neck warmer combination like the SUNMECI Neck Gaiter Warmer Windproof Mask, and you can go a way to avoid too much cold air, along with pollutants along the way. It's made of soft material that will not scratch your neck or face, so you're good to wear it for a long time. It also keeps your extremities warm. Do not be surprised if you wear it, just when you're running around, let alone running.
Beanie Hat: French Fitness Revolution Skull Cap ($ 12)
Much of our heat leaves our bodies through our heads. Buy a beanie hat and that will not happen while you're running. The French Fitness Revolution Skull Cap is lightweight and made from a comfortable blend of materials that extends beyond any head size. You can even wear it under a helmet if necessary.
It's a very small price for something that can make a big difference when you're warm on the go. It also looks pretty subtle and stylish.
Headlamp: Foxelli Headlamp Flashlight ($ 13)
Winter means darker mornings and nights – the exact time you go for a run. Buy the Foxelli Headlamp Flashlight and you can still see where you are going, even if you are in rural areas. It offers 165 lumens, powered by 3 AAA batteries. It's also waterproof and lightweight so you do not have to get stuck, and you do not have to worry about it when it rains.
If you live in a busy city, this is not an essential item, but the moment you leave town you will realize how useful it is.
Vaseline ($ 6)
Ok, Vaseline sounds like a devilish technique, but it really is one of the best things to protect yourself from the elements. Just put something on your cheeks, nose or other areas that are exposed to the cold, and it does a great job of putting things off. It's an old old runner trick that's as useful today as it was decades ago.
It is not possible to cover every part of your body with clothes to keep you warm (at least not if you want it to be able to walk), so this is a great way to support the areas who need extra coverage. It is also cheap.