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Gear for running in cold weather

Cold weather running gear for men and women Last winter, much of the U.S. experienced record low temperatures. This “polar vortex” caught me completely off guard and sent me running for the treadmill. I’ve vowed to run outdoors as much as possible this winter, no matter how low the temperatures drop. This time I’ll be prepared to run in the cold, though.

Here are our top picks for winter running gear that’s guaranteed to keep you warm:

Base layer:

  • Brooks Heater Hog ½ Zip: It may not look like much, but this base layer is the perfect top for frigid days. It’s engineered with innovative technology that not only wicks moisture away from your skin, but also generates heat back to the body.
  • Under Armour Men’s UA ColdGear® Infrared Thermo High Crew: This high neck crew works great on its own on cool days, but works even better as a base layer on extremely cold days. The super soft, lightweight fabric wicks away moisture to keep you dry and transforms when you want to stay extra warm.


  • New Balance Windblocker Jacket: This water- and wind-resistant jacket is made with a thermal, quick dying material. It also features thumb holes, hand mitts, and a nose wipe. Plus, it just looks comfy.
  • The North Face Animagi Jacket: This jacket offers warmth and protection in extremely cold conditions. A windproof core, knit back panel, and stretch-knit sleeves offer warmth where you need it most and breathability and mobility to keep you comfortable on the run.


  • Saucony Omni LX Tight: These fan favorites are known for staying snugly in place, keeping legs warm when the temperatures drop below freezing, and blocking the wind. Reflective tape runs the entire length of the pant leg to help enhance visibility at night.
  • The North Face Winter Warm Tight:  These fleece-lined, insulated tights are guaranteed to keep you warm even in snowy conditions. They’re breathable and thin, so you’ll stay comfortable on long runs.


  • Under Armour ColdGear Hood: This balaclava-style hood will keep your head and face warm when the weather gets rough. This form-fitted fabric works to keep your noggin warm, dry, and light.
  • Brooks Wanganui Fleece Beanie: This beanie is so light and soft that you may forget you’re wearing it. It offers a snug fit and is made with moisture-wicking material on both sides so you’ll stay warm and dry.


  • Brooks Utopia 3-in-1 Mitten: The Utopia is versatile. It can be worn as a snug, fitted glove, as a semi-fitted mitten, or both can be worn together to offer the ultimate protection on the coldest days.
  • Nike Element Thermal Running Gloves: If you want comfort and protection from the elements, look no further. These soft, cozy gloves are made with an insulating fabric that keeps your hands warm and dry.


  • DryMax Sport Socks: Thanks to triple layer insulation and a fast-acting moisture removal system, these socks keep your feet warm in dry no matter what winter throws at you. They’re higher than typical running socks, too, so there will be no gap between your pants and socks.
  • CEP Compression Sport Socks:  Made for skiing, these heat-retaining compression socks are quickly becoming a favorite among runners. They offer all the perks of traditional compression socks while wicking moisture away and keeping your feet warm.

Written by Jen Matz. 

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