Winter Running Tips

Winter Running

Wondering how to dress for cold winter runs?

We are often asked about how to dress for running comfortably during the cold winter months.  Below are a few tips to help you stay warm. 

  • First and foremost, think technical fabrics. You don't want any sweat to freeze against your body, which can happen with cotton.
  • Base Layer - Most important layer, as it is closest to the skin.  Should have excellent moisture-wicking properties (Ladies, this goes for sports bras, too!!), and should be fitted or semi-fitted.
  • Mid (thermal) Layer - Brushed linings and textured fabrics will provide the best heat retention. The lining should be throughout the interior of the garment, including collars (shirts) and cuffs (shirts and pants).
  • Outer Layer - Protects you from the elements (wind, rain, snow, etc).  Outer layers are typically shiny and swishy. If you can see the shine and hear the fabric, it has wind resistance and possibly water resistance, too.
  • Start comfortably chilly. You don't want to overheat later!  Dress as if it is 15 - 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature.
  • Your legs usually heat up nicely, and a pair of thermal winter tights or pants with a brushed lining is all you need.
  • Wear a neck warmer, high collar, or balaclava in windy cold weather.
  • Hands stay warmer in mittens than gloves, or you can pair a thinner glove with a mitten over. Include hand warmers in your mittens, on especially frigid days.
  • Check garment tags for useful information about the conditions a piece works best in.
  • Have dry clothes - including socks - ready in your car to put on when you finish running. This can be your favorite hoody or sweater.
  • Stop in and see us!  Our staff would love to help you select items to keep you running comfortably, regardless of the conditions!