The Women's Winter Workout Essentials of 2015

Key pieces to keep you going when the mercury drops.

Stephanie Pearson

(Inga Hendrickson)
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Key pieces to keep you going when the mercury drops.

Stephanie Pearson

New Balance Chameleon jacket

With highly breathable Polartech Alpha insulation in the front and back and a stretchy polyester weave that allows airflow throughout the sides, this is the ideal active layer for frigid days. $150, newbalance.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Brooks Pulse Lite Glove II

Brooks makes warmer gloves, but we loved the breathable Pulse Lite ($25) for all but the coldest days on the trail. Reflective highlights up the viz at night, and the touchscreen-compatible pointer finger allows you to switch tunes without slowing down.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Dakine Heather beanie

This insulated acrylic hat is so comfortable that we wore it running, camping, skinning, and mountain biking. To maintain the handmade look, don’t throw it in the washing machine. $30, dakine.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Helly Hansen Pace Half Zip Lifa Flow midlayer

It feels too thin for winter, but its purpose is to keep you warm by keeping you dry: polyester mesh on the back panel and under the armpits pulls heat and sweat away from the skin. $70, hellyhansen.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Kahtoola NanoSpike

Most running crampons are heavy, clunky, or both. At 7.5 ounces per pair, the NanoSpikes ($50) are the lightest we’ve tested. Low-profile tungsten-carbide studs bite into ice and snow but won’t gash your calf if you make a misstep.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


SmartWool PhD Run Tech tights

Sure, they’re pricey, but the form-fitting comfort is worth it. The mix of merino wool, nylon, and stretchy spandex kept us toasty down to the teens. $125, smartwool.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Fits Pro Trail socks

The cuff on the Pro Trail ($18) sock hits the low calf—high enough to keep out snow, but not so high that it feels bulky under tights. And with a wee bit of Lycra added to the merino wool and nylon weave, it stays put.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Moving Comfort FineForm bra

With a new uni-cup design and sexy straps, the FineForm ($50) lives up to its name: it’s more feminine and flattering than most active bras but still supportive enough for larger sizes and serious interval training.

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(Inga Hendrickson)


Under Armour Pure Stretch underwear

These laser-cut, hem-free undies make panty lines obsolete. Better still, they’re soft, stretchy, and moisture-wicking. One size fits most—seriously. $12, underarmour.com

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(Inga Hendrickson)

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