Don't quit running because of a little snow and ice and numbing temperatures and potential frostbite! At least, not when you have this season's best running gear to aid you. Take a look at these nine essentials–and get out there!
Pearl Izumi Ultra Thermal Arm Wamers
Pearl Izumi’s no-slip Ultra Thermal arm warmers ($45) have a hidden talent: wind-blocking mittens extend from the cuffs.
Mountain Hardwear Winter Momentum Gloves
They look simple, but Mountain Hardwear’s Winter Momentum gloves ($45) are surprisingly techy, with breathable palms, a nose wipe, reflective trim, and touchscreen compatibility.
Chaos Under Helmet Ogden Beanie
The thin, breathable, and super-stretchy Chaos Under Helmet Ogden beanie ($27) covers your ears, looks good around town, and fits under your ski helmet.
Salomon Trail Gaiters
Keep snow out of low-cut running shoes with Salomon’s highly water-resistant, stretchy Trail Gaiters ($30). Shown here on New Balance’s Gear of the Year-winning 1260v3, they’re simple and light. Instead of affixing to your shoe with a hook, they attach with Velcro.
Helly Hansen Challenger Jacket
Helly Hansen’s lightweight Challenger jacket ($200) is as fast as it looks, with wind-blocking panels up front and airy stretch panels in the back and pits.
2XU Elite Compression Alpine Socks
2XU’s winter-weight Elite Compression Alpine socks ($60) are the answer to both cold calves and long-run muscle fatigue.
The North Face Regulate Pants
Hate the Peter Pan look? North Face’s soft-shell Regulate pants ($120) have a relaxed fit and are armored with water- and wind-resistant panels in key areas (front, shins, and hams).
Suunto Ambit2 S Watch
Suunto’s intuitive Ambit2 S watch ($450) has smart GPS and heart-rate-monitor features for runners, cyclists, triathletes, swimmers, and CrossFit enthusiasts, as well as legit route-finding tools for orienteers and climbers. It’s the most versatile watch we’ve ever tested.
Ultimate Direction Jurek Endure Hydration Belt
The reason Ultimate Direction’s Jurek Endure hydration belt ($40) is our favorite: it fits everything we need (two ten-ounce bottles, a wind shell, and a cell phone in a single water-resistant pouch) and cinches down so well, we forget we’re wearing it.