Winter Runners

Compression fabric near the hips and in the knees hold hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, and knees in place, creating better alignment for a more efficiency stride. CW-X claims the Generators result in 26 percent less energy expenditure than running in other tights. We don't know about that, but they sure feel fast. $170; cw-x.com (Michael Karsh)
CW-X Endurance Generator tights

CW-X Endurance Generator tights

Compression fabric near the hips and in the knees hold hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps, and knees in place, creating better alignment for a more efficiency stride. CW-X claims the Generators result in 26 percent less energy expenditure than running in other tights. We don't know about that, but they sure feel fast. $170; cw-x.com

Camp Windmit'N mitts

No bigger than a couple of tea bags, these synthetic over-mitts pack away in their own easy-to-stash stuff sacks when not in use. But when the wind starts howling, throw them over fleece gloves (or bare hands) and they'll block the breeze from chilling your fingers. $25; camp-usa.com

(Michael Karsh)


Ultimate Direction Jurek Essential hydration belt

Long miles on the trail demand things like your phone, gels, money, ID, and maybe a lightweight storm shell. Look no further. The Jurek Essential is a minimalist waist belt with three key pockets for all the necessities. Need water, too? Pair it with the Jurek Grip ($20), a 20-ounce bottle with a hand strap. $30; ultimatedirection.com

(Michael Karsh)


180s Bluetooth HD earmuffs

180s brings earmuffs into the 21st century. The Bluetooth HDs keep your ears from icing over while delivering stellar sound wirelessly from your phone or another Bluetooth device. Bonus: they're collapsible for easy transport, and they're adjustable, so one size really does fit all. $80; 180s.com

180s Bluetooth HD earmuffs
(Michael Karsh)


32 North Stabilicers Sportrunners ice cleats

Like snow tires for your car, the Sportrunners have nine metal cleats on the bottom, delivering grip on otherwise treacherous ice. And unlike other traction devices we've tested, which can wiggle loose, these strap down securely and never once slipped on us. $40; 32north.com

32 North Stabilicers Sportrunners ice cleats
(Michael Karsh)

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