The Best Winter Running Gear of 2013

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Saucony DryLete Balaclava

For those days when you’re the one guy crazy enough to run, Saucony’s DryLete balaclava is the secret weapon, with a patch of mesh over the mouth to help prevent your breath from forming an ice mask.

Yaktrax Run Spikes

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Likely to encounter black ice, snowdrifts, or slippery hardpack on your route? They’re heavier than they should be, but the hardware on the low-profile Yaktrax Run spikes is easily replaceable when it wears down.

Terramar Wind Blocking Boxer Briefs

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When the wind is really biting, we like to have a little extra insurance in key areas. Which is why we’re fans of Terramar’s Wind Blocking boxer briefs, which have a well-placed windshield panel.

The North Face Runcool Jacket

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The North Face’s Runcool jacket, with its mix of heat-dumping stretch fabric and Flashdry snow- and wind-blocking material in vital spots, is one of those rare jackets we wore all the time: over a synthetic tee on mild days and layered on top of warmer midlayers on colder morning.

Outdoor Research Ultra Trail Gaiters

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With four lockdown options, Outdoor Research’s stretchy, water-repellant Ultra trail gaiters never let the snow or slop in.

Season Five Atmos 1.0 Arm Sleeves

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When a full jacket is too much, Season Five’s Atmos 1.0 arm sleeves are a great compromise. They’re basically waterproof, which makes them super warm—and a bit steamy, but that’s welcome in intermittent wind.

Arc'teryx Venta LT Gloves

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Your hands feel the cold first. Wind blockers like Arc’teryx’s Venta LTs help retain your body heat without bulky insulation, and they won’t get soggy in a snowstorm.

REI Powerflyte Tights

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Breathable side panels and reflective trim elevate REI’s Powerflyte tights above your average black running bottoms. Testers found them warm enough down to the teens.

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