There's no need to retire your running shoes come winter.
There's no need to retire your running shoes come winter.

Essentials for Winter Running

Forget the treadmill. Here’s the gear you need to run outside all winter long.

Megan Michelson

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Just because it’s cold and snowy outside doesn’t mean you’ve got to retire your running shoes or concede to the treadmill. In fact, studies show that people who run outside exercise longer and more frequently than people who work out indoors. All you need is the right gear to keep you warm, dry, and illuminated, and you'll be ready to go, no matter what the winter brings.

Saucony Exo Jacket ($140)


Saucony’s Exo Jacket is lightweight but surprisingly warm for mid-winter runs. It has a wind and waterproof nylon exterior, fully taped seams, and a protective hood for keeping the elements at bay. The packable jacket is built specifically for temperatures of 50 degrees and below. 

Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp ($50)


The days are short this time of year, so there’s a good chance you’ll end up running home in the dark. Come prepared with Petzl’s Tikka XP headlamp, which offers several lighting modes, including a red strobe light to let cars know you’re there. The on/off button is easy to press even with gloves on. 

Nike Vapor Flash 2.0 Gloves ($65)


Speaking of gloves, you’re going to want some of those, too. Nike’s Vapor Flash 2.0 gloves keep your digits warm with insulating polyester fabric with built-in reflection for dimly-lit runs. Bonus: The thumb and forefinger have touch-screen compatibility so you can manage your playlist without freezing your fingers.

Opedix Knee-Tec 2.0 Full Length Tights ($195)


Imagine a pair of running pants that not only keep you warm in the winter but also reduce impact to your joints? Meet Opedix, kinetically-designed apparel created with help from orthopedic surgeons. Opedix’s Knee-Tec 2.0 Full Length Tights reduce stress to your knees by redirecting the twisting forces you experience while running. 

Stance Pace OTC Sock ($36)


Socks don’t need to be boring. With Stance’s Pace OTC sock, you’ll get a fun, vibrant print in a tall, over-the-calf fit, perfect for insulating. The moisture-wicking socks come with anatomically-designed left and right footbeds and a touch of compression.

ArcTeryx Fortrez Beanie ($25)


You know that old saying about heat escaping through your head? Well, it’s partly true: Studies show that you can lose seven-to-ten percent of your body heat through your noggin. So lock that heat in with an insulating cap, like ArcTeryx’s Fortrez Beanie, made with warm yet breathable Polartec Power Stretch Fleece and designed with a slim, sleek fit.

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