The Best Cold-Weather Running Gear of 2017
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Winter-training heroes require apparel with oomph.
The North Face Flight Series Fuse Jacket
“Breathable running shell” is usually an oxymoron. Not so the Fuse, which is built from a single piece of fabric with different properties woven throughout. It’s breathable where you need it to be (along the upper back and under the arms) and durable everywhere else. Elastic bands on the hood and cuffs keep out the wet.
Patagonia Speed Waffle Crew Shirt
This fleecy pullover feels like a cashmere sweater but performs like a techy racer. Four-way stretch moves with you, underarm gussets vent heat, and the waffle knit is airy enough for hill repeats.
Mission Workshop Gobi Beanie
The snug woolen Gobi was designed for cycling but works just as well for running on cold days.
Brooks Ghost 9 GTX Shoes
The Ghost 9 is a smooth, light, dependable neutral trainer for the road—a perennial test favorite that seems to do just about everything well. For winter slush and drizzle, Brooks added a Gore-Tex waterproof upper.
Terramar Cool-Dry Pro Ankle Socks
Wet socks are a drag. That’s why we like the Cool-Dry’s plush poly-wool blend, which draws moisture away from the skin. Just be warned: this thick sock won’t play nice with low-volume shoes.
Price $26 for 2 pairs
Arc’teryx Trino Tights
Normally we’re against running tights. Like, if it’s that cold, just go skiing. But the Trino won us over. Gore Windstopper fabric across the front repels sleet, while flat seams prevent chafing.
Salomon S-Lab Running Gloves
This S-Lab warmer is thick enough to keep you toasty but not so heavy as to hinder dexterity. Credit goes to the crackerjack fabric, which is designed to reflect body heat back toward you, adding warmth without extra insulation. Touchscreen compatible fingertips, grippy silicone patches on the palm, and a side pocket for keys complete the package.