Essential winter running clothes and accessories.
It’s a fine line: you want to beat the cold, but not overheat. Start with a close-fitting, moisture-wicking base layer like ICEBREAKER‘s merino-wool SPRINT ZIP ($100; icebreaker.com). It won’t stink after a few runs and, with a chest-low zipper and high collar, has a wide comfort range.
Icebreaker Sprint ZipIcebreaker Sprint Zip
Brooks Utopia Softshell
Forecast looking iffy? A wind- and water-resistant jacket like BROOKS‘s UTOPIA SOFTSHELL ($120; brooksrunning.com) blocks icy gusts and slop without turning into a sauna.
New Balance NBX Wind Blocker Tights
New Balance NBX Wind Blocker TightsNew Balance NBX Wind Blocker Tights
Same goes for NEW BALANCE‘s NBX WIND BLOCKER TIGHTS ($90; newbalance.com), which have a windproof front panel to protect your thighs, knees, and nethers, plus great freedom of movement.
Saucony Protection Gloves
Saucony Protection GlovesSaucony Protection Gloves
At night, your worries are potholes and truck grilles; SAUCONY‘s neon-orange PROTECTION GLOVES, with their USB-powered safety lights, will help you avoid the latter ($40; saucony.com)
Surefire Saint Minimus Headlamp
Surefire Saint Minimus HeadlampSurefire Saint Minimus Headlamp
SUREFIRE‘s brilliant, 100-lumen SAINT MINIMUS headlamp ($139; surefire.com) is like your own personal streetlight.
Asics Gel-Artic 2 WR Shoe
Asics Gel-Artic 2 WR ShoeAsics Gel-Artic 2 WR Shoe
If the shady parts of your route regularly turn into ice rinks, the replacement metal spikes of ASICS‘s water-resistant GEL-ARTIC 2 WR will com in handy ($90; asicsamerica.com).
La Sportiva Crossover GTX Shoe
La Sportiva Crossover GTX ShoeLa Sportiva Crossover GTX Shoe
If snow is the issue, you’ll love the built-in gaiters in LA SPORTIVA‘s aggressively lugged, waterproof CROSSOVER GTX ($150; lasportiva.com).
Pearl Izumi Thermal Hat
Pearl Izumi Thermal HatPearl Izumi Thermal Hat
Finally, top it all off with a warm and snug-fitting toque like PEARL IZUMI‘s fleece-lined THERMAL HAT ($30; pearlizumi.com)