The Best Winter Running Gear of 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.