The Best Women’s Winter Workout Gear of 2022
The apparel and accessories we loved for exercising at home
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Sure, workout apparel should be sweat-wicking, comfortable, and uncomplicated. But it’s the 21st century, baby—we want all of these things, plus stylish cuts and performance-enhancing features. These are the clothes and accessories that helped us reach new PRs in training and in style.
Janji Circuit Crew Pullover ($88)
This well-designed, comfortable layer is our go-to for daylong hikes or running errands around town. Its secret: the fabric, which combines a smooth cotton-blend exterior for a sweatshirt feel with a breathable recycled-polyester lining that moves perspiration like a tech top. There’s also a discreet zippered pocket in the back that’s the perfect size for a set of keys and a card. We loved all the colors, but if you sweat a lot we’d recommend choosing a darker one—the dusty green Haze color tends to pit out. (XS–XL)
Vuori Elevation Bra ($58)
Whether you’re at the bottom of a squat or sprinting to the end of your run, the Elevation bra has you covered—literally, thanks to a high neck and thick, supportive bottom band. The compressive fabric, a soft, breathable blend of 87 percent polyester and 13 percent elastane, holds its shape and resists pilling even after multiple washes. We especially liked the deep armhole cut, which helped preserve freedom of movement and prevent armpit chafing. (XS–XL)
Lululemon Take Form Mat (from $128)
Ridges at the center and corners of this cushy five-millimeter mat help guide your feet during your practice so you can find certain spots on the mat without peeking down at your feet. It’s also made of 34 percent sustainably sourced natural rubber that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Lululemon Align Pant Leggings (from $98)
These high-rise tights are so light we barely noticed them, even during our bendiest, sweatiest yoga sessions. Bonus: they come in three lengths (25, 28, and 31 inches) and in sizes ranging from 0 to 20.
Crossrope Jump Rope Training System ($99 and up)
Jumping rope was the unsung hero of our pandemic workout experience: it’s cheap, it’s easy to master, and by nature it requires people to keep their distance. These days we’re keeping the habit for when it’s just too cold to venture out for a run. Crossrope’s system allows you to choose from different handles and weighted ropes. Grab a quarter-pound model with slim handles for speed work, or a two-pounder with power handles for strength training. The app (Android and iOS) offers hundreds of workouts.
Hoka Hupana Flow Shoes ($115)
Hoka replaced the Hupana Flow’s upper with a more breathable knit, and we noticed. In these 7.5-ounce sneakers, our feet felt cool, even during hot runs. Meanwhile, the rubber foam outsole and five-millimeter-drop midsole gave stability for HIIT sessions. Double eyelets at the top of the tongue allowed us to lock in the lacing to keep our feet in place.
Honey Stinger Rapid Hydration Workout Drink ($33 for 24)
Honey Stinger’s new electrolyte drink mix includes L-theanine for mental focus, plus vitamins C and D to bolster the immune system. A pre-workout version adds citicoline, for focus, while the recovery version replaces L-theanine with zinc to boost your body’s defenses.