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How To Dress For Winter Running And Forget About The Cold
Even when the summer heat gives way to cool breezes, and then later to icy blasts, your workout routine doesn’t need to change.
To enjoy winter to the max, here are a few tips for running… and keeping a smile on your face!
THE PERFECT EQUATION
The key to winter running is layering. Multiple layers of carefully chosen clothing will allow you to conserve your body heat while helping to wick away moisture.
Beginners as well as seasoned runners can benefit from this technique because of its adaptability. Pair your pieces together and find the perfect combination depending on the weather, the sport you're taking part in, and your activity level.
Great news! Performance and fashion have combined beautifully in our selection of cold-weather running gear. Make way for essentials that will have you striding towards the finish line in style…
BASE LAYER + MID LAYER + OUTER LAYER
When you’re moving, your body warms up quickly. Wear several layers of clothing that you can remove, if necessary, during your workout.
In order to maximize your comfort, choose pieces with zippers at the neck and under the arms. They’ll work like a thermostat and allow you to regulate your body temperature while you’re out.
1 | THE BASE LAYER: A SECOND SKIN
This is this first item you’ll want to slip on. It should be fitted and breathable. An absorbent synthetic fabric like microfiber or an ultra-breathable polyester jersey will wick away moisture. Merino wool, a unique natural fiber with high thermoregulatory power, is also a fantastic option. Additionally, it has anti-odor and antibacterial properties that are beneficial for our physical well-being (and for the well-being of our noses)!
- Opt for seamless or flat-seamed pieces in order to minimize the irritation of your skin.
- Pick up a high-performance cleaner designed for merino wool in order to keep your clothing in great condition and to get rid of odors.
2 | THE MID LAYER: INSULATION
AGAINST THE COLD
The second layer gives you an extra bit of warmth and protects you from fluctuations in temperature. A puffer made with synthetic material will wick away moisture and dry quickly. If you're looking for a versatile garment that will also be your buddy on hikes, look for a packable piece that won't take up much space in your backpack.
- Think about getting a half-zip sweater that has slits for your thumbs in order to protect your hands from the wind and cold.
3 | THE OUTER LAYER: A SHIELD AGAINST MOTHER NATURE
The third layer protects you against the elements. Opt for a garment with windbreaking and water-resistant properties like a technical coat with a soft shell. A lightweight and rip-resistant piece will slide easily into your bag and be easy to grab when the wind, rain, or snow starts.
- Look for sealed seams because of their ability to repel water as well as prevent it from seeping into your clothes.
Generally made from a blend of polyester and Spandex, leggings are the first line of insulation for your legs. They are ultra-stretchy and offer unparalleled freedom of movement so that you can focus on your stride. You can also opt for semi-slim pants that provide great support while being still being loose enough to accommodate a multi-layered look.
- Be sure to choose pieces with knee vents for increased breathability, as well as a water-repellent spray that will resist light rain.
- During Siberian cold snaps, layering your pants over your leggings is an excellent way to optimize your performance as well as elevate your style.
To avoid frostbite, keep yourself covered from head to toe. Slip on:
- a tuque with a polar fleece lining
- a multifunctional collar which will in turn act as a headband, balaclava, tuque, and scarf
- gloves and mittens with breathable properties
- socks made of merino wool to avoid blisters and increase your comfort
On the coldest days, bring gloves that you can easily slip into your pockets if you need to. When it’s below freezing, mittens will provide the most warmth. In extreme temperatures, opt for a multi-layer system: wear a wool underglove that will absorb moisture and a glove equipped with a windbreaking membrane. Also think about protecting your eyes from the wind, rain, and snow. Ergonomic sunglasses will block UV rays as well as fight glare.
In order to have as much muscular support as possible, consider compression socks. Since they reduce vibration in the muscles, they’ll also fight fatigue and encourage blood circulation. This will reduce your recovery time after your training and increase your motivation! Additionally, pick up a pair of high-performance technical shoes to get great support and cushion the shocks.
Finally, to minimize the risk of injury, always ask for information from certified professionals. Also discover Runner’s World, an international magazine that informs and motivates runners of all different levels.