by Caroline Cunningham | December 6, 2017 12:17 pm
Though a running outdoors throughout the winters has it’s downsides (read: slipping on ice, freezing fingers, darkness), I personally kind of prefer running in the winter. You’re less likely to overheat and drown in your own sweat, and there’s nothing quite as nice as the accomplished feeling I get when I’ve used exercise instead of my heating bill to warm up.
All that said, I wouldn’t dare step outdoors for a jog without the proper apparel. That winter wind is not joking around, guys. While I personally own three pairs of the Under Armour ColdGear leggings (which you’ll see below), I wondered: What do other runners wear to stay warm?
We reached out to iRuntheHill, a Philly running group that keeps logging miles all winter long. They came back with some fabulous suggestions — as did Katie Barrett, a local runner and trainer at Fit Academy.
These tights have paneling to block wind, fleece to keep you cozy, a pocket in the back to store your keys, and reflective strips to keep you safe. “Love my New Balance wind tights!” says iRuntheHill member Trish Giangiulio. New Balance Windblocker Tight, $120 at newbalance.com.
What’s cozier than fleece? It’s a must-have for iRuntheHill member Heather Orman-Lubell: “My favorite are Athleta for the comfort and built-in pocket for a phone, which then doesn’t freeze!” Polartec Power Stretch Tight, $89 on athleta.com.
“My fave running pants in the winter months are the SUGOi MidZero tights. They are fleece lined and so warm and comfortable. They’ve turned this lover of warm weather into a lover of cold weather runs!” says iRuntheHill co-founder Schuyler Nunn. SUGOi MidZero Tight, $50 on sugoi.com.
Fleece-lined for warmth, with a mesh panel for breathability. “They’re so comfortable and have a layer on the inside to keep you warm without overheating!” says Katie Barrett, Fit Academy trainer. Under Armour ColdGear Reactor leggings, $80 at underarmour.com.
Okay, so not technically leggings, but we’ll buy anything called “Cold Killer.” These slim pants will help block the chill and move with you as you run. “The wind-proof fabric in the front makes a big difference on cold days!” says iRuntheHill member Marcy Gialdo. Cold Killer Pants, $99 at titlenine.com.
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