If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post last weekend about some of my new(ish) winter running gear. Winter is by far my least favorite season for running clothes. This year, I decided to make it my mission to find some things I actually like. At the very least I wanted to find one comfortable pair of running tights and a warm running jacket that was big enough to fit some layers underneath.
Considering it’s only been winter for about a month, I think I have done pretty well finding some good stuff already! I know I rely alot on other blog posts to get ideas for running gear so just like I did in the fall I will share a round up of some of my winter favorites. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the exact same item as what I have for some of these. I did my best to find something really close! A few of these I have had for years but they are worth sharing because they’ve worked out well and have lasted so long!
Winter Running Gear
This was the picture I shared last weekend. The top I’m wearing is the Sugoi Women’s MidZero Zip from Running Warehouse. I ordered a medium a few weeks ago but when I tried it on I didn’t think it would do well for layering. I sent it back and got a large and I think this will be perfect. They have other colors too but because it’s on sale they are running out quickly! (By the way, you can usually save 15% on sale items at Running Warehouse with coupon code FB15D!)
Also in this photo are the GapFit gFast Winterbrush leggings which Meredith recommended! Sadly, when I went to the website these were no longer in stock. The closest item I found was these GapFit gFast Compression Leggings. I had never tried Gap leggings for running before but these are so comfortable! I love the wide waistband and the large pockets. They fit perfectly and don’t slide down and are also long enough to cover my ankles.
Ok, so not a “winter item” (unless you add on some YakTrax) but while I was on my mission for a warm running top I couldn’t resist buying the new Brooks Launch 4s. My Launch 3s were probably past their prime, and sometimes I am a sucker for trying the new model of a shoe. These seem a bit stiffer than the 3s but that may be because they are new. The 3s are on sale so I might have to go and buy and cheap pair of those as well before they disappear.
Tops for Layering
For Christmas I asked for this Under Armour ColdGear Crew top for layering. I’ve been wearing it as my second layer on cold runs (over a tank top and under a jacket). It’s worked really well so far!
This Nike Womens Element 1/2 zip was another Christmas gift. I’ve had other versions of this top before and have also been happy with it. This particular 1/2 zip is soft and thin (but still somewhat warm). My plan for getting this was to have something I could wear as a top layer and adjust how many layers I wore based on the temperature. Sometimes it’s nice to have a top that’s not super heavy but is big enough to fit some warmer clothing underneath.
Last winter I got these Under Armour Cold Gear Infrared leggings. They are my second favorite after the Gap ones. Again, I’m drawn to the wide waistband and soft, comfortable fit. They are warm but not super thick, if that makes sense.
I’ve probably mentioned these before but my favorite winter running socks are still the Thorlo Womens Experia Low-Cut Socks. The amount of cushioning is just right to keep your feet warm while still fitting comfortably into your running shoes!
A Neckwarmer is also a must-have for cold runs! I am 99% sure this is the one I have- if not it’s really close! (I’ve had it for a few years.) I like the little mesh mouth-nose cover that still allows you to breathe even when it’s covering your face!
Why choose one or the other when you can have both?! I was given these Saucony “Ulti-Mitts’ as a gift a few years ago. They can be worn as mittens or gloves (obviously they are warmer when you use the mittens) and the thumb and pointer fingers of the glove have a slots so your finger can come out if you need to use your phone without taking off the entire glove. I have several different pairs of running gloves, but these are the most versatile.
What are you favorite items for winter running?
Do you buy really warm tops or focus on layering?
Are there any products you have had for years that you never want to give up?
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