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4 Must-Haves for Running in Cold Weather

Posted by Elizabeth Samson on
Woman and man running in the snow

Okay so first of all, I have to admit that writing this blog post from sunny South Florida while most of the country is experiencing a deep freeze this week is making me feel just a tad guilty. But after living in the Midwest for four years, I’m all too familiar with icy conditions and blustering winds so I can safely say I KNOW what you’re going through (just continue to think warm thoughts)!

While living in Chicago, I had the chance to test out plenty of cold-weather running gear, so I figured now is the perfect time to share my favorite pieces. These are the items that managed to keep me warm and toasty on some frigid runs. 

Athleta Peak Hybrid Fleece Tight

Full disclosure: These tights are thick and don’t have a ton of stretch since they’re reinforced with fleece. They’re amazing for keeping the cold out and so soft and cozy, but whenever I’d pull them on, it always reminded me of that one Friends episode where Ross buys leather pants (if you know, you know). Once they’re on, though, you’re golden! I especially love Athleta’s leggings for their pockets which are perfect for stashing your phone or a few gel packets.

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Lululemon Another Mile Jacket

By far the priciest item on the list, but this jacket has been my go-to for cold-weather runs. It locks in warmth and keeps the rain and snow from soaking through, plus it zips all the way up to your chin to keep your neck warm and dry. The fabric is also pretty stretchy so it’s easier to move your arms while you run.

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UA ColdGear® Reactor Performance Vest

Perfect for those days when it’s not too cold, but you still need another layer. The fabric helps trap in heat to keep you warm, but because it’s a vest, you still get some air flow to prevent you from overheating. It’s also lightweight enough that it never felt bulky or heavy on my shoulders during my runs.

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Patagonia Women's Re-Tool Fleece Headband

I have really sensitive ears, so any time the temperature would dip, I’d have to figure out a way to protect them. It took me awhile to find a headband that would cover my ears and keep them warm without having to be constantly readjusted. This is it! Patagonia’s fleece headband not only protects your ears from the cold, but also stays put throughout your run thanks to the specially designed trim. It does take some maneuvering if you want to wear earbuds as well, but I was able to make it work.

Shop the headband here

There you have it! If you have any other recommendations for cold-weather gear, I would love to hear them! Comment below or hop on over to our Instagram page and reply to this post.

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