When the temperatures drop, your running gear has to change. Keeping warm by layering is crucial to enduring the cold weather. Whether you're jogging in the morning in Texas or sprinting at night in Canada, you'll have to change your running gear to adjust to the cold weather. Layering is an essential part of the best cold weather running gear.
Layer up on top, even if the weather is fairly mild where you are. Remember you will warm up as you run, so don't go overboard. In mild weather, a long or short sleeved T-shirt pairs well with a windbreaker or lightweight hoodie. Any jacket you wear should have a hood to combat any minor rain or sleet. For more brisk weather, start with a tank top as a base layer, then add a long sleeved T-shirt made of cotton or a long sleeved T-shirt made to wick away sweat. This will combat the discomfort of running in cold weather and allow your skin to breathe appropriately. Choose bright colors as dreary days can make it difficult for drivers to see you, if you run in heavy traffic areas.
Wear breathable running pants. While you may be tempted to reach for thick sweatpants, remember that air does need to circulate to prevent chafing when you run. If heat is trapped, your run won't be comfortable. A microfiber blend pair of running pants offer warmth, while providing air circulation.
On Your Head
If you're running in very cold weather, it's important to protect your head. This will prevent heat from escaping your body. Ideally, you want your body to gradually warm up, not overheat quickly and wearing some type of headgear prevents this. A polar fleece headband worn around the ears can keep your head warm during brisk weather. For colder temperatures, reach for a beanie that stretches down over the ears, but be sure it is not constricting. Goggles can prevent rain, sleet or snow from interfering with a run during frigid weather.
Gloves are essential for running in very cold weather to keep your extremities warm. Materials like neoprene or Gortex are good for cold climates and are pliable and fairly lightweight for the hands. Wear socks that wick away moisture and layer thicker socks on top, which will keep feet warm and dry.