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Stave off the Chill with This Cold Weather Running Gear
Just because it's cold, doesn't mean you have to stop running. Throw on some of this gear and running in the cold will become downright fun.
When we think of running in the winter, one of the first words to come to mind is perseverance. While any time is a good time to set personal bests and lofty fitness goals, winter is largely about enduring anything the weather forecast throws our way. Often, just stepping out the front door is the biggest battle.
Once you do, though, one of the keys to getting the job done in the coldest months is simply being prepared and having the right stuff for the job. Whether you're on the road, track or trail, having the right cold-weather running gear will make all the difference, ensuring that you're comfortable and safe — keeping your mind off the discomfort and on the road ahead. Running is hard enough, you don't want to be thinking about how numb your thighs are the whole time.
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Lucky for all of us winter warriors, there are more options than ever when it comes to finding high-quality running gear for the coldest days of the year. You'll find everything from coffee-charcoal-infused thermal shorts to gaiters to weatherproof shoes and jackets, meaning that come rain, sleet or snow (or just low temperatures), you'll be able to get the most from your time spent on the move.
What to Look For in Winter Running Gear
Performance materials designed for warmth
Each brand will do something a little different when it comes to battening down the hatches and keeping warm while running. You'll find a ton of designs with common performance materials like Polartec, Merino wool, Gore-Tex or various moisture-wicking technologies, but you'll also find that most brands develop some sort of proprietary material, such as Satisfy's Coffee Thermal or Patagonia's 100 percent recycled, weather-resistant nylon. Either way, you're probably going to get something well thought out — just be sure to read the details and take a close look at product images so you aren't surprised by what arrives in the mail.
How We Tested
Battling the elements has been a lifelong endeavor for most of us runners here at GP. Lately, though, we've tested gear on the ground in New York and beyond, running trails upstate and battling freezing rain in Central Park. We've taken tights to the track and given weather-resistant kicks their toughest tests in the murky, oft-frozen puddles that line the streets.