Now that marathon training has officially begun, I wanted to share some of my favorite cold weather items that have made running in the winter so much more bearable. It's still snowy and cold in Salt Lake and I've been able to maintain running 3-4 times a week (in 20-30 degree temperatures) with the help of the gear below.
New Balance Heat Hybrid Jacket—$180
This jacket has been a lifesaver on days where the temperature falls in the low 20s. It's lightweight, has Polartec insulation and keeps me warm while still wicking sweat. I even get too hot when I wear this sometimes, but I tend to run warmer than most. It's such a perfect winter jacket—all the warmth plus reflective details, a hood and zipper pockets!
lululemon Down For A Run Vest—$138
Sometimes you just need a layer to keep your core warm. This vest is made from wind and water-resistant fabric and retains just enough heat to keep me comfortable but not overheating. The side panels are stretchy and have slip pockets to store nutrition or gloves.
lululemon Toasty Tech Tight II—$118
These fleece lined pants are extra warm and a must-have for cold weather training. They're high-rise and have so many pockets for storage. I haven't worn these unless temperatures dip into the 20s but for that range, they've been amazing.
These are great for days where I want to trail run or if the roads are icy or snowed over. The devices slip over your regular running shoes and provide just a bit more traction when conditions aren't in your favor. They're easy to use and seem durable and secure.
Oiselle Power Stretch Mittens—$32
Described as the "it's too damn cold to run but I'm going to anyway" mittens and that description is fitting. I decided to try out a pair of mittens this year since they're supposed to keep fingers warmer than gloves. They're made form Polartec Power Stretch for high warmth and the inside is so soft and fleecy. I use these when temperatures are in the 20s.
Petzl Tikka R+ Headlamp—$80
I received this as a gift two holiday seasons ago and it's taken me through any night run I've been on in the past year. I admit that I love to run when the sun sets and it's so important to stay visible. This headlamp has reactive sensors, multiple light settings and is water-resistant and rechargeable.