Whether it's 37 degrees and raining or pushing single digits, wearing the right gear is crucial for a successful run.
Keaton Reece, Customer Experience Manager at Fleet Feet’s Boulder Running Company, says every winter runner needs a few key pieces.
“Having a quality layering system is the key to success in winter running. You'll want to start with a base layer, made with material such as merino wool or a synthetic blend that will wick the sweat away from your skin to keep you dry. Depending how cold it is or how cold you get, you can add a midlayer, like a quarter zip or long sleeve that is also a wicking material,” says Reece, who runs in the mountains of Boulder all winter long. “Finally, you’ll want an outer shell which is designed to block wind and moisture while also trapping your body’s heat.”
Coach Mike Norman, co-owner and co-founder of Chicago Endurance Sports (CES), has been coaching runners since the mid 1990’s in the Chicago area. Norman says every runner is going to have slightly different needs and preferences, so there is no one perfect outfit for everyone. It will take some experimenting to determine what works best for you.