Gifts for Running in Cold Weather
Gift Guide 2021 | Fleet Feet
Best Cold-Weather Gifts for Runners
Shopping for the best gifts for runners and looking for something they can use right away during the winter or holiday season?
Having the best cold weather running gear can be a huge help for runners who like to brave the outdoors when the temperature drops and conditions are less than ideal. Knowing how to layer for winter running can be the difference between another night inside on the treadmill and a magical run in a winter wonderland.
Going from cold to colder to coldest, this list of the 14 best cold weather gifts for runners has winter running jackets, pants, tights, waterproof running shoes and accessories to keep your runner nice and cozy during their winter excursions.
Cold Weather Running Gifts
- On Weather Shirt
- New Balance Heat Grid Vest
- Feetures Merino 10 Cushion Quarter Sock
- Saucony Solstice Jogger
- Nathan Vibe Reflective Vest
Colder Weather Running Gifts
- Mizuno Breath Thermo Knit Glove
- Saucony Drizzle Jacket
- On Cloudflyer Waterproof
- Saucony Solstice 2.0 Tights
- Craft Microfleece Ponytail Hat
Coldest Weather Running Gifts
- Mizuno Breath Thermo Jacket
- Craft ADV SUBZ 2 Running Wind Pants & Tights
- Mizuno Breath Thermo Beanie
- Craft Hybrid Weather Glove
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Cold Weather Running Gifts
On Weather Shirt
The On Weather Shirt will easily become a favorite piece in their cold-weather running arsenal. It’s the mid-layer top they’ll reach for as soon as there’s a chill in the air.
Soft and light materials have great moisture-wicking properties that keep them warm and dry. A clever channel construction of the fabric traps air that warms up from your body heat to insulate you from the cold.
The thumb holes and watch window in the sleeves are thoughtful touches that come in big time on a cold day to keep their hands warm and watch in view.
The On Weather Shirt will make the perfect addition to any cold-weather running kit.
New Balance Heat Grid Vest
Running in cold weather can be a back and forth battle between too hot and too cold.
When the temperature isn’t quite cold enough to break out the jacket, the New Balance Heat Grid Vest keeps their core warm using Primaloft® insulation in the front and breathable Heatgrid fabric in the back. Zippered side pockets work great to hold their gloves when their hands get too hot and moisture-wicking materials keep their back from getting too sweaty.
A quality running vest is versatile for almost all weather conditions and the New Balance Heat Grid Vest is top of the line.
Feetures Merino 10 Cushion Quarter Sock
Most running shoes are extremely breathable and lightweight which doesn’t always bode well for colder temps. And numb toes can be one of the most uncomfortable feelings during a run.
Feetures Merino 10 Cushion Quarter Socks will keep feet warm, dry and cushioned in cold or wet conditions. On top of how warm they are, Merino wool is incredible at wicking moisture away to prevent sweat and dampness from chilling your feet.
Targeted compression and extra cushioning in high-impact areas keep the feet cozy and comfortable while the quarter-length sock height gives the ankles just enough coverage from the elements.
Saucony Solstice Jogger
When a chill is in the air and they need to slip into a comfy pair of sweats, look no further than the Saucony Solstice Jogger for a functional, stylish and comfortable gift.
The recycled polyester fabric is brushed with a soft lining for extra warmth and coziness. Drop-in side pockets and a zippered back pocket can stash their essentials when they’re working out or on the move.
An external drawcord lets them adjust the waist and helps to keep these winter joggers in place when they are running on a cold winter evening or relaxing by the fireplace.
Nathan Vibe Reflective Vest
Running during the winter often means less daylight. Layering up to go outside for a run can often cover up a lot of reflective features on running apparel. To help your runner be seen by drivers, cyclists and other runners, the Nathan Vibe Reflective Vest provides 360 degrees of visibility.
It’s comfortable and easy to fit on top of layers, like a heavy jacket, making it a great gift that runners can use right away.
Colder Weather Running Gifts
Mizuno Breath Thermo® Knit Glove
Rather than fighting to hide their hands inside their sleeves during a colder run, get them a pair of running gloves.
Mizuno Breath Thermo Knit Gloves are the perfect lightweight glove to keep their hands warm, even on their coldest runs.
Mizuno’s Breath Thermo technology uses your escaping body vapor to generate heat for extra warmth during a run. Plus, they’re moisture-wicking so no more back and forth taking them on and off when their hands start to get too sweaty.
Saucony Drizzle Jacket
Wet weather can make a cold day feel even colder.
The Saucony Drizzle Jacket is one of our favorite jackets to throw on top of our base or mid-layer top. It’s waterproof, windproof and breathable to keep the rain, sleet or snow off and let your insulating clothes underneath do their job.
Reflective trim and logo marks will help them stay visible and safe no matter the conditions, while sleek colorways will keep them running in style.
On Cloudflyer Waterproof
When it’s really wet and cold, a good pair of wool running socks aren’t enough to keep their feet dry and warm. Time to lace up a pair of waterproof running shoes. The On Cloudflyer Waterproof running shoes are perfect for the runner who dreads going on the treadmill when it’s raining or snowing.
Swiss designers at On used a 100% wind and waterproof membrane in the Cloudflyer 2.0 that’s just as lightweight, flexible and breathable as the original Waterproof Cloudflyer.
It has a nice and roomy toe box, so they can still wear a thick pair of socks during the colder months, and reflective details in the heel, forefoot and laces mean they’ll be easy to see when the daylight starts to dwindle.
Saucony Solstice 2.0 Tight
If they are planning to run outside this winter, Saucony’s Solstice 2.0 Tight will be perfect for all of their workouts.
These streamlined tights keep you warm and comfortable during runs in cold weather thanks to their soft performance fabric that wicks away your sweat before it chills you. They have a mid-rise waistband and adjustable drawcord to keep them in place whether you’re wearing them on their own or layering them underneath pants.
Saucony also added reflective logos and stripes around the ankles for better visibility during dark winter runs.
Craft Microfleece Ponytail Hat
Like their hands, runner's ears get cold easily. A good winter running hat will help keep the heat in and give them some extra protection from the elements.
We love the Craft Microfleece hat because it’s soft and stretchy and comes with a convenient hole at the back for ponytails and man-buns.
Plus, it uses brushed jersey material in the front to keep their skin comfortable and their head warm.
Coldest Weather Running Gifts
Mizuno Breath Thermo FZ Jacket
So they really insist on running in the coldest weather? We can’t blame them, but they may want to bulk up their outer layer.
The Mizuno Breath Thermo FZ Jacket doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to braving the elements. It’s water and wind-resistant and has fully reflective, 360-degree visibility for running in low-light conditions.
It uses Mizuno’s super warm Breath Thermo fabric, which uses their own body’s escaping vapors to generate heat and keep them warm, even in the fiercest winter weather. A full zipper front lets them adjust their coverage and temperature, while zippered hand and chest pockets keep their belongings safe and secure.
And like any of the best cold weather running gear, it wicks moisture away to keep them dry and comfortable.
Craft ADV SUBZ 2 Running Wind Pants & Tights
Chaffed legs and wind-burn can harsh their run. Protect their gams and run in just about any weather condition with Craft’s ADV SUBZ 2 Running Wind Pants and Tights.
Great for running, hiking, cross-country and more, Craft uses a double layer of wind and waterproof fabric in the front for the most protection and perforated brushed-jersey material at the back and lower leg for comfort and breathability.
Designed for an enhanced range of motion in the knees and gusset, nothing will slow them down in these dynamic and essential winter running pants.
Mizuno Breath Thermo Beanie
For the coldest weather, a running beanie that doesn’t itch or rub while they sweat can be hard to find. That’s why we love the Mizuno Breath Thermo® Beanie.
Its ergonomic shape and fit covers their ears without crowding the forehead or eyebrows, and it extends back to cover the nape of their neck for extra coverage. Soft, moisture-wicking fabric and flatlock seams provide comfort, even when they start to sweat, while reflective details keep them visible.
Mizuno uses its Breath Thermo® technology that actually heats up as they produce body vapor so no matter how cold it gets, this winter running hat will keep them toasty.
Craft Hybrid Weather Glove
One of the best gifts for runners under $50, Craft’s Hybrid Weather Glove combines safety and weather protection in a lightweight package.
For extra warmth on especially windy or cold days, this winter running glove has a brushed wind and waterproof cover that they can easily pull on or off depending on the conditions.
The gloves are also compatible with smartphone screens so they do have to expose their hands to the cold when they want to change playlists or check a text message.
With reflective details for added safety and visibility, the Craft Hybrid Weather Glove is a swiss-army knife glove that gives them warmth and convenience in chilly or wet conditions.
How We Picked the Best Gifts
With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running (and gifting). What makes the perfect gift for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, preferences and style of that runner. At Fleet Feet, we have been helping runners pick out the right gear for decades, so we know a thing or two about making picking out the perfect gifts for them.
We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best gifts. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations. Plus, as people who live and breathe running, we know what we would like to unwrap ourselves.
Standing Behind Our Picks
We picked the best gifts based on what we think will work for the most people in most situations. If you buy a gift from us and you don’t love the way it looks, fits or performs, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.
Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.