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Winter Gear Guide

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It's All About the Base...

The key to staying warm in cold temperatures is a three part layering system; a goodBase Layer (moisture management), a thermal Mid-Layer (warmth), and an Outer Layer (protection against the elements -wind, rain, sleet, and snow). 

It's not too late to build the perfect winter wardrobe. 

Base Layers:
Designed to trap a thin layer of warm air against the body and wick (pull) moisture away from the skin. Avoid cotton at all costs. Cotton soaks up sweat like a sponge and will draw heat away from the body.
Mizuno's Breath Thermo fiber provides a simple, lightweight option for your first layer that generates heat when activated by moisture (sweat).
Mid Layers:

Designed to provide insulation and responsible for transporting moisture away from the base layer to keep you comfortable. Fit should be looser than a base layer, as it is meant to be worn as a thermal, second layer.

Most Mid-Layers are found in a half-zip style. The half-zip allows for versatility, as the zipper can be zipped up for warmth at the start of your run, and unzipped for ventilation as you warm up during your run. 

Select your mid-layer preference from Brooks, Saucony (our Winter Warrior Training Program Sponsor!), Nike and more based on how quickly you warms up and stay warm for your workouts. Features like thumb-holes and hoods provide extra protection around the next and trap any excess heat escaping.
Outer Layers:
Allow heat and moisture to escape to prevent both overheating and chilling. Adjustable features, like zippers and built-in hand mitts, allow you to regulate your own temperature as needed.

New Balance's Wind Blocker features thermal quick-dry fabric that's also wind and water resistant. Plus, reflective accents & other cool bells and whistles to keep you comfy and protected from the elements.

Gore-Tex Shoes:
Ready for the wet winter runs, Asics GORE-TEX styles keep feet comfortably dry while the new Snow Rubber Outsole provides added traction. The bouncy SpEVA® Midsole has been re-engineered to be more protective, while the DuoMax® Support System and Guidance Trusstic™ provide excellent support.
Traction Devices--YakTrax:
Yaktrax RUN is the only traction device anatomically designed to meet the needs of runners braving the winter elements. Run naturally on packed snow and ice with the Yaktrax Run's combination of removable spikes and steel coils, providing 360° of unbeatable traction. Can be worn in temperatures as low as -41°.
Winter Accessories:
Face masks, neck gaiters, hats, can't get enough of these for outdoor activities in Wisconsin. Our bodies heat our extremities last. If you don't cover these areas, you'll get frostbite. Accessories are the easiest thing to take on and off, so go all-in on the accessories.
Natural Fiber Performance Socks:
Looks for something a little special this season? We've got our awesome selection of Balega and Feetures socks now in wool options as well! A good quality non-cotton sock will wick moisture away from your feet, keeping them warmer on these cold day.

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