Essential winter run kit

As the temperature drops, the urge to forgo a good training session in favour of snuggling up on the sofa will be strong. Beat your inner sloth and embrace the cold with our pick of the best winter running kit.

Essential winter run kit

FALKE base layer

The trick to staying cosy in the cold is layering. A good base layer will keep you toasty warm and wick sweat away, preventing your body temperature from dropping. Layers also work well because you can moderate your warmth by removing one or two bits of clothing should you start to get too hot.

We love this versatile and stylish winter FALKE base layer. Lightweight with a loose fit, it's ideal for layering up on chilly nights or equally good on its own as a base layer and the extra long zip gives even more temperature control. The polyester layer ensures comfort, moisture movement and temperature regulation and the high neck and long sleeves really keep out the winter chill.

Montane long trail tights

As loathe as we are to suggest you tuck your lovely pins away for the winter, now that it's getting cold it's time to retire your short-shorts for the season and invest in some sensible running tights. Not only will they keep your legs warm (and you need your legs for running: fact) but a snazzy pair of running tights will make you look like Sandy from Grease and give you a fabulous bum (or Danny Zuko for the chaps, honest).

We're rather fond of these Cordillera Thermal Trail tights constructed from thermal dynamic fabric, which traps warmth while wicking moisture away from your skin leaving you free to run like a wild thing. Their sleek design and smooth stretch nylon face also ensures wind and UPF 50+ sun protection to keep your legs in optimum condition for when it's time to get them out again next spring.

FALKE primaloft jacket

If you only wear one thing this winter, a lightweight running jacket will improve your winter runs tenfold. The technical fabric will keep your temperature regulated so you don't have to keep removing layers during a sprint section, while shielding you from the wind and rain.

We haven't taken off this lightweight FALKE PrimaLoft jacket for days. Complete with a high-stretch air ventilation back panel that expands with movement, you can run like mad around the park and keep it on for your post-run brunch without looking like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards. The fabric is reassuringly water and wind repellent to see off that wintery chill and the stretch sleeves provide excellent thermal insulation.

RU4 Wool socks

While body insulation is vital, don't ignore your tootsies. You need toes for balance and chilly extremities will make your run pretty miserable, so invest in some good running socks. These RU4 Wool socks have a three-layer design at the toes, heel and underfoot, that provides excellent cushioning and thermal insulation.

They're also made from real wool which boosts natural warmth, making them the perfect companion for a chilly winter run. 

ASICS winter gloves

A good pair of running gloves will improve your run exponentially, so you can focus on enjoying yourself. These winter gloves by ASICS use MotionDry technology that ensure moisture is taken away at maximum speed to keep hands cool, dry and comfortable. 

The windlock fabric also keep the breeze out, while reflective details make them ideal for running after dark.

Montane spine jacket

If the weather takes a turn for the worse, we cannot stress enough the importance of a good raincoat. Aside from keeping the rain out, it will protect you from wind chill so you can focus on your game. With enhanced packability, the Montane Spine Jacket is ideal, offering exceptional performance and comfort without compromise, while remaining highly waterproof and warm. 

The Spine jacket includes an adjustable hood, water resistant zipped chest pocket and accessible ventilation pit zips combined with highly waterproof GORE-TEX® Active fabric, making it the perfect accompaniment to winter runs.

Gore magnitude beanie

Last but not least, never underestimate the importance of a good running hat. We lose 45 per cent of our body heat through our heads, so a cosy hat can be the difference between a miserable time and a PB. 

With a lightweight feel and flat lock seams for a smooth feel, this Gore Magnitude Beani allows you to train outside with a toasty warm noggin whatever the weather. Nifty reflective elements also offer visibility for running after dark.

 

Struggling to stay motivated? Our 6 great reasons to keep running this winter will get you up to speed.

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