Jacket on, jacket off, leggings or shorts, gloves, no gloves, hat? Getting ready for your run during winter can be a tough decision - it can be easy to over dress (or under dress). Luckily, activewear has come a long way in recent years, designed in performance enhancing material that’s both lightweight and insulating, meaning you only need a few essential items to keep you warm and run-ready.
I never wear more than 2-3 layers on my upper body: a long-sleeved lightweight tee and/or a slightly thicker top, and a jacket. On my legs I often wear shorts throughout most of the year but when the temperature really drops I will switch to leggings and most recently, even running trousers - yes, there really is a trouser you can enjoy running in. Depending on the chill factor, I’ll top the outfit off with a pair of gloves and a buff, for a little extra warmth.
Here’s my top 6 from ON Running
This lightweight long-sleeved T is my go-to when the temperature drops. Blending breathability with warmth, it helps to regulate body temperature, so whether you wear it alone or layer it with a thicker jumper, its adaptive quality means you’ll never get too hot - or cold. Its sleek design makes it ideal for everyday use too.
I often like to hit the trails for my runs, head along coastal paths or into the mountains, and the weather jacket has saved me from many a windy day. It also has DWR - a durable water repellent coating - to protect you from light showers, and adjustable hood. Don’t worry about overheating either, made from a highly stretchable fabric that features a micro-ventilation-pattern, it’s incredibly breathable - it also folds up neat and small if you want to take it in your running pack.