Cold, dark winter nights are no reason not to run. Not if it gives you the excuse to use all this gear…
North Face Torrent
Whilst you might not feel that warm and sweaty, keeping hydrated during winter runs and training sessions is still of paramount importance. Available in 4-, 8- and 12-litre capacities, this runner-friendly rucksack has a vented back panel to aid ventilation whilst the liquid holding reservoir is shaped like a doughnut, relieving pressure on the back.
Asics Gel Landreth 7
The most important piece of kit in any runners arsenal is a good pair of shoes. Keeping you at the peak of your performance through the winter months, the Landreth 7 features a guidance line on the sole for improved foot placement – perfect for damp, slick conditions. Further fighting the oppressive elements, a ComforDry sockliner improves comfort and helps keep your feet dry whilst a 3M reflective band on the rear improves visibility snagging a couple of safety points.
Tooks Dryfit Sportband
Having a pair of earbuds under a hat is not the most comfortable audio experience. Add running to this and you hare a recipe for aural discomfort. To combat this fate worse than death. Tooks has thrown a pair of headphones into a ProStitch Dryfit headband, allowing for clear tunes with no slip all whilst keeping your ears safe from the cold.
Optimum Thinskin Pro longs
Doing more than keeping your legs and giblets warm. Optimum’s base layer bottoms feature gradient compression, aiding blood circulation and keeping your legs from cramping when going from your warm couch to bitter chills for a long run. Moisture management helps regulate your body temperature and ensure a comfortable fit during the toughest at workouts.
Adidas Field Player gloves
Cold-numbed digits while running are no fun. These help prevent that, and throw grippy fingertips into the mix, so you can use your smartphone or touchscreen watch whilst on the move. Polar fleece fabric combines with Climawarm tech to retain heel while an adjustable cuff banishes unwanted drafts. Hitting the streets during the bleakest months of the year just got a little more appealing…
Under Armour Chafe-free 2-in-1 Running T
A high-visibility compression base layer running top is here paired with a lightweight mesh vest, aiding warmth with added layers but also regulating heat by wicking away sweat to keep you dry on challenging sessions. Perfect transitional clothing, these tops offer base heat in winter, while the second vest top can be worn on its own come the long-awaited summer season.
Nike Vapor Flash
Being seen by traffic/pavement-hogging eye list bastards can be essential whilst cut on a winter run, so being illuminated like the North Star is a real plus. Making sure you are noticed by any oncoming traffic and providing a homing beacon for nearby moths, the Flash touts a laminated polyester finish with glass spheres offering an impressive 400-candleDower reflectivity. Ensuring you don’t become a running replica of your Christmas turkey in this silver hued wind and rain protector, perforations underarm and around the back offer ventilation and air channeling.
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