Running is hard enough anyway without the added misery of cold, wet and downright grim British weather- why go outside when you can stay in with a bottle of wine on the sofa and Netflix?
But with these stylish winter running clothes that are guaranteed to keep you cosy and dry (as well as looking great), we hope to keep you out pounding the pavements for a little while longer.
Cold autumn days mean cold legs, and not all of us are hardy enough to bare them in shorts. Whilst you don’t need many layers on your lower body when running (your legs generate a lot of heat), a pair of tights are essential. We recommend:
- Tights that block out the wind like Nike’s element windless tights from Wiggle (£54).
- Sweat-wicking, breathable tights like Adidas techfit climawarm tights (£33)
- Compression tights like Sweaty Betty’s (£80)
Base layers are one of the most important pieces of outdoor running clothing, since they dry quickly, transport moisture away from the skin and stop you from getting too smelly. Base layers sit next to your skin and can be used in all weather conditions- but are particularly useful in cold weather. We suggest:
- A merino base layer like Sweaty Betty’s seamless top (£65)
- A Dri-FIT fabric top like this one from Nike (£35)
- Contoured base layers like Odlo’s base layer from Wiggle (£49.50)
Wrap up warm on those chilly winter nights with a protective outer layer- thermal jackets are great for keeping you cosy, but you might need a specific running jacket to keep out the wind on particularly blustery days. We love:
- Sweaty Betty’s stylish run hoody in thermal fabric (£80)
- Nike’s Windrunner jacket to keep the elements at bay (£70)
- Ronhill’s lightweight jacket from Go Outdoors (£29.97)
Your running accessories hold the key for some high-vis action without having to don an all over reflective jacket. When it’s cold your extremities can suffer, so keep that neck, hands and head warm with these gems:
- Reflective North Ridge Bandit for the neck from Go Outdoors (£8.99)
- Asics headband from Run and Become (£15)
- GripGrab running hi-vis gloves from Wiggle (£26.96)
Never wear cotton socks when running, whatever the weather! They won’t wick away moisture, leaving your feet wet and prone to blisters (ick). Instead, get a pair of dedicated running socks made of an appropriate fabric, like these:
- Karrimor 2 pack running socks from Sports Direct (£4.50)
- Zelos ankle length socks from Wiggle (£5.99)
- Hilly anti-blister socks from Runners Need (£10.99)