Many runners cut back on their training in the winter. Cold weather, rain and snow are factors that can add up to a long winter spent mainly indoors. Luckily, there is a variety of gear that runners can use to stay warm and dry while logging their miles in the cold weather.
Icebreaker Nomad Hoodie
Icebreaker's Nomad hoodie ($159.99 as of 2009) is a great mid-layer for running in cold weather. Icebreaker clothing is made of 100 percent Merino wool and is tailored to provide a snug fit. Due to the nature of Merino wool, the Nomad will keep you warm, while it's breathable, allowing excess heat and moisture to escape as you run. Attention to detail completes the package--a hood with elastic binding keeps your head sheltered, and thumb holes in the wrists keep your sleeves from bunching up when you wear gloves.
Icebreaker Gear can be purchased at www.icebreaker.com.
Mizuno WP Elixir Jacket
During the winter months, many runners will be chased inside by cold temperatures, freezing wind and pouring rain. Mizuno's WP Elixir jacket is an excuse-killer. Its stretch polyester shell is windproof and rain-resistant yet breathable, and the vented back provides even more ventilation. The reflective front and back provide a measure of safety for running when the days are shorter and it gets dark sooner.
Treksta Sidewinder Trail Running Shoe
Running in snow and ice brings its own series of challenges. Cold, wet feet are not conducive to enjoyable running, and neither is going head over heels on a patch of ice. Luckily, Treksta's Sidewinder trail runners take a lot of the misery out of running in the cold. Besides the sidewall protection and mid-sole shank for support and shock absorption, the Sidewinder's Icelock sole provides great traction on the most slippery surfaces. Add a Boa lacing system to do away with frozen laces, and you've got the perfect cold-weather running shoe.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.