Gear Check: Cold Gear

The internal struggle I face when the sky is clear, the air is dry, but the temperatures are frigid, is similar to the internal struggle I faced when I woke up hung over in college but didn’t’ want to miss class (yes, I never wanted to miss class #NerdAlert).
There is also nothing worse than deciding it’s too cold to run outside and seeing someone enjoying a brisk outdoor run while you drive to the gym/dreadmill. Friggen show offs.

Today’s gear check is dedicated to those people who make me feel bad for giving up on my outdoor runs, and motivating me to get some more winter running gear. I love you and I hate you.

Hands

Keeping your hands warms is very important. Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves by creating a big warm air pocket around your entire hand according to Runner’s World. I love these glove-ittens I bought from the Eddie Bauer outlet. They keep my hands toasty, and if I get too warm, I can flip off the mitten part for a quick burst of air.  

I also run with a pack of hand warmers – a product of my anxiety and the survival books I have been reading lately. I assume these will be helpful if I’m ever injured and need to wait for a ride, or my fingers start turning white and number – an early sign of frostbite.

Neck and ears

Nine times out of ten when I walk into Lululemon I want to blow my brains out. Having said that, they have amazing running tights and gear – I just wish the sales associates weren’t so effected. This trip I was looking for a neck warmer, but felt like the ones I was looking at were meant for a yogi bundling up after vinyasa. The overly chipper sales woman informed me the ones I was looking at were ‘decorative’ (her word, not mine). She then took me away from the decorative scarves to the running section and gave me the Run Fast neck warmer – you can also pull over your head like a hood. I haven’t tried this one out yet, but my husband was a fan of the babushka look.  

Body

Everyone has different preference when it comes to bundling up for cold runs. Right now I’m going with my Lululemon Toasty Tech Tights, a tight-fitting, warm long-sleeve shirt, a fleece and depending on the precipitation, a waterproof shell (from Sam’s Club).  

However you choose to do it, just do it. Bundling up in the winter months is very important to avoid hypothermia and frostbite.

Below are a few GREAT tips from Runner’s World:

WHAT TO WEAR?

  • 35° TO 45°F AND CLEAR- Wear tights or thin running pants, a long-sleeve shirt, and a vest. You may also need gloves when the temp gets near 35°F.
  • 35° TO 45°F AND RAINY- Slim-fitting tights fare better in rain since they won’t get as droopy. A wool base layer will keep you warmer than a synthetic top since it retains warmth when wet. Wear a waterproof outer layer.
  • 10° TO 35°F AND CLEAR- Wear technical underwear under your tights or pants and a long-sleeve shirt under an insulated jacket or vest. Wear gloves or mittens and a thin beanie.
  • 10° TO 35°F AND SLEET- Wear tights, a water-resistant jacket, and a cap. Add water-resistant mittens to keep your hands from getting damp and cold.
  • –10°F AND CLEAR- Wear wool underwear and thick socks, tights, and running pants. To keep your core warm, go with a long-sleeve base layer under an insulated vest and windproof jacket. Wear a beanie and mittens.
  • –10°F AND SNOWY- Use the same cover-everything strategy as above for the bottom half. On top, wear an insulated vest and a water-resistant or waterproof hooded jacket over your base layer. Wear water-resistant hat and gloves.

 

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