The Best Gear for Winter Running

  • Hat. I have some that are running specific, but since I run cold this is an area I just want to keep warm. Worst case scenario I sweat, but hats can be pulled partway off or shoved in a pocket so I’m really not picky. I have two different weight headbands and a bunch of hats
  • Neck Gaiter. I like these lighter weight since usually I’ll pull them off when I warm up. I get them in the ski department. I pull them over my face or just around my neck for a little warmth. This seems less constricting than zipping a jacket up tight.
  • Gloves. I like different weights. I have my lightweight fleece for temps 25–45* and then gloves with a mitten pocket (which are by far my most used pair) so I can put the hand warmer in, or pull them back if it’s too warm. I also have a really warm pair for temps that hit below 15*. I’m miserable if my hands are cold.
  • Jacket. I have a lightweight for wind and rain, a midweight shell and a lightweight down option for colder weather. Midweight with a warm shirt works down to 15*. Below that, I use the down and the layers underneath are dependent on how cold it is.
  • Socks. I use wool, longer running socks when it’s below 15*. Oddly, my feet are almost always cold, but I don’t tend to need warmer socks until it gets pretty nippy out. It isn’t logical to me, but either they stay a standard temp or I just can’t feel them……
  • YakTrax. If it’s icy out these slip over my shoes. They make running slow and awkward but that’s kind of neat because it feels like running on a trail.
  • REI cross country ski shell pants. Again, for temps below 10* when fleece pants aren’t quite enough, these are a lifesaver. Lightweight and breathable for skiing, they are perfect for running as well.



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Jenn Taylor — Mom Of 18

Jenn Taylor — Mom Of 18

Mom Of 18 Certified Birth & Bereavement Doula® Adoption & Surrogacy Doula Breastfeeding Counselor Reno, NV 15+ Years In The Foster Care Sector, Blogger, Podcast