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The Essential Winter Training Gear

By: Dan Carpenter

Introduction

 

When the temperature drops and the UK weather becomes famously changeable, it’s important to be well prepared if you’re heading outdoors to exercise. But where do you start? What materials are best? Which brands should you look out for? Well don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (literally). Drawing on our years of experience in the fitness industry, we wanted to provide some guidance as to what to look for when putting together your winter training wardrobe.

 

From jackets and bottoms to hats and socks, all of these items are designed by specialist brands and made from high-quality materials. We believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear! So let’s arm you with the right clothing that will protect you from the elements, whilst allowing the necessary movability and breathability for effective outdoor training.

Thermal Jackets / Fleeces

A light athletic softshell jacket will help you retain body heat without feeling too restricted. It can be simply worn over a T-shirt when it’s cool and dry, as a mid-layer in cold weather or underneath a light waterproof jacket in the wet. Aim for a close fit, made with moisture (sweat) wicking material that is both thermally efficient and breathable.

Men’s Sofshell

Arc’teryx | Rho AR Zip Neck                                           Lululemon | Surge Warm 1/2 Zip

Women’s Softshell Jackets

Northface | Diablo Fleece Jacket                                 Lululemon | Hooded Define Jacket Nulu

Waterproof Jackets

There’s nothing worse than getting soaked by an unexpected downpour. So choosing the right waterproof jacket is an important investment for anyone heading outside this autumn and winter. A good lightweight waterproof hardshell should provide maximal waterproof (>10,000mm*), without compromising on breathability (>15,000g/m2**).

 

* Waterproof Rating – The amount of water (measured in millimetres), a 1-inch diameter circle of fabric can withstand over 24hours before it soaks through.

** Breathability Rating – The amount of water vapour (in grams) that can pass through a square meter of fabric (from inside, out) over 24 hours.

Men’s Hardshell Jackets

Mammut | Albula HS Hooded Jacket                           Gore | R7 Partial Gore-Tex Infinium

Women’s Hardshell Jackets

On Running | Weather Jacket                                      Inov-8 | Trailshell Waterproof Jacket

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A great pair of insulating, water repellent athletic bottoms are vital for keeping your legs warm and dry in winter conditions. The examples provided are made designed to be movable, durable and streamlined for enhanced comfort and performance. Seamless stitching, durable water repellent (DWR) and sweat-wicking materials are technologies to look out for here.

On Running | Running Pants                                        Salomon | RS Warm Softshell Pant

Women’s Leggings

Lululemon | Speed Up Tight 28”                                   Sweaty Betty | Thermodynamic Running

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Run through puddles without a care on the roads, pavements and trails with a good pair of “winterised” trainers. Opt for waterproof trainers which are designed specifically for the outdoors, which means they are highly durable with enough tread to prevent any slippage. Gore-tex and Vibram are material technology brands to look out for.

Nike | Pegasus Trail 2 Gore-Tex                                   Adidas | Ultraboost Winter.RDY

On Running | Cloud Waterproof                                  Reebok | Astroride Trail GTX 2.0

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If you didn’t already know, a fair amount of body heat escapes from your head, so a good beanie could be a game-changer for your winter rides, runs or workouts. A slim, well-fitted design with breathable material is recommended. There is also the added benefit of keeping your ears covered, which can quickly get painfully cold if exposed to the elements for too long.

Hats

Gore | C3 Windstopper Helmet Cap                       Salomon | Active Beanie

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As you may have experienced, fingers and hands are the first things to feel the cold. So invest in your comfort with a good pair of gloves. There are two main options to think about here; one is slim, dexterous gloves which are great for cool conditions, the other is thick, warm gloves insulated with a fleece inner-lining for when it’s icy cold. Maybe go for both so you can pick and choose depending on the weather!

Gloves

Salomon | RS Warm Glove U                                        Icebreaker | Merino Tech Hybrid

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After fingers and hands, toes and feet are most exposed to the cold and wet. A good pair of trainers is your first line of defence, the second is a warm and water-resistant pair of socks. The best pairs combine a blend of merino wool, nylon, elastane and polyester for a breathable and weatherproof fabric.

Trail Socks

Rockay | Razer                                                               Sealskinz – Waterproof All Weather

 

 

 

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