Help a newbie prepare for winter running

What gear should I buy?

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Cortina5    pirate
21/09/2012 at 18:14
Muttley wrote (see)

Wtf? Woolly bobble hat. X-country stylee tiny shorts and singlet. Good slathering of whale blubber.

Works for me down to minus 10.

You're all a bunch of jessies!

I can't wait for XC season! No woolly hat, but gloves for first mile.

21/09/2012 at 18:22

If you find hats too warm to run in as I do try a buff or similar. In summer I use it as a headband to stop sweat getting into my eyes and roll it down a little further in winter to keep my ears warm.

21/09/2012 at 18:28

any views of snoods? one for the jessies?

21/09/2012 at 23:02

My wife says it's like touching a dead person feeling the back of my neck when I am running. Some of us have very efficient cooling systems and freeze at the slightest bit of cold. On the other hand, I run in Spain in plus 30 degrees weather quite comfortably.

People should just wear what makes it comfortable to run. That said - autumn, forget winter, autumn: fleece gloves, gore winter top under a windproof jacket, full Ronhill winter leggings and a buff head piece. Back of my neck still feels like a cadavar mind....

Pethead    pirate
21/09/2012 at 23:26

Long sleeved technical top, long socks, normal shorts and a pair of gloves for me. When it gets really cold, add leg-warmers and an extra t-shirt. Mind you, anything over 20'c and I struggle in the summer!

21/09/2012 at 23:34

Your arse freezes in the winter.  So shorts over tights is my tip. 

23/09/2012 at 20:12

Tortuga, there's not one right answer for everyone.  It depends partly how fast you are running, your size, how much you feel the cold, and the windchill factor on the day - that's the crucial one. 

One thing's for certain - as you run, you'll heat up and will not be able to continue with the layers you started with, even on a very cold day.  It's best to go for an adaptable layering system with a way of quickly stowing your hat, lightweight windproof top and or gloves as you heat up.  I like to wear compression clothing in winter to fend off tweaks from not tissues not being warmed up properly. 

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