Winter running clothing

What do you wear when it gets cold?

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24/09/2012 at 17:11

Not in cold weather gear yet fortunately - wet but not cold down here! But, I do wear gloves when it's really cold - just for the first mile till the sensation returns.....I also wear long running tights and compression top and a buff - cotton in autumn and the spring but a fleece one in the colder weather.

I don't like wearing lots of layers though - I find I warm up quite quickly so as long as I keep moving I'm fine!  Actually I'm quite looking forward to those cold, dry mornings when no-one else is about and you go out running a great start to the day!

24/09/2012 at 21:30

It'll be shorts till end of the month, or maybe even end of October, if weather improves
(obviously shorts for competition no matter when)

25/09/2012 at 10:51

Jelleybaby - that's a good point actually, when you're out in winter and it's freezing cold, you know anyone else running shares some kind of slight insanity with you. I like that feeling. I do a fair bit of fell running - the only thing that really makes me cold is the wind. For £20 these "Time to Run" windproof jackets are a bargain:

Last year I was running in the snow and slipped over down a hill, I was fine but I cracked my garmin. I was so annoyed. Not least because I'd already done about 20 miles and I'd lost my data.

Edited: 25/09/2012 at 10:53
27/09/2012 at 06:10

Long Sleeved top, jacket, gloves, hat, training bottoms, then add T-Shirt, gloves when really cold

27/09/2012 at 12:40

I've very very occasionally run in tracksuit bottoms... but usually that's when can't find any clean shorts.  But that's mainly (I think) because I come from a footballing background... and also went to school in the days when shorts were compulsory, all year round, at my primary school!

I guess it's mainly habit that keeps me in shorts.  I'd be interested if people think I"m risking injury, or compromising performance.

27/09/2012 at 13:06

Shorts all year. Long sleeve t-shirt, light jacket if it's raining and thin gloves - fine if you keep moving, not so good if you stop (but that's why I carry £10 and a phone!).

27/09/2012 at 13:53

Run Wales - do you wear tights? I always use shorts, have tried tights but it just feels wrong. Much prefer hat and gloves. I've never heard anyone say it risks injury, but would be interested if anyone thought it does.

27/09/2012 at 17:02

TIghts? No.  But my hairy legs look good in stockings and suspenders.

I've not even used hat & gloves... but probably should because last Sunday, in that awful cold rain, had my long sleeved over my hands.

As for injuries & performance, I'm just wondering if wearing shorts leads to colder muscles, that could just be more vulnerable, and perhaps not quite so efficient.  It sounds theoretically plausible, but is actually measurable in practice?

25/10/2012 at 18:09

I'm not sure that it would make a big difference once you've got going, but at the start of a run the colder your muscles are, the less they will have elasticity and therefore you're more prone to injury.

I've still not had to crack the winter gear out.

25/10/2012 at 19:30

Shorts, all year round. (You don't lose heat from your legs, it's the upper body you need to keep warm.)

Long-sleeved top, to cover my arms - plus an extra layer, zip-up ideally, so I can ventilate as required.

Waterproof top if it's going to rain.

Woolly hat (or balaclava if it's really cold).


Radio/MP3 player


It surprises me that a lot of runners don't wear woolly hats in the cold.


25/10/2012 at 20:44

I hate woolly hats!!! I get too hot and my head itches......but still not in winter geat yet - long sleeve top tonight but not a winter one (yet)......forecast for this weekend is colder though

25/10/2012 at 21:56

A woolly hat keeps your brain warm.


26/10/2012 at 07:37

Ha ha - I presume you wear the pink one with tassles!! You need it today

Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

A woolly hat keeps your brain warm.



26/10/2012 at 09:04

No, I wear a tea cosy myself.

26/10/2012 at 09:27

Colin wears this

26/10/2012 at 09:32

That's the one.

It matches my Hi Carterusm T-shirt.

26/10/2012 at 10:09

Wooly hat

Gore Gloves.

Base Layer top

Montane lightweight jacket


If it gets really cold I do have to wear tights, I am a softy and it gets a but nippy in Edinburgh in the mornings

26/10/2012 at 10:16

Gloves most important thing for me - at moment I wear my cycling gloves and still my hands get freezing. When winter really gets going I wear a montane featherlite jacket, and if freezing I'll have base layer under t-shirt too. I normally always wear shorts.

26/10/2012 at 10:27

I ran to/home from work yesterday


I had a pair of running tights on, & to be honest they were a bit of a 'catch 22'

They warmed my leg muscles up earlier on run hme (& kept them warm)
The crotch area was..... dare I say??..... far too wam so early in the year

That sad, I did almost equal my 'PB for the run home (probably a summer run in shorts/t-shirt) - only 2 seconds off!!!

I ran a fell-race last Sunday, & the only logical kit was shorts, as tights would have carried too much water/damp after the very boggy stretches of peat.

26/10/2012 at 13:56

Yeah good call on the fell run. I hate going through deep water with anything other than shorts / t-shirt - I remember a race with deep water covered in ice, jumping straight in thinking it would be 2ft deep only to find it about 5.5ft, my gloves went straight through the ice with me. Brr!

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