Our favourite thing about winter running? As much as we love the cold, frosty mornings, one of the best things about the temperature changing is the excuse to invest in some new running gear.
Whether you’re updating your own wardrobe, or are looking for Christmas gift inspiration for the runner in your life, our gear editors have rounded up the best Nike running products for winter running. Have a browse:
1. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 35 Shield, £114.95, nike.com
Conforming to the new-look Nike aesthetic, the Shield version of the Peg 35 features all the same performance changes from the 34, but with the addition of a few extras to help weatherise the shoe for winter. A water repellent upper, reflective features, some more aggressive tread and redesigned laces (for cold fingers) mean this rugged iteration should keep your feet more protected.
2. Nike AeroLayer Women’s Running Gilet, £69.95, nike.com
A lightweight running layer that packs into itself for convenience. With a high neck to block out the cold and a cropped hem which allows a natural range of movement, there’s also plenty of reflective elements to keep you seen when running in low light.
3. Nike Element Women’s Full-Zip Running Hoodie, £54.95, nike.com
A cropped, sweat-wicking running hoodie perfect for early morning, dry runs. With an extended collar for warmth around the neck, thumb holes to keep the sleeves in place and a cropped hem to let you run freely, this is a great buy. There’s pockets on both sides, but they don’t have a zip, so you’ll probably still need to bring your running belt. Available in blue, pink and black.
4. Nike Shield Women’s Running Jacket, £89.95, nike.com
A good waterproof running jacket is essential for winter running, and Nike’s offering is a good one. Combining rain and wind resistant fabric, with ventilation zones to stop you feeling like you’re running in a plastic bag, this won’t be fully waterproof, but it will make running in the rain a little less easy to skip. The hood has a stretchy cord, with a toggle fastener that can be pulled tight against your face or cap, stopping too much movement as you run. There’s zipped side pockets for your phone, keys and lipbalm, and reflective panels to help you stay seen at night.
5. Nike Element Women’s Half Zip Running Top, £47.95, nike.com
A staple layer Nike have been making for a while, this half-zip top is great for colder running. Made from a sweat-wicking material to keep you dry, the zip allows you to adjust your ventilation as you warm up. The more standard fit allows you to layer this over a t-shirt or base layer without being too tight, and the arm cuffs add that extra bit of warmth when you need it most. This season’s colours include a pink, grey, dark green and black option, all with the same reflective details for running in low light.
6. Nike Epic Lux Women’s High-Rise ⅞ Running Tights, £79.95, nike.com
The same Nike leggings you’ve always known and loved, but with a higher waistband than ever before, giving you full coverage as you run. The flattering fit and Nike Power fabric give you support where you need it, whilst being sweat-wicking, keeping you dry as you move. The zipped pocket on the back has a sweat barrier, allowing you to keep your phone in it safely. There’s also smaller drop-in pockets for your keys and lipbalm. Available in navy, black, olive and grey.
7. Nike Shield Swift Men’s Running Tights, £94.95, nike.com
Even the most foolhardy runner will at some point require running tights when the mercury drops and these tights have been made to cope with the elements that winter running brings. Tight through the calf but looser above the knee, the fit is more relaxed around the quads to add a degree of modesty, allow greater movement and for additional undergarments. The front panels are also weatherproofed and come versions come with a fleece lining. Available in black and sequoia
8. Nike Shield Ghost Flash Running Jacket, £104.95, nike.com
Nike seem to have successfully ticked two boxes here - a jacket that is reflective for running at night, whilst looking cool enough to wear in the day. We’re a big fan of the camo print, and just how bright it looks when a car light hits it. The runner-specific hood keeps you dry and fits well over a cap, and whilst the jacket is made from water-resistant material, there’s also strategically placed vents throughout the jacket. Available in a number of different camo colours.
9. Nike Aeroloft Men’s Running Gilet, £129.95, nike.com
Built for cold, windy, winter running, Nike’s Aeroloft gilet has body-mapped insulation panels to help trap your body heat as you move, whilst still being breathable. It’s lightweight and packs away into itself for when you get too hot. It’s also water-resistant in a rain shower. Available in olive, desert and black.
10. Nike Element Half Zip Running Top, £47.95, nike.com
A reliable running layer to have in your wardrobe, the front zip design allows you to adjust your temperature, without stopping to remove layers mid-run. Lightweight and sweat resistant, the upper arms have stretch panels to allow a full range of movement. If you’re a shorts and long-t-shirt kind of runner, you’ll approve of the mesh panel on the back, allowing cooler air to make it through the top. Available in grey, maroon and black.
11. Nike Flash Quilted Running Gloves, £34.95, nike.com
Made for those cold days when pulling your sleeves down over your fingers just won’t cut it, these quilted running gloves are warm and reflective. Made from a lightweight fabric that is insulating without being too hot and sweaty, you’ll be able to keep these on for the entire run.