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16 Essential Pieces of Gear for Winter Runners

Men's Health Logo By Brett Williams, NASM, Emily Shiffer of Men's Health | Slide 1 of 17: If you're a runner, when winter comes, you come to a fork in the road. You either: head inside on the treadmill or bundle up and brave the chilliest outdoor runs. Once the temperature dips and the snow and slush fill the streets and your favorite trail, it can make outdoor runs pretty miserable. (And based on this year's Farmer's Almanac forecast, the weather is going to be all over the place with rain, sleet, and snow.) But continuing to train during winter months is clutch to stay in shape and even make progress on your PRs, race goals, and even weight loss. (This guy lost 70 pounds thanks to running, and this new dad lost 45 pounds.)So finding the right cold weather running gear is extremely important. You don't want to head outdoors overly layered up so that your gait is affected, and you also don't want to be under-prepared for the wind and ice you may encounter. It can be a tricky balance. However, there are tons of products on the market that are specifically designed to keep you from freezing your a** off while minimizing bulk.From sleek compression gear, smart new wool materials, thick fleeces, insulated jackets, and sweat wicking fabrics, the capabilities of the newest outdoor running products will help keep you warm and dry without hindering your running performance. Plus, many are accessorized with reflective and visibility elements to keep you visible during darker runs. Ready to stock your closet? Here are 16 pieces that will make your winter run warm, and most importantly, safe.

If you're a runner, when winter comes, you come to a fork in the road. You either: head inside on the treadmill or bundle up and brave the chilliest outdoor runs. Once the temperature dips and the snow and slush fill the streets and your favorite trail, it can make outdoor runs pretty miserable. (And based on this year's Farmer's Almanac forecast, the weather is going to be all over the place with rain, sleet, and snow.) But continuing to train during winter months is clutch to stay in shape and even make progress on your PRs, race goals, and even weight loss. (This guy lost 70 pounds thanks to running, and this new dad lost 45 pounds.)

So finding the right cold weather running gear is extremely important. You don't want to head outdoors overly layered up so that your gait is affected, and you also don't want to be under-prepared for the wind and ice you may encounter. It can be a tricky balance. However, there are tons of products on the market that are specifically designed to keep you from freezing your a** off while minimizing bulk.

From sleek compression gear, smart new wool materials, thick fleeces, insulated jackets, and sweat wicking fabrics, the capabilities of the newest outdoor running products will help keep you warm and dry without hindering your running performance. Plus, many are accessorized with reflective and visibility elements to keep you visible during darker runs. Ready to stock your closet? Here are 16 pieces that will make your winter run warm, and most importantly, safe.

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