Winter Running Gear

30 Jan

With winter in full force here in Ottawa, I wanted to share my favorite winter running gear. Our temperatures here this winter have fluctuated an astounding 50 degree Celsius (if you take into account the windchill), so being prepared for any type of weather has been key.


Here are some of my go-to winter running items. Obviously the warmer the temperature, the less of these layers I tend to wear but the key for winter running for me is just that – LAYERS.

From top to bottom:

1) New Balance touque with ponytail hole: I love this touque. I always had a problem with an uncomfortable ponytail while running with normal touques, so I was thrilled to have found this one last year. There are so many other brands that make them now, I have seen them everywhere this winter.


2) Running Room reflective jacket: I was on the hunt for a winter running jacket for a few months and was excited when I received a such a nice one in my Resolution Run race kit on December 31st. The jacket fits me well despite being a unisex item and has great reflective strips on it.


3) MEC 1/4 zip long sleeve dryfit shirt: I love wearing a 1/4 shirt under my jacket as I can unzip it if need be. This MEC shirt has been my favorite 1/4 zip for some time, and it never fails me on a run (any time of the year actually!).

MEC shirt

4) Nike Hyperwarm long sleeve base layer: A new piece to my winter running wardrobe. I purchased this at a Nike Outlet in California while there on vacation last February. It’s a wonderfully warm base layer with a bit of a mock turtle neck. Not too high to be irritating, but just enough for some extra warmth.


5) Lululemon Brisk Run Gloves: Gloves are key for me as my fingers can never seem to warm up on their own. These Lululemon brisk run gloves are last year’s edition, and actually have a mitten portion that can either cover the gloves or tuck down inside them if it’s warmer. I love the versatility of them. They are lightweight but have kept me warm up to -20c. The reflective dots on them are a nice touch too!


6) Running Room Winter Running Tights: Another piece of winter running gear I was on the hunt for this winter was cold weather/winter running tights. In the past, I had always worn my normal tights and paired them with another layer of wind pants on colder days. I wanted to limit to one layer which would include a wind blocking front panel. I found the perfect pair on the clearance rack at the Running Room and love how they feel on cold, windy winter days.

*I have no good photos of these pants but as winter doesn’t seem to be going any where any time soon, I’m sure they will make an appearance in a future post at some point.

7) Yaktrax Run: These have been my newest purchase. I was given a gift card to Sail for Christmas and was able to pick up a pair of these in my size (after a few attempts at a few different stores). They slip on over regular running shoes and provide traction with their coils and spikes on snowy, slushy surfaces. A more detailed review to come in a later post.


And so, here’s a look at the complete outfit taken during the Resolution Run in London, Ontario:


You may have noticed one important piece of running gear missing from this list – SOCKS. I currently don’t have any winter running socks. I tend to either wear my compression socks as they are long enough to cover half my legs for added warmth, or just regular longer socks.

Any winter running sock recommendations??



11 Responses to “Winter Running Gear”

  1. Kristen January 30, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Both Wright Sock and Thorlo have some good winter running/extra cold weather socks. I have both (and i’ve run in some thorlo hiking socks when it has been cold) and have had pretty good luck. Both the wright sock “silver elite” and “cold running” are good options.

    I like a good 1/4 zip option for cold weather running as well – perfect for letting just a little air in 🙂

    • Mary January 30, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      Thanks Kristen! I’ll check them both out

  2. keshiablogs January 30, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Reblogged this on keshiablogs and commented:
    It’s going to be cold next week runner/joggers/walkers, check out this posting from Running in Transit

    • Mary January 31, 2013 at 8:27 am #

      Thanks for the reblog Keshia!!

      • keshiablogs February 8, 2013 at 10:41 am #

        I always enjoy sharing great post! Stay Warm 🙂

  3. Rebecca@Running.Food.Baby. January 30, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    ahh torture with running gear that I now want to buy 🙂

    I’m not the world’s biggest fan of running outside in the winter. Not because of the cold (excluding last week), but more that the sidewalks around my house are icy!

    I really like my Resolution Run jacket!!

    • Mary January 31, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      I understand the temptation – all I want to do is buy new running gear! This year, I lucked out with lots of gift cards so I scored some great cold weather running things.

      Icy weather’s definitely not fun (or safe) – sticking to the treadmill is a good call then!

  4. noshingonasphalt January 31, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    I adore this post and am jealous that I, except for a few days a year, get to break out my cold gear. 😦 It was 70 on Saturday and in the high 60s on Sunday. Come for a visit? 🙂

    • Mary January 31, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      Thanks Gina! it’s definitely fun to change up my running gear throughout the year (from what feels like 17 layers in the winter, to a mere tank top and shorts in the summer….and everything in between!) We hit a record high here yesterday (in the 50s F) – so if I had run, I wouldn’t have worn much of the gear I’ve listed above!

      In any case, yes, I would love to come visit Mississippi! Maybe one day….

  5. Miranda January 31, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Can’t wait to read your review of the Yaktrax!!

    • Mary January 31, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

      I’m hoping for snow this weekend so i can test them out in good yaktrax running conditions!

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