Gear Must-Haves for Colder Weather Aerobic Pursuits

This post has been in the works for months now.  I keep waiting for the “perfect” time to post it and had thought I had completely missed my chance and spring was upon us (even at 6,200 feet).  And then we ended up running last weekend in an incredible blizzard with piercing winds, ice and snow and yesterday in temperatures no higher than 10 degrees.

Mtn Papa pushing the kids through the blizzard
Mtn Papa pushing the kids through the blizzard

So….winter is NOT done around here, and the good news is that much of this gear is now on sale (so is a GREAT time to get your hands on it.)

You can find more of our previous running posts here:

Also, I would love to hear your own recommendations.  What do you use to stay warm and comfortable running in cooler (or changing) temperatures?

STABILicers SPORTrunners $39.95

STABILicers Sportrunners (photo courtesy of their site.)
STABILicers Sportrunners (photo courtesy of their site.)

We love these because they are simple (no straps), affordable and made in the U.S. Both Mtn Papa and I wore them for running all winter and felt like we had adequate traction for packed snow.  The only issue we had with them was getting them correctly on and fitted every time. I tended to have a little extra left above my toes after I stretched them on (though this did not impact him running.)

 

 

The North Face Women’s GTD tights $70

The North Face GTD Tights
The North Face GTD Tights

My go-to tights for running.  Warm, fit well and have zippered cuffs for fitting over shoes and boots.  No chaffing and comfortable every time.  Can easily be worn by themselves or under another layer.

 

 

 

YurBuds Inspire IronMan Series $49.95

Yurbud Ironman Series Headphones
Yurbud Ironman Series Headphones

The best headphones we have found in general, but they perform particularly well for colder weather.  The cord is always flexible, doesn’t bounce or freeze and doesn’t twist or get loose connections after wear and abuse.  We also both love how they fit in our ears (and the rubber ear bud covers mean no cold interior ears – which I HATE!)  The cord is also plenty long enough to allow for threading through numerous layers or keeping it in a lower pant pocket.  The only thing I missed was having a control on the headphones themselves so I didn’t have to dig through those said layers to change to a new song when I just wasn’t feeling it.  They aren’t cheap at $50 a pair, but as long as you don’t lose them, they last a really long time!

 

Ibex Breakaway 2 Jacket $275: 

Ibex Breakaway 2 Jacket
Ibex Breakaway 2 Jacket

This jacket isn’t cheap, but it sure is awesome.  I have worn it for nearly every run and XC ski I have done for the past 3 months.  Made of Ibex’s signature wool, the Breakaway 2 breathes well, doesn’t stink and is stretchy for a great form fit to cut down on extra clothing to get in your way.  It has one chest pocket (great for an ipod and/or phone) with a cord hole and then a larger back pocket (10″) that I use for stuffing in my STABILicers if conditions change or for an extra hat or gloves.  Even better? It’s machine washable.  While it does have one reflective logo on it, I wish it had a bit more for safety and sometimes I miss having front hand pockets (the back pocket can be a little tricky to twist into.)

 

ISIS PDQ vest on sale for $49:  

ISIS PDQ Vest (photo courtesy of their site)
ISIS PDQ Vest (photo courtesy of their site)

A great layer to add for when you need just a little more warmth or as a mid layer under something like the Ibex Breakaway Jacket.  It is fairly minimal as far as warmth, but does add enough core protection to make it worth it to me.  Plus, it’s an extra pocket (one on the left chest and one in the back) to carry an iPod or gels if you don’t need more than a shirt and vest.  Just wish those pockets were a tad bigger.  Fitted and streamlined.

 

 

 

ISIS PDQ beanie on sale for $17

ISIS PDQ Beanie
ISIS PDQ Beanie

I love this beanie because it is reflective, wicks moisture and has a ponytail hole.  And since it is reversible, you really get two hats in one.

 

 

 

 

Stonewear Designs Toaster Top on sale for $47

Stonewear Designs Toaster Top
Stonewear Designs Toaster Top

Excerpt from my previous post: …The Dryflex fabric truly does dry very fast and washes well. The flattering fit (including a high neck and princess seams) looks good on everybody. It’s one of those shirts you can go run in and then wear the rest of the day (and no one will even know.)…. Read the rest of my review over at the Live Stonewear Blog

 

 

 

Vasque Pendulum Trail Runners $109.99

Vasque Pendulum Runners
Vasque Pendulum Runners

I am really REALLY picky about running shoes and I seldom find ones I love.  Lately I have been running in Brooks, but was eager to give the new Pendulums from Vasque a try.  Wowee – I am sure glad I did!  These are the lightest, most comfortable trail runners I have found.  They quickly form to your feet for a comfortable run (no matter how many miles you do) and have performed beautifully on dirt and mud trails.  The Pendulum is a shoe built as a compromise between clunky trail shoes and barefoot runners (which I love!)  The only downsides I see is that they are not waterproof (though I always run in a wool sock anyway, so it isn’t a big deal) and the tongue of the shoe is only attached at the end point, which allows for dirt and rocks to slip in under the laces.

 

Point6 Compression Socks

Point6 Compression Socks (photo courtesy of their site)
Point6 Compression Socks (photo courtesy of their site)

These socks are AWESOME for running.  No padding, no chafing, great compression and true Point6 quality.

 

 

 

 

You can find all this gear listed in one place (for easy purchasing) over at our Sweet Relish “Winter Running” list!  Check it out!

 

Gear was generously provided to facilitate this review from Point6, Vasque, ISIS, Ibex, 32 North, and Stonewear Designs.  However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own.   Additionally, a few of these  links are affiliates.  Thank you so much for clicking through them to make your purchases – it helps offset the cost of this blog in a (VERY VERY) small way!  You can find my full disclosure here.  

 

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