The 12 Best Pieces of Cold Weather Running Gear to Ignite Your 2021 Winter Workouts

The 12 Best Pieces of Cold Weather Running Gear to Ignite Your 2021 Winter Workouts

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Winter is (always) coming, and you might be asking yourself, “How do I run in cold weather without becoming a human icicle?” Between black ice, face-numbing temperatures, and stiff, frozen muscles, running in cold weather can be super tough. But, as long as you have the right clothes, you can exercise in just about any weather condition.

There are ways to make your winter runs a lot more bearable. One key ingredient is to start investing in some cold weather running gear! Warm up your chilly morning jogs with these heat-trapping layers and protective shields. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or gifting one of these items for the all-weather athlete or exerciser in your life, we included a broad array of price points.

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1. Vinyasa Scarf Nulu

Vinyasa Scarf Nulu -- cold weather running gear

Protect your face and neck from the elements with this versatile scarf! Made from soft, stretchy, and sweat-wicking Nulu fabric, it has light reflectors for nighttime safety and snaps at either end so you can wear it as an infinity scarf, cardigan, or wrap.

Available at Lululemon.


2. Another Mile Jacket

cold weather running gear- lululemon jacket

It’s in the title! This cold-weather running jacket will keep you warmer longer so you can add another mile to your workout, even in the dreary winter months. The Glyde fabric is water-repellent and wind-resistant, and its PrimaLoft insulation keeps you warm even if it gets wet!

Available at Lululemon.


3. Nike Sportswear Down-Fill

Nike Sportswear Down-Fill -- cold weather running gear

The Nike Sportswear Windrunner Jacket is designed with enough room to layer over your coziest and warmest hoodie. Plus, it features a smooth shell fabric that repels light moisture to help keep you dry. It’s also made with sustainable materials.

Available at Nike.


4. Women’s Performance Hiking Calf Sock

Women's Performance Hiking Calf Sock -- cold weather running gear

These full-cushion hiking socks use Hex Tec technology. That means that the thermoregulating ventilation and moisture-wicking innovation keep your toes dry, warm, and cozy! Plus, these socks do good — for every pair purchased, the company donates a pair to someone in need.

Available at Bombas.


5. Baleaf Women’s Thermal Fleece

Baleaf Women's Thermal Fleece -- cold weather running gear

Sweat-wicking, functional, and stylish, the brushed micro-grid fleece interior on this fleece keeps you dry and is super soft against your skin. It also comes with a thumbhole to help keep your hands warm, a kangaroo pocket to hold your keys and phone, and a half-zip front for ventilation.

Available on Amazon.


6. Tough Headwear Running Beanie

Tough Headwear Running Beanie -- cold weather running gear

One of the best cold weather running gear items is a solid and durable beanie. Sweat-wicking, stretchy, and a total heat locker for your head and ears, this reversible spandex and polyester blend beanie fits all noggins of all sizes. The brushed lining provides lightweight thermal retention, and it also comes with a lifetime warranty!

Get it on Amazon.


7. ASOS Tall Ski Pants With Stirrup

ASOS Tall Ski Pants with Stirrup -- cold weather running gear

It’s all downhill from here! These high rise ski pants with belt loops, zip-side fastening, stirrup hem, and smooth, stretchy fabric are perfect for those leggy ladies who struggle to find ski gear that’s long enough for them.

Available at ASOS.


8. Finger Ten Winter Warm Running Gloves

Finger Ten Winter Warm Running Gloves -- cold weather running gear

These lightweight but effective cold weather running gloves come with a conductive fabric on the thumb and forefinger so you can still use your touchscreen device with ease. Waterproof and windproof material on the back of the gloves keep the elements at bay while a secure wrist closure seals out the cold.

Available on Amazon.


9. Carhartt Men’s Force Thermal Base Layer Pant

Carhartt Men's Force Thermal Base Layer Pant -- cold weather running gear

Layer these pants under your joggers, sweats, or track pants for even more protection! With quick dry technology to wick away sweat and fight odor, these base layer pants are thoughtfully contoured and designed for optimal comfort and reduced chafing.
Available on Amazon.


10. Rainier Tight

Rainier Tight -- cold weather running gear

These cold weather running tights have a soft, brushed interior, sweat-wicking and quick-drying fabric, and reflective details for early morning or nighttime runs. They’re also high rise for extra support and offer zippered pockets to store whatever essentials you can’t leave behind.

Available at Athleta.


11. ALTRA Men’s King MT 2 Trail Running Shoe

 ALTRA Men's King MT 2 Trail Running Shoe -- cold weather running gear

These all-terrain, all-weather running shoes with best-in-class drainage shine in icy and wet conditions that turn other shoes into sodden messes. You’ll appreciate the Vibram MegaGrip outsole and midfoot strap on wintry trails — as well as the hook-and-loop strapless gaiter tab when the snow gets extra deep.

Available on Amazon.


12. Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot

Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot -- cold weather running gear

Perfect for rough terrain on a chilly winter day, the women’s Newton Ridge Plus hiking boot from Columbia features a waterproof suede construction and Omni-Grip traction, so your toes stay protected from the elements all winter long!

Available at DSW.

Chelsea Frank


Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.