What is the best activewear and sportswear for winter training? What makes for good winter workout clothes and gear? We guide you on everything from baselayers to leggings and tights.
A baselayer should be tight and windproof to protect against the elements. Heat is trapped between the layers adding warmth on cold runs and for outdoor training sessions. Research has found that you're more likely to get out there and do a great workout if you wear clothes you feel great in. So layer up and hit the streets for a great winter run.
Long Sleeve Training Top
While reaching for a warm, cosy hoody or big heavy sweater may seem like the right option, you're far better off wearing a lightweight, sweat-wicking long sleeve training top. This reduce the likelihood that you'll get sweat rash as it'll wick the sweat away from your body keeping you cool and dry throughout your workout. When it's very cold outside we often forget just how hot and sweaty we always end up getting during a tough run! If your long sleeve top is lightweight and well-fitted, you won't suffer as much wind resistance and you'll feel a lot more athletic, encouraging you to perform better.
When heading out in winter, you'll definitely need a windproof and water resistant jacket to protect you against the elements. A good running jacket should have a reflective trim so that you are more visible in low light, and should be lightweight enough that you don't get hot and sweaty underneath. It's also a bonus if you're running jacket folds away into a small bag like the Sundried Grand Casse running jacket, as this means if you do overheat or the weather changes, you can easily and conveniently pack away your jacket and carry it with you on your run or cycle.
Finding motivation in winter can be tough, but with the right winter running gear your training should be able to carry on through the cold season. Avoid getting into a winter rut with activewear for winter running.
Start with socks which are going to keep your feet dry and warm and prevent blisters. You want your socks to be thick without rubbing, so opt for ones with extra cushioning in key areas like the toes and heels like the Sundried running socks. These socks also feature superior sweat-wicking capabilities which prevent chafing and soggy feet.
Sweatpants may be a great option while relaxing at home, but they are not really suitable for winter running. With the right womens running leggings and mens tights, you will be comfortable, warm, and unrestricted on your run. Women may opt for capri leggings in the summer as their cropped style allows is great for warmer temperatures, but you'll need a full length pair for winter.
The Sundried Ruinette 2.0 womens running leggings are made with seamless materials which will stay comfortable after countless miles, and are made with luxury materials which will insulate you and keep you warm. For men, the Roteck 2.0 mens tights are perfect worn as a base layer under a pair of shorts for extra protection.
Another issue with your bottom layer is visibility. Whilst in the summer, it’s easy to spot runners in the sunshine, during darker winter months visibility becomes more of an issue. Sundried running bottoms have reflective linings which help to emphasise your visibility and keep you safe during lower light conditions, however it’s essential to keep visible with multiple visibility enhancing garments from vests to head torches and wristbands. Safety is crucial.
Winter months are also perfect for layering for that extra level of protection, try pairing shorts over tights to work as a windshield for more sensitive areas.
Wearing multiple layers is the best way to stay protected and warm on a long winter run. You may well start your run feeling very chilly, but as your heart rate increases so does your basal body temperature and you'll soon start to feel pretty toasty and perhaps even break a sweat! However, if you need to stop or walk for a moment, you temperature will soon drop again and you'll start to feel cold again. This is why wearing layers is essential. Start with a running vest or training t-shirt as your base layer, and then wear a long sleeve training top or lightweight hoodie over the top. Then, additional to this, you could wear a more heavyweight hoodie or sweatshirt over that which you could take off and put back on as needed.
Some people may ask, "do you burn more fat wearing a sweatshirt?" This is a common thought because it makes you sweat more, but the most important thing is to stay warm and comfortable while training outdoors in winter, so dress smart.
In the summer months, it’s all about wearing as little as possible, but when winter hits you can afford an accessory or two, as long as it doesn't weigh you down too much.
Although your hands and feet will warm up as you run, it's still an idea to invest in a pair of winter gloves for your colder training sessions. The Sundried bamboo gloves have silicone grippers to the palms so you won't drop your phone if it's wet or slippery, and they are touch screen sensitive so you can still use your smart phone while you're wearing them.
A lightweight hat will keep your head warm at the start of your run without giving you a sweaty head when you start to heat up. Keeping your hat lightweight also means it can easily be removed and folded into a pocket if necessary.
Make sure you're comfortable and warm no matter what so that the winter miles can roll by without any issue. Your womens fitness clothing needs to be winter-specific and make sure it has superior technical qualities. Your mens gym clothes should be stylish but also practical.