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The Best Cold Weather Running Gear for Winter Runs

We asked Terrence Mahon, high performance coach at the Boston Athletic Association – the organization behind the Boston Marathon – about the essentials for winter running safety. Here are his top picks for winter-weather gear.

Winter running shoes:

These offer less-breathable uppers and extra traction, with moisture-wicking or water-repellent materials. Check out stabilizers with small spikes or rubber pads that fit over your shoe for added grip.

Socks:

Winter weather calls for thicker socks, synthetic or wool instead of cotton.

Leg layers:

Invest in thicker, fleece-lined tights. For wet days, opt for water-repellent pants.

Upper body:

Keeping your upper body warm is all about layers. Mahon recommends wearing a short-sleeve synthetic shirt, a long-sleeve shirt and jacket. Wear a heavy-duty jacket with sealed seams for rain and snow, and a breathable jacket for dry, cold conditions.

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