With the lower quality rags warning of a Siberian Winter, as they invariably do every winter, year in and year out, you’ll need to get properly kitted out for some winter running. Not because of their usually incorrect forecasting, but due to the solid science that the months of January and February are usually quite cold, not surprisingly with it being winter and all. Here are some tips, not necessarily in any order – but you know that by now.
1 – Some decent baselayers. We’ve been recently impressed with the new SUB cold range, which are competitively priced as well as being fully featured. Of course, I’m also an Under Armour tart for when I can either afford it or get it at a discount. Just be careful it doesn’t lead on to the real hard stuff such as Skins or 2XU…
2 – Gloves. There are many runner’s gloves, such as those from Ron Hill – – the newer design being a vast improvement on the previous ones. They’ll suffice in the cold, but will be next to useless in the wet. The solution? The Sealkinz Ultragrip Gloves – a versatile all purpose glove that you can use for cycling, running or just walking to work so long as you get the black versions. The hi-viz ones are suited if you just want them for the running and cycling.
3 – Waterproof. You can go for a runner’s jacket, but I’ve found that a Paramo Velez Adventure Light that usually only sees service in the summer is ideally suited to wet winter runs. It’s a warm smock, sometimes too warm, and you’d need some extreme conditions before you’d start to feel the cold in this while running. As an added bonus, the Parameta fabric wicks the sweat away at a frightening rate. The down side? They cost around £200.
4 – Headgear. I just wear a hood, though usually due to the rain rather than the cold as I cannot stand wearing anything on my head unless it’s a survival situation. Failing that, any old beany will suffice, as if it’s raining it’ll be under a hood anyway. The current beany of choice was a freebie from Mountain Bike Rider from many moons ago. Of course, if it’s really cold then the Tom Selleck Ski mask from Airhole has to be worth the possible custodial sentence (review to follow!).
5 – Running Crampons. If the weather really does turn cold in the next few months, then when it does you’ll be housebound without these. If you choose to order them when you actually need them then you’ll find that either they’ve sold out or their delayed arrival in the post coincides with an equally unpunctual early spring. We use the Kahtoola microspikes, which are equally as home on a wilderness trek as they are on an icy urban run.