Tips for cold weather running gear?

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    Jan 09, 2012 12:15 AM GMT
    I'm transferring to Newport, RI via Chicago this winter/spring, and I've never run outside in winters like that. Whats the best cold weather running gear?
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    Jan 09, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    i did my marathon training in erie over the winter and found that my best gear was a solid pair of ACG gloves and hat. Also, i wore tights under underarmour sweats if it was below 30 F.

    I found that the worst part of running in the cold was that it really hurts your lungs sucking in all that cold air. If you have a cheap scarf that you can wrap around your neck, mouth/nose, that'll really help.

    didn't bother with fancy covers for my shoes or anything because they didn't seem to help other runners.

    Also, remember the most important thing to prevent injury is to stretch well before and after your run and to take small strides when running in the cold.
    best of luck!
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    Jan 09, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    grovetown1 saidI'm transferring to Newport, RI via Chicago this winter/spring, and I've never run outside in winters like that. Whats the best cold weather running gear?


    Baselayer tights and shirts from underarmour or nike. Layers. Running gloves

    And a massive smile on your face!
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    Jan 09, 2012 11:55 AM GMT
    Layering is important. I wear CW-X tights and they always keep my legs warm. I also have a number of smart wool long sleeve shirts that I wear over a wicking t-shirt (depending how cold it is). I then wear a wind breaking jacket (reflective if it's dark). I have a pair of brooks mittens that keep my hands incredibly warm. For my head I wear a headsweats hat that covers my ears. This is my usual gear and may layer up more depending on the temps.
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    Jan 09, 2012 4:10 PM GMT
    I like to keep at least 3 layers on for sub 30F weather. Depending on you body you may use more. I have a generic Under Armor top and tights.

    I like this brand for a mid layer as it heats up with your sweat (couple degrees). I find with the Mizuno gear as a mid/top layer I am fine with Under Armor.

    I am running in Ohio right now, and the avg weather is 10-20F and it is holding out well this winter. I also switched to a trail shoe so I had a little more grip, but ice is ice.

    Just pay attention to your body, be careful and have fun!!!

    Mizuno Breath Thermo
    http://www.amazon.com/Mizuno-Mens-Breath-Thermo-Zip/dp/B004PLN4VM/ref=pd_sbs_a_4

    I also would recommend gloves and head gator.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mizuno-Breath-Thermo-Run-Glove/dp/B004PLN4RQ/ref=pd_sbs_a_3

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    Feb 14, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    breathable stuff, a front panel to cut wind off, your normal running shoes .

    and go by the old rule of thumb of all cold weather endurance sports : it's you're not chilly the first 5 minutes, you're over dressed.
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    Feb 14, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    xassantex saidbreathable stuff, a front panel to cut wind off, your normal running shoes .

    and go by the old rule of thumb of all cold weather endurance sports : it's you're not chilly the first 5 minutes, you're over dressed.


    very good point about the first 5 minutes. Forget that at your peril!!