Chill-Proof Your Workout With Layers

Stay toasty during winter runs with the smart layering system used in these outfits.

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Stay toasty during winter runs with the smart layering system used in these outfits. Even if you misjudge and overdress, the layers can be altered or tied around your waist to maintain the perfect temperature.


[1] Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie II ($100,
All the makings of an effective mid-layer: a hood, zipper and thumbholes for easy temperature adjustment, and a comfy fuzzy interior. Comes in six colors.

[2] Craft Warm CK Wool Roundneck Blackberry ($120,
This plush, seamless base layer keeps you warm even while wet, and its wool blend means it will stay odor-free.

[3] Sugoi Subzero Zap Tight ($100,
Sugoi’s thickest tight for the coldest winter day, with reflective markings and an interior key pocket.

[4] Saucony Sonic Shift Print Jacket ($100,
Although the fun print is hard enough to miss on its own, the blinking built-in light (recharged via USB) provides extra safety reassurance.

[5] Saucony Mod Striped Headband ($15,
Added grippers on the inside make this simple headband stay put on any tresses.

[6] Craft Running Hybrid Glove ($25,
Swap from mittens to gloves as you heat up.

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[1] Craft PZ Crew Long Sleeve ($55,
A trusty base layer, especially this popular one from Craft, will become your warm, moisture-wicking best friend.

[2] Pearl Izumi Transfer Hat ($20,
This lightweight, soft, wicking beanie comes in four colors.

[3] Craft Running Hybrid Glove ($25,
Mittens when you want them, gloves when you don’t.

[4] Sugoi Midzero Zip ($85,
This stretchy, soft mid-layer is equipped with a half-zipper for temperature control plus thumbholes and a back zipper pocket.

[5] Brooks Essential Run Jacket II ($75,
Windproof yet breathable, this water-resistant Brooks jacket has vents in the right places and reflective highlights for running in the dark.

[6] Sugoi Zeroplus Pant ($70,
For the men who don’t love tights, these thermal pants offer a looser option—the zipper at the bottom alleviates the tapered leg look.

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Chill-Proof Basics

What do I wear?

As a rule, dress for weather 20 degrees warmer than the actual air temperature to anticipate your body’s temperature once you start running. You may be chilly to start, but you’ll be thankful you’re not sweating uncontrollably once you hit your stride.

Layering 101

Base layer
: Wicking and warmth with a snug fit.

Mid-layer: Extra warmth and temperature control, ideally with a zipper.

Outer layer: Weather protection and reflective qualities for safety

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