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Winter is coming: Here's how to be well-equipped to run outside in any weather

Ailish Forfar
NHL Editor
Don't let the snow slow you down this winter. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

As much as it hurts to admit, winter is here. Don’t let that be an excuse as to why you’re not hitting your running goals, because with the right gear, you can get outside 365 days a year.

We’ve rounded up the best winter running gear to keep you warm, safe, and speedy.

Let’s work from the top, down.

Hats and Headwear

Lululemon Out Run Beanie

Lululemon Out Run Beanie

Warm head, warm ears, can't lose. A cold-weather beanie to keep your lid toasty, with four colour options. The nylon material stays tight to your head for a secure and comfy fit.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $36.00


Lululemon Cross Chill Run Beanie

Cross Chill Run Beanie

This soft beanie features sweat-wicking fabric and reflective details so you can run comfortably on cold nights, and it’s available in five different colours. Plus the Set-My-Ponytail-Free detail allows you to manage your mane while you run.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $36.00


The North Face Standard Issue Beanie

TNF™ STANDARD ISSUE BEANIE


This cult classic is perfect for runners who are looking for a well-priced, warm, and durable winter running hat from a reliable brand. It comes in four colours and two size options.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $29.99


The North Face Insulated Balaclava

The North Face Insulated Balaclava

This insulated balaclava has a neck cape and removable front panel for when it's super cold and you want something a little extra.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $79.99


Nike Strike

Nike Strike

The Nike Strike Snood covers your face and neck with soft fleece that wicks sweat to help you stay warm and dry. It locks over your ears for a secure fit at full speed.

SHOP IT: NIKE $24.00


Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hood

Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hood


This Nike hood features hyperwarm fabric to keep you dry and warm during winter runs. It’s convertible to a neck gaiter for custom warmth and the flat seams sit smooth against your skin.

SHOP IT: SPORTCHEK $36.00


Gloves and Mittens

Lululemon Cross Chill Run Gloves

Cross Chill Run Gloves

These sleek-but-effective running gloves will keep your hands toasty on long runs. They feature touch screen technology on the finger-pads, and come in five different colours.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $38.00


Lululemon Resolute Runner Gloves

Resolute Runner Gloves

These gloves will keep your hands warm and protected from wind. They are made with sweat-wicking Rulu fabric and come in three different colour options.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $42.00


The North Face E-Tip Gloves

The North Face E-Tip Gloves

These gloves are a favourite amongst runners because they’re made to keep your hands in their natural relaxed position, and you don’t have to take them off to use your phone. The e-tip gloves feature four-way stretch and a gripper palm, and they come in six colours.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $49.99


Nike Men's Run Sphere Glove

Nike Men's Run Sphere Glove

The Nike Men’s Sphere Run Gloves provide lightweight warmth while allowing for touch-screen compatibility.

SHOP IT: SPORTCHEK $22.97


Jackets, vests and mid-layers

Lululemon Down For It All Jacket

Lululemon Down For It All Jacket

Cold weather is running weather when you've got the right gear. This jacket's down for it. It’s water resistant, 700-fill-power goose down providing lightweight warmth, with reflective details and a hidden phone pocket to keep your hands free. It comes in four colours and in vest form, linked below.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $198.00


Lululemon Fleece Back Soft Shell

Fleece Back Soft Shell

Stay warm in the cold with this versatile jacket that can be worn under a coat or on its own. It’s water-repellent and windproof for cold wet conditions, plus the high neck feature will keep you cozy while running.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $198.00


Nike AeroLayer

Nike AeroLayer

The Nike AeroLayer Jacket is designed to trap warm air for super-lightweight warmth. It is water resistant and breathable so you can tackle your mileage regardless of the weather.

SHOP IT: NIKE $130.00


The North Face Men's Winter Warm Bandit Long-Sleeve

The North Face Warm Bandit Long-Sleeve

Moisture-wicking long-sleeve with a gaiter neck and warm knit cuffs for the coverage you need on cold-weather runs.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $99.00


The North Face Women's Winter Warm Insulated Pullover

The North Face Winter Warm Insulated Pullover

This mid-weight, winter warm hybrid pullover is great for layering in the coldest conditions.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $99.00


The North Fest Women's Aconcagua Vest

The North Face Aconcagua Vest

This vest is perfect for layering on a cold run. It’s strategically insulated with 550-fill goose down, with handwarmer pockets, and a water-repellent coating.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $139.99


Lululemon Navigation Down Vest

Navigation Down Vest

This sleek windproof, water-repellent, and down insulated vest is the perfect layering item to keep you warm and dry on your winter run.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $168.00


Lululemon Outrun The Elements 1/2 Zip

Outrun the Elements 1/2 Zip

This cozy, stretchy pullover keeps you toasty when you warm up, and breathes easy when you cool down.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $108.00


Lululemon Surge Warm 1/2 Zip

Surge Warm 1/2 Zip

Stay warm and on the radar as you power through cold late night runs in this breathable and reflective layer.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $118.00


Nike Therma-Sphere 3.0

Nike Therma-Sphere 3.0

Find soft warmth in the Nike Therma-Sphere 3,0 Top, a lightweight and breathable design that's made to move. Built-in mittens provide additional coverage for your hands.

SHOP IT: NIKE $100.00


NB Radiantheat Vest

NB Radiantheat Vest

This vest is infused with a unique plasma process to deliver superior warmth retention by reflecting your body's heat back to you. Wind- and water-resistant outer fabric, secure hand pockets, and reflective details make this the ultimate winter running vest.

SHOP IT: NEW BALANCE $164.99


NB Heat Loft Jacket

NB Heat Loft Jacket

Chilly conditions are nothing to sweat in this jacket, made from cozy quilted fabric designed to capture warmth and wick away moisture. Performance perks include zip pockets, thumbhole cuffs and fleece insets.

SHOP IT: NEW BALANCE $124.99


Nike Women's Aerolayer Vest

Nike Aerolayer Vest

Designed for lightweight warmth, the Nike AeroLayer Vest is water-resistant and breathable so you can tackle your miles regardless of the weather.

SHOP IT: SPORTCHEK $120.00

Bottoms

Nike Men's Therma Repel

Nike Therma Repel

The Nike Therma Repel Tights support you on cool-day runs with lightweight stretch materials and convenient storage no matter what the route.

SHOP IT: NIKE $105.00


The North Face Women's Winter Warm High-Rise Tights

The North Face Winter Warm High-Rise Tights

Moisture-wicking, high-rise tights made with brushed back Winter Warm fabric to keep you out on the trail longer than ever.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $109.99


Nike Men's Power

Nike Power

Designed specifically for comfort during colder months, the Nike Power Tights are thicker than standard running tights to keep you warm. Smooth and stretchy, they boast plenty of storage for longer runs.

SHOP IT: NIKE $150.00


Nike Women’s Pro HyperWarm

Nike Women’s Pro HyperWarm

The Nike Pro HyperWarm Tights combine sweat-wicking thermal fabric with ventilation in high-heat areas to help you stay warm without overheating during a run.

SHOP IT: NIKE $84.00


Nike Men's Cold Terrain Run Tight

Cold Terrain Run Tight 28"

Brave the cold in these sweat-wicking technical tights designed to keep you moving and warm.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $118.00


Lululemon Women’s Cold Pacer High-Rise Tight

Lululemon Women’s Cold Pacer High-Rise Tight

It's always running weather, if you have the right gear. These cozy Tech Fleece tights are brushed inside for softness and warmth.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $138.00


The North Face Men's Winter Warm Tights

The North Face Warm Winter Tights

Moisture-wicking, supportive tights made with brushed back Winter Warm fabric to keep your muscles warm and loose on the coldest days.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $109.99


Lululemon Women's Flurry Up Super High-Rise Tight

Lululemon Flurry Up

You’ve got goals, even when it’s cold. Cozy Tech Fleece fabric will keep you warm even on the longest winter runs.

SHOP IT: LULULEMON $138.00


The North Face Men's Flight H20 Pants

Flight H20 Pants

These fully-taped, waterproof DryVent 2.5L running pants are made for wet and slushy winter conditions. These lightweight, and waterproof pants can pull on easily over another layer for added warmth.

SHOP IT: THE NORTH FACE $129.99


Nike Women’s Essential Warm Running Trousers

Nike Essential

The Nike Essential Trousers are a warm, cosy version of your favourite running trousers. They're soft on the inside and sweat-wicking technology helps you stay dry so you can cover your miles in comfort.

SHOP IT: NIKE $100


Socks

Nike Elite Lightweight Crew Socks

NIKE

The Nike Elite Lightweight Crew Running Socks feature mesh and sweat-wicking fabric to keep you dry and comfortable during your run.

SHOP IT: NIKE $20.00


Nike Everyday Max Cushioned 3-pack

Nike Everyday Max Cushioned

Break through your ceiling with the Nike Everyday Max Cushioned Socks. The thick terry sole gives you extra comfort, while high-friction yarns in the footbed reduce slippage.

SHOP IT: NIKE $24.00


Under Armour Heatgear Tech Crew - 3 Pack

Under Armour Heatgear Tech Crew - 3 Pack

The HeatGear series unites half cushion comfort and HeatGear technology to deliver a lightweight, durable and resilient partner for even the toughest of workouts. These socks have dynamic arch support to help reduce foot fatigue and sweat wicking material to dry fast and keep you warm.

SHOP IT: SPORTCHEK $21.99


New Balance Cushioned Crew Socks

New Balance Cushioned Crew

These lightweight socks were designed using a nylon yarn that's engineered to help give feet a second skin feel. With added moisture-wicking and odor-fighting technology, these athletic socks help keep the feet feeling fresh.  

SHOP IT: NEW BALANCE $13.99


New Balance Reflective Compression Run Socks

Reflective Compression Run Socks

These reflective compression run socks help transform your workout from the feet up. With reflective details that are perfect for runs during low-light hours, and built-in cushioning and arch support to offer added protection to high-impact areas of your feet. Plus, these anatomical running socks have reinforced heels and toes to help offer added durability.

SHOP IT: NEW BALANCE $29.99


Shoes

Nike Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail GORE-TEX ®

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail GORE-TEX ®

Now you can take the path less travelled in the Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Trail GORE-TEX ®. Ready for wet weather and tough terrain, the GORE-TEX ® upper is weatherized to help keep your feet dry. Double Zoom Air units underfoot offer a springy feel, while an aggressive traction pattern helps you keep your footing wherever you run.

SHOP IT: NIKE $210.00


Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield

Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield

The Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36 Shield gets updated to conquer wet routes. A water-repellent upper combines with an outsole that helps create grip on wet surfaces, letting you run in confidence despite the weather.

SHOP IT: NIKE $165.00


New Balance 880v9 GTX

New Balance 880

Meet THE ultimate all-weather road runner that’s engineered with GORE-TEX® technology. Made with a fitted waterproof GORE-TEX® Invisible Fit upper, this shoe delivers a close-to-foot fit with less bulk than the traditional GORETEX® waterproof membrane. It’s responsive with a TruFuse dual-foam midsole system that provides a dynamic fusion of cushioning and durability that’s engineered to rack up serious mileage.

SHOP IT: NEW BALANCE $174.99


Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D GTX Running Shoes

Salomon Men's XA Pro 3D GTX Running Shoes

Full premium wet traction grip is more than a technology, it's a mentality: you can simply ignore wet ground and charge ahead. Made with Gore-Tex® technology and Contragrip® soles, these shoes will keep you dry and stable on the road.

SHOP IT: SPORTCHEK $189.99


Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5

NIKE

Built specifically for trails and tougher conditions, the Nike Air Zoom Wildhorse 5 keeps you galloping over rough terrain in breathable, multi-layer mesh. A rock plate helps shield your foot, while a Zoom Air heel unit cushions your stride on and off the path.

SHOP IT: NIKE $145.00

Salomon Speedcross 4 Running Shoe

Salomon Women's Speedcross

Salomon Speedcross 4 is the quick and lightweight trail shoe suited for technical routes. Its Contagrip outsole presents a new, more aggressive design which grants outstanding grip even on the most slippery and muddy surfaces. Its Light Weight Muscle midsole made with lightweight and flexible foam ensures a comfortable run without sacrificing control on harsher terrains. 

SHOP IT: SPORTCHEK $159.99