Apart from the northern states, much of India does not face winters harsh enough to make us abandon our outdoor fitness routines. Most runners welcome the cooler weather, and a great many of the country’s top races and marathons are planned in the months between October and February. At the same time, there is no denying the wind chill factor especially during early hours that can make you shiver through your runs and not get the most out of them. The ideal winter running gear not only guards you from the chill but also ensures that all moisture and sweat is directed away from your body. It’s best, therefore, to go with fabrics that have moisture wicking properties and can evaporate your sweat, preventing chills or head colds. Here are some great winter running accessories to keep you snug and on your feet all through the season.
Adidas Techfit Climawarm Tights
A sleek, fitted compression fit supported by proprietary Climawarm fabric makes these ideal for keeping your cold-weather training uninterrupted and comfortable. Adidas’s Techfit technology claims to focus your muscles’ energy to generate maximum power, acceleration and long-term endurance, while the brushed jersey material feels soft against the skin with minimum friction or irritation.
Winters mean shorter days and longer nights, and if you’re an early morning runner, chances are that you’ll be running in the dark for the most part. The Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp comes with a 60-lumen max reach and two SinglePower LEDs, while the ultra-compact design makes it easy to throw in a backpack side pocket or running jacket. Dimming and strobe functions allow for a range of lighting options while automatic 2-hour power off prevents accidental battery drain.
Drymax Cold Weather Run Crew Socks
Wearing the right running socks when running in the cold is not just a matter of comfort, it’s also a safety issue. If your feet get too cold and wet, you could be at risk for catching a cold or infection. Drymax socks are made to keep your feet dry with their unique fiber technologies. The multi-layer system offers superior moisture management and quick drying time, and the unique vented arch band and breathable panels help keep feet dry. The sock features an Anti-Blister System consisting of seamlessly smooth interior and flat toe seams, while Active Odor Control via MicroZap silver in the fibers helps fight bacteria growth
Pearl Izumi Transfer Hat
The Pearl Izumi Transfer Hat is an every-condition, lightweight beanie that moves moisture away from the skin and is suitable for a range of temperatures. The Transfer fabric with MicroSensor® is warm, soft and breathable, with a sleek fit and reflective elements for added visibility in low light.
PUMA Pure NightCat Powered Jacket
The Puma Pure NightCat Powered Jacket is an extremely lightweight running jacket with exceptional rechargeable LED which illuminates the optical fibres for 360 degree visibility. The water-resistant softshell fabric has laser-cut holes in the back for improved air circulation at critical heat zones. It’s warm but not too warm, which is exactly how you want it to be. Perfect for winter months and low light conditions, its bio-based wicking finish keeps things dry, and it also comes with a practical zip pocket with a headphone loop.