Running Gear for Winter Running

Stay Safe and Comfortable With These Essentials

In addition to wearing cold weather running clothes, winter hats, warm socks, and gloves, runners need other essential gear for their cold winter runs.  Here are some running gear items to help you stay safe and comfortable during cold weather runs.

Yaktrax Ice Grippers

Yaktrax Ice Grippers
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If you run outside all winter long and find yourself slipping and sliding on the ice and snow, here's the perfect running gear to make your runs safer. YakTrax Ice Grippers offer traction and confidence for winter running. They slip right over your running shoes, without adding any weight. The spikeless coils provide a solid, predictable grip so you don't slip or slide.

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Princeton Tec Amp 1L Flashlight

Princeton Tec Flashlight
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This small, but powerful, flashlight is perfect for runners who run in low-light conditions. Light and easy-to-carry, its super-bright LED bulb lasts for 72 hours on two AAA batteries.

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Grabber HandWarmers

Grabber Hand Warmers
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These disposable hand warmers have helped warm my hands and keep me comfortable during many long runs.

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GoMotion Reactor LightVest

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This low-profile, lightweight vest pack is perfect for winter running, when you're often running in low-light or dark conditions. With a 100-lumen LED light mounted mid-chest, you’ll be able to see and be seen.   And the pack's sturdy design makes sure the light stays put, so you can run hands-free. Other features include a small accessory pocket for cell phone and bungee straps for shirt or shoes. For those who prefer a belt, GoMotion also makes a GoMotion LiteBelt.

Also see: Reflective Gear for Running in the Dark

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If the paths and trails where you typically run are snow-covered, you may want to give snowshoeing a try. It’s a very similar workout to running so, if you can run, you can snowshoe.

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Icetrekkers Spikes

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Excellent for navigating icy streets, ICEtrekkers Spikes can be used with a variety of footwear, including running shoes. The tungsten carbide spikes easily attach to the bottom of your shoe with a rubber sling.  They’re easy to put on and to take off, and stay on the footwear without the need for buckles or straps. ICEtrekkers Spikes have 6-point contact on the ball and heel of the foot, providing grip even in glare ice conditions.

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Outdoor Research Rocky Mountain Gaiters

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If you’re going to be running in snow, wearing a pair of gaiters like these from Outdoor Research will keep your ankles and legs dry.

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