What To Wear To Run In The Cold

Cold weather doesn’t have to stop you from running, but getting dressed is a puzzle: how do you keep from freezing your butt off, without overheating once you start to sweat? In this video, we show you exactly what to wear.

As a rule of thumb, you’ll feel about 5 degrees warmer when you run, so on a cool day where the sun is still giving off some warmth you can run in a t-shirt and shorts. Here are some more recommended outfits for chilly winter temps:

  • 4 degrees: long-sleeved shirt with your choice of pants or shorts, plus gloves.

  • -1 degrees: long pants or leggings, a light jacket, and a headband or hat.

  • -6 degrees: combine the jacket with the long sleeve shirt, and throw some shorts over your leggings (looks goofy, but I promise this is an A+ hack)

  • -12 degrees: all your warmest layers, plus a scarf or buff over your face.

Everybody has different preferences, and with practice you’ll figure out if you’re the kind of person who wears three shirts before it hits freezing or the type to run through the snow in shorts. But this should give you a starting point when you head out for your first (or next) cold weather run.

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