Essential women's running gear for winter - Women's Running

Essential women’s running gear for winter

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  February 9, 2022

Everything we're wearing this month for wintry running weather...

February is here, and we’re taking our training to the next level. We’re feeling positive and looking forward to our fast-approaching races – and this gorgeous, cosy gear has certainly helped. Wrap up warm, stay visible and look fab with our top picks…

Beats fit pro headphones winter running gear february

BEATS Fit Pro True Wireless earbuds £199.99

We’re big fans of these innovative new earbuds: the wing tip design is brilliant. Most earbuds will offer different sizes, but what we’ve found is that wing tips can fall off, and selecting the size is a little cumbersome. These babies can fit a wide range of ear sizes comfortably: just rotate the wing tip for a stable fit. They’re also noise-cancelling, which is great news if you like total surround sound, but worth noting for road runners.

Zaazee Ava top women's winter running gear February

ZAAZEE Ava Long Sleeved Top £42

This is Holly’s top pick this month: a gorgeous new release from the brilliant team at Zaazee. We love the coverage that this length offers, and the scooped hem is very flattering. You can tell it was designed with runners in mind, with cosy thumbholes and a sweat-wicking fabric that keeps you warm without clinging too much. It’s also made from sustainable materials right here in the UK, which is a big plus, and you can choose two lovely colours for £70 and save yourself some dosh.

Available in sizes 8-16

Lucy Locket Loves leggings winter women's running gear February

LUCY LOCKET LOVES Wildflower Active Leggings £33

Lucy Locket Loves has become synonymous with daring prints and bright colours, but that’s not all that these leggings boast. They’re incredibly soft, squat-proof and moisture-wicking: perfect for running, gym sessions, yoga, the weekly shop, binge-watching Netflix – the list goes on. They’re also really affordable, long-lasting and size inclusive: an all-round winner.

Available in sizes 6-26

BAM bamboo socks women's winter running gear february

BAM Bamboo Trainer Socks 4 pack £16.50

Running socks can be expensive, but this pack from BAM is just what we’ve been looking for: four gorgeous pairs that we can rotate for under £20. As always with BAM, these are cleverly made from bamboo – and it’s worth noting that they don’t need any special care or attention, and can go in with your standard washing load. The reinforced toe and heel are an excellent bonus, and the arch support and shock absorbing footbed are essential for a great pair of run socks.

True Motion U-Tech Aion women's winter running gear february

TRUE MOTION U-Tech Aion running shoes | £150

Esther’s been wearing these since Christmas and she’s completely obsessed. Not only do they look stunning, but they feel like running on clouds. From German brand True Motion, they’re super innovative and feature the latest biomechanics insights in the design. A clever, comfy and responsive shoe, and definitely a brand to watch.

Oofos flip flops winter women's running gear February

OOFOS OOlala Leopard Sandal £60

This exclusive OOFOS design is limited edition and makes a striking addition to any running wardrobe. We’ve become total converts to the idea of a recovery shoe in the last couple of years, and OOFOS really is the best of the best. Pop these on after your long runs to help ease muscle stress and absorb extra impact: it’ll change the game, we promise.

freetrain lights women's winter running gear february

FREETRAIN Rechargeable LED Running Lights £19.99

These super light and rechargeable LED lights will help you increase your visibility while running in the dark – motorists should be able to see you from up to 1/2 a mile away. You can clip them on to almost anything, but it’s worth taking a look at the FreeTrain vest while you’re shopping. Stay safe out there!

Decathlon yoga mat women's winter running gear february

DECATHLON Nyamba Comfort Fitness Yoga Mat £24.99

Esther has been dutifully attending weekly yoga sessions for the last few months, and it’s been making a huge difference to her running. We should all be taking a leaf out of her book, but if you have no idea how to start then get yourself one of these and stick a YouTube video on!

Want more? Here’s all the gear we loved last month…

Essential women's running gear winter January: magazine

WOMEN’S RUNNING PLUS 3-month membership £9.45

We know, we’re slightly biased, but a membership to Women’s Running Plus is the best training partner you’ll have this year. You’ll receive the monthly magazine, packed with training plans, gear reviews, motivational content and expert advice, as well as a host of exclusive benefits and discounts. Whatever your age, experience or ability: come and join our lovely community of runners!

women's running gear winter january: Proviz hat

PROVIZ Classic Skull Cap £12.99

Proviz is brilliant for reflective kit – a must-have for winter running. As well as boasting reflective detailing, this cap is breathable and will keep you toasty warm. It’s also really soft and lightweight, and makes the perfect addition to a January wardrobe for running, cycling and hiking.

women's winter running gear january: Sweaty Betty top

SWEATY BETTY Ski Base Layer Top £75

This base layer will last you through the winter. It’s designed to keep you warm on the slopes, but is also totally brilliant for cold-weather running. Kate’s been wearing this to train recently, and swears by the sweat-wicking fabric as well as the cosy fit. Plus, we love the gorgeous retro design – you’ll be the most stylish runner at the start line.

Available in sizes XS-XL

essential women's winter running gear January: Tribe running leggings

TRIBE SPORTS Endure Tight £44.40

These are Holly’s current faves: a stylish and breathable tight, they’ve got that all-important waistband drawstring as well as a handy zip pocket. The recycled fabric feels lovely and soft, yet adds security and a little bit of compression. Plus, they have added UV protection that’s useful year-round.

Available in sizes XS-XL

GARMIN Venu 2 Plus watch £399.99

Garmin has just announced that the popular Venu 2 watch has had an upgrade – and we can’t wait to test it out. Available now, the new Venu 2 Plus can help you track your energy throughout the day, allows you to make calls from your wrist and can access your smartphone’s voice assistant. “Hey Siri, put the kettle on: I’m on my final mile!”

Brasher socks essential women's winter running gear January

BRASHER Women’s Hiker Socks £16

Esther is big into these at the moment, for everyday wear as well as her running. They’re lightweight enough that they won’t be too thick in your running shoes, and they provide supreme levels of comfort. Treat yourself!

Enertor insoes essential women's winter running gear January

ENERTOR Running Insoles £34.99

These shock absorbing insoles will revolutionise your running, and they’re a firm favourite in the Women’s Running team. They’re super soft and thin, and you can barely notice they’re there: apart from the clear improvement on your running recovery.

essential women's winter running gear January: 361 Kairos shoe

361° Kairos running shoe £124.99

This brand new release from 361° has got us all excited, with a breathable and supportive upper as well as a high-tech MORPHIT fitting system. If you like the Meraki shoe then you’ll love these!

Sealskinz hat essential women's running gear winter

SEALSKINZ Waterproof Cold Weather Beanie Hat £25

This beautiful beanie can be folded down over your ears for added protection – and that has the added bonus of keeping your headphones in place too. Bingo! Available in four gorgeous shades, this is from Sealskinz, so that means it’s magically waterproof too.

Available in sizes S-XXL

Proviz gilet essential women's running gear winter

PROVIZ Reflect360 Explorer Running Gilet £59.99

This gilet incorporates Proviz’s latest REFLECT360 reflective material – that essentially boings light right off you, making you super visible no matter how dark it is. The base material is a soft-touch polyester with a showerproof water-resistant coating in case the British weather does its worst. What’s more, the last time we looked, this was in the sale…. Quick: run!

Available in sizes 6-20

BAM top essential women's running gear winter

BAM Perform Bamboo Base Layer£44

BAM clothing is, as you might expect, made from bamboo – and that means every single piece is supersoft, super flexible, and super cosy for the winter. This base layer has gloriously long sleeves, is beautifully soft against the skin, and performs wonderfully as a technical top, wicking that sweat away.

Available in sizes 8-16

MAAREE bra essential women's running gear winter

MAAREE Empower Medium-Impact Sports Bra £49

Created specifically for RED January, MAAREE’s latest addition is this stupendous scarlet number. Available in XS-XL, it features a snazzy new slot and snap clasp, racerback straps and Maaree’s exclusive Overband design to keep your puppies in place.

Available in sizes XS-XL

Brooks gloves essential women's running gear winter

BROOKS Fusion Midweight Gloves | £30

The beauty of these is that not only will they prevent your paws from getting claw-like, but with that distinctive Run Visible colour blocking, they give you an added dimension of visibility – and over a part of your body that moves the most. This will make you instantly recognisable as a runner to oncoming cars as well as pedestrians.

Available in sizes XS-XL

Mama Life leggings essential women's running gear winter

MAMA LIFE White Leopard Leggings £40

If you’re a monochrome sort of gal (and if you are, I hear ya), then let me introduce the best way we’ve seen yet to inject a bit of jazz into our workouts without giving up our beloved black and white. These Mama Life numbers are high waisted, squat proof, and equipped with those all-important thigh pockets.

Available in sizes XS-XL

Saucony Vizipro Endorphin Speed essential women's running gear winter

SAUCONY VIZIPRO Endorphin Speed 2 £155

The Saucony Speed has been a long-time favourite of Women’s Running, with its Speedroll technology and full-length nylon plate to propel you onwards to bigger and better PBs. The Speed 2 has been given a little winter facelift with its signature ultra-bright colours mixed with reflective details for maximum visibility.

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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