Our very favourite gear for mid-winter running...
Day 465 of winter running. Wearing capris seems like a distant dream. January seemed to go on for about four months. At long last February is here and everything seems a little bit lighter. Here are our top picks to beat the winter chill and give you a much-needed energy boost if you’re training for a spring race.
1. ARKET Hooded Running Jacket | £69
Arket’s new sportswear range is just to die for – practical, innovative and super stylish. This windbreaker is designed to increase ventilation while protecting you from the elements. It also has handy reflective detailing and is made from recycled materials – double win!
2. SWEATY BETTY Spiral Hair Toggle 5-pack | £5
The humble hair bobble: a sure-fire contender for the most useful running accessory. We love these big springy ones as they’re much easier to keep track of – no more slipping down the back of the sofa, or wherever it is they go! They’re snag free, too, so a good deal more comfortable to take out of your hair after a sweaty training session.
3. NIKE Therma-Sphere Neck Warmer | £19.95
Perfect for the cooler weather, this neck warmer lets you adjust the coverage to suit you. It’s also sweat-wicking, so will keep you dry as well as warm. Note the reflective tick and stripe for night-time running.
4. BAM Flat Lock Long-Sleeve Bamboo Base Layer | £30.40
A cosy base layer is essential for winter running and this one from BAM is brilliant. It’s comfortable, breathable and also naturally hypoallergenic, so if you have sensitive skin then you shouldn’t find it irritating. Plus, thumb loops – hallelujah!
5. RUNDERWEAR Original Support Running Bra | £50
A good sports bra is vital and this one provides maximum support. Runderwear have used the softest fabric to avoid rubbing or chafing and the adjustable straps stay put during even the longest runs.
6. GARMIN Forerunner 245 Music | £299.99
This Garmin has all the bells and whistles, from music storage right there on your wrist to Garmin Coach training plans. It’s a serious piece of kit, with useful features that help you monitor your training load and improve your form.
7. ASICS Women’s Running Gloves | £20
These gloves are a great investment for year-round running – they’ll keep you warm in the winter months, but also have built-in UV protection. Soft, cosy and comfortable, they’re all you need to keep your hands toasty!
SWEATY BETTY Power Gym Leggings | £75
These leggings add a little bit of luxury to your gear wardrobe. The sweat-wicking fabric and adjustable drawcord make them perfect for running and, with a variety of stylish colours to choose from as well as a handy phone pocket, you won’t want to take them off afterwards!
UNDER ARMOUR HOVR Machina | £140
Under Armour have pulled out all the stops with the design of their new HOVR Machina shoe, due to hit shelves later this month. This neutral shoe has a carbon-filled plate that puts a spring in your step – quite literally. They’re super light and are even digitally connected to provide you with personalised advice on form. We think they might actually be magic. They’re available from 7 February.
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