The best new running gear: January 2020 | Women's Running

The best new running gear: January 2020

Read Time:   |  January 7, 2020

From jackets made of glass beads to snow-stopping built-in shoe socks, here’s all the best new winter clobber…

1. Eco-friendly sportswear
$90 & $70, horizonathletic.com
(free shipping around the world on orders over AU$300)

Be wowed by the Horizon Athletic crop and tight. Made in Australia, the ankle-length Float leggings offer compression support and a soft high waist – all made from Italian fabric composed of recycled bottles from the ocean. They just feel so soft against your skin. They pair up perfectly with a Century Lotus top, with its bold shapes and colour blocking and feminine cut.

2. Beauty and beastly
£140, merrell.com

Do you crave a winter trail shoe to grab hold of the harshest terrain? WR gives you the Merrell MTL Astrum, a hybrid shoe/boot with a high snow-stopping collar that keeps you warm, protected and supported. With snow-tyre inspired Vibram lugs, there won’t be any path you can’t conquer. The Shield upper will keep your feet dry as well as radiate body heat back to your foot and the TrailProtect rock plate won’t let debris slow you down. And they’re vegan. A shoe of both beauty and technical excellence.

3. Dry January
£19.99 & £12.99

The Lifeventure SoftFibre Printed Towel (Mandala) is a jazzy travel towel that stashes into small pockets and is a lifesaver! Absorbing nine times its own weight in water, it also dries quickly and easily. It fits easily into their lightweight Running Waist Belt, which has pockets galore, including two internal mesh pockets in ripstop fabric. With side mesh pockets for easy access to gels and a zipped secure pocket, everything you need is on offer.

4. Toasty toes
£17.99, gorewear.com

The perfect length for winter, the Gore M Mid Sock comes in four colourways and is packed full of features, most notably the Achilles tendon protection channel. A grip band around the midfoot secures the sock and mesh construction will help sweat wick away quickly. There are plenty of comfort zones to prevent distractions on those longer runs, too, and the quality of the knit means these won’t wear quickly.

5. Frostbite, be gone!
£26 & £34, underarmour.co.uk

Fight back against the cold with Under Armour’s ColdGear Storm Beanie and Convertible Gloves. Crammed full of tech, they adapt to whatever you’re doing to allow your head and hands to stay at the right temperature. Both offer excellent breathability and are so quick drying they’ll be ready for you day after day. With a cute ponytail hole in the beanie and amazing reflectivity you will stand out when you’re training. And with deep cuffs, e-tips and high-viz mitten covers you can pull on/push off, the gloves give just the protection you need.

6. Be safe, be seen
£89.99, £79.99, provizsports.com

If you invest in one item this winter (or should we say two?), make it a high-viz jacket – your safety is so important as you train in lower light conditions. For absolute, in-your-face reflectivity you can’t go wrong with the Proviz Reflect360 – it’s just incredible how the millions of tiny glass beads reflect light back so brightly from vehicles. Team that up with the Proviz Waterproof Running Jacket, which is stretchy, breathable and the perfect outer layer for those water runs, and you will be 100 per cent sorted!