You might be able to shove your hands in your pockets when you're walking, but that obviously isn't the case during your run. So having a warm pair of gloves is essential. You certainly don't want to end your run early on account of not being able to feel your fingers. And since you don't want to be taking your gloves on and off every time you need to change the song on your phone or MP3 player, having gloves that are touch screen compatible is also an asset. Something along the lines of these Manzella P-stretch touch-tip gloves from Running Free will keep you warm and let you change tunes with ease (runningfree.com, $35).
All kinds of jackets and long-sleeved shirts are out there, not to mention plenty of hats too. But all too often the neck gets completely forgotten. Because we lose a fair bit of heat through our necks, this can mean that if you're running without something around your neck, you'll never feel warm. Fortunately attractive turtlenecks for running can be found, such as this run-swiftly turtleneck from Lululemon (lululemon.com, $78). Or if that seems too tight-fitting for you, check out this brisk-run neck warmer (lululemon.com, $28).
In the winter the most crucial piece of running gear is the jacket. It's important your jacket has the breathability required to let your sweat out so it doesn't cause you to feel chilled, while also keeping the cold air from getting to your skin. That's a lot to juggle, so you can't afford to skimp on this piece of running attire. Something such as Brooks' Infiniti jacket II will give you both the protection and comfort you require (runningroom.com, $150).
A quality jacket is nothing without a good pair of pants to go with it. As your legs power against the cold air, you definitely want a product that's windproof as well as waterproof in case you're faced with snow or freezing rain. Sugoi's Firewall 220 Tights (sportinglife.ca, $100) are made of waterproof fabrics and also have breathable membranes so you can stay dry and comfortable.
Weather in Canada can be confusing. It can seem freezing cold when you get out the door, but then you step into the sunlight, and it's perfectly decent. Or you can step out for a run on a nice day and suddenly have icy winds come upon you. That's where having a good pair of arm warmers comes in handy. Throw them on under your long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and simply take them off and tuck them in your pockets if you start to overheat. This pair of Brooks' Utopia arm warmers (rei.com, $38) even has fold-over mittens to keep your fingers warm and a pocket for your house key!
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