Just because the thermometer is hovering around freezing doesn’t mean you have to quit your new favorite workout. Running in the cold weather can be just as enjoyable as heading out for a jog on a sunny spring afternoon…so long as you’re adequately prepared with the right winter running gear.
There are lots of things to keep in mind if you plan to run outdoors this winter—potentially icy roads, fewer hours of sunlight, a proclivity to forget about rehydrating—but perhaps the most important of all is making sure you’re dressed appropriately for the weather. Too few layers and you’ll have a hard time warming up enough to feel comfortable; too many layers and you’ll be left sweating buckets in your fleece leggings (a situation that puts you at greater risk for developing frostbite). Here, seven avid runners weigh in on their most-loved winter running gear, from wind-breaking gloves and ear-saving headbands to cozy fleece-lined tights, all of which will keep you feeling comfortable and warm, whether it’s a chilly 40 degrees or a frigid 14.