Dressing for Winter Running

As the air temps drop, more thought needs to go into how you dress for running outside during the cold winter months. No longer can you simply throw on a pair of shorts and short sleeved shirt and head out the door. The following is a guideline for what is needed for running through a Minnesota winter. You may find that you need to add a layer or subtract a layer depending upon how much you sweat or what you tolerance for cold is. The rule of thumb is you should feel slightly cool, but not cold, when heading out the door. The feeling will be short lived as you will warm up as you run. These guidelines are just that guidelines and they assume you will be wearing some type of hat and gloves.

30-50 Degrees

Top

  • Long sleeve tech fabric base layer
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket

Bottom

  • Long pants

10-30 Degrees

Top

  • Long sleeve tech fabric
  • Sweatshirt or light jacket
  • WindShell Jacket or Vest

Bottom

  • Fleece Lined Running Tights

-10-10 Degrees

Top

  • Long sleeve tech fabric tight fitting
  • Long sleeve tech fabric looser fitting
  • Sweatshirt
  • Wind Jacket
  • Vest
  • Neck Gaiter
  • Balaclava
  • Sunglasses

Bottom

  • Fleece Lined Running Tights
  • Wind Pants

-10 and below

  • Add additional layers as needed. Be very aware of frostbite on exposed skin.

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