GIFT GUIDE: BEST WINTER TRAIL RUNNING GEAR
Laura Cortez | October 31, 2020
Embrace the cold, wet and mud this winter season with JackRabbit’s top gifts for trail runners from footwear to apparel and must-have accessories.
Even the most seasoned trail runners tend to dread winter training. Getting up from bed and knowing you’ll be running in the dark cold hours, likely alone are not the most incentivizing training circumstances.
For those of us (like me writing this!) who are barely making it out the door, here’s a quick rundown of the best running long sleeves, jackets, shoes and accessories that make getting dressed (if anything) fun.
In anticipation of the cold, we tend to overlayer because we can’t fathom being cold even for one second. However, after that initial 5-minute warmup period, you’re thinking about dropping layers and tying them around your waist.
Pro-tip: take off the last-minute decision layer before you leave; you likely don’t actually need it.
Running tops - these are a great and easy way to keep the midsection a little warmer.
New Balance Men's Jacquard Short Sleeve Top. $45. It’s functional enough to run in and also nice enough to make that zoom call in.
Nike Miler Short Sleeve Running Top. $35. Lightweight and breathable top that you’ll end up wearing all day!
Saucony Stopwatch Long Sleeve Top. $34. Layer over the running top. The long sleeve layer acts as a light pullover.
Saucony Stopwatch Long Sleeve Top. $34. The anti-microbial finish helps reduce odors and for those darker runs, it has reflective logo marks
Running jacket (optional) - not taking off that last-minute layer decision? That’s ok! At least this can be tied around your waist.
The Brooks Carbonite Jacket was made for both warmth and visibility while out running.
SHORTS vs. PANTS
The Great Debate.
At the end of the day, this great debate comes down to preference and cold tolerance. Some runners refuse to wear pants unless it’s under 32 degrees F, others will only wear shorts if the temperature is in the 50s.
There’s no real right or wrong here, but whatever you choose, comfort is key.
Men’s New Balance Impact Run 5" short. $45. 5inches, practical and moisture-wicking. What more could a guy want?
Women’s Nike Tempo Lux 3". $40. The perfect length to keep a perfect stride on the trail and lightweight enough to wear under tights if it gets a bit colder.
Men’s New Balance Impact Run Heat Tights. $90. The perfect balance between warm and breathable
Women’s Saucony Fortify Tights. $85. These tights have pockets. Enough said. How long have women been asking for pockets? Too long!
WINTER TRAIL RUNNING SHOES
Runners know it’s critical to check weather and trail conditions before heading out. If it’s too wet and rainy, it might be a road day to preserve the trail system.
Here are winter trail running shoe top picks.
New Balance Hierro v5 Gore-Tex $150. A great lightweight trail shoe that can withstand the cold wet terrain that also acts as a good transition shoe from road to trail and back.
HOKA ONE ONE Speedgoat 4. $145. The tried and true all around trail shoe. The Speedgoat works well on even the wettest of trail surfaces to provide a breathable and largely dry running experience
MUST-HAVE WINTER ACCESSORIES
These accessories never go out of style and last for miles. For both safety and warmth, these are what we don’t leave home without.
Petzl IKO Core Headlamp. $90. The 100% compostable packaging is only half the reason this headlamp is a must have. The Petzl IKO Core has a rechargeable battery, 3 different lighting options (from 'Oh yeah, this is nice' to 'OMG turn off the brights').
Running Socks. $9-$22. Feetures has a sock for everyone and meets every need. They are moisture wicking, come in different thickness and styles that make the most sense with where you’re at.
Icebreaker Gloves & Headband - Because matching is key and Icebreaker delivers both. The Icebreaker Sierra Gloves and Affinity Headband are essential to keeping your most vulnerable ligaments that affect the rest of the body, warm.
Plus, no one likes cold hands.