Warm up your winter runs with these toasty layers.
By Kevin Aeh and Jessica Herman. Photograph by Nicole Radja.|
1Zoot Ultra Softshell Jacket The honeycomb-style quilting inside the windproof, water-repellent soft shell spreads the moisture across the body, and gator cuffs keep hands warm. $180 at Fleet Feet (210 W North Ave, 312-587-3338).
2Craft ProZero Short Sleeved Crew The vertical channels of this basic base layer quickly wick away moisture. $50 at Fleet Feet.
3Saucony 3 Season Gloves The terry-cloth side of these easy-grip, three-season gloves are specifically designed for wiping your runny nose. $30 at Fleet Feet.
4Pearl Izumi syncroSeek III WRX The breathable shell of this trail running shoe is also water-resistant. $120 at Fleet Feet.
5Brooks Nightlife socks These moisture-transfer socks keep your feet dry, and the high-contrast colors enhance visibility. $12 at The Runner’s Edge (5243 N Clark St, 773-649-0853, runswim.com).
6Brooks Nightlife Podium half zip Not only is this fitted top wind- and water-resistant, but it’s also so bright you’ll stand out during a pitch-black 5pm run. $56 at The Runner’s Edge.
7Amphipod RunLite 4-bottle belt The city has turned off public water fountains for the winter, but these bottles will keep you hydrated. $40 at The Runner’s Edge.
8North Face Windstopper hybrid pant These insulated pants have venting zippers at the calves in case your legs get too toasty. $125 at The Runner’s Edge.
1Saucony Vizi-Pro vest You might look like a crossing guard, but at least cars will see you coming thanks to this jacket’s bright color and reflective piping. $75 at Fleet Feet.
2SportHill InFuzion II pant These not-too-tight pants feature handy zippers at your ankles for a snug fit and on your sides to store the essentials. $90 at Fleet Feet.
3Saucony Ulti-Mitt Between the tuckaway wind mitt, the LED flashlight and the convertible thumb and forefinger for easy iPod maneuvering, this mitt has everything you could ask for in a hand warmer. $38 at Fleet Feet.
4Saucony Razor Trail shoe A waterproof gator covering these running shoes keeps out the slush on the trails or on city streets, and plates in the soles protect your feet from sharp chunks of ice or rock. $125 at Fleet Feet.
5Icebreaker long-sleeved Atlas This 100 percent merino wool base layer comes in varying weights and stays smell-free and dry for days. $60 at Fleet Feet.
6Trailheads Power Cap The hat’s soft fleece interior traps heat, plus the reflective embellishments help you stand out at dawn or dusk. $20 at The Runner’s Edge.
7Sugoi Midzero half zip The fabric on this long-sleeved pullover wicks moisture and increases air flow, trapping body warmth next to your skin. $85 at The Runner’s Edge.
TIPS Fleet Feet owner Dave Zimmer’s three golden rules for outdoor running: • Cotton kills. It absorbs water and weighs you down. • In order to avoid overheating, dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside than it actually is. • Run into the wind for the first leg of your jog; strip away the layers and benefit from the wind’s force on your return.