However, to fully enjoy running during the winter it’s important to dress properly. Our general clothing guide for running applies also to the winter season, but during the cold months there are some things you should pay extra attention to.
Ideally, you should freeze a little in the beginning, even if it’s unpleasant. After just a few minutes running, you will soon be warm again.
For the legs there are several different types of tights to choose from. The most common styles are thin, plain tights as well as brushed tights for colder temperatures. Do not choose tights that are too warm, keep in mind that you should freeze at the start of your workout. If you freeze easily, a great option is to choose a pair of thin tights and wear a pair of shorts on the outside. Then you get extra insulation in the areas most sensitive to cold while maintaining great freedom of movement as well as ventilation at the lower legs.
But remember: Don’t dress too warm. This is our most important advice regarding how to dress for winter running.
Furthermore, a vest is also a perfect item to use for heat regulation. The vest protects the torso but ventilates the arms and armpits. In addition, you can use the zipper to adjust the ventilation. Another option is to start your run wearing a hat and gloves and then, when you get warm, tuck them away in a pocket or on the inside of your tights/shorts.
A so-called neck tube is also a great garment for regulating body temperature; pull it up to cover your face and ears if it’s cold, pull it down to protect the throat or put it in a pocket if you get too hot. Another good tip is to roll up the shirt or jacket sleeves at the wrists (where there are many superficial blood vessels) in order to quickly cool down.