It’s cold outside. It’s wet. And bringing your workout into that whirlwind of uncomfortableness is probably the last thing you want to do. But you’re better than that. You've got fitness goals and a regimen to keep up with. You may even be training for a race. And if you plan to tackle an obstacle course in the future, muddy, slick terrain is just what you need to challenge your strength, endurance, and perseverance.
To make the whole process bearable, safe, and dare we say enjoyable, we’ve rounded up the latest water-resistant workout gear from accessories to jackets. All geared up, maybe, just maybe, you'll come to find running in the rain is more fun than staying cozy and warm inside. At the very least you'll look really good...
Tuck and store Brooks' Seattle Collapsible Hat in your pocket and pull it out when the downpour starts two miles in to your 10-k run (#beenthere). Made from seam-sealed, waterproof fabric, the hat remains durable and breathable even when it's pouring. Plus, its neoprene bill and elastic back provide a comfortable, adjustable fit.
Put the Asics GEL-Fuji Endurance running shoe on your holiday wish list—they're well worth the wait and the hype. Featuring brand new patented PlasmaGuard technology built into the shoe, you can literally dunk them in mud and they'll come out clean. Talk about an outdoor explorer and trailblazer's dream, the GEL-Fuji Endurance strikes a balance between rugged durability and breathable flexibility. Other key features include high rebound and cushioning, a rock protection plate, and a trail-specific outsole for better propulsion so you can tackle uphill and downhill descents with ease. There's even a removable sockliner for added protection against mud, dirt, and water.
You know that feeling of running in the rain and not hating it but freaking out about your phone? This case will keep you calm. The FRĒ WaterProof iPhone 6 case is waterproof, dirtproof, snowproof, and dropproof.
The LifeProof Lifeactiv Armband is ideal for indoors and out and fits comfortably whether you're packing toothpicks or cannons for arms.
Hit the trails and mountains with complete confidence. With Adidas' Terrex Boost GTX you can jump, sprint, climb, and traverse without missing a step (literally). The shoe features a breathable GORE-TEX membrane to keep your feet dry, a low-to-the-ground feel, and lightweight sock-like upper with a rubber outsole that offers support and grip to keep you grounded.
The Nike Vapor Flash 2.0 Men's Running Gloves are crafted with Nike's own Dri-FIT and Shield fabric to repel water and resist wind, keeping your hands dry and comfortable so you can forge forward no matter the weather. They're designed with reflective details so you can stay visible even on the darkest, stormiest nights. Strategically placed silicone and thumb and forefinger touch-screen compatability tips allow you to use your smart phone with ease—and without dropping it.
Lululemon's got your back(side). Their Surge Tight will take you from every grueling practice run to race day. It features four-way stretch, durable, and water-repellent fabric for protection against the elements and wear and tear. Go the distance with ease.
Rain, sleet, or snow, the Lone Peak NeoShell is a lightweight, waterproof running shoe that blows traditional waterproof shoes, well, out of the water. Crafted from breathable (read: less bulky) materials inside and out, Altra's shoe ensures you're feet don't overheat and they stay cool and dry. Plus, they feature a not-so-tight toe box so your toes can spread out naturally for greater stability over shifting, uneven terrain; and their Flexible StoneGuard sits just above the midsole to keep sharp rocks from reaching your feet.
Not a tights guy? No problem. Asics' Storm Shelter Pant are deigned for maximum protection against the elements without the bulk of a sweatpant and without the tightness of spandex. They're waterproof, seam-sealed, and include zip-open vents and mesh-lining to help keep you cool when you break a sweat. Plus, they've got light-reflective detailing for when the weather and visibility take a turn for the worst.
Not your average (looking or performing) running shoe, the Fat Tire Low from Under Armour is one of a kind. The first thing you notice is its large rubber outsole and lugs, which are made of Michelin® Wild Gripper (yes, like the tire) for unparalleled traction, grip, and stability no matter the terrain. The shoe's outter finish repels water and muck without sacrificing breathability, while the inner boasts an anti-microbial sockliner to keep any moisture from ruining your shoes, and their "Charged Foam" offers extra cushioning and responsiveness.
This jacket from Sugoi is just what you need as the cold, wet weather really sinks in. It's breathable, water-resistant fabric features zap reflectivity so you'll be highly visible. It's even got a media management system on the collar so you can secure and access your headphone cords with ease.
Need some extra help powering through your cold and dreary outdoor workouts? New Balance's Vazee Pace Protect Pack has you covered. The skeek neutral-cushioned running shoe is designed to hold up against the elements with a closed mesh upper to keep your feet dry. It also has a deconstructed heel counter, which gives you lightweight support. Overall, the shoe offers a responsive ride (meaning it won't feel dead under your foot; it'll "respond" to the ground and feel like it's giving energy back into your foot).
newbalance.com, $119.99 (Available exclusively at newbalance.com and select stores.)
A minimalist silhouette with maximum efficiency, the Men’s Houdini Pullover from Patagonia blocks wind and rain like no other. Its durable water repellent fabric finish repels moisture, decreases dry time, and works in tandem with a 100% nylon ripstop fabric, a breathable, waterproof barrier. Simply put, it prevents the jacket's outer fabric from getting soaked so the breathable barrier can maintain airflow inside and shed moisture. Wear the jacket alone or layer it beneath a heavier jacket when the temperature drops. And if you get too hot or you bring your workout indoors, the pullover stuffs into its own zippered chest pocket.
The North Face Men’s Illuminated Reversible Jacket
Incredibly versatile and sleek, the The North Face Men’s Illuminated Reversible Jacket can be worn as a weather-resistant layer or flipped and worn as a comfortable knit. The woven exterior of the water-resistant side even boasts 360-degree reflective graphics for visibility in low light. You'll never want to take this off—and you may never have to.