Conquer the Cold: 6 Pieces of Gear to Wear This Winter
Shell: Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite
At a barely there three ounces, the Ghost Lite—made of a surprisingly tough 15D ripstop nylon—is wind- and water-resistant enough to protect you from a biting chill or light rain through your workout but still breathable enough for intense activity.
If you work out in the real cold, you need real insulation. Patagonia has somehow designed a jacket with the comfort and warmth of down but the breathability and stretch of fleece. With a plain-weave liner that minimizes heat transfer away from your body, the water-resistant Nano-Air even stays warm when wet.
Your next-to-skin layer is essential for pulling sweat away from your body so you don’t get the chills. The Pace Norviz is supersoft, quick-drying, and incorporates reflectivity into its fabric to provide 360-degree visibility for predawn or nighttime workouts.
Superstretchy Xperior Pants have a windproof soft shell fabric in the front and insulating yet breathable fleece across the seat. Zippered lower legs make them easy to pull on and off over running shoes.
The Trail Flash stems heat loss from your head but is breathable and light enough to allow heat transfer so you don’t get too hot. Columbia’s patented Omni-Wick quickly absorbs and moves moisture, and the poly-elastane fabric is less restricting than that of other tech-type hats.
Fingers are the first to feel the freeze of a cold wind, so don’t bundle up without protecting your hands. These gloves are warm and wind-resistant and have textured fingertips so you can still control your smartphone.