9 Simple Upgrades That’ll Make Your Workout Gear Warmer for Winter
Maybe the temps have turned and you've realized your old cold-weather workout gear isn't going to cut it. Maybe most of last year's stuff is still in good shape, but your favorite fleece-lined leggings have a hole in them in, um, an undesirable place... Or maybe all your stuff works perfectly fine, you just need a little fashion "fitspo"to brave the snow for a bit of sweat (no judgement, I'm right there with you).
Whatever the reasoning, winter is coming and if you plan on working out outside (or walking from your car to the gym in sub-arctic temps) you better have the right gear. Good news is, our favorite activewear brands are way ahead of you. Companies like Brooks, Ibex, Athleta and more have dropped new cold-weather workout gear that's guaranteed to keep you cozy while you break a sweat. No matter how low the thermometer gets, or how much snow starts to fall, these pieces will keep you—and more importantly, your muscles—comfortable as you run, ride, and trek.
9 cold-weather-ready drops to add to your winter workout wardrobe
If there’s one brand that has layering down pat, it’s Ibex. The brand is a one-stop-shop for four-season activewear, all made from antimicrobial, thermoregulating merino wool.
The new Woolies Tech Long Sleeve 1/4 Zip is about to be your new favorite base layer when the temps drop. It’s made of moisture-wicking, odor resistant Merino wool (goodbye, smelly pits!!) that’s blended with a bit of nylon to give extra stretch when you need it most. Even if you’re not working out, it makes for a classic look that’s easy to pop on for running errands, watching Hallmark movies—really wherever you want to be comfy.
Runners—if you plan on braving the cold, get yourself a pair of these leggings. Brand-new from Lululemon, they’re lined with a brushed fleece that keeps you warm and cozy stride after stride. They’re also water-repellant, so if it starts to flurry, you’ll stay pretty dry, and come complete with a back pocket for hands-free storage.
Speaking of running, Brooks just launched its Run Visible collection, all decked out in reflective, bright colors so you can stay safe at any hour of the day (or night). If you’re heading out on an evening jog, keep your mitts warm in these mitten/glove hybrids. If you want to use your fingers (the tips are tech-friendly), slide the mitten off. When the wind picks up and you need protection, slide the ripstop nylon mittens over, and run on.
Whether you’re hitting the gym or hitting the slopes, this cowl neck tech pullover can keep up. It’s made from a thermal insulating PolarTech fabric that keeps warmth in without leaving you overheated. If you do break a sweat, it’s wicking, so you won’t freeze yourself out. Pair it with the matching Polartec Tights ($98) for total roasty toastiness.
For outdoor activities, few pieces are as warm and snuggly as this fleece-y hoodie that’s basically a cloud in clothing form. New from Outdoor Voices, it’s made of the brand’s signature PrimoFleece that’s moisture-wicking and thermoregulating, but in a sleeker style. Wear it under your shell on your next snowy hike, then pair it with sweatpants and a mug of hot chocolate for post-trek comfort.
If your running shoes aren’t equipped to handle the slush and snow, swap them for these waterproof kicks. These premium sneakers feature a higher profile made from waterproof materials to keep your feet dry on wet runs. The brand just dropped three new color combos, too: chai/magnet, dust/navy (above), and cocoa/pebble.
Fun fact: Sweaty Betty is a goldmine for chic ski and snowboard-friendly base layers. Put on this base layer for all-day warmth from run to run. It’s made with a buttery soft merino blend that wicks sweat and keeps you dry, while the super stretch gives you maximum mobility. Complete your look with the matching Base Layer Leggings ($138) for head-to-toe snugness, too.
Give your ears a break with these new, trendy headband/ear covers from Halara. The scoop shape comes down over your ears, while the cut-out on the back gives you the perfect place to thread your ponytail on long runs, rides, and more. Available in navy, black, teal, pale blue, and purple.
Under Armour just dropped these navy and purple cozy leggings guaranteed to keep you comfy, even in the coldest temps. The soft, brushed lining is one thing, but the real winner is the no-slip waistband that stays exactly where you want it, no matter how you move. The subtle flower details don’t hurt, either.
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