/ running in the cold.....
I do not currently own any leggings suitable for running and so was wondering what combination of clothing the folk of ukc recommend. Should I just go for shorts and brave the cold or be soft and wear trackies?
I wonder that trackies can rub annoyingly.
Does coating the legs in vaseline work or would a pair of helly hansen leggings under shorts be a good option?
cheap as possible but still half decent (I'm size large).
Ron Hills or tights....
When its really cold, I wear a really thick hat or normal cap, normal running shorts, normal socks, thermal base layer or bamboo base layer, t-shirt or micro fleece on top and some good Rab Windstopper gloves. Its a bit nippy to start but after a mile or so I'm nice and toasty.
By the time I'm finished I'm sweating like a pervert.
I've done a few sub zero runs in the last few weeks. I'm not usually one for leggings either but have really benefitted from them recently. I just use my winter thermal layers with shorts over them. Trackies would be fine as long as you grease up your haw maws!
thanks for that. That combination is what I am thinking is best as I don't really like running in long bottoms and prefer shorts!
Your question betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of winter running.
The sole reason for going out in winter is because it legitimises wearing tight lycra in public. Why else would you want to run when it's cold?
Ran this evening in my usual Troll climbing trousers. Winter and summer.
3/4 length lycra tights.
Short sleeve thermal.
Pertex top with hood.
Bumbag to put the gloves and Pertex top in if I overheat.
I don't take a hat unless it's very cold.
I wear leggins or shorts if doing a hard session..
> I've done a few sub zero runs in the last few weeks. I'm not usually one for leggings either but have really benefitted from them recently. I just use my winter thermal layers with shorts over them.
Me too. On top I wear a helly hansen long sleeved vest and a thermal tee on top of that and then a windproof top. However I don't wear all that unless the temperature is below about 3 deg C and/or there's a cold wind blowing. I never wear a hat or gloves.
However, I wear shorts, I bought some tracksuit trousers when it dropped to -6'C but the ice meant I had to be careful and slow.
Hilly hi viz are ok.
Any leggings will do to keep you warm. I found some really good nike one's at an outlet before Christmas and they're better than my berghaus winter one's.
Top wise. If its still and really cold then whatever top you normally wear and a gillet on top to keep the core warm. If windy then windshirt with the gilet over that.
Ive ran in cold conditions with the wrong layers before and ended up with a 2 day headcold.
... is just silly. On several levels.
I wear a 3/4 pant - not sure of the right term but it goes below the knees. I wear a hat, gloves, thermal vest or base layer, running vest and track suit jacket. After about 20 mins I will take off the hat and gloves if it's about 3/4c and adjust this accordingly. If it's below freezing the hat and gloves stay on. I don't like being cold.
Cold is the enemy especially when I'm climbing as I am more susceptible to injuries however I don't find that with running.
This attitude ends up getting a bit like the 4 Yorkshireman sketch in Monty Python.
You're right to a degree, but where I run, always in the mornings, it hasn't been above zero since October (at 8am). I've come back with a frozen beard and frozen clothes as the sweat wicks through the layers.
I leerned that trying to MTFU is one thing (which is surely something we do every day in running), but being uncomfortable for the sake of a couple of layers of cheap polyester is a bit stupid. Also, running in crusty spring snow is quite abrasive on bare skin as I've discovered wearing only shorts and ending up to my thighs in places.
Anyway, just got back from a short run - it was only -3 today but it was tights, base layer and thicker technical running top, pair of thin running gloves and a buff. Still two pairs of socks because the snow is crusty so keep breaking through in places.
To be honest I was too hot, but my clothes are comfortable so it wasn't really a big deal. Because I run down a snowy deserted valley I would rather be too warm then be cold - if I turn an ankle I had a spare fleece and hat in my running pack.
I'll remember that on my 20 mile run over Bleaklow tomorrow.
> I'll remember that on my 20 mile swim over Bleaklow tomorrow.
Corrected that for you ;)
In reply to the OP:
I'm a big fan of tights for winter running - even for speed/track sessions when its cold as my knees get stiff otherwise. Ronhills are a bit thicker and can be good for longer steady runs in the hills but I really like running tights. Sportsdirect usually have a decent selection of adidas/nike versions (which I prefer to the Karrimor ones) on some kind of offer.
A light running hat and thin gloves are very useful too. Exremities do a great running beanie (called power dry) and some thin gloves - they can just get stuffed into your short/tight waistband when you warm up.
If you're running in much snow a pair of Inov-8 debri-gaiters stop your shoes from filling up with snow and save your feet from the cold a bit (they also work well to stop heather/sand/stones/bog getting into your shoes).
Aldi & Lidl do good running tights & pertex type jackets which are good quality at very good prices. Unfortunately they tend to only have them in the shops in autumn.
I also use one of their headbands to keep my ears warm as I tend to get too hot wearing a hat
When its cold, I always wear two pairs of socks, one pair on my feet...
This is why I like to wear a Buff. You can fold it into a beanie if its really cold, wear it as a bandana in hot sun, and roll it into a head band if you just want to keep your ears warm. Really compact and quick-drying too.
For mountain runs at night (3000') winter, it's a quality Gore running tights, or similiar. Aldi / Lidl have good cheaper alternatives, daytime running in dry conditions, then shorts. decathalon favourite at moment.
If it gets below about -7 degrees I would think about putting a thin fleece under the waterproof.
Carry a running backpack or bum bag and you can always take a layer off.
Tights will keep your legs warmer than shorts, so might lead to less injury.
I live in Aviemore so running in the cold - often below freezing - is the norm for me. There's often snow on the ground but that's never such a problem as cold wind.
I wear Ron Hills, with Helly thermal leggings underneath during the winter months. On top, Helly long-sleeved,high-necked vest or Ron Hill ditto, and Ron Hill windproof. Merino socks, fleece beanie, Buff, Sealskin windproof gloves.
Don't worry about being soft. Keeping the wind out and keeping your leg muscles warm are important. Merino socks keep your feet warm even if they get wet.
Keep the wind out and you'll soon be warm. If you run off road and off the beaten track, as I do, I would suggest taking an insulated gilet in your running backpack, just in case.
Lidl do low-price hi-viz jackets under their own Crivet label, although there's never any guarantee what they'll have in stock from one week to the next. Try your local army surplus, or Halfords BikeHut if there's one near you. A cyclist's reflective jacket would be okay. Or you could consider any low price windproof jacket with some reflective sticky tape added. Or a Sam Browne reflective across-the-shoulder chest strap over it.
Hope this helps. Happy winter running - there's nothing like it!
I look at the Met office weather app before going out. If its less than about 5 degrees outside I wear leggings, otherwise I wear shorts. The app temperature prediction has proved a more reliable guide as to what to wear than me going out on to the front step and peering at the sky, after which I always overdress.
If it's dark and cold I wear a long sleeved baselayer and a hi-vis pertex top over that (mine's a Montane one, but that cheap Karrimor one looks just as good. I had a fancy Brooks one but my wife uses that now.)
If its not dark, but still cold, I wear a running singlet and an insulated pertex windshirt on top of that.
I've only just given up wearing a hat and gloves too. I even took to wearing thick gloves on sub zero days after I found that thin ones didn't prevent miles of hot-ache pain.
I cannot bear being cold but run in lycra leggings just below my knees and genuinely never notice the cold once I've started running.
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