Running outdoor in Canada in the winter requires smart clothing and layering choices. We have put together a comprehensive guide to the best winter running clothing this season.
Adidas Men’s Sequencials Climaproof Jacket, $130
Wind, rain and sleet will be no bother in this jacket. It’s ventilated throughout and has a hood that rolls into a collar to prevent it from flapping in the wind.
Adidas Cheat Hoody, $100
Runners won’t even feel winter’s most harsh elements in this hoodie. The fuzzy interior keeps runners toasty on long runs. It even has a built in face warmer, so venture out for long trail runs on even the chilliest of days.
Adidas Climaheat Longtight, $90
These babies are so cosy they’ll never end up at the bottoms of runners’ drawers this winter. These pants are fleecy throughout so sub-zero weather won’t be an excuse not to run.
Saucony Nomad glove, $30
These snug and stretchy gloves have touch-screen compatible fingertips so no need to keep taking off your gloves mid-run to switch your tunes.
2XU Thermal Compression Tights, $140
The compression fabric of this pair is designed to give runners power and flexibility keeping the legs packed and warm as they click off the kilometres. The reflective logos on the sides give runners and elite look.
2XU G2 Micro Thermal Top, 110
Stay dry in this top and let your boy breathe. Runners will love the elastic cuffs that keep wind and pesky snowflakes out.
2XU G2 Micro Thermal Jacket, $190
A jacket that is durable and form fitting will let a runner glide along the trails with ease. It’s a basic black staple that will keep you snug without overheating.
Saucony Sonic Reflex Jacket, $120
The mesh panels under the armpits are a winter runner’s dream come true. This jacket will keep you from feeling sealed in and it’s a neutral colour, so go crazy matching it with this winter’s bold accessories.
Sauncony Drylete XPT Pant, $90
These pants will be one of the comfiest pairs in the drawer. The moisture-wicking and loose-fit option is perfect for cold days or for slipping on after track workouts.
Sauncony Velocity Long Sleeve (base), $45
The velocity long sleeve is a go-to basic that will keep your body dry even in hail or heavy sleet. Show off the awesome blue reflective arm strip by wearing it solo in milder weather.
Merrell Ergoluxe Balaclava, $90
This is the one-stop shop of hoodies. Thumb holes for layering, material that prevents moisture-buildup and a snug face-warming fit, this base layer has got you covered… right up to the eyes.
Saucony Altitude Base Layer, $45
The designers of this were really thinking when they added breathable holes under the arms. This wool-blend base feels light and its hidden thumb loop makes it a winter must-have.
Helly Hansen Women’s Pace ½ Zip Lifa Flow (base), $80
Ventilated in all the right places, this top will allow you to go at top speed while keeping the sticky to a minimum. Plus the dark purple will look good on anyone.
Helly Hansen Active Flow Pant, $55
These are meant as a baselayer that will feel so soft and smooth against the skin that runners will be chafe-free. And with their funky pattern, no one can tell you long johns aren’t cool.
Helly Hansen Charger Windblock Tights, $110
Sleek, feminine and resistant to winter’s elements, these tights will have female runners stomping through slush during winter runs. The drawstring waist, hip reflection and rubberized cuffs have runners prepped for all sorts of running conditions.
Helly Hansen Women’s Pace Jacket, $120
This jacket has everything from elbow, back and underarm ventilation to reflectors that will flash while you pump those arms. The colour and print gives it an up-to-date look too.
Brooks Adapt Jacket, $180
Insulation is what this jacket does best. Built for temperatures hovering around zero, this jacket solves winter’s running problems. Its added balaclava is a nice touch.
Brooks Essential Half-Zip III, $65
This breathable base layer is fast to dry and has handy thumb holes which are essential for piling on the layers. Early-morning and late-night runners will appreciate the shoulder and chest reflection strips.
Brooks Infiniti Beanie II, $25
This beanie is warm enough to prevent earache and keep out unwanted drafts but it’s not so heavy that runners will want to toss it once they’ve warmed up. Bonus: it easily fits under helmets.
Brooks Utopia Softshell, $150
These are the gloves you bust out when your go-to, slinky digit protectors just won’t cut it. After all, runners know how excruciating finger freeze can end an otherwise lovely run.
Brooks Men’s Infiniti Tight III, $95
These tights have more pocket room than most (two on the side, one in the back) and are sure to keep snow and slush from spoiling your run. It’s your go-to when you can’t squeeze your run in during the daylight.
The North Face Stormy Trail Jacket, $180
Light enough for warmer days and great for layering over a warmed base, this jacket is a versatile winter option. The waterproof shell cuts wind for those stormier days.
The North Face Winter Warm Tights, $90
Thick and built for Canadian winters, these thermal pants will keep you on the roads and trails through the harshest weather. You won’t need the treadmill this year with the Winter Warm Tights.
The North Face Standard Issue Beanie, $25
Your basic beanie. Just enough stretch to fit snug on your head, enough warmth for winter but made of a moisture-wicking fabric which won’t leave you feeling the need to peel it off after a few kilometres.
Oakley Women’s Printed Strength Tight, $90
The brave don’t hide indoors in winter. Be bold and stomp snowy sidewalks in these flashy printed tights. They’ll keep your legs warm and even have a hidden pocket for you to store cash or keys.
Oakley Stride LS Tech Tee, $65
This is a light and ventilated basic. Use it as a base layer or for indoor workouts.
Oakley Hydrolix Liner Glove, $35
These gloves are made with touch-screen friendly fingertip pads and extra stretchy material that won’t limit movement. Other than the provided warmth, runners won’t even notice they’re wearing gloves.
Oakley Conditional Vest, $120
This vest is for keeping the torso warm without restricting any arm action. This partial jacket doesn’t sacrifice pocket space either. Runners can bring a lot on the run in its three sizeable pockets.
Oakley Attainment Jacket, $200
This jacket provides nice padding along the front to keep wind from cutting through and its double-layer hood won’t let in the snow. Reflection strips will let cars know you’re coming and you can dress it up with crazy coloured gear without clashing.
MEC Mission Possible LS, $60
Its name reminds cold weather wimps that getting out for a run is not that tough. This chilly weather basic is slim fit, moisture wicking and has thumb holes and extra secure cuffs leaving runners with no excuse not to run.
MEC Nitro Thermal Run Jacket, $85
Your run will be unspoiled by rude winter weather if you put this one on. It’s got the ventilation you desire and the insulation you need plus, with ample amounts of fleece, no runner will complain.
MEC Mercury Tights, $59
The Mercury Tights won’t let you down on the trails. They’re basic and won’t limit a runner’s movement.
Helly Hansen Training Gloves, $40
Gloves are tricky because when temperatures drop, fingers are the first things to feel to chill. But wear a mitt that’s too heavy and sweaty slimy fingers are quick to peeve runners. That’s why Helly Hansen has built finger ventilation into these gloves. Nice.
Asics PR Shelter Gloves, $30
These gloves have a flap that turns them into mitts and a fleece nose wipe handy for mid-run sniffles. Touch screen-friendly fingertips are an added convenience.
Asics Felicity Fleece Headwarmer, $25
Finally you can keep your ears cosy and wear a ponytail at the same time. The slit in the back of this headband makes it a ponytail-friendly option.
Asics Thermal XP Slim Pant, $90
The reflective stripe will put you at ease while cruising through dark city streets. These loose-fit tights are also draw-string adjustable and have a pocket in the back handy for keys or lip balm.
Asics Thermal XP Half Zip, $100
This half-zip is will act as a solid base layer or can be worn alone for mild early winter runs.
Asics Speed Gore Jacket, $200
Reflective strips will let drivers let know you’re there. And in this trendy winter attire, you’ll want to be seen. The fleece-lined collar will keep your chin from getting wind-burn.
Zoot Ultra Megaheat Tight, $90
The skinny fit and blue splash on these tights make for a super cute look this winter. Reflexive strips give your kick and extra flash.
Zoot Ultra Zrowind Softshell, $150
With shiny zippers, elasticated wrist cuffs and a divided back pocket, this jacket’s got it all. This softshell number has a dip-down back that will keep your bum safe from slushy backsplash too.
Zoot Microlite Hoodie, $65
This hoodie is ideal for slipping on in milder conditions. There’s even a tiny hole for threading through a long-haired runner’s ponytail.
Zoot Ultra Thermo Glove, $30
These gloves are light and flexible with nose wipes and extra grip on the palms.
New Balance Heat Half Zip, $85
Snuggle into this top’s lined and durable collar when the winds pick up. Runners’ body heat will be captured by this layer so they can focus more on their time, less on getting out of the cold.
New Balance Chameleon Jacket, $170
It’s called the chameleon jacket but in this pink and purple reflective number, you’re actually bound to catch more than a few eyes. Its insulation is top-notch so you only have to get stuck doing laps on an indoor track if you really want to.
New Balance Windblocker Tight, $95
A higher waistline combats the sneakiest of drafts. Waterproof fabric around the ankles means slush or snow won’t seep through. These heavy-duty tights are a runner’s best friend.
Zoot Ultra Flexwind Glove, $35
Use the flap to convert these gloves to mitts and keeps your digits feeling snuggly on the windiest of days.