There is no bad weather, only bad clothes. When running outside year long, you need clothes and shoes made for the most unpredictable weather conditions. Leave the house well prepared for cold, rain, wind or any eventuality by choosing versatile and practical clothing, and shoes that have a good grip even on wet and icy surfaces. Here are some tips to help you.
Tops and Jackets
There are running clothes suitable for every kind of runner. One the top, your best bet is to add layers.
For your first layer, avoid anything cotton. It absorbs moisture, weighs you down and makes you cool. Instead choose a lightweight, synthetic-made shirt, such as the NikePro HyperCool T-shirt or the Reebok Workout Ready Supremium Long Sleeve Shirt. To take your performance to next level, choose a more technical garment that is seamless or laser stitched, which reduces friction and skin irritations. Merino wool is a good option. A merino top keeps you dry and warm, wicks away moisture and reduces sweaty odours.
Opt for a breathable jacket instead of a waterproof jacket, otherwise you’ll have moisture and perspiration sticking to your skin during your run.
For those who are often chilly, you can add a third layer to your ensemble by choosing an insulated jacket. Whether you wear two or three layers, choose an outer layer with reflective stripes that will keep you visible during your night outings.
For running tights, choose performance fabrics to protect your legs. Windproof pants or those lined with brushed fleece will keep heat close to your skin. You can also try compression tights. These limit muscle vibration and increase blood circulation. The effects differ from one runner to another. Some will see their performance improve, while others will see little to no difference. Try it to see if this technology is right for you.
To run in cold weather, there are several options of shoes to choose from. Running shoes designed with a Gore-Tex membrane are waterproof to further protect you from the cold. Some brands have developed their own waterproof membrane, like the Salomon brand with its Clima Salomon technology.
In snowy conditions, we recommend a soft rubber sole with crampons. You can also purchase traction cleats separately to wear over your favourite pair of running shoes.
To stay safe at night, it’s best to choose shoes with reflective panels that are visible on your evening runs.
To complete the look, add a Buff neck warmer, a headband, lined and breathable gloves, and a hydration belt. For those who love technology, accessorize with a GPS watch or a training bracelet to calculate a multitude of information such as your running pace, speed, distance traveled, calories burned, etc. To stay visible, you can always add reflective accessories such as a bib or bracelet, headlamps or lights attached to the heels of your shoes.
A Sportium Tip
A running shoe has an average life expectancy of 800 to 1,000 kilometers (in running terms, that equals 30 minutes 3 times a week for 1 year). Over time, the material of your shoe collapses and loses its effectiveness. Be sure to replace them every year to prevent injury.