When the temperature starts to drop, dressing in layers is key to walking or running comfortably. Having the right gear ensures you’ll have a better workout by keeping you at the right temperature and protected from the elements. Also, by layering correctly you can take off outerwear like jackets or long-sleeve shirts and tie them around your waist. If you plan a loop route, you could put extra clothing somewhere safe like your car if you don’t want to carry it.
Here, three ways to master the art of layering and recommendations for the best gear to try now:
START WITH A BASE LAYER TO CONTROL MOISTURE
Because it’s the layer closest to your skin, these tops (and bottoms) move perspiration away from your skin, explains Cynthia Martinez, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer and run coach based in New York City. Look for a fabric that does this such as polyester or nylon. Cotton won’t cut it because it stays wet and does not dry quickly, adds Martinez. “This is essential because it helps you stay warm and avoid becoming hypothermic.”
For women: UA HexDelta
Why it’s a good option: This shirt is sweat-wicking and made with a fabric that prevents chafing and traps warmth while still allowing for breathability. Bonus: The thumbhole cutouts mean extra coverage to keep your hands warm.
For men: ColdGear® Fitted Crew
Why it’s a good option: This top is fitted without losing its breathability and sweat-wicking power. It easily moves with you and Under Armour’s proprietary ColdGear® technology ensures you stay warm.
USE A MIDDLE LAYER FOR INSULATION
“Your second layer needs to trap the heat your body is generating during a walk or run while continuing to quickly dry sweat,” says Martinez.
For women: UA Swyft ½ Zip
Why it’s a good option: The generous half-zip allows you to cool down if you’re starting to feel warm. Plus, the light fabric won’t weigh you down.
For men: UA Streaker ¼ Zip
Why it’s a good option: This comfortable pick won’t cling to you or cause chafing thanks to UA Microthread technology, which allows the fabric to stretch as you move and dry quickly.
WEAR AN OUTER LAYER TO PROTECT AGAINST THE ELEMENTS
“If you’re walking or running in rainy or windy conditions, it’s important to have a layer that acts as a shell,” says Martinez. “It can also be helpful for when you finish a workout to keep you warm until you get showered and changed.”
For women: UA Perpetual GORE® WINDSTOPPER®
Why it’s a good option: You’ll be ready to take on any winter weather in this jacket, which repels rain and snow and is totally windproof. The adjustable hood and full-coverage hem line are extra details that help you feel your best during challenging conditions.
For men: UA Outrun the Storm Jacket
Why it’s a good option: Because it’s water-resistant, this jacket protects you from the rain and lasts many seasons. Bonus: Reflective details make it a great pick for evening workouts.