Gear Guide to Cold Weather Running

Kahtoola MICROSpikes Traction System
Kahtoola Inc., a small company in Flagstaff, Ariz., has a solution to assuage slipping this winter with its MICROSpikes, a footwear accoutrement that cinches on with a rubber noose to position 10 stainless-steel spikes directly down off the sole. Paired with waterproof trail-running shoes, they fit tight and do not slip. The spikes bite into ice to provide solid footing, even on a hockey rink. For running, the setup does little to interfere with your stride. $

Nathan Sports L.E.D. Runner's Vest
With less sunlight during the winter season, sometimes you have no choice but to run in the dark. Maintaining good visibility is crucial during night-time runs. This L.E.D. vest from Nathan Sports features up to one mile of visibility; made of lightweight, breathable mesh; 360-degree visibility with 500 candlepower reflectivity; 150 hours of battery-powered illumination. $

Polar RS800G3 Multisport Training System
This tech watch, which launched last year, got an upgrade and a partner product in the form of a new GPS module that attaches to your arm and provides speed and distance measurements. It can calculate your miles-per-hour reading while on the run, measure heart rate, calories burned, elevation gained and lost, and a litany of other functions. System includes the watch, GPS module, heart rate transmitter, and software. $499.95.

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