The Ultimate Guide to Cold Weather Running Apparel


Gentlemen, perhaps you have an aversion to tights. This is not the time or the place for us to try and work you through that. Instead, let’s talk pants. Running in sweat pants is generally a terrible idea, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t excellent alternatives available.

You want something fitted to-semi-fitted depending on personal preference. Loose-fitting pants are not your friend. Look for a stretch polyester blend that manages moisture, and tapers to a narrow ankle.

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Brooks Spartan Pants | $75

The Brooks Spartan Pants' lightweight, stretch polyester offers protection against all kinds of adverse weather conditions, even if it’s just a slight chill in the air. The pants are semi-fitted, with a relaxed fit through the leg that tapers at the ankle.

The pants include zip ankles for easy removal and zip hand pockets to keep items secured on your run. The only knock on these pants is that the pockets are a little small, but that’s really only a problem if you’re wearing these pants to lounge around in, which you’ll want to do. 

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Saucony Speed Demon Jogger | $85

In case you hadn’t noticed, some of us are suckers for apparel that is both functional and fashionable, and the Saucony Speed Demon Jogger fits the bill perfectly.

Nothing beats a great pair of joggers, and there may be none better with regard to warmth and sensibility. Part of Saucony’s Life on the Run Collection—a “modern interpretation of athletic apparel” aimed towards blending performance and lifestyle needs—the Speed Demon Jogger is too warm for a run in temperatures over 50 degrees, which is the worst that we can say about one of our favorite products of the fall.

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