Best winter running gear

Our experts reviewed a selection of the top kit available to keep you comfortable in the cooler months

Winter running gear

by Trail Running |

Salewa Sesvenna 2 Polartec Alpha

Salewa Sesvenna 2 Polartec Alpha

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Designed for speed-hiking and ski-touring, this versatile, packable jacket is ideal for year-round pre/post run, general wear and snowy trails. Recycled Polartec Alpha insulation with a Pertex Quantum outer creates a lightweight, warm, windproof layer. Features include targetted insulation, snug hood and zipped chest pockets. Weight: 380g (size 10) Verdict: Warm, light, packable for year-round wear and winter running. (9/10)

Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody

Patagonia R1 Air Full-Zip Hoody

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New to Patagoniau2019s R1 series, the Air range uses a zigzag-textured hollow-core fabric for lightweight, quick-drying, breathable warmth. This super-soft and cosy fleece top with a handy zipped chest pocket is an ideal companion to high-energy winter adventures. Fair Trade Certified sewn from 100% recycled polyester. Weight: 250g (small) Verdict: Huggable, sustainably made, for cold runs or everyday use. (9/10)

Klattermusen Huge Wuru Hoodie

Klattermusen Huge Wuru Hoodie

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Made from a mix of wool, polyester and recycled polyester, this great-looking hoodie offers a perfect balance of warmth and breathability. Versatile enough to wear as either a base or mid-layer, the seam-free shoulders are comfy under a pack, the snug hood doubles as a neck-warmer and hidden thumb loops keep your hands warm. Weight: 280g (small) Verdict: Comfy, versatile, well-featured, with sound ethical credentials. (10/10)

On Running Sweatpants

On Running Sweatpants

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These super-comfortable sweats are perfect for warming up, cooling down, cold weather easy runs, and post-run relaxing. The blend of polyester, lyocell and elastane offers softness and stretch, with added wool in the knee panels for extra warmth. Features with two handwarmer pockets and a drawcord waist. Weight: 485g (small) Verdict: Comfy, warm and stylish for easy winter runs or relaxing. (8/10)

Bombas Merino Wool Tri-block Calf Socks

Bombas Merino Wool Tri-block Calf Socks

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B Corp-certified US brand Bombas gives a pair of socks to a homeless person for every pair sold. Its comprehensive range of socks includes specifics for every activity imaginable. This cosy, colourful model is 77% merino wool, with a seamless toe; plush, zoned cushioning; and a clever honeycomb-knit arch support. Verdict: Comfy, warm, cushioned and precision engineered socks. (9/10)

Sherpa Sabi Hat

Sherpa Sabi Hat

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Warm yet breathable enough for winter running, these bobble hats are hand knitted by womenu2019s co-ops in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur near Kathmandu. Made from chunky lambswool with a soft Polarfleece band for extra insulation, every product bought from Sherpa supports education and resources for children in Nepal. Verdict: Cute and cosy bobble hat with sales supporting a great cause. (8/10)

Dynafit Mezzalama Polartec Alphavest

Dynafit Mezzalama Polartec Alphavest

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An insulated vest adds core warmth and protection for minimal packsize and weight: ideal for winter running. Combining a protective ripstop outer with Polartec Alpha recycled insulation, this stylish vest offers a great balance of warmth and breathability. Stretch side panels and a ninja hood add comfort and a perfect fit. Weight: 240g (medium) Verdict: Core protection for minimal packsize. Ideal for cold days. (9/10)

Mountain Hardwear Type 2 Fun Three-Quarter Zip

Mountain Hardwear Type 2 Fun Three-Quarter Zip

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This slim-cut micro-grid fleece works brilliantly as a year-round mid-layer or heavier baselayer. The long zip allows plenty of ventilation when you're working hard, but zips up into a snug collar when it's cold. Good features include thumb loops for extra cosiness, a reflective logo and a handy zipped chest pocket. Weight: 190g (medium) Verdict: Cosy yet lightweight mid-layer for cold or year-round outings. (9/10)

Keela Merino LS Top

Keela Merino LS Top

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This versatile mid-weight top is a mix of 80% responsibly sourced merino wool and 20% polyester for durability and speedy drying. Worn on its own or as a baselayer, itu2019s comfortable, breathable and naturally antimicrobial. The zip adds ventilation and allows a higher collar but itu2019s also available without the zip. Weight: 250g (medium) Verdict: Good value merino baselayer u2013 ideal for multi-day adventures. (8/10)

Montane Prism Pants

Montane Prism Pants

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It would have to be really cold to run in these, but on long winter adventures they could be a race-saver u2013 or even a lifesaver. Lightweight and packable with a windproof Pertex outer and PrimaLoft Silver Eco recycled insulation, these well-designed trousers feature reflective details and a quarter-length zip to fit over shoes. Weight: 320g (large) Verdict: Essential for multi-day winter runs, warming up or camp life. (9/10)

Smartwool PHD Run Cold Weather Mid Crew

Smartwool PHD Run Cold Weather Mid Crew

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Weu2019ve been running in Smartwool socks for years, always impressed by their comfort, technical design and durability. This model mixes responsibly-sourced, thermoregulating merino wool with Nylon for toughness and elastane for stretch. The fit is seamlessly perfect and thereu2019s just the right amount of cushioning. Verdict: Comfy, supportive and durable with a great fit and cushioning. (10/10)

Inov-8 Extreme Thermo Beanie 2.0

Inov-8 Extreme Thermo Beanie 2.0

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A streamlined and race-ready beanie, lightweight and packable with a cosy fleece lining. The front and ear-warming side panels are windproof while the top and back offer more breathability. Features reflective details and side holes to allow glasses to be worn comfortably. The fit is small and doesnu2019t have much stretch. Verdict: Functional and protective hat for winter days on the fells.

On Trail Breaker Top

On Trail Breaker Top

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Packed with clever features, this versatile top offers lightweight protection for year-round running. The main fabric is a windproof, PFC-free water-repellent Nylon, while the back, sides and underarms are soft, stretchy and breathable. Features include a half zip for variable venting, cosy thumb loops, and an integrated watch window on both sleeves. Verdict: A brilliantly designed, lightweight, weatherproof top for year-round running. (9/10)

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BioLight Headlamp 750

BioLight Headlamp 750

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US-based Biolight provides sustainable lighting and cooking equipment to developing countries, with sales funding the development of these products. The HeadLamp is well-balanced, with a small lighting unit and rear mounted rechargeable battery pack on a comfortable, stable harness. It has eight different lighting modes, with the main beam plus flood-lighting best for running. This delivers a night-piercing 500 lumens with a 30sec 750-lumen boost function. The battery offers 2hrs of continuous full power, or a regulated high-power setting that gradually dims over 7hrs. For longer running adventures, the run-forever mode allows you to plug in an additional power pack to extend the battery life indefinitely u2013 additional power pack not included but a normal power bank works. It also features a rear red LED, great for night-time road training runs. Weight: 158g Verdict: Bright and comfortable with a good range of features; especially good if you need long battery life. (8/10)

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