I live in Toronto. With that said, the wind here tends to seem a lot worse then the snow. Gloves are essential. I prefer gloves to minutes, and tend to use liners. On really cold days having wind proof gloves can be a huge plus, and has proved to be almost more important than the overall warmth of the glove for me.
Something that covers your ears is also pretty essential. I prefer headbands/ear muffs that cover my ears more than hats. I tend to get very hot when I run, and I like how they accomodate for a ponytail a lot easier. I'm a fan and have owned both the MEC Frigorific Headband and the Nike ACG Lightweight Running Headband and love both. The frigorific is cheap and on the warmer side, and the fleece part on the inside is super soft. The Nike headband works better for fall.
I'm a fan of layering with a good sportsbra or base shirt and then a warmer longsleeve merino shirt. A windbreaker is also a super useful piece of gear, though try and avoid anything that doesn't have pit or back ventilation.
I really like underarmer and the patagonia capaliene 3 (sorry for spelling) for shirts. Often times my Cap 3 shirt is warm enough that I really don't feel the need for a jacket.
For pants I prefer tights to anything baggy. Again the Cap 3 from Patagonia or the MEC Merino wool long johns are favorites of mine.
And Ski socks, try some of the smartwool ski socks, I find it's nice to either have them pulled up under my tights or over if you want some more color.
Patagonia Capilene 3 Long Johns (Women's)
Patagonia Capilene 3 Long-Sleeved Crew (Women's)
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
It depends where you live! Definitely a running jacket or some other lightweight jacket with good breathability and ventilation. I have found jackets with added underarm ventilation and back ventilation to be the most breathable. You produce a lot of heat when running, and if it condenses on the inside of your jacket, you will start to get cold. I ran for 10 years in a North Face trail running jacket- it was great! I rarely noticed condensation in the inside of my jacket. My sister has a MEC Breeze jacket and she really likes it. This year, I bought a new Sugoi Zap jacket. It looks great/very reflective, but I have found the breathability to be somewhat lacking- the difference? No back ventilation. So watch out for that.
Under my jacket, I will wear a long sleeve breathable shirt of medium weight when it is 0-5C. Under 0C, I will then switch to wearing a long sleeved thermal type shirt. Below about -10C (depending on how windy it is), I will then add another short sleeved, thin thermal shirt.
For pants, when it is slightly above 0C, a midweight tight. For 0 to -10C, a heavy weight tight. And when below -10C, another thin pair of tights undernearth or a pair of wind pants over top, when it is really cold.
And a well fitting, wind blocking hat+ gloves+ neck gaiter.
As a final note, you will probably feel a bit cold during the first 5-10 minutes running, if you are dressed properly. Once you start generating more heat, you will be toasty. If you feel warm from the beginning, you will probably be too hot. I love running from -5c to 0C. The perfect running temp- with the right clothing, you are neither too hot or too cold.
Hope that helps and have fun running!
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
The Dash pants with maybe nylon wind pants over them would be perfect for winter I think. I ran yesterday in 3 degrees with a 90km wind, and found these pants perfect, not too cold, not too warm. They feel awesome! Can't wait to get another pair!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
- Kippens, NL
Hello! Its such a personal preference kind of thing, and also very dependent on where you live in Canada!! However, I can tell you what works for me - definitely layering & Zip-tee tops for temperature control! I recommend "SportHill" pants (and tops too) as they are made of comfortable to wear, breathable windblocking material. MEC has lots of great options for base layers (merino or polyester). I prefer vests to actual long-sleeved jackets, except in the rain. A warm bra on cold days is essential! I also use a Petzl Tikka Headlamp if I'm on a dark trail (reflective gear is wise if you're going to be running along roads in the dark). Then all you need is some warm mitts or gloves (I prefer windblocking again), some kind of ear or head warmer (temperature dependent), and on cold days maybe the mec "oust bandana" for extra neck warmth (your tops should already cover the neck somewhat).... and if you're going to be running in blistering cold weather, I would recommend the Outdoor Research Sonic Balaclava. I also like Sprigs Earbags for warmer weather, or under hats in cold weather for extra warmth! Hope this helps - happy running!
answered 3 years, 6 months ago