During running in different seasons, it’s important to wear the right gear to ensure a comfortable experience. And since weather conditions can vary greatly, it’s important to have the appropriate running gear for different temperature levels. We thought it would be fun to provide some guidelines for different climates.
Here’s a quick guide on running gear for different temperature levels:
50°F to 60°F (10°C to 15.5°C)
This is pretty much perfect running weather, in our opinions! Don't let that first mile fool you... it gets great from there.
40°F to 50°F (4.5°C to 10°C)
At these temperatures, you can wear a long-sleeved shirt or a short sleeve shirt with a light jacket made of a breathable material like nylon or polyester. You'll find that after a mile or so, you can ditch the top layer so stick around your car or home for that first warmup! Avoid wearing thick materials as they may cause overheating during your run. Opt for running tights or leggings that are moisture-wicking and comfortable, and a headband or a hat to keep your ears warm if needed. This is pretty much excellent running weather.
30°F to 40°F (-1°C to 4.5°C)
As the temperature drops, you should consider wearing an extra layer of clothing, like a lightweight jacket over your long-sleeved shirt. You can also wear running gloves and a beanie to keep your hands and head warm. For your lower body, you can wear thicker running tights or even pants made of synthetic materials that can help regulate your body temperature.
20°F to 30°F (-6.5°C to -1°C)
At these temperatures, you should wear a heavier jacket, such as a windbreaker, over your long-sleeved shirt or even a fleece jacket. You can also wear thicker gloves, a neck gaiter, and a beanie to cover your head and face. Consider wearing thicker socks to keep your feet warm, and make sure your running shoes have good traction to prevent slips and falls on icy surfaces. Sometimes running in more humid conditions can make these temperatures seem even colder so plan accordingly.
Below 20°F (-6.5°C)
At these temperatures, you should wear insulated running tights or pants to keep your lower body warm. A heavier jacket, is recommended to protect your upper body from the cold. You can also wear a balaclava or face mask to cover your nose and mouth, and some great cold weather running socks to keep your feet warm and dry.
In conclusion, wearing the right gear is important for a comfortable and safe running experience, especially in different temperature levels. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy your runs in any weather condition.
Bundle up and keep going!