The Gear That Warms You Up
Layers are out, tech-forward items that tackle the cold are in.
Layers only cut the cold so much. Plus, by the time you’ve piled on enough gear to keep you warm, movement becomes a little more difficult.
That’s why top fitness apparel brands have stepped up their cold-weather offerings. Coats, hats, and leggings infused with the latest technology will keep you warm without weighing you down. So you can focus on your workout—and allow your apparel to do the rest. Here, nine activewear staples that keep you moving (and, of course, warm) all winter long.
Mizuno Breath Thermo Windproof Headband, $27
Breath Thermo is Mizuno’s heat-generating technology. How it works: Fibers in the clothing use your body’s natural moisture to produce warmth (but also wick away wetness), keeping you warm while the temps drop. Another perk: These ear warmers are unisex.
NB Heat Women’s Hybrid Jacket, $180
Beyond the hot red hue, New Balance’s latest and greatest in cold-weather gear includes Polartec® Alpha®—which gives down-like warmth sans the bulkiness. This jacket will fight off freezing temps, bitter winds, and rain (thanks to quilted ripstop nylon on the outside) all the while warming your core.
Nike Therma-Sphere Max Men’s Training Jacket, $185
When you work out in chilly temps, your body works hard to keep you warm—and Nike developers know this can tank your performance. That’s why they created winter gear that helps your body do its job. The company’s Therma-Sphere Max includes a three-layer composite material that traps heat (the same way a wetsuit does) but is also lightweight.
Aether Vapor Base Layer Crew, $75
Love the jersey feel but want the tech benefits? Meet Aether’s Vapor Base Layer series. The brushed jersey poly material is moisture-wicking and can stand up to even your most extreme workouts, but also has elasticity—meaning none of your movements, whether on the slopes or at mile 5, will be compromised. Plus, the thumbholes pair easily for with gloves.
Nike AeroReact Pullover Top, $110
A runner’s dream: a pullover that adapts to your body’s natural temperature. You’ll never have to strip a jacket only to put it back on with Nike’s AeroReact technology. Yarn in the fabric works in tandem with your body’s thermoregulation process by sensing moisture and opening up for maximum breathability (really).
Patagonia Men’s Wind Shield Hybrid Soft Shell Pants, $149
The guy who loves HIIT can now take his workout from the treadmill to the snow. Made for Nordic skiing (the cuffs secure around boots), trail running, and every heart-pumping workout in between, these pants fight the elements, control odor, and allow you to move freely while also staying at the perfect temp. Plus, they’re bluesign® approved, which means they are the highest standard in consumer safety.
Adidas TechFit Tights, $50
The worst part about warming up while you run can sometimes be that sticky feeling of your gear on your skin. But Adidas’ breathable TECHFIT™ technology keeps air flowing to keep you dry and comfortable while also blocking the chill. A sleek, athletic fit and reflective details keep you looking as sharp.
Lole Shanta Gloves, $40
A triple threat: Wind-protection, warmth, and the ability to change your tunes. These mittens-turned-gloves do everything you need during a winter workout. Fleece on the inside keeps you toasty; elastane allows you to move in every direction; and a wicking treatment keeps you dry and odor-free. Plus, color-blocking adds a touch of much needed brightness no matter how dreary the day.
Stance Fusion Snow Socks, $15 and up
Fun imagery is matched with top-notch acrylic fibers to keep your feet dry and cozy—even through a full day of skiing. The socks also stand out for their compression material strategically placed throughout; elastic arches; and a self-adjusting cuff, which moves to fit your leg size.