Dress to survive winter

Surviving Winter Email

SmartWool NTS Mid 250 Balaclava, $40

“The SmartWool Balaclava is a great go-to winter running piece. What sets this piece apart from others is the blend of merino wool which gives it a silky-smooth feel, as well as moisture-wicking capabilities. Merino wool is also antimicrobial; it dries quickly without odor so I can use it multiple times without needing to wash it. It’s pieces like this that keep me active throughout the winter because I can endure the elements and maintain a comfortable temperature.”
- Chris S.


Pearl Izumi Barrier Balaclava, $35

“Aaaaah, the balaclava. If you’re running around the Hoth-like conditions that prevail in West Michigan this time of year, this is an indispensable addition to your running arsenal. The Pearl Izumi Barrier Balaclava has a windproof panel over the forehead and ears to take the bite out of any polar vortex or Alberta Clipper. The interior P.R.O. Thermal fabric insulates while wicking moisture away. I don’t leave home without it!”
- Jeff B.


Nike Reversible Running Hat, $22

“This Nike hat is great for winter running for many reasons. It’s made out of Nike’s Dri-FIT material, so it’s perfect for moisture wicking and keeping your head dry. One side is a soft micro-fleece material to keep you warmer, the other side is a fashionable print so it’s extremely versatile. You essentially get two hats in one! I also love that it is a deeper hat and comes further down to cover your ears, so no wind will get to them and you’ll stay much warmer.”
- Emily P.


Mizuno Breath Thermo Layered Tight $70

“The Mizuno BT Layered Tights keep me toasty with Breath Thermo panels protecting the front of my thighs. The Breath Thermo yarn reacts with moisture to generate just enough warmth to keep me smiling on the coldest days. These tights fit pretty snug which makes the Breath Thermo effect a little more noticeable.”
- Eric W.


Nike Winter Running Gear

“Every winter the weather becomes brutal and makes it hard to stay motivated for outdoor running and exercise. But I cannot stand the treadmill, a.k.a. the dreadmill! I’m determined to get outside for my runs and short hikes. These adventures outside can be fun and comfortable with the right apparel. So, as somebody who runs extremely warm, I look to layer appropriately and utilize trapping heat in key areas. All in all, I am thankful for my Nike gear that is both bright and warm – keeps me noticeable and comfortable!”
- Ben D.