Essential Running Gear for Cold Weather

Wondering how to run in the winter? In this article we'll tell you how to layer for cold-weather running.
Decathlon Ireland
January 25, 2024

Running in Ireland during the winter is tough. There's plenty of wind chill and visibility can be poor. At Decathlon we've got all the essential gear for the winter running season!

As the colder weather sets in, it can be tempting to abandon your running routine. But with the right gear and a little determination, you can stay on track with your morning or evening runs. In this article, we'll provide you some essential winter running gear for you to wear while running in the cold. From the right clothing to reliable footwear, we'll tell you what you need to stay safe and comfortable while running outdoors even during the coldest months of the year. 

Running in the winter can be challenging, but it's also a great way to stay active during cold weather months. Make sure you dress appropriately with layers and a high-quality insulated jacket insulation, and watch out for slippery or icy surfaces. Also, be sure to warm up properly before each run to help your body adjust to the cold weather.

Maybe you already have a mid - layer and you're looking for extra layers or perhaps you have no idea where to start and you're wondering which cold weather running gear you'll need this winter. Either way, we've got you covered with our wide range of cold weather running gear. 

What do runners wear in the cold?

When it comes to running in the winter, a reliable winter running jacket is an essential layer for winter running. Make sure that your outer layer is something lightweight and breathable that won't weigh you down but will keep your core warm. Also, its never a bad idea to get a waterproof jacket to protect yourself from an unexpected drizzle.

We have large selection of running jackets that are the perfect lightweight option for those looking for a windproof layer. We also have jackets that are great waterproof options for those brave enough to take on the Irish weather in the city or on the trail. 

Trust us, our running jackets will block that cold wind and protect you from the extreme cold. 

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Jackets are not the only winter gear you will need for your cold weather runs. You'll need to make sure you are properly layered up for your winter runs. The ideal base layers for cold weather running are lightweight base layers made of wicking fabric like merino wool or synthetic materials. If it is extra nippy, adding mid layers of fleece or insulating fabric like down or polyester can help you maintain a comfortable body temperature. 

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Along with these winter running clothes, Winter running pants are an absolute essential for all brave runners in Ireland who dare to conquer the harsh cold weather. Waterproof running pants provide the ultimate shield against the wrath of wind and rain, while ensuring you keep warm throughout your run. When choosing winter pants, it is important to consider your needs and preferences. With a variety of styles and materials available, finding the perfect pair of winter running pants is crucial for enjoying your runs during the winter season. On the coldest days, you may even want to consider some running tights to have under your pants.

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For extra warmth on your cold weather runs we recommend getting a pair of gloves, and a beanie for your cold weather running adventures. The right pair of winter running gloves will help keep your hands warm and protected from the cold while A top-quality winter running beanie will protect your head and ears from cold temperatures and wick away moisture from your head (psssttt... we also have a neck warmer too). 

Finally, for maximum warmth you'll need a pair of winter running socks. The right pair of socks may be the most important winter running accessory - cold toes can be nightmare! For the most comfortable cold weather running experience, you'll want socks that provide warmth but also wick away moisture. And some advice... your toes will thank you for the additional warmth provided by thicker socks. 

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Alright, now that you have all of your warm and cosy winter running gear, it's time to get the perfect pair of winter running shoes!

You should be looking for footwear that provides extra grip for better traction in slippery conditions and waterproof uppers to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The type of running shoe you choose comes down to personal preference. Are you running more in the city or on the trails? What if if it's a downpour are you still going out?  Luckily, we have a wide selection of normal running shoes and waterproof shoes to take on anything the Irish weather throws at you. 

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Base Layers. Check.
Running Jacket. Check. 
Pants. Check.
Gloves. Check.
Beanie. Check. 
Socks. Check.
Shoes. Check. 

So you're all warm and cosy with all of your winter running accessories your new favourite running shoes or trail shoes. But the sun's gone. How are you going to see what's in front of you? Don't worry we've got you covered. Check out our headlamps here

Go on, conquer the cold!