Best Winter Running Layers

When the temperature plummets, gearing ourselves up for a run can be tough, especially when it’s dark outside and your breath instantly turns to fog in the air. There’s also the risk of injury if you don’t warm up properly, and no one fancies pulling a muscle at 7am in the morning.

In fact, most of us are probably hitting the treadmill instead. But with the right winter running layers, like cold weather gear tops, leggings and reflective jackets, there’s no reason we can’t get outside and run. Safely, seen, and warm.

Love it or hate it, there's more winter to come before it gets warmer. It’s time to beat the cold with our best winter running layers.

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Best Winter Running Jackets, Vests, Gilets

Sweaty Betty Therma Boost Running Zip Up - Grey Reflective Print

Power up your morning runs with the Sweaty Betty Therma Boost Running Zip Up. This cutting-edge top is designed to elevate your performance in cold weather. The full zip and cosy funnel neck provide customizable ventilation, while its moisture-wicking technology ensures you stay cool and dry throughout your run. Lightweight and sleek, it's the perfect choice to conquer the winter chill.

UnderArmourTrain Cold Weather Jacket - Black/Jet Grey

Brave the elements in style with Under Armour's Train Cold Weather Jacket. This jacket goes beyond just keeping you warm – it features 4-way stretch for unrestricted movement and moisture-wicking capabilities to maintain your core temperature. The hooded design and drop hem provide added coverage, making it an essential companion for winter runs.

Goodmove Reflective Jacket - Black

Shine bright during early morning or late-night runs with the Goodmove Reflective Jacket. Its sleek funnel neck, reflective elements, and full zip not only keep you visible but also add a touch of style. The unique curved back hem ensures coverage during intense workouts, making it a versatile and functional choice for your winter runs.

Goodmove Stormwear Reflective Gilet - Black

Light up the night in the Goodmove Stormwear Reflective Gilet. This versatile gilet features a sleek funnel neck, reflective elements, and a full zip for easy layering. The curved back hem adds extra coverage, making it suitable for various adventures, from evening jogs to outdoor activities in low-light conditions.

Nike Therma-FIT Swift Running Vest - Blue Joy

Make chilly mornings more enjoyable with the Nike Therma-FIT Swift Running Vest. Crafted with innovative Therma-FIT Technology, it provides essential warmth without sacrificing breathability. The drop tail adds extra coverage, and bungees at the waist allow you to find your perfect fit. Stay safe with reflective details during early morning or evening workouts.

On Weather Vest - Black

Experience ultimate protection without restriction in the On Running Weather Vest. This lightweight vest features a water-repellent coating, waterproof pockets, and reflective elements for added safety. Its ripstop material ensures durability, and the breathable design makes it a go-to choice for unpredictable winter weather.

Nike Repel Trail Running Vest - Black

Stay ready for any adventure with the Nike Repel Trail Running Vest. Its lightweight design, moisture-wicking properties, and adjustable elastic band at the back ensure optimal performance. The two large open pockets at the back provide convenient storage for your essentials during gym sessions or trail runs.

Not found what you’re looking for? Check out our full guide to running jackets here.

Best Long Sleeve Tops for Running

Sweaty Betty Colour Block Merino Base Layer Top - Black

Conquer the chill in style with the Sweaty Betty Colour Block Merino Base Layer Top. Crafted for performance, this top made from 100% breathable, sweat-wicking, and anti-bacterial Merino wool ensures you stay cool and dry. The long sleeves with thumbholes provide extra coverage and warmth, making it the ultimate companion for both on and off the slopes.

YMO Tempo Performance Longsleeve - Rainforest

Elevate your running experience with YMO's Tempo Performance Longsleeve. This top is designed for ease of movement with its soft fabric, sweat-wicking features, and thumbholes for layering. Stay comfortable and stylish during your winter runs with this lightweight and functional longsleeve.

Nike Dri-FIT Swift Long-Sleeve Wool Running Top - Diffused Blue

Achieve peak performance in the Nike Dri-FIT Swift Long-Sleeve Wool Running Top. Powered by advanced Dri-FIT Technology, this top keeps you dry during intense workouts. Thumbholes and an extended curved back hem add both style and functionality. Stay visible in low light with the reflective swoosh logo.

UnderArmour Train Cold Weather Funnel Neck - Team Royal

Channel your energy in the UA Train Cold Weather Funnel Neck. The wide funnel neck, built-in thumbholes, and dropped hem offer extra warmth and coverage. Stay visible in low-light conditions with reflective details and enjoy quick-drying technology to keep you fresh from start to finish.

Waterproof Running Shoes

Cloud 5 Waterproof - Black/White

Embark on your next urban adventure with confidence in On Running's Cloud 5 Waterproof Women's Trainers. These shoes offer superior traction and powerful energy return, ensuring your feet stay secure when you're on the move in wet conditions.

  • Best for: All-day wear, easy runs
  • Weight: 227g
  • Heel-to-toe-drop: 8mm

Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX Shoes - Deep Jungle/Khaki/Night Maroon

The Nike Pegasus Trail 4 GORE-TEX is your go-to choice for those moments when turning back is not an option. Conquer unforeseen weather conditions with the waterproof GORE-TEX layer, ensuring you stay dry and run harder for longer. With high ankle gaiter, Nike React cushioning, and designed for trail running, these shoes are built for the most challenging terrains.

  • Best for: Trail running
  • Weight: 214g
  • Heel-to-toe-drop: 10mm

Be sure to check out our complete guide to waterproof running shoes.

Conclusion

The trick to layering running gear is to find lightweight clothes that will wick away sweat at the same time as keeping you warm. Try and warm up in the heavier layers, to help avoid any injuries, and if you’re doing a big session, you’ll want to drop a few layers before you get going, so you don’t overheat. So, now that you’ve got the gear, it’s time to get outside and hit the ground running - because nothing beats the feeling of fresh air on your face to get the day started!