follow us:
Shoulders of Giants is closed. Click here for more information
Gear Reviews / December 29, 2016

This week in gear: 5 must-haves for winter running

Written by: Stewart Moore

Maybe you’ve told yourself that 2017 will be the year you tone up, get down to fighting weight, or even run a marathon. Instead of investing in that trial gym membership come January 1 and enduring the monotony of a treadmill, how about sucking it up and heading outside?

Training for the warmer months starts now. So this week we rounded up five pieces of gear that can help keep you outdoors regardless of the conditions.

Anima3 BUGrip

If you want to train in any (and we mean any) conditions, Icebug’s Anima3 BUGrip is the winter running shoe for you. Nineteen built-in carbide-tipped studs provide traction in icy or snowy conditions, and the water resistant upper keeps your feet dry.

Weighing in at only 9.8oz, the Anima3 gives you the winter set up without the extra bulk and weight of crampons or gaiters.

The shoes sell online for 179.95 € (about $189.50 USD).

TNF Isotherm Jacket

The North Face’s new Isotherm running jacket is a wind and water resistant top with a few tricks up its sleeve.

The Isotherm features integrated reflective material throughout the entire jacket to keep you visible from any angle, and an athletic cut that hugs your body to keep heat in close.

The Isotherm sells online for $170.

PhD Wind Tight

This is the ideal bottom for blustery early morning miles or a post-work run. Smartwool’s new PhD Wind Tight sports a windproof front panel, water repellent finish, and 360 degree integrated reflectivity.

The tights are synthetic on the outside but lined with Merino wool. A zippered back pocket can hold a wallet or keys.

The PhD Wind Tight sells online for $140.


Challenger ATR 3

If you think you’ll need help to find the joy in running again, Hoka One One’s Challenger ATR 3 can do that. The shoe provides a plush ride in any terrain with Hoka’s trademark oversized midsole cushion.

The Challenger ATR 3 has a nearly trampoline-like bounce and weighs only 9.5oz, promising smooth sailing from trails to the road. A 5mm heel-to-toe drop offers a slight push forward, but you’ll still feel securely supported in this shoe.

The shoes sell online for $130 a pair.

P.R.O. Softshell Lite Glove

Combining 50g of Primaloft Gold insulation with water and wind resistant exterior fabric, Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. Softshell Lite Glove provides a little extra warmth without weight or bulk.

Synthetic leather palms and finger tips allow you to operate a touch screen and give superior grip on bike handles or ski poles. 

The gloves sell online for $55 a pair.

Is something else on your must-have winter running list? Email us at [email protected] to let us know.

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

read more
hit the outdoors

Sign up for the inside scoop on new products, member discounts and inspiration from our giants.