a glimpse at new gear: run layering systems

How to Layer for Winter Running
WHY WE LOVE THISWinter running means different things to different people. Having lived in Toronto and Vancouver, I get that it’s not the same for everyone and gearing up for a run can be a complicated affair. This winter we designed functional layers that easily adjust to changing conditions so we can choose our own winter running adventure. I sat down with Product Expert, Brit, to get the inside scoop on how to layer it on without laying it on thick.  JOANNA - Product Editor

BASE LAYERYour base layer actually touches your skin so it is important that this layer is moisture-wicking (staying dry is key to staying warm). This layer should be fairly simple in design. Buttons, zippers or elaborate neck lines can make layering tricky. Look for soft, moisture-wicking, anti-stink fabrics and aim for a snug fit. Run base layer
Run: Ice Queen LS

This body-skimming base layer is made with buttery soft Rulu™ so it feels great against our skin. The inherently-wicking Rulu™ and quick-drying mesh panels work together to pull sweat away from the body. Don’t get your sleeves in a bunch - thumbholes make layering over this base no problem.

MID-LAYERThe mid-layer is on double duty. It has to work to insulate and keep you warm as well as continue to move moisture from the inside out. This layer needs to be engineered with insulating fabrics and venting so it can get the job done. Look for a body-skimming fit and mesh panelling or zipper vents.

Run: Toasty Tech Pullover
This soft and insulating mid-layer was designed with Tech Fleece and mesh panelling to support your base layer in wicking away moisture. The magnet snap helps to lock out the cold and cuffins with thumbholes keep your hands warm (think of them as built in running gloves).

OUTER LAYERThis layer is all about protecting you from rain, slush and snow while still giving your body a chance to vent. The outer layer finishes the job the base layer starts by allowing moisture vapour to escape. Look for water- and wind-resistant fabrics and ensure you have a good range of motion. Outer Layer for Running Run: Hot Cheeks Skirt
We designed this outer layer so that even when it gets really cold we won’t feel the need to run in our ski pants. This 800-fill-power premium goose down skirt layers easily over run tights and helps to keep our tush toasty without weighing us down. With a 360˚ reflective details and secure zipper pockets, this little layer is a B.F.D.

Run: Turn Around Jacket
We designed this reversible winter run jacket with zipper vents so we can cool down without stripping down. The water- and wind-resistant Cire fabric, wicking Rulu™ fabric panels and 800-fill-power premium goose down combine forces to kick some serious (winter) butt. This jacket takes element protection to a whole new level.

Get winter ready - Find these layers in store and online this week!

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Thank you for continuing to post previews of upcoming gear. It’s nice to read all the info before buying. Also I really appreciate all of the new run gear LLL has put out this fall. I don’t purchase the yoga gear, but I buy 95% of my running clothes from LLL. Please continue to make cute, quality, functional running gear and I will keep coming back.

Comment by Wendy — November 5, 2012 @ 6:41 am

Looks great Lulu!! I can’t wait to stock up on some winter layering soon. You’re right – layers do make a huge difference in comfort level on a run ღ

Comment by Christie Preston @ Beauty and the Bod — November 5, 2012 @ 7:33 am

Love these advanced product notifications!

Comment by Sarah — November 5, 2012 @ 8:08 am

Love LOVE the Ice Queen base layer! Thumb holes and “no stink” fabrics speak VOLUMES to what I’ve been looking for to wear on my cold runs!

Comment by Connie — November 5, 2012 @ 8:52 am

Sign me up for the the HOT CHEEKS! I can’t wait!

Comment by Lisa — November 5, 2012 @ 8:53 am

Can you please link to these products in your blog post?

Comment by Krista — November 5, 2012 @ 8:56 am

Hi Krista,
This post is a hint of what’s to come very soon. While these items aren’t available at the moment what I suggest is signing up for product notifications so you can get a notification when they are available to purchase. To sign up head onto our main page (http://bit.ly/QDKnvn) and enter in your email address beside ‘be the first to know’. Once you have that done, you’ll be all signed up.

~ Siya
GEC Online

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — November 5, 2012 @ 9:36 am

Ooooh amazing!! Love the glimpse of what’s to come!!

Comment by Devin — November 5, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

I live in Gaspe, Quebec, where it is often quite cold and windy. And I can not imagine having to wear 3 layers including a GOOSE DOWN JACKET to run. At the moment it is hovering around zero (celsius) and I run in a swiftly tech 1/2 zip. Sometimes I add a wind layer. If it’s below zero I wear a rulu pullover with a hood and cuffins on top, and am usually too hot. Seriously – does anyone wear a down jacket for running???

Comment by Holly — November 6, 2012 @ 6:07 am

Lulu when oh when will we be seeing that hot cheeks skirt? I’m going crazy waiting for it to appear on the website! There’s no Lulu close to me so I’m eagerly checking online! Bring it out soon, your fans are waiting!

Comment by Jillian — November 7, 2012 @ 11:13 am

Just curious why almost all of the tanks, shirts, jackets, and pants are all “Special Edition”?

Comment by Jo — November 7, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

Hot Cheeks Skirt!!! I am so looking forward to seeing this on the site. I’ve been checking daily. My buns are the only thing on me that NEVER warm up during a run.

Comment by Dara — November 10, 2012 @ 4:32 am

New gear is great, but the best base layering piece, hands down, is the swiftly line. Last winter Olympics, when Clara Hughes unzipped her speed skating outfit, I caught a glimpse of a swiftly shirt. Way more breathable than RULU.

As for layering overload: I wear a MEC lightweight synthetic down jacket for running when it’s cold in Edmonton — yesterday I used it as a warm-up layer when it was -5°C and put it on afterwards (I picked my kids up from school). Some of us get cold. I was x-c skiing last weekend in four insulating layers (two MEC merino wool, the Star Runner long sleeve, and a x-c team jacket). And when it’s -30° out, you bet I’m wearing even more.

Comment by J. — November 13, 2012 @ 8:26 am

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