winter running love list



I can’t help but feel that we live a bit of a charmed life here in Vancouver. With moderate winter temperatures and no serious threat of ice or snow, our biggest winter running obstacle is soggy feet. Charmed as it is, naïve we are not. We asked some of our favourite runners how they combat winter running in some of the bitterest cities.

1.injinji toesock
“With Vibrams® making a big splash this summer, these toe socks are a winter necessity for all ‘barely there’ barefoot running enthusiasts.”
–Jonas Caruana, ambassador, Montreal

2. brisk run toque
“A beanie is a must!”
–Tom Cripps, ambassador New York City

3. brisk run gloves
“Hands can get chilly (especially if it’s windy) so I turn to these gloves. I especially love the touchscreen-friendly finger tips!”
– Andy Nelson, ambassador, New York City

4. yaktrax® crampons
“When the road is super snowy or icy, I strap a set of Yaxtrax onto my runners to help me get a grip on the slippery spots."
– Sam Sykes, ambassador, Toronto

5. wind and water resistant jacket
“Winter runs along the rivers here in NYC only happen when I wear a windproof jacket. My new go-to is the Run: Essential Jacket.”
– Abby Bales, ambassador, New York City

6. little hotties®
“If it’s super cold (below 20 degrees) I put warmers inside my sneakers on top of my toes. They keep my feet warm for the whole run!”
– Terrance Gerchberg, ambassador, New York City

7. cytomax® energy drink
“For long runs, I heat up a Cytomax® Energy Drink (my personal fave) and put it in an insulated water bottle so it doesn't freeze. It also helps if you mix a more saturated drink - more powder less water. It’s a chemistry trick that will slow down the freezing process.”
– Dawn Nida, ambassador, Boston

8. gor-tex® running shoes
“These are a game changer! They look and feel exactly like regular runners, except they keep your feet completely dry while running in rain, puddles or through trails. Wet, soggy feet are a thing of the past.”
– Lindsay, video/photo producer, store support centre

May these products keep you warm, dry and upright during your coldest, iciest winter runs. And hey, if Mother Nature really unloads you can always get yourself a pair of running snowshoes. Anyone ever tried them?

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Lulu needs to make some awesome warm running pants!! Then, this list would be complete.

Comment by Chana — December 19, 2011 @ 9:50 am


Hey Chana,
Thanks for the feedback! Have you tried our Run: For It Tight? It’s made of tech fleece so gives added warmth while still being moisture wicking: http://bit.ly/vIJ1cX
If you have and specific features you’d love featured in a cold weather run pant, let us know and we will forward it onto the designers.

~Jenna

Comment by GEC Online — December 19, 2011 @ 11:19 am


Wow these are fantastic products for my winter running adventures! I’ve found though that my shoes have the netting so the wind cuts right through them. I recently got this heated fabric product for Christmas known as HEATR which keeps you warmer in the winter, and I really like their gloves, but I guess they are coming out with a shoe cover that covers the netting of your shoes so they become windproof! Can’t wait to try them out. HEATR is amazing you should check it out http://wsisports.com/inc/searchresults?s=heatr&ss=heatr&n=353964

Comment by Caitlin — January 3, 2012 @ 9:58 am


In my opinion, the most crucial piece of gear is the windproof/waterproof jacket. I live near Syracuse, NY and have to deal with running in the snow for up to 5 months of the year. The running snow shoes do get my attention. Some of the local running stores hold snowshoe clinics and some have regular weekly snowshoe runs. It might be worth checking out.

Comment by Michael Runner — January 3, 2012 @ 11:49 am


Can you pleeease keep coming out with heather blue’s and purple’s! I am so bummed, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the torso length and fit of the back on track running top but you ran out of the purple/blue color SO quickly!!! :-((((

Comment by Laura — January 8, 2012 @ 7:49 pm


Does anyone know what happened to the headband that covers your ears? It was wider and came in grey stripes and black with white flecks. Comments said it was great for winter runs or to wear under a helmet while snowboarding/skiing. Went buy it online and its gone.

Comment by Michelle — January 9, 2012 @ 2:43 pm


Hey Michelle,
I think you are referring to either the Brisk Run Earwarmer or Headband. Both of these items were part of our Fall-Winter line released last year. At the moment though they aren’t available and I’m not sure if we will see them again until next season.

~Jenna

Comment by GEC Online — January 11, 2012 @ 10:31 am


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