The Best Running Gear for Your Long and Chilly Winter


A combination of cabin fever, closed gyms, and the need for speed are driving many people to take to the streets—not to protest, but to run up and down sidewalks, along waterfronts, and into neighborhood parks. I won’t be setting foot in a yoga studio anytime soon, but the roads are free (if you’re running in a crowded area, be sure to wear a mask).

If you’re just starting your running journey, I pulled together some of the gear that gets me out every day, along with a few starter tips. Be sure to also check out our Best Fitness Trackers and Best Running Shoe guides—and all the gear that helped WIRED’s former editor-in-chief run faster marathons in his forties.

Updated February 2022: We added our favorite cold weather running picks, like Shokz OpenRun Pro headphones.

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