It’s taken a while, but long nights and cold mornings are finally hitting Northern California.
With autumn comes a time of adjustment for runners; gone are the 5 a.m. sunrises and 75-degree runs after work, all replaced by pre-dawn runs at 6:30 a.m. and 50-degree weather after sunset.
The good news is no more heatstroke. The bad news is, low temperatures and less sunlight can chase runners indoors during the fall and winter.
With the right gear and some caution, though, there’s no reason for runners to be stuck indoors until spring. Here are a few gear recommendations to help runners stay off the treadmill this winter.
Jacket: Sugoi Versa Jacket/Vest $120, sugoi.com
The Versa jacket is windproof and water-resistant enough to keep you dry in a light rain. and if you start to warm up, the sleeves (attached magnetically) can be removed with a quick pull and stored in the jacket’s back pocket.
The Shine Wind Mitt combines the warmth of mittens with the dexterity of a pair of gloves. The mitt blocks wind when you need it, and it folds back and packs away so you can open a Gu without taking the gloves off. The Barrier Headband keeps your forehead and ears warm, but its open design allows excess heat to escape.
Headlamp: Black Diamond Sprinter $79.95, blackdiamond.com
The Sprinter’s 68-lumen LED bulbs are bright enough to light up the path ahead while its rear taillight strobe will keep runners visible from behind. A six-hour battery life keeps it alive on long early-morning runs.
Brooks’ Infinity tights provide a light layer of insulation to give you just enough warmth, while its bright yellow side panels and reflective detailing keeps you visible from every angle.
I’ll be doing a head-to-head matchup of running pants vs. running tights, so keep an eye out for that in the near future.
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Author: Billy Brown