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A Guide to

Running
In Winter

We’re a New England-based company, which means we know a thing or two about running in less-than-ideal conditions. With winters that can start in October and end in late April, we’re taught from a young age that surviving the cold is all about dressing smart. Today, we focus on crafting versatile, warm layers that won’t weigh us down or have us overheating. Here’s our guide for what pieces to pick for different winter conditions and use cases. In each section, pieces are listed from lightest to heaviest weight and warmth.

Inside Out

Smart winter layering starts with the pieces that sit closest to your skin. We use Merino wool for our base layers because the fiber naturally balances warmth and breathability. Plus, Merino dries moisture in a snap and won’t retain odors from your run, which means you can wear your favorite base layer day after day. Here are your choices for layering.

Brighton
Base Layer

Our lightest base layer is constructed seamlessly from a 16.5-micron Merino wool blend. This is an intentionally slim-fitting top, allowing you to layer it under a mid-layer and a jacket without feeling bulky.

Best Running Use Case

With tights for a long run, layered under a mid-layer or jacket in conditions close to or below freezing

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Fells
Collection

The waffle pattern on these long sleeves helps trap air against your skin, keeping you warmer, longer. Select between a lightweight Henley and turtleneck or heavier weight crewneck silhouette.

Best Running Use Case

Wear it alone for a workout, layered under a mid-layer or jacket for an easy run at or below freezing

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Middle Ground

A great mid-layer needs to balance warmth with weight. When worn over a top, these pieces will provide plenty of insulation for most conditions down to the mid-twenties Fahrenheit. They’re also light enough to zip a jacket over on days when it’s extremely cold, windy or wet.

Turnover
Half Zip

Made from our signature Italian-made blend of nylon and elastane, the Turnover Half Zip is a light, performance mid-layer. The fabric has a smooth face that fends off precipitation with a soft brushed back that offers added warmth. The half zip silhouette makes it easy to take on or off and allows for quick ventilation on the run.

Best Running Use Case

Worn over a base layer for a warm-up or for a long run at or above freezing

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Downeaster
Collection

This relaxed-fitting mid-layer takes advantage of the benefits of Merino wool and polypropylene, it’s warm yet breathable, lightweight yet cozy, and wicks moisture in a flash. Wear alone on chilly days or layer with a base layer as it gets colder.

Best Running Use Case

With tights and a base layer for a long run at or just below freezing

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Top It Off

Lightweight jackets pair well with a base layer for days in the 30s or 40s Fahrenheit, especially if you plan on shedding a layer mid-run. On the coldest days, we'll zip a light jacket over a base layer and mid-layer.

Session
Jacket

This lightweight and breathable jacket is ideal for days in the 30s or 40s Fahrenheit. Layered over a base layer it offers added warmth without too much weight.

Best Running Use Case

Worn with a base layer for easy or long runs

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Off Roads
Jacket

This packable jacket provides a lightweight, water-repellent layer that can be rolled into a small package if the run heats up. Ideal for cooler days when you need protection from wind or rain.

Best Running Use Case

A trail run or a rainy weekday session

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Franklin
Fleece

This jacket is made from a double velour Polartec fleece. It offers all the warmth you love from your favorite fleece, with enough breathability and stretch for a long run. Over a base layer and with tights, you’ll be cozy below freezing.

Best Running Use Case

For a cold, windy long run or tempo run

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Bislett
Jacket

Made for tough winter conditions, this jacket's double-weave construction combines synthetic fibers on the outside and Coolmax fibers on the inside to rapidly move moisture away from the skin. The surface is water-repellent and abrasion-resistant with four-way stretch.

Best Running Use Case

For a cold, windy long run or tempo run

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NDO Jacket

This Merino-bonded water-resistant and wind-proof softshell delivers warmth and protection from the elements with four-way stretch, a reflective sash on the back and 360-degree reflective binding on the cuffs. Our warmest and most technical winter-running jacket.

Best Running Use Case

A freezing long run with precipitation

 

 

Leg Up

While layering may be important on top, on the bottom we reach for one piece that can provide warmth, without hindering our freedom of movement. From tights to pants, our bottoms are listed from lightest to heaviest.

Allston
Tights

These soft, compressive tights offer coverage and mobility. Lighter than our Turnover Tights, we prefer to run in these in weather from 30 degrees Fahrenheit to the high fifties.

Best Running Use Case

A speed workout or fartlek session on the roads

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Session Pants

Our Session Pants offer warmth and coverage in the same lightweight, soft and breathable material as our best-selling shorts. These offer similar protection to our Allston Tights for those who prefer a loose-fitting pant.

Best Running Use Case

A weekday long run in cold, but not freezing, conditions

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Turnover
Tights

Our best-selling winter tights combine a smooth yet durable exterior that repels light precipitation with a soft brushed back that is both comfortable against your skin while also keeping you warm. We wear our Turnover Tights all winter long from freezing to more temperate conditions.

Best Running Use Case

A winter long run at or below freezing

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Turnover
Track Pants

For those who prefer a pant, these utilize the same performance fabric as our Turnover Tights, within a relaxed-fitting track pant silhouette. The fabric's soft brushed back helps create loft and warmth.

Best Running Use Case

Pre-workout warm-up or a freezing morning run

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Bislett Pants

Our classic winter pant is built for the messiest days, thanks to a water and wind-repellent shell and stirrups that keep out the wet. A great cold-weather option for anyone who prefers a pant vs a tight, but still wants a streamlined fit.

Best Running Use Case

Any snowy, rainy or windy run

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NDO Wind
Block Tights

Double-sided with a wind-blocking lining on the front and thighs, three pockets and snug, high-waisted fit, plus reflective sashes on the front thigh and back left calf. This is a tight that can handle whatever winter throws your way.

Best Running Use Case

A freezing long run with precipitation or wind

Small Essentials

Runners know not to overlook the finer details, especially in wintertime, when the only thing that separates a great run from a terrible one is forgetting a pair of gloves. From neck warmers and glove to Merino wool beanies, we’ve got a host of so-called “little things” that make all the difference over the long run.

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