Winter Workout Clothes & Accessories You Need Right Now


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The key to comfortable outdoor workouts during the winter months is layering. (Check out our handy layering chart to match the temperature with the appropriate clothing options.) We've done some post-holiday window shopping to discover great winter workout gear to keep you warm whether you're headed out for a long hike, a run around the park or just want to stay toasty before and after yoga class.
Warm Shirts
The Zella "Good Sport" Half Zip Pullover (in sizes XS to 3X) makes a great base layer for cold-weather workouts. Zip closed to keep your neck warm, then zip open when you start to heat up. Moisture-wicking fabric keeps sweat away from your skin, while thumbholes in the cuffs keep your wrists and hands warm.

The Athleta Chi Top (in sizes XXS to 2X) is great as a base layer for outdoor workouts or as a single layer for yoga or other indoor pursuits. Thumbholes in the cuffs keep sleeves in place and the fabric is designed to repel stinkiness. Seriously!

The Old Navy 1/4-Zip Jacket (in sizes XS to XXL) or the Mock Pullover (in sizes 1X to 4X) aren't really jackets. But they are great as a base layer if you get a smaller size or as an insulating layer if you get a larger size and wear it over a tight layering shirt.

The Ryka Snap Pullover (in sizes XS to 3XL) makes a great middle or outer layer depending on the temperature. Wear it over a tight base layer for cold weather and add a jacket for wet or extremely cold days. The wide collar can be snapped open or closed depending on whether you want to keep air out or cool off a little.

For a powerfully insulating base layer, the Lands' End Thermaskin Heat Crew (in sizes XS to 3X) is designed to maintain your body heat while keeping sweat away from your skin. The fabric also includes an antimicrobial finish to fight odors.

Insulating Pants
Zella "Live In" Leggings (in sizes XS to 3X) are perfect as a base layer for super cold days. Tight at the ankles and made of moisture-wicking fabric, they'll keep you toasty when worn under workout pants. They're also a good choice for yoga, Pilates or barre classes.

The Athleta Northpeak Pant (in sizes XXS to 2X) is great as an outer layer for extra cold days. Designed for hiking, these pants are made of moisture-wicking fabric with tons of stretch. They includes six pockets and a rear strap for hanging extra gear.

For a cheap base layer, you can't beat Old Navy's Compression Leggings (in sizes XS to XXL). These are made with flat seams and no tags to prevent chafing. The super stretchy fabric is also designed to be moisture wicking. The tight fit prevents air from seeping in at the ankles.

For the very coldest days, when you need a quality base layer on top and bottom, the Lands' End Thermaskin Heat Pants (in size XS to 3X) will keep you toasty all the way to your ankles. 

Toasty Jackets
The Athleta Downalicious Jacket (in sizes XXS to 2X) boasts this brand's highest warmth to weight ratio, meaning that it's super warm and super light at the same time. It's a perfect outer layer for the coldest days and is both water and wind resistant.

The Zella "Luxe Mix" Jacket (in sizes XS to 3X) includes thumbholes to help keep your wrists warm and prevent the sleeves from riding up as you move. The polyester/spandex blend wicks moisture away from the skin and provides four-way stretch for optimum range of motion. On very cold days, this would make a great middle layer over a thin long-sleeved shirt and under a heavier jacket or coat.

The Lands' End Core Down Jacket (in sizes XS to 3X) is warm, light weight and water repellent. This jacket gets the company's warmest rating. It's suitable for the very coldest weather. Plus, it comes in a bunch of colors to brighten up a gray day.

The Tek Gear Packable Puffer Jacket (in sizes S to 3X) is designed to be light weight, warm and washable, which makes it perfect for outdoor winter workouts.

Hot Accessories
The Zella Reversible Beanie is machine washable, which makes it easy to clean when you work up a sweat. It will keep your ears and head warm on cold days and even includes an opening in the back for your ponytail (if you have long hair). Choose the purple or black side depending your mood and the rest of your wardrobe.

Athleta Pilayo Gloves
are warm but breathable, wicking moisture away from the skin. They also include conductive fabric on the thumb and forefinger so you can find the perfect song on your phone without having to freeze your fingers!

A scarf is a must for cold blustery days, but for working out, the better choice is a Polartec Aircore 100 Gaiter from Lands' End. The gaiter can be bunched up around the neck for warmth without coming loose during activity. It can also be pulled up to cover your nose and cheeks and protect them from the freezing air.

If you live in a place that gets frequent snow or ice accumulation, consider adding some extra traction to your regular running or walking shoes with Yaktrax. This simple device is designed to slip easily over your shoes and give you extra stability on icy terrain.

What are your must-have winter workout accessories and gear choices?

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  • 16
    SP is a site for men and women. Please use a correct title for articles that exclude men.


    Jeff - 3/14/2015   5:43:15 PM
  • 15
    Guess the clothes for guys comes later. In extreme cold I wear a T shirt insulated hooded sweat shirt with a zipper, a coat that seals at the wrist , waist, and with a collar than can be zipped up to just under my eyes. I wear heavy socks, 2 pair of gloves., and take a hand warmer along - 1/11/2015   1:34:49 PM
  • 14
    ok article but where are the men's clothes...? Where are the warm socks...? Need warm socks and gloves. It has been 12 degrees out when I run. - 11/16/2014   9:34:36 PM
  • 13
    I may have to look into that gaiter though. I try to make it work with regular scarves but they move a ton. - 10/2/2014   10:58:55 AM
  • 12
    I do a lot of these just living in Michigan (I walk for transit). Yaktrax are totally worth it, just make sure you take them off before going inside. - 10/2/2014   10:58:05 AM
  • 11
    I wear texting gloves. Otherwise, I'm taking my gloves off if I need to turn volume up/down or skip a song on the iPod. Mine happen to come from Totes, but you can get warm ones in lots of places. These days, with temps in the single digits and lower, I put a layer of silk glove liners under them. I get less finesse with adjusting the iPod, but the temperatures pretty much dictate my apparel these days. - 1/30/2014   10:57:26 AM
  • HILLSLUG98239
    Thank you for using a model with hips and sturdy legs! - 1/28/2014   7:00:52 PM
  • 9
    YakTrax are the best!! After 3 years with regular walking YakTrax, I upgraded to YakTrax Pro for only about $24, and love them. The coils are sturdier and I have a strap over my foot so they are super-secure. Just be careful to remove them indoors! I looked at alternatives but will remain loyal to real YakTrax! I don't drive, so these are invaluable for trekking to bus stops, grocery stores and so on. - 1/25/2014   10:21:44 PM
  • 8
    Thanks!!! I never shopped at the places mentioned because I did not realize they had any sizes beyond extra small, small, and smallest. I never could buy running clothes in the past. These are beautiful and I am going shopping right away. - 1/24/2014   6:28:27 AM
  • 7
    Yaktrax are amazing and an incredibly worthy purchase for anyone dealing with snow.

    My favorite base layer still to date is Eddie Bauer's Accent line. It's extremely warming AND it also feels like it moisturizes my skin because it's so soft and comfortable. - 1/24/2014   12:11:33 AM
    My dog and I are outside every day, and I found these things are necessary: Land's End Thermaskin pants are GREAT, very warm. A good pair of insulated gloves (I found my favorite pair in the MEN'S department at Kohl's), and I also buy all my hoodies in the Men's Dept, they are thicker and warmer than women's. On really cold days, I love my Land's End Squall jacket! - 1/23/2014   11:06:07 PM
    You are not dealing with men closing?

    Well I don't see any thing for me in here must look elsewhere! - 1/23/2014   12:04:08 PM
  • 4
    Yaktrax are about $30 but worth every penny!!! - 1/23/2014   11:02:17 AM
  • 3
    I want a beanie with a ponytail hole! - 1/23/2014   10:52:08 AM
  • 2
    Where are the men's clothes. - 1/23/2014   8:51:06 AM
  • 1
    so many fun, warm choices! - 1/23/2014   8:17:23 AM

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