Michael Benge December 28, 2011 TWEET COMMENTS 1

Become One with the Cold - Page 2

Dress Up

When your windowpanes are framed in ice, it's natural to bundle up, but avoid overdressing. The key is covering all the body parts minimally, and, as per all active outdoor endeavors, allowing for shedding or adding lightweight, non-bulky layers.

For temps around freezing, a basic running kit consists of tights, short-sleeve wicking top, long-sleeve wicking top, a windbreaker or light rain jacket, cap or light wool or synthetic hat, fleece gloves, socks and shoes. If the temps are frigid and/or the wind is whipping, consider adding a light, wind-cutting vest and pants. Gore-Tex shoes shine this time of year, providing protection from slush and snow and added warmth.

Thin to medium wool socks provide warmth and comfort in snow, especially when combined with a lightweight gaiter (e.g. REI's Trail Running Gaiter). Other accessories might include a light facemask, neck gaiter (e.g. www.buff.us) and inov-8's Debris Sock.

To avoid the chilling effects of a heavy sweat, start out feeling a little cold, because you'll quickly warm. Remember to shed or add layers before you overheat or freeze, respectively.

Hydration is just as critical in winter as summer, but comes with its challenges when temps dip below the freezing mark. Bladder hoses can freeze faster than a Usain Bolt 100-meter race time. So look for insulated bladder-hose systems.

Ice Is Nice

Like driving your car on black ice, running on packed snow and ice requires extra traction, and there are three commonly used options. Pull-on/strap-on devices (e.g. 32north STABILicers SPORT, Yaktrax Pro and Kahtoola MICROspikes) work well, although they are bulky.


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