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What to Wear for Running in Different Temperatures?

What to Wear for Running in Different Temperatures?

May 8,2023
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Seasons change, and so do the temperatures and conditions for running. But that doesn't mean your running routine has to be paused. You just need to know what sportswear to wear as the temperature changes. Because every runner, every run, and every forecast is unique - it all comes down to being prepared.

When the weather drops, it's important to keep your body temperature warm. This will help prevent injury and keep you comfortable during your run so you can focus on your performance. For this, you need thin layers that trap heat and can adjust as you exert yourself to warm up naturally.

As you head into summer, the heat can be off-putting. Wearing as little clothing as possible seemed the only option. You need breathable fabrics to protect you from the sun and promote airflow and temperature regulation.

But let's be more specific. Here's what to wear when running in different temperatures.

What to Wear for Winter Running: 40℉ and Below

Depending on where you live, you may be used to winter temperatures in the 40s ℉ all the way down to 20℉ or lower. The key to winter running dressing is layering. Wearing a base layer allows you to effectively adapt to changing temperatures of your body and the environment. You will be able to regulate yourself in the environment for optimal activity. Here's a quick guide to layering. A quick rule of thumb for dressing in cooler climates is to wear clothes that are 10 to 20℉ warmer than the outside temperature. There are exceptions to this rule: If you are naturally warm and heat up quickly during exercise, consider this.

Bottom Layer

A good base layer is essential for comfort and performance, allowing you to run successfully in cold weather. The ideal base layer allows you to add extra layers without overheating, but it also works on its own so you can remove extra layers if something changes mid-run.

Breathability and moisture-wicking properties are a must when choosing a base layer. Targeted ventilation helps keep sweat and rain out of your skin.

Middle Layer

This layer is responsible for collecting heat between itself and the base layer. The main purpose is insulation.

When choosing a mid-layer, don't forget to account for rain, wind, or snow, which can leave you feeling colder than predicted. A fitted mid-layer can be added to your base layer or worn alone. When the temperature starts to drop below 40℉, you'll want to wear multiple layers of mid-layers for better insulation.

Outer Layer

The outer layer is essential to block the forces of the environment. Wind, rain, snow - all the weather patterns you might think of when it gets cold. When the weather starts dropping below freezing (32℉), outer layers become a must. Time to let the weather know you're not messing around. You need good insulation and lightweight fabrics to help you stay comfortable.

What to Wear for Spring and Fall Running: 40-60℉

Depending on where you live, spring and fall are the best conditions for running. You can enjoy warmer temperatures, longer hours of sunshine, and less rainfall.

On the cooler end, you'll still want to wear layers. Select the base layer with the outer layer. Depending on your sensitivity to the cold, you can choose a long-sleeved base layer over a short-sleeved shirt and wear shorts over your leggings. This type of layering has good breathability and less insulation, perfect as the weather warms up.

Remember, your body temperature will still heat up during your run, so don't overdress. Stick to the general rule of thumb we gave earlier.

If it is windy and there is moisture in the air, it may feel colder than the temperature indicates. Look for a jacket that will protect you without adding weight. Our windbreakers feature sweat-wicking technology for weather protection and most are reflective. They can be easily layered and folded if needed so you don't have to stop running.

What to Wear for Summer Running: 60℉ and Higher

When it comes to summer running attire, your running clothes need to do a few things: wick sweat, breathe, and protect from the sun. Wear as little as possible, but an even better approach is to wear clothes designed for hot climates.

Sweat-Wicking Technology Keeps You Dry

Dri-FIT technology wicks sweat away from the skin so it can evaporate. This keeps your body temperature cool and regulates it by pulling heat away from your skin. Dri-FIT's breathability allows evaporated moisture to escape and diffuse. This allows your skin to breathe, which prevents you from overheating.

Breathable Layer for Sun Protection

Wearing lightweight clothing while running in hot weather can help protect you from the sun. Many running t-shirts include UV protection to protect you from harmful UV rays. On particularly hot days (80-90℉ or higher), layer on running shorts and a loose tank top, or a women's sports bra. For skin that will be directly exposed to the sun, lathering up with a good quality sunscreen is essential. In combination with your sunscreen, choose dark or brightly colored running clothing that will absorb UV rays instead of allowing them to penetrate your skin. This protection is minimal, but it can improve your sun protection levels.

Don't Let the Weather Stop You

No matter the weather, your run continues. Know what to wear and get ready for the changing seasons. Don't let temperature fluctuations stop you from getting the job done. If you are looking for sportswear, welcome to contact us.

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