We consider temperatures 20 degrees and below the "coldest" conditions and when in Baltimore have we had them before THIS year in recent memory? Well... they are HERE now... So... here's what you need to know.
Dressing for the "coldest" temperatures use similar layering techniques as the "colder" temperatures but adds some new, additional steps to your layering system. Here's how you should handle your wardrobe:
In this case, outerwear includes weather resistant jackets, vests, and hybrid pullovers. Your outer layer is what will make or break your run in temperatures below 20 degrees. Straight up. Quality outerwear will be durable, water resistant(some even waterproof), and packed with revolutionary technologies such as loft insulation and reflectivity weaved within.
Technical spun long sleeves just won't cut it. They won't retain and generate heat and absorb moisture while still staying dry like merino wool or a fabric like our New Balance Dry Layer.
You've already started your first layer with a baselayer. Now it's time to choose a second layer.
Option 1: A half zip long sleeve top. Half zips are great due to their versatility and neck protection. Many brands offer thumb holes and pockets.
Option 2: A loft-insulated vest, half zip, or long sleeve. During the "coldest" temperatures brands use a material known as "loft" for increased insulation. Loft is typically a synthetic, hybrid down material made to mimic warm under feathers from duck or geese.
Option 3: Another merino wool baselayer. Two merino wool baselayers are better than one. Smartwool and Icebreaker make varying weights of merino.
Option 4: A technical long sleeve. We're sure you own several. This is your time to put them to use. Just make sure you put it over your baselayer, not vice versa.
All options will generate the same amount of protection from the weather. They just use different laying methods.
While many brands line their fall tights and pants with fleece-like fabrics, which is perfect for mild winter temperatures, many brands take it a step further and incorporate materials and fabrics to shield from wind while adding insulation. There are fabrics that resist the rain and wind and are lined with soft, fleece-like fabric to hold in your body heat. Moral of the story: Pick up a pair of windblocking pants and top.
In temperature under 20 degrees, lightweight liner gloves just won't cut it. Your hands will need some extra warmth to protect from frostbite. We carry some great gloves that feature insulation and windstopper material. Some even fold over your fingers for increased dexterity when you need it. We also carry HOT HANDS to put in your gloves.
We're serious. Your ears will get frostbitten in temperatures under 20 degrees if you're out for a run for more than 20 minutes. One of the most underrated winter accessories in a runners wardrobe is a balaclava. A balaclava can be worn multiple ways to cover your ears, nose, throat, cheeks, and even some of your sensitives skin around the eyes.
They might look funky but they're a device that seamlessly fits onto your current running shoes and uses coils and spikes for enhanced traction in snow and ice. You'll see them in action in our outfits below.
Need more help picking just the right gear for this weather? Come on in and ask any of our Sales Associates!!