10 best winter running essentials

Gear up for dark and cold training sessions. IndyBest pounds the pavement to find clothes and accessories to keep you just the right temperature on the run

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With the dark evenings and chilly weather setting in, it can be difficult to muster the motivation to get out for a run. Safety can be an issue on duller days, and changeable weather can make the going slippier and more unstable. Clever layering, practical basics and be-seen accessories can help you to stay safe and snug whether you’re pounding the pavement or hitting the trail.

{1}Petzl Tikka2 Headlamp: £25, millets.co.uk

 

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This head-torch is perfect for those taking to the trail when dusk is setting in. The light is small and unobtrusive but powerful, covering 29 metres and with three settings. One for anyone whose route takes them on poorly lit roads or trails.

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{2} Nike Dri-Fit Tailwind Gloves: £17, gooutdoors.co.uk

 

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Available in both men and women’s styles, these gloves wick sweat away from the skin as you sweat, and have strategically placed mesh for comfort and breathability. Plus that all-important touch-screen-compatible thumb and forefinger you can  switch music tracks on your smartphone without changing pace.

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{3} Outdoor Adventure Socks: £11.33, incrediweardirect.co.uk

 

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Bad circulation can cause all manner of problems, especially in winter. This pair of socks have been shown to boost circulation, while thermo-regulating features can sort out cold feet in as little as five minutes. The 3-D weave design cushions your feet and keeps them dry. We found they kept extremities toasty.

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{4} Halo Antifreeze Headband: £15.99, haloheadband.co.uk

 

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Your ears will thank you for this one. This ingenious little unisex headband is made of a super-light material that blocks sweat and warms your ears at the same time - and is thin enough to go under bike or ski helmets, so it should work for all the sports in your life.

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{5} Mighty Buds Earphones: £23.55, amazon.co.uk

 

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These may look like an unassuming set of earphones, but once plugged in use electroluminescence technology to cascade light up and down the cord in response to music. They’re great for improving your visibility for night runs. Or reawakening your inner raver.

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{6} CW-X Insulator Stabilityx Tights: £99.99, mytriathlon.co.uk

 

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Made from a stretchy fabric, these running tights regulate temperature to keep you comfortable in a range of weather conditions. Available for men and women, they are the gold standard in tights for the hardcore runner. One for the marathon trainers.

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{7} PUMA Pure NightCat Powered Jacket: £90, wiggle.co.uk

 

 

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This hi-tech jacket uses LED lighting and reflective details to make sure you’re safe in dark evenings without depending on other light hitting you. Wicking fabric and laser-cut holes also help the fabric to breathe and move comfortably while you power through the miles.

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{8} dhb Women’s Active Hi Viz Long Sleeve Run Top: £10.99, wiggle.co.uk

 

 

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This is a great value top, with a relaxed fit to make it ideal for multiple sports, as well as, of course, running. Lightweight and breathable, it can be layered over or under your sportswear for great visibility and comfort.

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{9} Run Bare Access Arc 3: £80, merrell.com

 

 

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Barefoot runners can often be daunted with continuing after the summer ends, but these durable trainers offer all the benefits of barefoot with a little more heel and toe cushioning, plus the reflective details mean you’ll be visible on the road after dusk.

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{10} CRAFT Winter Run Beanie, £15, shopdesq.imgstg.com

 

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This hat keeps you cosy on chilly mornings and is for a good cause, with the proceeds going towards Cancer Research UK. To find out more about the CRUK London Winter Run on February 1, visit winterrunseries.co.uk.

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Verdict:

The Antifreeze Headband is a bargain way to stay snug, but if you’re going hardcore on your training this winter, the CW-X tights will be worth the investment.

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