It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to cold, dark runs. I suddenly realise about a hundred other things I could be doing, and do them slowly… basically finding any excuse not to have to go out in the cold and run.
Cold weather forms a unique problem for runners, because you can easily layer up and get nice and cosy before starting your run, but, if you’re anything like me, you’ll soon start to overheat and just become uncomfortable. So what’s the trick?
How do you dress for winter running?
In the past I’ve gone for layers:
- A base layer to wick moisture away from my skin
- A middle layer for insulation in very cold weather
- A top layer to protect me from wind, sleet or rain
But in all honesty, I run quite hot and unless it’s verrry cold, layers just end up making me feel positively toasty! And it can’t just be me who gets annoyed by the rustling of top layer jackets when I run?
So now I turn to tops that I can wear on their own, but that are warm enough to make me feel comfortable stepping out that door! I’ve got a couple of thermal tops that I bought years ago when I was marathon training which soon became my staples for cold runs, and Pearl Izumi kindly offered to send me a thermal top and tights to try out this winter, which are now amongst my favourites to wear.
Pearl Izumi Thermal Running Clothes
If you don’t know Pearl Izumi, they’re primarily in the triathlon market. I saw their stuff dotted around at races, and when looking up kit for my own triathlon training, but never actually picked anything up – mostly because I just happened to be drawn to other choices when looking for specific items. But now I’ve tried some of their pieces I’ll definitely be looking more closely at their kit in the future.
The stand out point for me is the fit. From the moment I put the tights and top on I felt like I was getting a nice, big thermal hug. When you run, there’s nothing more annoying than clothing that doesn’t fit properly – whether it’s a top riding up, or a seam twisting, it’s enough to drive you loopy! But, as should probably be expected from a quality brand like Pearl Izumi, every seam and curve is in the right place.
Fly Thermal Run Top
The top has perfectly long sleeves, complete with thumb holes, which is saying something as a 5’8″ girl who almost always struggles to get clothes with the right length sleeves! A half zip means you can cool yourself down a bit as you get into your run, and tapered seams with strategically placed fleece make for the softest feel against your skin.
I’ve only ever worn this on its own, but you could layer up with a vest or base layer if you’re the type to get really cold.
You can buy this top in purple, aqua blue, or the pink (pictured), but if I’m completely honest, the two brighter colours are better as they then double up as high-vis items for those dark runs. Pearl Izumi have even introduced something called BioViz into their clothing, which is a way of using human biology to make for super-safe visibility. It uses fluorescent colours, the motion of the human body through strategically placed reflective markers, and contrasting patterns and blocks of colour to really catch motorists eyes. Something that the tights display very well.Heard of #BioViz technology? @pearlizumiuk are making waves with it in their running and cycling gear! Click To Tweet
Fly Thermal Tight
A reflective strip around the top of the calf, partnered with the fluorescent pink colour block, aren’t just there for show – they are place strategically as a marker of pace, helping to identify you as a human while out running. They also happen to have a nice compression-feel to them, which is great for me as I have particularly tight calves.
A back pocket is there for the essentials, something quite often overlooked in running leggings, and the waist band is nice and high, but comfortable, meaning a fit that doesn’t budge… even in the most testing of wears!
Where to Buy
You can pick up Pearl Izumi running kit from most running retailers, or direct from the Pearl Izumi website, along with their cycling and triathlon ranges too. The Fly Thermal Run Top is £59.99, and the Fly Thermal Tights are £49.99 (prices correct at time of writing).
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What do you like to wear for winter running? Are you a layer-up and go kinda girl or guy, or do you prefer to keep it light with just one layer?
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, however, I did receive the running top and tights for free to put to the test. As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by items gifted to me. * Affiliate link. Affiliate links do not affect the price that you pay, but any commission earned helps me to pay the costs of running this site. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.