Thursday, November 17, 2011

Brooks Cold Weather Running Gear

The past few weeks have been beautiful here in Massachusetts, but I know we are in for cold weather very soon. I figured a post about my cold weather running gear would be good since I love to see real life recommendations for clothes before investing my own money as they tend to be expensive.

This is going to be a 2 part post beginning with what I have used to far this year. In a few weeks, I will follow up with further gear such as running tights and hats. Luckily, these items still remain in my closet and I choose not to even remember how they feel as I am not ready for winter to begin.
For my base layers, I now have two kinds of shirts that I tend to pull out first. First is my Brooks Equilibrium Long Sleeve top. This is the shirt on the right in the picture. The Equilibrium is a more light weight shirt that works great as a base layer. The shirt is fitted and the sleeves are the perfect length, I hate when long sleeve tops end up short on my wrists. I recommend this as a base layer underneath a jacket or for cool days on their own. I have 3 different shirts of this style, the shirt in the picture is an older color.

I recently ordered the second shirt, the Brooks Equilibrium Thermal top, and I have worn it on so many runs. Currently it is my favorite shirt. The shirt is not fitted, rather it has a loose fit. I love this for the fact that I will be able to wear it over my running tights and feel like it is covering me more. The shirt is lined, therefore is very warm and soft. I also love the sleeves. They have a loophole in it for your thumb and because the sleeves are long, I am able to go without gloves if it isn't too cold outside. I think this shirt is perfect for 30 degree days, but I would use it as my base layer if it is colder.
These are my current running jackets and have been in my wardrobe for years. The jacket on the left is a Brooks Equilibrium Thermal Hoodie which I purchased at a race expo years ago. I don't think they currently sell this hoodie, but I would compare it most to the Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie, as I have tried on the Utopia and it is very similar in function. This is a great top layer and keeps me warm in temperatures down to the single digits. (Luckily we don't get much colder than that, so I can't make a judgement for colder.) The hood is nice for when it is really cold as it blocks the wind and is an extra layer for my ears. And, I love the sleeves because they act as a mitten. I will put my gloved hands in them when I am extremely cold.

The second jacket is my Nightlife Jacket. This is an all purpose jacket. If I am running in the dark, this is my go to jacket because of all the reflective strips on it. If it is windy out, I wear this over my base layers. It really keeps in my heat and allows me to be outside longer in the winter. This is also a great rain jacket. Finally, this jacket is incredibly light. You can find me in this jacket in the summer in the rain and in the winter in the snow. With the proper under-clothes, this jacket works for all weather.
Finally, we have my arm warmers and gloves. The arm warmers are a recent purchase and I love them. First of all, they are incredibly warm. I know this should be obvious, but I have tried a number of brands, but these so far are the best for warmth. The length of the arm warmers is also great. They are long enough to go from the base of my arm pits and can cover my hands if need be. Finally, they are snug fitting without being too tight. This was huge for me as I either chafe from tight arm warmers or they fall down, but these seemed to be perfect.

Currently, I am wearing the Brooks Vapor Dry 2 Glove. I am usually a mittens girl but am really happy I bought these last year. As far as gloves go, they are really warm. I love the terry wiping surface on the glove for wiping my nose mid-run. And the thumb flaps up so that you can still work your iPod. I get numb fingers very easily, but these seem to do the job for temperatures down in the teens.

So there you have my current running wardrobe. I am thankful to say that I have been able to still wear shorts with warmer tops so far this fall. I know the day is coming when I will need to go find my running tights and hat, but for now, I will survive with these.

My thermal jacket is by far my favorite cold weather piece of clothing, and I don't know what I would do if I ever lost it. Do you have any cold weather gear that you can't live without?

12 comments:

Tricia said...

great review! I appreciate the info on the arm warmers, I've been wanting some. Thanks

Jessica Washburn said...

Sweet gear, it's still too warm for me to worry about that. Did you say "if it's colder than 30 degree's?" I forget how much colder it is everywhere else. I went running in Minnesota a few times the last few winters...loved the change of weather, snowy, cold, made me keep running so I could hurry home. :) Thanks for the gear info, since I'm a newbie I could use all the help I can get! Funny that you think my celeb look-a-like is Mandy Moore too.

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Kathy said...

here in Oregon we don't really get that extreme of temperatures, so I can usually get by with just long sleeve shirts and tights. The one thing I have to have is my Nike running gloves - my fingers are always cold, so I wear these all the time.

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robinbb said...

Thanks for the review on these! I had seen these and thought about buying them. Now I feel like I know a lot more about these clothes!

robinbb said...

You will love everything I reviewed. I love all my Brooks gear.

robinbb said...

I am so jealous of your "milder" temperatures. I am not a fan of cold weather running.

robinbb said...

Yes, get some. They are so comfortable and warm!

robinbb said...

Your temperatures make me incredibly jealous. Sigh, to live in the South. :)

robinbb said...

Awesome gear reviews! I did a gear review recently on the Brooks women's Silver Bullet jacket- http://got2runnow.blogspot.com/2011/11/gear-review-brooks-womens-silver-bullet.html
I love my Brooks arm warmers too- so warm! I too have a nightlife jacket- use it a lot for doing early AM runs. Also, just ordered the new thermal equilibrium LS shirt. Can't wait to try it out!! :)

robinbb said...

I am heading over to read your review. I would love to order another jacket. Ordering new Brooks gear is extremely addicting. :)

robinbb said...

I must agree with Lisa. This has awesome gear reviews. I am new to running so this is very helpful, mainly because I can stop wearing regular long sleeve tops. If anyone has any other information for this running newbie, I would greatly appreciate it!

robinbb said...

Thanks so much for the comment, I am glad you found useful information from my post. It took me years for my cold weather gear to grow but am pretty happy with what I have.