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2160 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 9:40 PM by crl8686
BradenMommyof5 Pro 176 posts since
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Nov 11, 2012 8:54 PM

Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

Okay, not "Alaska" cold, but cold enough to bundle up!


I live in a high desert area and am needing some running pants that'll keep me warm in cold temps...we'll say around 32 degrees - I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to run when it's below freezing outside!  ha ha


I'm fairly new to running and I don't want to break the bank.  Does anyone have any suggestions, favorite brands, or favorite features you'd recommend?




Jenn / BradenMommyof5


  • Rich in NH Legend 850 posts since
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    1. Nov 13, 2012 5:21 AM (in response to BradenMommyof5)
    Re: Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    At 32 degrees, you should be able to get by with just running tights for your legs.  All the major brands sell them and I'm guessing they're less money than running pants.


    Gloves for your hands and an unlined windbreaker will come in handy as well.  If you buy a windbreaker, be sure to buy one with a full length zipper, you can use the zipper to help control body temperature if you start to heat up.


    For me, just one tech shirt under the windbreaker works fine at your temps.  Lastly, a hat will help keep you warm also.


    Good luck!

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  • Jasko123 Legend 461 posts since
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    2. Nov 12, 2012 2:17 PM (in response to BradenMommyof5)
    Re: Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    Hi Jenn,

    There are a lot of quality brands offering thermal wear, and I like the options from Nike because they have a good variety of dri-fit options, balancing polyester/spandex fabrics.  Champion is another favorite brand for tights and/or pants (they are economical, warm, flexible and highly durable).  I prefer the pants with zippered legs because they allow a tighter, lower-leg fit that works great with blocking out the wind and covering compression socks. 


    I am always looking for bargains also because running gear can be very expensive, so try looking at Ebay...I highly recommend that..I have identified some great finds that way, including new items at about half the retail price. 


    P.S...If you have regular sweats, make sure to wear a wicking layer underneath.  Anything 100% cotton will quickly become soggy, stick your body and cause you to freeze.


    Stay warm and best wishes!

  • crl8686 Legend 1,310 posts since
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    3. Nov 12, 2012 10:12 PM (in response to BradenMommyof5)
    Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    For me, temperatures at home in Los Angeles rarely go below 40 deg. However, when I travel back east in late fall/winter/early spring, I'll run outdoors in 30-40 deg. For those temperatures, I use thin long leggings (a bit looser in the legs than tights, just my preference), and a long sleeve T-shirt under a lightweight polypro fleece. I bought the leggings at Sports Authority and they were quite reasonably priced. The fleece is from a local university store, but places like Sports Authority and the like sell similar ones. If you use a fleece, make sure it's polypro or comparable synthetic fabric that will insulate when wet. Mine happens to have a half-length zipper, which works well, although I agree a full length zipper would be ideal. Also a lightweight wool hat and middleweight (polarfleece-type) gloves - I like to keep my hands warm. Finally, don't forget your feet at those temperatures. Lightweight wool socks work well. Make sure to try them on with your running shoes before buying, since they're thicker than normal running socks and will fit a little differently.

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  • Revel in Running Amateur 8 posts since
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    4. Nov 24, 2012 5:43 PM (in response to BradenMommyof5)
    Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    These winter running pants from Sugoi have been getting some nice reviews.

    "Light thermal protection, loose-fitting alternative to running tights with a loose shape for comfort."

  • huntresshottie Rookie 1 posts since
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    5. Nov 29, 2012 6:03 PM (in response to BradenMommyof5)
    Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    I live about 5600 ft elevation, so it gets below freezing in the winter. I haven't invested in the name brand running tights or cold gear yet, so I really don't have much to compare. I will say, however, I was desparate the other day for a quick fix as the temps are well into the upper 30s to low 40s and I needed something warm fast. I went to Target to see what they had. I bought the Power Core running tights.They are slightly thicker than my regular running tights from New Balance. I have run in the Target brand several times and have been pleasently surprised at how comfortable and warm they are. And they weren't that expensive.I also bought their running gloves and headband that covers your ears and has a whole for a ponytail. Cheap investments for a good return.


    Good Luck to you

  • BowieLinda Pro 136 posts since
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    6. Dec 26, 2012 6:50 AM (in response to BradenMommyof5)
    Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    Just want to say thanks for asking the question BradenMommyof5, and thanks for the helpful answers everyone!  I have been a treadmill newbie runner for about forever, and am kind of eager to do some winter running (I run fairly hot and get cranky when I get hot while running), but in generally damp, cool-not-cold Washington DC's weather, I've been unsure what to think about wearing. 


    I plan on checking out my local RoadRunner Sports store, the Sports Authority store near me, and Target this week, but will definitely look at eBay (it's icy rain today so that may be my "shopping" for today).  If I find any surprises I'll post some more.


    Thanks again!

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  • crl8686 Legend 1,310 posts since
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    7. Jan 8, 2013 9:40 PM (in response to BowieLinda)
    Running pants/sweats for COLD weather??

    Well, for what it's worth, will soon be running at dawn in my 30-40 deg gear - but right outside my front door. Even in suburban Los Angeles! Area forecast from


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