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This is for the guys out there who run year round in winter climates. I need gear advice so that my junk doesn't freeze and snap off.
I live in Colorado, and this is my first year of running through the winter here. I went for a run the other night, and it was about 25 degrees and windy. I think the wind was what did it, but by about mile 5, I thought my pecker was going to have frostbite. It was not comfortable or fun, and I'm not looking to repeat this. I was wearing Hot Chilis base layer, under armor compression shorts and then addidas pants on top.
I've looked to see if there's some kind of fleece sausage-sleeve or junk-glove out there, and I've not seen this addressed anywhere. Am I the only one who's had this problem? Any advice on combating "frozen winky syndrome"?
I had one bout of pink pecker freeze. (Didn't actually freeze, but it was uncomfortable after about 20 min's running into a cold wind.) . Nothing permanent, but I was a bit scared. I changed to a pair of undies I found in a ski shop. The tag is gone so I don't know who made them, but they are not the stretch thin poly type but are synthetic and about the thickness of a pair of cotton shorts with two layers in front and under. Wish I could tell you more about them. Got then two years ago near Park City Ut.
Wiffie suggests finding some microfiber cloth and gluing a flap of it to the front of the undies with fabric glue. Wear it under the base layer. She says you can find it in various thicknesses at a good fabric store.
Good luck man.
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Wind briefs -- I just bought two pair from runningwarehouse.com. There is a wind panel in front.
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Wind briefs definitely help. There is a new product out called the ThermaJock that is just what you described, a fleece sleeve for your tender parts. I got a sample recently from the manufacturer for testing. Watch my website, How 2 Run Fast, for a review in the next few weeks.
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Yes running in the wind will definitly make the boys a little colder than usual. I rarely run in pants, even in the winter I prefer basketball shorts. But I will wear regular running shorts undernearth. This provides an additional layer of warmth for the boys.
One thing that may work on windy days is stuffing a sock in your jock. Seriously, it would add an addtional layer of insulation and the women driving by would be impresses as well.
While I certainly can't relate to Mr. Winky freezing, I do know that Craft makes a great windstopper brief for men. I have heard great things about these, they have a couple of kinds that you might want to google.
1900255 Zero extreme WS Gunde
197662 Zero WS Gunde Short
I sell Craft product in my store, although I don't carry these briefs but I looked them up in my Craft Catalog. Stay Warm!!
Melanie from Minneapolis
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I've heard underarmour has some great gear for outdoor running in the cold. I would do a google search, i'm sure there are many people facing the same problem.