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LemonaidLucy Legend 332 posts since
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Sep 27, 2010 5:14 AM

Winter running pants

Hi everyone, I'm pretty new to running, doing C25K, week 5 ATM. It's getting really cold here already, usually around 4 dgr Celsius in the mornings when it is my only chance to run (3 kids:-)). I'm still running in capris but I will need long pants soon. I'm looking for pants rather than tights, I need them to be warm and windproof. Also, do you wear any base layer? It often drops to -20 celsius here....Thanks for any tips!


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  • Leadville Fan Pro 177 posts since
    Oct 8, 2009
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    1. Sep 27, 2010 8:22 PM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: Winter running pants

    4C =39F and --gulp-- -20C = -4F brrrr.  I just had to convert that to see how cold!


    I haven't run outside in weather that cold; I usually have a wicking stocking cap, Nike fleece gloves for colder weather (and then my hands get hot and I take them off), I have some fuzzy Pearl Izumu tights that I used last year (they're techncially biking ones). I only ran outside once or twice last year and wore this when I went snowshoeing once too.


    Lots of cycling friends swear by Craft undergarments, but I think they're $$$$; I have some warm undershirts I got on clearnace (not sure of brand) and layer it with other shirts on top for warmth.

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  • BlackhawksFan Amateur 18 posts since
    Jun 10, 2010
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    3. Oct 5, 2010 11:40 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: Winter running pants

    Sounds like you already found something, but I'd thought I'd share anyway.  I like pants by Sporthill.  They have clothing categorized according to temperature zones.  Check out these:


    Zone 32 d. F-65 d. F: Nomad II or Original Sporhill pant (I have the original sporthill pant--stirrup pants.  Very comfortable.  The Nomad, I believe, is the updated version--no stirrups).

    Zone 0 d. F-40 d. F: XC Pant (I have these.  Very warm (but not too warm.  Great also for XC skiing and snowshoeing).





  • ThreeBeez Amateur 10 posts since
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    5. Oct 8, 2010 11:44 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: Winter running pants

    I live in a cold region, too.  I usually wear tights, so I'm no help there (if you change your mind, I swear by winter Sugoi tights.  For really nasty stuff I have ancient North Face fleece lined leggings).  I just layer the top accordingly and wear a running jacket over it.


    What makes or breaks a run for me is feet, hands and neck.  I swear by smart wool socks, even if I look silly with dark colored socks.  I have some wind resistant thin gloves, but wear a cheap liner (the ones that are a dollar at target) inside of them when it is really cold.  I like a turtle fur neck cozy, but in a pinch I'll wear one of my little ones' scarves.


    For what it's worth, I thought I would detest winter running, but I love it.


    Edited to apologize...I realize that your post was about pants only.

  • soxfan2 Expert 41 posts since
    Jun 15, 2009
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    7. Oct 21, 2010 10:58 AM (in response to LemonaidLucy)
    Re: Winter running pants

    I have EMS polar fleece leggings. LOVE them. They are unbelievably warm and comfortable.

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