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My Favorite Cold-Weather Workout Gear

I’ve professed my love for working out in the outdoors here before, and that remains true even in the winter. When I go for a run or hike outside, even when it’s freezing cold, it feels less like a chore and more like an adventure. But I’ve learned the hard way that if you’re going to get your sweat on outside when the temps drop below 50, you need to have the right cold-weather workout gear to keep you warm while wicking the sweat away. 

Over the years, I’ve tested out my fair share of running tights, hoodies, parkas and more, so I wanted to share six of my favorite cold-weather workout gear items. Do you have any favorite winter workout finds I should know about? Tell me in the comments below!

Favorite Vest: Prana Diva Vest

This insulated vest keeps me cozy while still letting me move freely while pounding the pavement. I love its Sherpa lining and the knit side panels that offer breathability. Plus, it’s super cute!

Favorite Light Jacket: Lululemon Cross Chill Jacket

I’m always cold, so I love this water-repellent windbreaker because of it’s fleece lining, thumbholes, and cinchable hoodie. And the reflective details keep me safe on evening runs.

Favorite Leggings: Patagonia Women’s Endless Run Tights

Patagonia can’t go wrong, in my opinion. They always make great gear, and I’m a fan of their stance on sustainability mixed with functionality. These moisture-wicking running tights are incredibly flattering, have a secret pocket in the back for your phone, and are made from recycled polyester. 

Favorite Sweats: Groceries Apparel Lexi Pant

These pants are so comfortable that I hate to take them off! They’re made with 100% GMO-free organic cotton, and they look really good whether you are relaxing at home or going for a hike in the snow.

Favorite Top: BightGear Women’s Solstice Graphene Hoody

This hoody has everything you could possibly want in a base layer: UPF 55+ sun protection, moisture wicking technology, and natural antimicrobial properties. Plus, it manages to be light and warm at the same time.

Favorite Austin Brand: Outdoor Voices

With a motto of “Doing Things,” this seven-year-old local recreation brand has taken the athleisure world by storm. Everything they make is stylish and great for workouts, but I especially love the ombre-esque 7/8 Springs Leggings, made with durable textured compression fabric. They are nice and cozy, and I love how they frame my body.

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7 Comments

  • Shelby Gates

    I really want to start jogging/running more and always wondered what the best clothing was to wear. I may have to try and save up or find dupes but this makes me super pumped! 💪

  • Christa

    Thanks for the timely post! It’s getting chilly out there and there’s no reason to let cool weather keep you from getting a work out in!❤️

  • Suganti

    I have never ever thought that I would find myself looking at the workout clothes and get the same or even more than my regular clothes shopping excitement. Ever. But here I am ogling at all the sports wear. Does having boys makes you do that? Or I just didn’t realize that side of me?🤷‍♀️ I have to say workout clothes are not boring anymore🏃‍♀️

  • Suganti

    I have never ever thought that I would find myself looking at the workout clothes and get the same or even more than my regular clothes shopping excitement. Ever. But here I am ogling at all the sports wear. Does having boys makes you do that? Or I just didn’t realize that side of me?🤷‍♀️ I have to say workout clothes are not boring anymore🏃‍♀️

  • Amie

    Great post, thank you. What brand is the white hooded jacket you are wearing in the post? Cute!

  • Elizabeth

    Love your blog Gen,. I appreciate your unique point of view. A suggestion…all of the clothes you profile don’t go up to a big enough size for me. Most of the clothes only go up to size 14-16. I’rying to get more into exercise, but it can be hard to find cute workout gear in plus sizes. Your blog should, of course, reflect you, so it makes sense that you wouldn’t think about plus sized clothes, but it would be cool to have a guest blogger who is plus size to provide a similar perspective. Anyway, just a suggestion. I know how much you work to be inclusive of all women and their experiences. Keep up the good work!

  • Nikole

    Hi Elizabeth! Saw your comment and I’ve run across the same concern as well. I’d recommend the BCG brand stuff they sell at Academy! They have a wide range of sizes and their products have really helped me stay active. Plus they have some clothes for working out in cold weather too! Old Navy also has a pretty good selection as well! Hope this helps! 🙂

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