a glimpse at new gear: run layering systems
posted: November 4, 2012
WHY WE LOVE THISWinter running means different things to different people. Having lived in Toronto and Vancouver, I get that it’s not the same for everyone and gearing up for a run can be a complicated affair. This winter we designed functional layers that easily adjust to changing conditions so we can choose our own winter running adventure. I sat down with Product Expert, Brit, to get the inside scoop on how to layer it on without laying it on thick. JOANNA – Product Editor
BASE LAYERYour base layer actually touches your skin so it is important that this layer is moisture-wicking (staying dry is key to staying warm). This layer should be fairly simple in design. Buttons, zippers or elaborate neck lines can make layering tricky. Look for soft, moisture-wicking, anti-stink fabrics and aim for a snug fit.
Run: Ice Queen LS
This body-skimming base layer is made with buttery soft Rulu™ so it feels great against our skin. The inherently-wicking Rulu™ and quick-drying mesh panels work together to pull sweat away from the body. Don’t get your sleeves in a bunch – thumbholes make layering over this base no problem.
MID-LAYERThe mid-layer is on double duty. It has to work to insulate and keep you warm as well as continue to move moisture from the inside out. This layer needs to be engineered with insulating fabrics and venting so it can get the job done. Look for a body-skimming fit and mesh panelling or zipper vents.
Run: Toasty Tech Pullover
This soft and insulating mid-layer was designed with Tech Fleece and mesh panelling to support your base layer in wicking away moisture. The magnet snap helps to lock out the cold and cuffins with thumbholes keep your hands warm (think of them as built in running gloves).
OUTER LAYERThis layer is all about protecting you from rain, slush and snow while still giving your body a chance to vent. The outer layer finishes the job the base layer starts by allowing moisture vapour to escape. Look for water- and wind-resistant fabrics and ensure you have a good range of motion. Run: Hot Cheeks Skirt
We designed this outer layer so that even when it gets really cold we won’t feel the need to run in our ski pants. This 800-fill-power premium goose down skirt layers easily over run tights and helps to keep our tush toasty without weighing us down. With a 360˚ reflective details and secure zipper pockets, this little layer is a B.F.D.
Run: Turn Around Jacket
We designed this reversible winter run jacket with zipper vents so we can cool down without stripping down. The water- and wind-resistant Cire fabric, wicking Rulu™ fabric panels and 800-fill-power premium goose down combine forces to kick some serious (winter) butt. This jacket takes element protection to a whole new level.
Get winter ready – Find these layers in store and online this week!