As the seasons change, it’s nearly impossible to nail the right outfit for every run. One moment, it’s sunny, the next is a heavy downpour coupled with windstorms — and all you want to do is run. Remember this: PRs often occur in these shoulder seasons when it’s between 45–70 degrees outside (the optimal running temperature). The secret to success lies in layering.
If you’re really new to running, a good trick is to start with a heavily layered outfit erring on the side of being too warm, and choosing a route that starts with a mile loop that passes your house or car before continuing on with your run. That way, you can warm up and shed layers a mile in, once your core is cozy.
However, being overdressed is rarely the right call: You’ll get sweatier, and ultimately, that sweat will make you cooler, especially if you walk or lower your heart rate for a cooldown at the end of the run. The rule of thumb most runners and coaches suggest is to start your run a bit cold. You’ll warm up.
So, let’s layer up and get running:
SLEEVELESS TANK TOP
Always start with a tank top or a T-shirt under whatever layers you end up with. You can always stash a jacket behind a tree and come back for it later if it starts to warm up during the run, or if it is chilly, you’ll have an extra layer to keep your core cozy.
For him: UA Threadborne Streaker Singlet for a simple baselayer that isn’t bulky under a long-sleeve top, but stands on its own for your run when the temperatures rises.
For her: UA Tech Victory won’t add a ton of bulk as you add layers, but it provides enough coverage to wear as a standalone piece.
Most runners like some coverage on their arms when temperatures are below 60 degrees (if you’re always cold, make that 65). Keeping your arms covered makes you feel warmer but rarely makes you feel like you’re going to overheat.
For him: Pair the singlet with its big brother, the UA Threadborne Streaker Long Sleeve for a full system that color-coordinates.
For her: UA Armour Sport Long Sleeve provides a flat, comfortable fit that works over and under layers.
A vest is one of the most useful pieces a runner can own. In weird temperatures, a vest allows you to warm up your core without overheating your arms, so it’s a great addition when you’re not really sure what to wear.
For him: UA 2020 Vest is windproof, so you’ll keep your chest and torso warm even on blustery days, while your arms can breathe.
For her: UA Storm Armour Fleece Vest will keep you warm on chillier runs. You can rock it over your long sleeve, and even add a rain jacket or winter jacket over it to stay warmer. Too hot? Unzip and you’re good to go.
Showers shouldn’t deter you from a run. A good rain jacket also serves as a windbreaker for those gusty days.
For him: The UA Storm Bora Jacket is just the right fit: not too tight, but it won’t flap in the wind; not so baggy, but enough space to wear layers underneath. It also packs down small, so you can fit it in a run pack.
For her: The UA Bora Jacket is the same style as the men’s, but cut to fit women better. It’s also not super workout-gear styled, so you could even wear it when you’re not running.
When temperatures get above freezing, can consider shorts even when your top layer is long sleeved. Above 40 degrees is optimal shorts weather.
For him: UA Speedpocket 9 running shorts for a simple, lightweight short with a great built-in brief.
For her: UA Play Up 2.0, the women’s equivalent, will be ultra-comfortable as temperatures heat up.
A CAP AND LIGHT GLOVES
The bright side with headgear is that it’s a convenient way to manage heat or cold. Covering our head helps regulate our body temperature, which can be the difference between freezing and just right, or burning up and perfectly chill. Similarly, our hands and feet are primary temperature regulators for our bodies, which is why you see summer running shoes that tout better ventilation and mesh panels for heat dissipation. A thin pair of gloves can keep you warm, and if you start to overheat, pulling them off and stuffing them in a pocket or in your sports bra instantly provides cooling relief.
Cap: UA Element Beanie
Gloves: UA Armour Liner
GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEXT RUN