S.V.I.P Layering System

The key to staying warm in cold weather it to stay dry, prepare for the temperature, and keep the wind off.

S- Support
Bra/Underwear (non-cotton)-snug boxer cut bottoms are great for winter for men and women. Men can also purchase a pair with a lovely windproof panel in the front.

V- Ventilation
Next-to-skin, base layer, wicking fabrics (non-cotton), A snug technical tee shirt or long sleeve depending on what you will be using for your insulation.

I- Insulation
Middle layer for warmth (non-cotton). This could be a long sleeve top worn over the short sleeve base layer or a running vest (see pics) thrown over the long sleeve base layer option. For pants, you may choose either a winter tight or looser running pant. Another option is a 3/4 tights for temps in the high 30′s to low 40′s.

P- Protection
Shell for rain, snow or wind.  Not always needed and is combined on some fabrics like Sporthill’s 3sp top.


The Head:  
The Extremeties

An ear band is sufficient for temperatures over about 25 degrees. Snug hats are recommended for cooler

The Hands:

This is one of the most individual pieces out there. Some runners are great with thin and others need thick fingered gloves with the mitten pull over. If you have hand numbness circulation issues, then putting hand warmers between your skin and gloves works great!

The Feet:

Wool socks are available and recommended.

Investing some basic winter running clothes will pay warm dividends for many years to come. Quality clothes will easily last 5-6 years and many times, much longer.

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*Some pieces of clothing combine layers to reduce bulkiness and enhance moisture management.


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