Forget the “it’s too cold” excuse. Ditto for too rainy or there’s too much snow. Canadian triathletes are renowned for being amongst the toughest in the world, which is enhanced by our ability to train through even the toughest winters. Here’s some gear that will help you weather even the coldest runs and rides this winter.
360 Degree – $100
Available in men’s and women’s styles, this water- and wind-resistant jacket will keep you comfortable and ready to brave the elements day or night and even has line sleeves for extra warmth. It’s visible from every angle thanks to the Scotchlite reflective trim. The 360 Degree also offers side zip pockets for secure storage.
Storm Shelter Jacket – $150
This waterproof and windproof jacket keeps the elements at bay thanks to the sealed seams, but still provides lots of breathability through strategically placed vents. The protective wind panel will keep you warm and there’s a zippered compartment for valuables along with secure side and chest pockets, too. The cord lock hem system adds to the protection and adjustability.
Women’s Supernova Gore Wind Jacket – $150
This lightweight jacket uses Gore Windstopper fabric to keep out the elements, while ClimaCool ventilation manages heat and sweat. The jacket is designed to move with you, enhancing the comfort while you’re out running. It’s miCoach compatible so there are channels to route your headphone cable through, along with two front zippered pockets and a stand up collar with stay-down zipper pull.
Men’s Cairn Full Zip – $100
For the coldest of winter runs or hikes, the Cairn full-zip fleece is hard to be beat when it comes to warmth. The Merrell Conductor stretch fleece is extremely comfortable, while also providing versatile heat retention in different conditions. There’s a hidden thumb loop to keep the sleeves down when the temperature drops and the zippered chest and hand pockets provide lots of storage.
Cycling Jackets and Tights
umaJack – $370
LL.uma_S5 Tights- $430
Assos is renowned for offering impressive style and function, and you’ll get both with this combination. Ideal for temperatures between 0° and 12°C (32-53F), the umaJack features exclusive ASSOS Airblock 851 fabric on the arms, chest and abdominal area to offer superior wind protection, while maintaining body heat.There’s also laminated, elastic fabric on the neck and the upper back for more wind protection. The LL.uma_S5 completes the package, offering lots of protection and warmth in cold conditions.
Enerblock Jacket – $135
Massimo Airgel Bib Tights – $190
Thanks to a stretchy merged knit, the Enerblock jacket allows a great ease of movement. The polyurethane membrane and waterproof treatment ensure it will be both waterproof and windproof, while the brushed inside material provides insulation and comfort. There are two front pockets and a reversed zip pocket on the left sleeve for easy-to-reach storage. The Massimo Airgel Bib Tights have Light WindDry 2 panels to shield you from the cold and a brushed interior to retain warmth. Airgel chamois provides amazing comfort with ventilated gel inserts.