November 5, 2018 Dany 18Comment

The winter is just around the corner, but shall we stop running outside if it’s cold or snow? If you are like me, I assume not, but to run outside, you need winter running shoes. Don’t let weather to be an excuse and stop you from what you like to do.

Running on the snow and at temperatures below minus 8 degrees require extra attention for both the hydration part and the equipment part, but especially to know how to strain your effort.

As the pair which I have is a not worn out, I did a bit of research before buying a new pair. Look what I found.

Adidas Pureboost RBL

This model is perfect for cold weather workouts with an outsole perfect suited for winter. Even if it’s winter, you can use them to run inside, on a treadmill. With a mid-soft cushioning and a splash resistant material, the shoes offer flexibility and versatility.

Pureboost RBL has better material and performance compared with other Adidas models.

Check the price on Amazon.

Salomon Snowcross 2 CSWP Trail Running Shoe

They are waterproof, designed especially for harsh weather conditions. I like the ice style because, in the snow, which could become very bumpy, your foot can run to one side or another without notice. The shoes are designed to keep your ankle together.

Check the price on Amazon.

Salomon Men’s XA Pro 3D GTX Trail Running Shoes

They are very comfortable, no back pain, no feet pain. The shoes have a good grip on the trail and are water-resistant thanks to Gore-Tex waterproof membrane. The quick lace is very convenient offering a pleasant feeling, but don’t if you tighten it, you will end up with a sore pinky toe.

The upper material has a breathable mesh, and it’s quick drying. The shoes have quick lace, contra grip, and sensifit options.

The shoes are designed for trail running with benefits such as grip, stability, long-lasting protection and waterproof.

Check the price on Amazon.

La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Waterproof Mountain Running Shoe

The shoes are perfect for the trail, mountain and off-road. The shoes offer good stability, perfect for daily running with great comfort.

The model has an internal lacing system with an outside zipper for better protection. The shoes offer a great experience when running on snowy or icy terrain because they are constructed with an AT Grip Zone.

Your ankles are protected due to integrated gaiter.

Check the price on Amazon.

Useful Advises To Run At Low Temperatures

1. Dress in layers of thin clothing that keep moisture away. The first layer of clothes should be a thin one, non-cotton material, which keeps your sweat away from your body. Do not wear cotton because it retains moisture and will keep you wet. An outer layer, breathable nylon or Gore-Tex will protect you from wind and rainfall and will eliminate heat or moisture to prevent overheating or cooling. On the colder days (-15), a middle layer is required. Usually, a fleece layer will suffice.

2. Protect your hands and feet. According to studies, nearly 30% of body heat is eliminated by hands and feet. In days of mild weather, wearing treadmills that remove moisture. Finger gloves are a better option on cold days because your fingers will share your body heat. Wear 2 layers of socks, a running socks as the first pair and the second pair on top. Make sure you have enough space in shoes to accommodate these thicker socks; otherwise, you will freeze.

3. Avoid dressing too thick or too many layers. You will start to warm up as soon as you begin to move, so you should be a bit cold when you start to run. If you’re warm and comfortable when you start, you’ll sweat very quickly in the race. As a rule: dress as if outside are 20 degrees more than the real temperature.

4. Cover your head. According to studies, nearly 40% of body heat is eliminated through the head. If you wear a hat, you will prevent heat loss your circulatory system will have a well-distributed heat to the rest of your body. When it’s very cold, you should wear a face mask or a scarf at the mouth to warm up the air you’re breathing and to protect your face. Consider a buff as well.

5. Run against the wind. At the beginning of the training, run with the wind ‘behind’. If you start running with the wind, you will end up feeling cold, when you get sweaty, and you can easily catch a cold.

The polarized lenses are perfect for snow
Cover your head, protect your hands and wear sunglasses

6. Hydrate yourself. Even with the cold weather, you will still get warm sweaty, which means you will lose fluids. I don’t know if you remarked, but I’m sure you did, the cold air from winter is dry, which may increase the risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout. After running, you can better have warm tea. Probably the best solution is to wear a running backpack with hydration, but choose one with the hose thermally insulated.

7. Wear sunglasses. Light reflected from snow can cause degradation of the eyes or even blindness, so consider wearing sunglasses to avoid this problem. The polarized lenses are perfect for snow.

8. Be visible. It is better to avoid running in the dark if you don’t wear reflex elements. During the winter, the nights longer and the days are shorter, but this should not stop you to run. If you run in the morning or evening, when the light is almost the same, I advise you to wear reflective equipment. Try to wear strong bright colors if you run in the snow.

9. Be careful about temperature and wind. In the days with strong wind, you will feel it through all your layers and the warm barrier which protects your body will disappear. Your movements will also create cold wind as they increase the movement of air around your body. If the air temperature drops below 0 or the wind / perceived temperature below -20 then it’s better to use the treadmill.

10. Ask your doctor. The cold air can cause chest pain or asthma attacks. Before considering running outside, consult with your doctor.

Conclusion

Here you have it, 4 winter running shoes and 10 advises to make your run a pleasant activity even in the winter. Do not let the cold weather to stop you running. I don’t know if you are familiar with this saying: ‘there is no such thing like bad weather, only bad clothes’ and shoes in our case.

Remember, a good pair of running shoes for winter should have a good grip on snowy and icy terrain, waterproof and feel comfortable. If you take into account, the advises and with a good pair of shoes, your run will be very pleasant.

Which shoe model are you choosing? If you have more advises, I would be happy to hear about, just drop a comment below.

Stay healthy!

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18 thoughts on “Winter Running Shoes

  1. Interesting… I’ve been a runner for years but never considered getting a special running shoe for winters! I just have always used whatever running shoes I’ve most recently raced in until they’re worn out. Definitely food for thought.

    Except for that first one you showed, those shoes look more bulky than anything I’ve ever run in! Have you tried any of those??

    As for running with or against the wind, I usually do BOTH. I have a miles-long outdoor trail that I run to prepare for marathons and such and I just deal with the wind however it blows. But I use your layering advice so… it never seems to be an issue.

    I guess I’m a wimp ‘cuz if it’s below freezing I don’t run outside. I do the Nordic Track instead. GREAT workout!!

    I’m typically an Asics shoe guy, with a neutral gait. Works for me!  😉

    1. I also used to run with whatever was handy, but I decided to try the winter models. I do cross country skiing and you know that there are some special shoes to be attached. well, if you are used with them, the winter running shoes, the models 2 and 4 will seem the same. And to answer your question, yes, I did run, with the ‘bulky’ models 🙂 They keep the ankle together and feel more secure on the snow/ice.

      I also use Asics models, I do love them, but the winter models which I found are like the Adidas Pureboost model.

      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Great post! My current cardio routine has been getting old so I’ve been thinking of changing it up and doing some running. With winter coming up, it might be time to think about investing in a winter pair. The Adidas Pureboost RBL look to be very comfortable and just what I need. Do you have any recommendations on good winter socks for running? Thanks for the post!

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you find useful. Adidas is a great model and you can use it for indoors training as well. 

      Actually, I’m preparing a new article about this subject, so, stay tuned 🙂

      Thank you for your comment.

  3. Hi Danny. Thanks for these cool recommendations. I think they should be great for the winter as you have said. I personally love the “Adidas Pureboost RBL” due to it’s flexibility (can be used for the winter/cold weather walkout and also to and also on a treadmill indoors.

    I want to know please. Can any of the other three shoes be used on a treadmill?

    PS: thanks for giving 10 useful advises to run at low temperatures.

    1. Hello there,

      You’re welcome, I’m glad you find it useful. As you mentioned, Adidas model can be used for indoors training and of course treadmill. 

      You’re welcome, again, I’m glad you find the advices useful and thank you for your comment.

  4. I was just talking about running in the winter with a friend the other day and she thinks I am being ‘suicidal’. Anyone, I think the condition will promote a lot of endurance so I am definitely giving it a try this winter. Of course, I’ll need a good shoe and I like the Adidas one because it’s dual purpose. I do gyms sometimes too. Thanks for the recommendation and advice – it helps me to decide better.

    1. Hahaha, I know the feeling. I was also told that it’s suicidal to run on snow but if you don’t try it you don’t know. In my case, the effort is higher running in winter, but it’s worth it. 

      Agree, the Adidas model can serve many scopes.

      You’re welcome and thank you for your comment. I’m glad that I could help 🙂

  5. You see, I just moved to the East Coast two years ago from CA so I am new to all this snow stuff… but I never gave up running! I have always loved to run up and down the San Francisco hills. Great for your butt! After last Christmas being cooped up inside I decided to do some research. I was doing a google search on winter running shoes when I found your site. I know that snow is going to be falling soon where I live. Last year I was really limited by how much I was able to go jogging because I was unprepared for the snow and how slippery, etc everything is. 

    Can I be honest? I really like the La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Mountain Running Shoe the best because of the colors! I am really a bright, vivid kind of person. I also like that its good for icy weather because I am sincerely trying to avoid freezing my poor ankles! 🙁 Sooo uncomfortable! But the coolest part about these shoes in particular is the zipper on the front! I LOVE THAT! SO COOL! They look extremely durable and safe to jog in. Think I made my choice for this winter! YAY!  I’m glad I found you site, am going to bookmark it for future reference, thank you!

    1. It could be challenging to run on snow, if you are used to run on terrain or treadmill. Hahaha, I also like the running up on the hills for the same benefit. 

      La Sportiva model is also my favourite because of the same reason as yours: bright colours. To be honest, up to now, this model seems to be the favourite of all who checked the article.

      Thank you for your comment and I do hope to hear from you soon.

  6. I really like the Salomon Snowcross 2 CSWP trail running show, that one is my favorite out of the four here.  I like that it is like a running shoe for running but also like a boot for winter.  I also like the way it is designed to keep your ankle together.  The La Sportiva crossover 2.0 GTX waterproof mountain running shoe is very similar but I perfer the Salomon Snowcross.

    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like it. 

      Indeed, they look like a winter shoe and at the Salomon model I like the icy look. The two model mentioned by you, are indeed similar and designed to keep your ankle together. 

  7. I love this post on funning shoes for the winter.  My granddaughter is a cross country runner and is always fussing about her shoes.

    I’m so glad you included the advice to protect your hands and feet.   Also nearly 40% of body heat is eliminated through the head so cover your head.  I see too many young people not wanting to wear a hat, not to mention a face mask. 

    I have saved this post for my granddaughter.

    All the best with your business.

    V. Pearl

    1. Hello V. Pearl,

      Thank you, I’m glad you find it useful. When you start feeling cold, first, you should do a check on your feet; if they they are cold, there you have it – you should protect your feet. 

      I agree, there are many which do not consider protecting their heads, but the health issues will come up later, not now. Everybody is responsible for his/her health.

      Thank you for your comment.

  8. Hi. Your article came in handy for the weather. Running in winter can be dangerous because of the slippy roads, and everyone should protect themselves well when going for a run.

    I’m not a runner, but owning one of those shoes is definitely a good reason to start. I like the second and fourth shoe best.

    1. Hello Drian,

      I’m a runner and I thought it will be really good to share some tips with you guys. indeed, the ice is a problem when running, that’s why I offer you some models ti consider.

      Thank you for your comment.

  9. running during the winter can be much more demanding. One needs a totally protective wears for work outs. Special dresses, sweaters,  shoes and gloves to prevent the harsh condition. 

    From all the wears,  I prefer the La Sportiva Crossover 2.0 GTX Waterproof Mountain Running Shoe. 

    Looks great and firm for me… Following those advises will help as well

     

    1. Yes, winter running is more demanding in regards with clothes and our bodies effort. I glad you like the La Sportiva model, to be honest is my favourite, maybe the colours makes it more catchy 🙂

      Thank you for your comment.

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