Best women’s cold weather running gear: 17 fall and winter outfit ideas

Run from the heat of summer through to the chill of fall and winter with ease, transitioning your wardrobe as you go.

Now that the weather is a bit cooler, running is a great way to get outdoors and burn some calories while you’re at it. It’s also a free activity, sans membership fees at a gym or the need to wait for an open treadmill.

Instead, the only things you’ll need for a good run outside are the clothes on your back, the shoes on your feet and maybe a few accessories to keep you going.

Read on for a list of the best running gear to have on hand this fall and winter, satisfying legging lovers, track stars, fast walkers and everything in between.

lululemon Swift Speed High-Rise Tight 28″, $128

A woman in red leggings and a black top

Swiftness and speed? What more could you want in a run?

Well actually, lululemon thinks you’ll also want comfort, sweat-wicking fabric and a high-waist that won’t roll down on your run. Sound good? The Swift Speed High Rise Tights are a full 28-inch length, ranging in size from a zero to a 14 and in a huge selection of colors and patterns.

On Running Running Pants, $169.99

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On Running

These pants from On Running adapt with you and the weather, keeping you warm when the wind blows and cool when it’s not.

The running pants come in three colors, with a fashionable color blocking style in either black, gray or blue. They feature zippers at the ankles, easily converting from tight ankles that lock in heat to loose ones that will keep the air circulating as you run. They also have a slit in the knee for when you need to stretch, bend or just tie your shoe with ease.

The Gym People Thick High Waist Yoga Pants, $24.99

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These leggings are an Amazon bestseller for a good reason.

The Gym People pants are extra-thick, keeping you warm on outdoor runs from fall into winter. As an added bonus, they also have side pockets, keeping your phone or keys safe while you jog through the neighborhood.

The North Face Women’s Winter Warm Tight, $89

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The North Face

These pants say it all right in the title.

Stay warm all winter with these leggings from The North Face. Made for winter weather, the running tights are made from both wind and water-resistant fabric, keeping you warm and dry even when the west winds blow. According to the site, they recommend ordering one size up, for a comfortable fit especially while out on a run.

Hoka One One Women’s Fitted Tank, $42

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Hoka One

Designed for the track star in your life, this tank was built for speed, streamlined to hug your body and not hold you back.

The Hoka One One brand tank fits a bit cropped, right above the belly button and pairs perfectly with high-rise leggings or speed shorts for the full track look.

“A race-ready tank that hugs the torso, this streamlined silhouette energizes race day with bold hues and contrasting side panels,” reads the product description. “A sustainably minded style crafted from ECONYL® regenerated nylon and polyester, this breathable basic is designed with a racerback cut for ultimate mobility.”

lululemon Run Times Bra High Support, B–E Cups, $68

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When getting ready to run, make sure you have all the support you need.

The Run Times Bra High Support offers just that, ranging in sizes to accommodate a B-cup through an E-cup size with band sizes ranging from a 32 to a 40. The top offers maximum support for high-impact activities, including running, of course. With that comes padded straps to eliminate rubbing or digging into the shoulders and a soft under band for a smooth fit that stays put on your run.

The bra from lululemon comes in the above Cassis color, as well as a dark green Smoked Spruce, a peachy Desert Sun, True Navy and Black.

Shefit Ultimate Sports Bra, $69

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For the runner that likes to customize every last detail of their workout, this bra is for you.

The Shefit bra is a fully-customizable sports bra that can be zipped up the front for easy on and off, even while sweaty post-run. The straps can be moved tighter or looser like a traditional non-sports bra, but the coolest part is that the back can also be cinched however tight you need it to be, for a perfect fit in the cups and under the bust.

Under Armour Women’s UA ColdGear Authentic Mock, $39.99 (originally $49.99)

A woman in a black long sleeve running shirt with a high neck
Under Armour

Don’t mock us, but having a warm neck in the winter is a must.

This mock-neck long-sleeve is designed for a cold weather run, sold at Under Armour and now on sale for $10 off. The top comes in black, white or navy and ranges in size from an XS to an XXL, made of brushback knit fabric that also wicks sweat away while keeping you warm and comfortable.

lululemon Another Mile Jacket, $228

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Go the distance, even in the cold.

The Another Mile Jacket from lululemon is a cold weather treat you need in your closet, especially if you like to hit the trails past October and well into the winter. The coat was designed with runners in mind, made of lightweight but insulated fabric that is also water-resistant should a storm pick up while you’re out on the trail.

Amazon Essentials Women’s Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Down Vest, $27.90 to $39.94

A woman in a black puffer vest

Keep your core warm and your arms swinging on your winter runs this season.

Sold on Amazon, this bestselling vest is a great way to balance being warm with getting a cool breeze, regulating your body temperature as you heat up and cool down on your run. The puffer vest comes in a huge array of colors and sizes, each of which are easily foldable and packable for any winter hiking trips you may have planned this season.

On Running Cloudswift Sneakers, $149.99

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On Running

Keep your feet on the ground, even if they feel like they are running on the clouds.

These sneakers from On Running are designed for urban running, keeping you feeling level on uneven ground, gravel and really any hard surfaces. They weight under 8 ounces, keeping you focused on the trail ahead and not your feet, and are designed for short to medium length runs.

Saucony Women’s Endorphin Pro, $129

A black sneaker with neon colors

High quality running shoe, but make it vegan.

Saucony has done just that, plus added some neon details that makes this running shoe fashionable, too. They come in the above black and neon, as well as in a white version, neon yellow, hot pink, a sunset gradient and an all black shoe.

“The Endorphin Pro was engineered with elite athletes and built to give runners a fair advantage at the starting line. Featuring propulsive SPEEDROLL Technology, our signature S-curve carbon fiber plate combines with ultralight PWRRUN PB cushioning for powerful race-day performance,” explains the product page. “And weighing in at just 7.5oz, it’s undeniable. These shoes weren’t made for chasing personal bests. They were made for smashing them.”

Allbirds Women’s Tree Dashers, $125

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Dash through the trees, across the beach and really anywhere you please with these lightweight sneakers.

Allbirds has rethought the traditional running shoe and made it over again with natural and sustainable materials that help you and the environment stay fit and feeling great. The shoes are made with eucalyptus and a carbon negative EVA from sugarcane to create ultra lightweight and durable sneakers, tested by both pro and amateur athletes to make sure they pass the performance test every step of the way.

Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats for Running on Snow and Ice, $39.48

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Don’t trip or slip this season, even when it gets icy.

These spikes are easy to strap onto your favorite sneakers, turning them into a winter pair of running shoes that grab onto snow and ice and won’t have you stumbling or falling out on the track. Sold on Amazon, the cleats come in a few different sizes to fit your shoes, and are also adjustable with a strap across the toe to keep them nice and secure during your run.

Adidas Alphaskin Beanie, $26

A black beanie for running from Adidas

Feel like an alpha runner, no matter the season.

The Alphaskin Beanie from Adidas is new for this winter; a much needed addition to their winter running accessories lineup. The hat is designed for running, meaning it will stay put when on the go, has a super stretchy feel for comfort and even comes with reflective strips on the front and back should you be on the trails past dark or in stormy conditions.

Flare Safety Bracelet, $129

A black and silver beaded safety bracelet

Going for a run should be a stress relief, not the cause for it.

Flare is a jewelry company on a mission to one day no longer need to exist, but for now, they can offer runners some peace of mind, day or night. Built by assault survivors, the jewelry is made to make wearers feel safer going out knowing they have a plan in place if they end up in an uncomfortable or dangerous situation.

First, download the Flare app and pre-load any emergency contacts you want to have your Global Positioning System (GPS) location. The bracelet also allows you to trigger an automatic message — sending your contacts a text as well as your GPS location. You can even contact 911 at the press of the hidden button on the backside of the bracelet.

Fitbit Sense, $249.95

A black Fitbit watch

Track how far you’ve come on your fitness journey right from your wrist.

The newest iteration of the Fitbit is the Fitbit Sense, now on sale for $250 instead of the original $300 price. The watch boasts an impressive six day batter life, allowing you to run to your heart’s content on a single charge. It also comes with a plethora of other features, including monitoring your skin temperature, overall heart health and even providing tools for stress management to name a few.