What clothing should I wear and carry depending on season?

When you go running, it is very important that you manage your body temperature, including staying as dry as possible.

It is necessary to adapt your clothing according to the seasons and the weather conditions. In summer, you will be exposed to higher temperatures and in winter cold and humidity. Follow our advice on the types of clothing to wear and carry with you to cover yourself in a variety of conditions. Remember to cover yourself from head to toe!

The products we recommend are available from our website or in our retailers.Most options have a colour choice too, so you can kit yourself out in the style of your choice. The products we suggest in this article are only a recommended list, alternatives are available. You can explore these alternatives using our website.

A good quality pair of socks is essential for comfort (look after your feet, without them you will not get far!). Look for socks with as few seams as possible, flat stitching and no seams in a place that could rub (not on the end of the toes), they need to fit your foot closely to avoid rubbing and potential blister problems



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What to wear and carry in the Autumn

Autumn is a possibility of experiencing opposing seasons: summer and winter. As a result, you can encounter large weather variations between the beginning and the end of the season or even in one day. However, in general, usually the weather becomes more and more humid and cold while the daylight hours decrease. Wherever you are running, remember that it is often cooler up in the mountains than in the lower level countryside, and that the weather can change very quickly. Therefore, don’t go too light with your clothing if you are heading up to altitude or going for longer runs. Take spare layering with you.



Items to consider

 

Footwear

A very personal choice as they have to fit your feet. Some prefer a more water resistant or even waterproof upper, others prefer the shoe to drain and dry quickly in the understanding they will get wet feet at some point anyway! An increased amount of grip from a more aggressive tread pattern is useful for the changing conditions, but at the same time don’t neglect cushioning as a lot of trails will still be hard underfoot.

 

Legwear

As temperatures drop many people will wear or carry a full leg tight or maybe a ¾ if they prefer, or use calf guards to cover the lower leg. The Trail Raider fabric is light and stays comfortable in a wide range of temperatures.

 

Tops

With a large variation in temperatures you will want full upper body cover. You can do this in 2 ways, either use a short sleeve top with separate arm sleeves that you can put on or take off when you want (or just slide down to the wrist) or a long sleeve top (you can easily pull the sleeves up to cool your forearms). A zip is useful for additional temperature control. Thumb loops help keep the wrists and hands a bit warmer.

 

Jacket

Most experienced runners will tell you it is silly to go out without a jacket. That, and most races now have it as a mandatory piece of equipment! It might live in your pack for 95% of the time or be used more regularly. Choose a jacket of the durability/weight that you need, and don’t go out without it!

 

Headwear

Ears can be very sensitive to cold, for versatility in warmth and protection, plus can be used for many things we always recommend you carry one or two of these with you!





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What to wear and carry in the Winter

Skiers and mountaineers anxiously await the arrival of the first snowflakes of winter, but for some Trail runners it brings fear into their plans for running. The coldest season of the year is an amazing time to experience what nature offers us in the views and fresh (but chilly) air, you need to plan for cold weather. Below are some items of clothing that we recommend for the depths of winter, durable waterproofs and warm, comfortable, breathable layering to stop you becoming an icicle! Once properly equipped, you can enjoy trail running under new conditions, an experience that is all the more rewarding.



Items to consider

 

Footwear

With winter and low temperatures, comes the problem of cold feet. Some runners like to have a slightly larger pair to allow for thicker socks, your winter running shoes need to have a good aggressive tread to cope with mud and snow. It is virtually impossible to keep dry feet (some like a waterproof sock), Trail gaiters help keep the worst out, but make sure your winter running shoe is grippy and has a durable upper, with a bit of extra support and the ground can be more unstable, especially if covered on snow and you can’t see what you are landing on.

 

Additional items for feet

For snow and ice many trail shoes have a limit of grip, in this case, carrying some trail running crampons can be extremely useful to provide additional grip on hardpacked snow or ice. Also protect your foot better by using trail gaiters to stop mud, snow and gravel getting in the shoe too easily (these are useful all year round).

 

Tights

When it gets really cold you need a warm pair of tights. RaidLight Wintertrail fabric is smooth on the outside for additional durability and protection and brushed fleece on the inside for warmth and moisture management. Silicone print on the shin reinforces the fabric, a wide elastic waistband with a drawstring keeps them comfortable and where they should be!

 

Tops

We use the same stretchy, warm brushed fleece Wintertrail fabric in our cold weather tops too. Perfect to keep you comfortable and warm when the temperatures drop below zero. Zipped with a high collar for comfort, extended sleeve with thumb loops and a special flip mitt for additional warmth for your hands

 

Jacket

You are more likely to be wearing a jacket all the time you are out on the trail, so choose a more durable option that gives all day comfort and maybe not the superlight race day jacket. Your jacket needs to stand up to extended use so a little extra weight here is not a penalty to pay.

 

Headwear

A lot of body heat is lost through the head, so it would be wise to wear a hat! Our Wintertrail fabric beanie and headband help keep your ears protected and give you an option on cranial insulation.

 

Gloves

You need to keep your hands warm when out running, otherwise a simple thing like a zip on a jacket can become a problem as you lose the feeling in your fingers. By combining a glove with a lightweight waterproof mitt, you have versatility in protection to stop your hands freezing





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What to wear and carry in the Spring

"The return of beautiful days" as some would say. In spring, the daylight hours start to get longer and the temperatures start to rise. However, this does not mean that you can head out without protective clothing, between the melting snow and the rain, you are still at the mercy of the elements! By now you should be aware of the point “always take a jacket”. The melting snows will allow you to reach higher elevations that are inaccessible during the winter, but it will still be cold up there.



Items to consider

 

Footwear

Similar to Autumn, weather resistant uppers are popular, as are increased levels of grip, you can encounter all types of surface from old firm snow fields, to leg swallowing mud!

 

Legwear

With rising temperatures, you need a versatile piece of legwear. The Trail Raider ¾ uses a fabric that is the same as the full tights and shorts, so not too warm and not too cold… just right for year-round leg cover, you can use with long socks or calf guards if you like.

 

Tops

Again, like the transitional phase of Autumn you have the choice of long sleeves or short sleeves and separate arm sleeves. Either choice works. But with the temperatures rising instead of falling then expect it to get warmer as the day goes on.

 

Jacket

If the weather forecast is dry, it is better to take a windproof jacket rather than a waterproof. More breathable and more comfortable to wear, it can also keep of light showers. Many runners that are new to the sport do not see the benefit, but trust us, a windproof jacket will become one of your most used pieces of clothing.

 

Headwear

We always recommend you carry one or two of these versatile pieces with you. A Pass Mountain can be used for head, neck, wrist sweatbands etc. etc. etc.





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What to wear and carry in Summer

The temperature is rising, the sun shines all day and it can get very warm out on the trail. You need clothing that is very light, highly breathable and comfortable in the hot weather. As always you should carry a jacket (it is good practice as many races have it as mandatory equipment), especially in the mountains where the heat of the day can spark an afternoon thunderstorm, now is the time to go light and fast with your running and with your clothing.



Items to consider

 

Footwear

Your footwear choice needs to be light, breathable, well cushioned for the harder terrains, but not too aggressive on the tread, a deep tread will make you more unstable on hard packed surfaces.

 

Shorts

Hot weather allows you to get your legs out. You want the additional ventilation that shorts offer. You might go for a run without a pack, so additional pockets for storage of energy are useful, also a zip pocket to secure your keys and phone. Our most popular models are the Ultralight for men, with a supportive long inner short and a loose fitting outer short. For women, the Trail Raider Skort offers the same features but with a skirt.

 

Tops

Highly breathable and moisture management are key words here. You will be working hard in the heat, you will perspire. This perspiration needs to be managed effectively otherwise uncomfortable rubbing and chaffing can occur, plus you can just feel uncomfortably hot and sticky in a heavy fabric.

 

Jacket

We repeat the mantra “never go out without a jacket…". Even in the height of summer you could get caught out by a sudden unexpected turn in the weather, or you turn an ankle and it will take longer to exit to safety, in these circumstances you will be glad you listened and carried a jacket. Of course, it will probably be carried a lot more than it is worn, so choose the lightest one!

 

Headwear

Sun protection now becomes a key criteria with your headwear choice. The Sahara Cap offers you full protection, with a large stiffened peak to help protect your face (but don’t forget your sunglasses!), the extended flap wraps around to cover your ears and neck (this is removeable if you prefer).



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