by John Stanton
Running during our Canadian winters poses some added challenges, but don’t worry. We’ve got the accessories you need to enhance your safety and enjoyment.
Challenge #1: Slippery surfaces
If you’re running in snowy or icy conditions, you’re going to need enhanced traction to prevent slips and falls. To instantly add grip to your existing shoes, strap on a pair of Yaktrax Run Traction Aids. Think of them as snow tires for your feet.
Challenge #2: Low visibility
In the winter, daylight is a limited time offer that expires sooner than we’d like. Safety should be your top priority when running or walking in low light conditions. The Nathan Streak Safety Vest is reflective from all directions and makes you readily visible to passing vehicles.
Challenge #3: Cold hands
Running with a mobile device is a smart safety practice in the winter, but your hands will suffer if you have to remove your gloves every time you want to tap the screen. Luckily, the Manzella Tempest Windstopper TouchTip Gloves have touch-screen compatible fingertips, so you can still scroll through your playlist or text your running buddies.
Challenge #4: Retaining warmth
It’s like your mom always told you: you lose heat through your head (as well as any other body parts that are uncovered). The Running Room Fit-Wear Cozy Pile Toque (pictured) is fleece-lined and has a ponytail opening at the back.