Winter Running Clothes: Here’s How ‘Layered Clothing’ Works
You essentially combine three different layers of clothing depending on how cold or wet it is. It is important that each layer is breathable to prevent heat build-up and to allow moisture to escape.
A distinction is made between the following important layers of functional clothing in winter:
1st base layer: This layer lies directly on the skin and should ensure that you stay dry and warm. This includes functional underwear that is quick-drying and breathable.
2nd insulation layer: This layer helps regulate heat and provide thermal insulation, so its use naturally depends heavily on the outside temperatures. Warm clothes such as jumpers, jackets, or trousers made of fleece work well.
3rd weather protection layer: This layer helps protect yourself from wind and moisture. Trousers, vests, and jackets made of special windproof and waterproof material are part of the weather protection layer.
You can choose between softshell and hard-shell jackets. Softshell jackets are lighter and more elastic, windproof, water-repellent and keep you warm to a certain extent. Hard-shell jackets score points for higher water resistance but are usually somewhat less breathable.