From top to toe: The best way to dress for a run in the cold

Frost, snow, and cold are no excuse for putting away your running shoes. And with the right running outfit, you can ensure that you will not be too cold or wet on your run.

From top to toe: The best way to dress for a run in the cold

You have probably been there. The thermometer shows freezing temperatures, the wind is shaking the trees, and although spring is on the way, you are sure that those dark clouds over the city are hanging there, threatening snow. And you really wanted to go on that run, but now that the weather is so bad, unfortunately you will probably have to stay inside on the couch and watch a good movie instead.


As long as you dress properly, there is no reason to let the cold get in the way of your run.

With these five tips, we guide you to the perfect running outfit in the cold winter and spring months. 



When you are going for a run in the winter cold, your clothing should be warm, comfortable, sweat-wicking, and windproof. Therefore, the best way to make sure you are well-dressed for your run, is to dress in several layers.

A woolen basis layer

The most important requirement for your basis layer is that it should be sweat-wicking. Otherwise, you will be both wet and cold, as soon as you start to sweat. Furthermore, it is a clear advantage, if the clothing is also warm and comfortable. Thus, you may want to invest in a wool-T-shirt or woolen shirt from DILLING. The clothing is made from exclusive Merino Wool, which helps regulate body temperature, and which effectively absorbs moisture. At the same time, the material protects against sweat odors, so you can give it all you’ve got on your run without worrying about smelling too much. The woolen clothing comes in several colors and models for both men, women, and children. You can see the entire selection of outdoor woolen clothing here.

A warm middle layer

If it is very cold, you might want to put on a middle layer. Just like the basis layer, the middle layer should be sweat-wicking, and of course it should also be warm. If you need a middle layer, you may want to put on an extra woolen shirt from DILLING.

A windproof outer layer

First of all, your outer layer must be windproof. This is because, if the cold wind goes straight through your clothing, you will soon be cold, even if you are wearing a good insulating layer underneath. Invest in a thin, windproof running jacket with a breathable membrane to protect against the wind while making sure that the moisture can be wicked away from your body.


When it comes to trunks, the requirements are roughly the same as for clothing for the upper body. Your running trunks should be elastic and trunks-fitting, and furthermore, they should be both warm and sweat-wicking. You may also want to invest in a pair of running trunks, that are windproof. If it is very cold, you may consider putting on a pair of woolen long johns under your trunks. You might try a pair from DILLING in Merino Wool. They come in several colors, both for men, women, and children, and in adult sizes they come in both full length and ¾ length.


Cold ears and cold hands can ruin a run for most. Therefore, one piece of good advice is to put your hands into a pair of running gloves and putting a sweatband or a beanie or your head. You usually need to choose a beanie or a pair of gloves that are much thinner than what you would choose for a regular walk – otherwise, you will soon get too hot. It is also important to protect your neck against the cold, and in order to avoid a scarf fluttering behind you when you run, you may want to invest in a neck warmer in Merino Wool from DILLING.


In winter, you may want to wear running socks that are slightly warmer than normal. Of course, the socks must be very breathable and good at absorbing moisture, so your feet don’t get wet when you sweat.


The cold months are dark months. Therefore, it is a good idea to put on reflectors, so you stand out in traffic. E.g. pull a reflective west over your head or put a reflective armband on each arm. If you run in the woods or in other places with uneven terrain, it can also be an advantage to wear a headlamp, so you can see where you are running.