When it’s cold and dark, running or doing any form of physical activity outdoors can be a struggle. But with the proper kit, and some good trusty thermal garms, you’ll be ready to take on the bitter weather in no time. We’ve discovered a range of winter activewear suitable for the colder climes; from windproof cycle jackets to thermal leggings and ski attire. Let’s get shopping:

Winter Activewear Guide: Leggings and Trousers 

1. For Reflective Leggings: 2XU

What: 2XU Women’s Mid-Rise Reflect Compression Tights (£76.49)

The Lowdown: Multi-directional stretch offers a full, unrestricted range of motion in all directions, and the tights are flexible, meaning you can perform at your optimum level without restriction or discomfort. 2XU have used moisture wicking yarns to help keep you dry as excess sweat and moisture is wicked away to leave you feeling cool and comfortable. The 360-degree reflective details on the front and back offer extra reflectivity which will be beneficial in low light conditions, such as early morning or evening runs when the light is at a premium.

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2. For a Base Layer: Dakine 

What: Larkspur Base Layer Pant (£39)

The Lowdown: The baselayer pant that can take you from lift-side to fireside comfortably, even on the coldest of days on the mountain. The Channel Flow wicking fabric construction helps maintain comfort by pulling moisture away from the skin when your body heats up. The comfort fit waistband provides ample warmth and coverage under your outerwear, and even after a full weekend on the mountain you can keep your layers free from odor thanks to the Polygiene permanent odour control.

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3. For Thermal Leggings: Nike

What: Nike Pro HyperWarm Women’s Training Tights (£59.95)

The Lowdown: The Nike Pro HyperWarm Women’s Training Tights are the warmest of the Nike Pro collection. They feature thermal fabric added warmth, sweat-wicking material and mesh panels to keep you comfortable in any workout. Ideal for cross country running, high intensity training and outdoor circuits. And the pattern is pretty nifty too.

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4. For Printed Leggings: Bellum Active 

What: Blue Leopard Leggings (£55)

The Lowdown: Designed for the great outdoors and in the gym, the versatile blue moon leggings are made using superior Italian performance fabrics, perfect for a variety of activities. With carefully constructed seams and technical 4-way stretch fabric that flatters the glutes and legs, the high comfortable waistband, sweat-wicking fabric and rigorously tested fit ensure your best ever workout.

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Winter Activewear Guide: Jackets

5. For a Cycling Jacket: Proviz 

What: PixElite Performance Women’s Cycling Jacket (£129.99)

The Lowdown: The Proviz PixElite jacket is a high performance winter cycling jacket that gives you warmth, breathability and features the new highly reflective PixElite fabric in the arms, sides, shoulders and lower back. The bulk of the jacket is made from a soft-stretch mix of polyester, elastane and brushed thermal microfibre; together they block the wind, keep you warm and regulate heat build-up on a hard winter ride.

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6. For a Windproof Jacket: Liv 

What: Zorya Wind Jacket (£99.99)

The Lowdown: Featuring ProTextura fabric and reflective accents on back and arms, the Zoyra wind jacket will energise your next low-light ride with dazzling, reflective designs so you can stay protected and visible. The jacket is lightweight, breathable and compact enough to fit in your jersey pocket as you warm up during the ride.

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7. For an All Weather Jacket: Finisterre

What: Finisterre Sastruga (£195)

The Lowdown: Warm, windproof and water resistant, the Sastruga jacket is made with recycled fabrics and fill. The Finisterre Engineered Insulation S-form fill has an unparalleled warmth to weight ratio, giving you an incredibly warm jacket that packs away into a small travel friendly package.  The jacket is water resistant, windproof and bluesign accredited.

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Winter Activewear Guide: T-Shirts and Tops 

8. For a Second Skin: Sundried

What: Grand Tournalin Women’s Hoody (£80)

The Lowdown: The Sundried Grand Tournalin Women’s Hoody is designed to fit like a second skin, constructed with muscle support zones to the back and biceps to flatter your form and provide a comfortable fit with complete freedom of movement. Super lightweight premium materials mean this hoody can be worn in summer or winter, and the soft Merino wool provides exceptional sweat-wicking technology.

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9. For a Breathable Top: North Face

What: Ambition 1/4 zip long-sleeve shirt (£60)

The Lowdown: The lightweight, technical Ambition Pullover is the ideal layer to wear when you set out on the chilly trail. To keep your temperature regulated from warm up to cool down, there is sweat-wicking FlashDry technology woven in, as well as body-mapped ventilation panels and breathable underarm gussets. You can store small items in the invisible back pocket and bring your music player along for the ride.

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10. For a Thermal Top: Go Outdoors 

What: North Ridge Women’s Convect-200 Merino LS Top (£36)

The Lowdown: Designed for adventurous travel and outdoor activity, North Ridge’s Convect-200 Merino LS Top uses the wool’s natural antibacterial and thermo-regulating properties to keep you cool in summer, warm in winter, and feeling fresh all year round. Made from 100% Merino Wool 200g, it’s an ideal baselayer for every season; perfect for layering under your ski jacket or to wear as a soft, cosy apres ski top.

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Winter Activewear Guide: Accessories 

11. For Keeping Your Ears Warm: New Balance 

What: New Balance Accessories Team Beanie (£14.95)

The Lowdown: The New Balance Accessories Team beanie hat in black is a great winter hat for the year, and is ideal for outdoor sports such as hiking, cycling and running. The hat is a dual layered beanie with a rolled up cuff, and a New Balance logo is embroidered onto the cuff.

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12. For Keeping Your Feet Warm: Smartwool 

What: Smartwool Women’s PHD Run Cold Weather Crew Socks (£17.99)

The Lowdown: Keen runners need the right kit to perform and the Smartwool women’s PHD Run cold weather crew socks are an essential part of your running attire. Designed to take the chill out of outdoor winter sports, the socks feature mesh zones for breathability, and maximum impact protection with targeted cushioning on the ball and heel of the foot.

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Winter Activewear Guide: Trainers 

13. For Running: adidas at Foot Locker 

What: adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged (£139.99)

The Lowdown: Featuring a stripped-down design for more freedom of movement, Ultraboost Uncaged raises the bar for that best-run-ever feeling. An adidas Primeknit upper offers integrated support, while a boost midsole delivers energy-returning cushioning for a powerful push-off.

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14. For Outdoor Activities: Reebok

What: Reebok Sporterra VI (£64.95)

The Lowdown: Easy to wear comfort merges with everyday style in the all-new Sporterra VI. DMX Max cushioning moves air from the heel to the toe as you step for cushioning that adapts to your stride,  plus a modern upper heeds the call of the wild rugged outdoor lifestyle.

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