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Baby It’s Cold Outside

Bundle up with these winter fitness finds

Slush on the sidewalks, biting winds, daylight ending early—your favorite neighborhood running route can become a lot less inviting in the winter months. But with the right combination of proper gear, it’s possible to train no matter how frigid the temps. Ferrall Dietrich, the owner of upscale athletic wear boutique Core72, which has locations in Cathedral Heights and Chevy Chase in D.C., says layering is the key. Focus on keeping your core cozy by starting with a zippered or half-zip base layer. Next, add an insulating shell, and then make sure your outer layer is wind- and weather-resistant. Garments that fit snugly help keep cold air from getting in; fabric-wise, merino wool and synthetic performance fabrics wick away sweat—which cools your body naturally—without being too uncomfortably bulky to move around in. Avoid cotton at all costs—“it wets out and doesn’t dry as quickly, so you’ll be freezing cold,” Dietrich says—and wear thinner, more streamlined pieces on your hands and other extremities. 

This outfit, created with pieces at area stores, puts all of Dietrich’s practical advice to stylish use.

1. REI Co-op “Power Wool” gloves, with merino wool interior and water-repellent exterior, $44.50 at REI (910 Rose Ave., North Bethesda; 301-770-1751, rei.com).

 

2. Kari Traa “Tove” jacket, with thermal lining, thumb holes and reflective detailing for nighttime visibility, $180 at Core72 (5502 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-686-4258, core72dc.com).

 

3. REI Co-op midweight half-zip base layer top, in merino wool with flat seams to prevent chafing, $89.50 at REI (910 Rose Ave., North Bethesda; 301-770-1751, rei.com). 

 

4. “Darn Tough” cushion socks, in merino wool with extra cushioning and performance fit, $20.95 at L.L. Bean (925 Rose Ave., North Bethesda; 888-660-1570, llbean.com). 

 

5. “Ascent Active” beanie, in lightweight, quick-dry polyester, $30 at The North Face (4848 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-3223, thenorthface.com). 

 

6. “No Hands” arm warmers, in moisture-wicking polyester and elastane jersey with UPF 50 protection, $30 at The North Face (4848 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301-654-3223, thenorthface.com). 

 

7. Kari Traa “Marianne” tights, with high waist to insulate core, $78 at Core72 (5502 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202-686-4258, core72dc.com).

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