Activewear for the winter
Bad weather, good workouts
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words Rhys Thomas
It’s wet and it’s cold: winter isn't just coming, it has already come, seen and conquered. We're now in indoor season, as we all call it. But obviously, we exaggerate when we say we’ll literally hibernate all winter. The outdoors are good, and they are good for us. And when those windy showers batter against us, undeniably, there’s something quite magical and amazing about it, that force of nature. Especially if we’re wrapped up properly.
In Scandinavia, they have a saying. “There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” It's a good mantra to live by, not least when you’re trying to find ways to keep the motivation for exercising high. That’s where this list of activewear products come in. All hand curated to ensure great quality, sustainable focus, and #fashion of course. From socks to jackets. You’ll never need to hide away from the cold again.
SHORTS IN THE RAIN
2-in-1 Shorts - Storm Blue
Are we daft? No, we’re very, very wise. Shorts are handy because you know what’s like really, really waterproof? Your legs. A run in tracksuit is going to weigh you down and take forever to dry out. With shorts, they’re lighter, and you can towel down your legs in no time. To become one of the brothers in their shorts all-year-round without losing any comforts, wear these. The compression layer is designed to help your thighs and hamstrings but is also nice and warm. There’s a pocket for your phone, another for keys/cards, and the entire thing's made from recycled polyester. Simply ideal clobber, rain or shine. The blue ones look class, too.
WARM UP? SORTED
X-City COLD.RDY Running Cover-Up in Black
Adidas’ COLD.RDY technology is designed to both insulate the body and to draw moisture out of the clothing, the absolute combination for winter activity. They’ve added it to this running ‘cover-up’ which is good, but what makes the garment great is that it looks nice, has reflective details, a key clip (no more worrying about keys), reflective details for safety, a bunch of pockets and even “pre-shaped” elbows that allow you to swing your arms more naturally while running. Oh and it’s 87% recycled fabric. The perfect running jacket? Quite possibly.
SKIN GETS WEATHERED TOO
Hyaluronic Plump Facial Oil Miniature
It’s weird how we always look to cover our skin, but not our face… skin, don’t you think? Like sure, we have eyes and ears and mouth and nose that we need to keep uncovered so that we can see, hear, breath and smell – but why should our head, shoulders, knees and toes get all the love? Exactly. Restore the balance with some good hydrating skincare. This face oil is fast-acting and absorbing. So a couple drops just as you’re heading out the door is more than okay (you could even keep them by your trainers). The natural ingredients combine to contain vitamins, a little UV protection, and cell renewing properties that work quickly to reduce redness and give the skin a healthy glow. All while hydrating the skin and protecting it from the shock of that cold wind. A couple drops twice a day go a long way. It’s scented with Fig, Grass and Rose too, for a little late summer aroma to help you picture warmer times.
DRIP ON DRIP
Northfarer Fiorucci Anorak Jacket
Winter clothing doesn’t have to look like your least favourite supply teacher. Italy’s finest technical wear has joined forces with one of the country’s coolest brands to create a jacket that screams 1990s street-smarts, but has all the modern know-how to navigate you through windy and rainy hikes too. Napapijri set the foundations with their classic ‘Northfarer’ anorak design. It’s very water-resistant, uses elasticated trims to keep the wind out, a very good sturdy hood, and the classic kangaroo pocket. It’s down-free, keeping you warm without the feathers, and has been partially made using recycled materials. Firoucci helped to make it look fire.
A LITTLE TREAT
Stone Long Full Set
You’re wet and cold and tired. There’s a bit of a walk home, but the workout is done. What could possibly be better than a set of super-soft organic cotton sweats from your pals at Conscious Citizen? Good for cuddling those soaked-through bones, nice on the eye. Perfect for warming up while cooling down. Go onnnn, grab a nice treat from the cool bakery on the way home too. Main character energy unlocked.
A LITTLE-ER TREAT
neutrals overdyed ankle socks
On the subject of COSY, there is no tip more elite than packing a spare pair of socks for post-workout. Swapping damps for drys is always always the most chic best-verison-of-you move, and they’re obviously very light and portable. These socks from Nike (though hand-dyed and generally enhanced in the looks-good vibes-good department by Inked Grails), three nice classy colours, all the Nike technology that makes them go-to socks for athletes everywhere.
AND FOR REST DAYS
ALL SZN Fleece Mock Neck Sweatshirt in Ecru
But what if it’s the day after leg day? Thighs on fire, calves like concrete. The day where you won’t be able to bend down properly, let alone expend energy to make body heat while having a stroll on a crisp winter morning? This fleece, simple. The mock neck keeps you snug up top, the ribbed cuffs and (unusual but stylish) drawcord keep the wind out, and the cotton/polyester fleece inlay ensures you’ll be as hot as you look. Nice one.
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