Running in the wintertime can be challenging. Leaving the cozy indoors to freeze your face off is hard enough, without taking into account that when you start running it's as cold as fuck and you finish with frozen-shut-clenched-fists for hands that make reaching for your keys nearly impossible.

But aside from the icicles in your hair and the chapped face, running outdoors in the colder months can be equally rewarding. Your favorite running trail is completely empty, the gear is empowering and makes you look like a fleece ninja, and the views of snow covered anything is worth it.

One of Sneaker Report's favorite items this month has been the running vest. Hybrid by design, a performance vest allows you the freedom of an extra layer without feeling bulky or hot while adding that extra layer of comfort you'll need on a chilly night. Here are our five favorite right now and why.

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Image via Nike
Image via Nike

Nike Aeroloft Vest

Available in Volt, Navy, Forest Green, and Muted Orange, the Nike Aeroloft 800 Vest is super lightweight, but don't let that fool you. This running essential packs a punch with Aeroloft providing insulation thanks to synthetic down and added perforations. Buy it in this metallic shade for $60 more.


Image via Icebreaker
Image via Icebreaker

Icebreaker Quantum Vest

Comprised of 98% Merino wool and a touch of stretch, this mid layer makes a terrific outer layer when paired over the correct tee. Wool may scare you but there's no itch, it's odor resistent and breathable and super sleek. Look like you know what you're doing outdoors this winter, snow and rain shake right off of this perfect outer layer.



Brooks Running Men's Adapt Vest

The only time you'll remember you're wearing a vest is when the wind whips around a corner and you're comforted by the extra layer of insulation that the Adapt Vest provides. The fit is on point too, as Brooks knows how to perfectly sculpt material around a body in motion.


Arc'teryx Atom LT Vest

Luxe up your layers with the Atom vest. Durable, sleek and completely weatherproof, this vest is worth the extra cheddar.


adidas Climawarm Hybrid Vest

Cold weather running is all about transitioning. From your warm bed to the cold sidewalk, from feeling cold and helpless to dripping with sweat and self assured, you'll need a vest accompany you through the many flavors of your run.


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