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Technologies for tackling the cold

As the temperature drops, layered training gear becomes essential. These days layering goes beyond throwing on a sweatshirt over a t-shirt or pulling on a warm-up suit. Today’s training is all about the technology. Modern training gear is designed to keep you warm and dry without weighing you down. Sure that classic oversized sweatshirt is perfect for the sidelines or the sofa, but when training you need warmth without bulk. Today’s streamlined cold weather training gear is made to move and keep you dry.

The key to cold weather training is layering up in the proper gear. Sweaty gear equals a cold body. Hence, despite seeming counter intuitive, it’s good to have a bit of ventilation in your cold weather training gear. Ventilation lets air flow throughout the gear, moving moisture away from the base layer next to the skin to the outside of your gear where it can quickly evaporate. A cotton tee is the worst for cold weather training as once it gets wet, it stays wet. Another rule of thumb to keep in mind is that you should actually feel a little cool before starting your training session.

Each brand has it’s own cold weather training solution.

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Under Armour sets the standard when it comes to cold weather training. Under Armour’s signature logo is a common sight peeking out from jerseys on professional athletes. ColdGear is Under Armour’s well known cold weather training technology. ColdGear delivers lightweight warmth that wicks away sweat and keeps muscles ready to work.

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Available in a compression fit for layering under jerseys or a looser cut that can be worn alone, Under Armour offers ColdGear tees, jerseys, mocks and pants. Under Amour ColdGear also has flat lock seams that will prevent chafing as you train. Find Under Armour’s full training collection here.


Nike Hyperwarm gear is designed the keep your focus on training verses the temperature. It has a streamlined fit and built-in moisture control. Hyyperwarm gear also has mesh fabric to further enhance breathability and range of motion.

Therma-FIT is Nike’s version of fleece, it offers maximum insulation with minimum bulk.

Flat seams on Nike’s Hyperwarm and Therma-FIT gear are designed to move with the body and prevent chaffing. Find Nike’s full training collection here.

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adidas’ breathable ClimaWarm is lightweight insulation that keeps you warm and comfortable in cold weather conditions. ClimaWarm is constructed with heat-trapping synthetic fibers that are woven in such a way to allow “heat-sapping” to escape through evaporation. Find adidas full training collection here.

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On extremely cold days, it’s also a good idea to have a fleece hat or ear band with you. You loose 10% of your body heat through your head and a hat is easy to stash in a pocket if you get too warm. Field gloves are also a good accessory to have stashed in your gym bag or locker.

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  • sam

    Talk about what type of cleats are good for cold?

    • Joe Schwartz

      Thanks for the question, Sam. There isn’t much from a technology or user experience standpoint to show any one cleat having an advantage on another during cold weather. To that end, if you look across the top stadiums in Europe during the cold, you’ll see a wide range of cleats on show, those built for speed, power, comfort, agility and control, worn with thicker socks and compression gear.

      Cold often can lead to wet conditions, though, so we would recommend cleats built with All Conditions Control, HybridTouch or GripTex or something simular to help you perform. Cleats with a one-piece upper also help prevent a watery playing experience for your feet. The Nike Tiempo Legend V has a HyperShield, which has been proven to reduce water intake by 73 percent and helps evaporate water that does trickle inside.

      I hope that helps.

    • elpadr1no

      That’s exactly why i came here. And socks as well.