A few weeks ago I shared with you my Cold Weather Workout Essentials for 2014 which focused on my picks for women’s winter running apparel.
It’s about time already that I follow that up with some Workout Accessories for this fast approaching (if not already arrived) cold weather workout season.
But here’s the situation…. I have the basic accessories essentials part down pat like a science.
Figuring out the right brand for each item on my list with the features I am looking for to keep me running happy? That’s the experiment of the moment.
It’s not that anything I used last winter was a total failure but there were some aspects of my accessories that bothered me and I want to fix that for this winter.
Let’s call this a team effort, okay?
I will tell you what I am looking for, show you some of the products I have in mind, and you let me know what you think, what you prefer, what you wear etc.
Last year I wanted to save some money so I purchased a pair of running gloves from Target.
My hands were cold more often than not and the touch-screen techy feature didn’t work most of the time which often led me to removing my gloves in order to use my phone.
I guess sometimes you really do get what you paid for.
If I don’t go for the extra warmth of the mitten option, I have my eye on these Sweaty Betty Run gloves which have a zipper pocket and reflective pattern for running in the dark (not that I ever do but it’s a nice feature anyway).
I mentioned the Lululemon Run With Me Toque last year but I never bought it. I have friends who swear by it though and I like that there is a slot in the back for your ponytail.
I have a love/hate relationship with my current Lululemon Neckwarmer.
I don’t know; the first winter I used it, I didn’t like it. Last winter I decided that I liked it but I still never loved it.
I really like having a neckwarmer for those really cold mornings because it not only covers my neck without making me sweat or choking me like a scarf, I like to be able to pull it up over mouth until I adjust to running in the freezing temperatures.
I don’t even see this neckwarmer on the Lululemon website anymore so maybe I am correct that it isn’t the best?
I see that GapFit has a Cowl Neckwarmer for this winter and I considering trying it out.
Sometimes I don’t want to wear a hat and would benefit from just keeping my ears warm.
I have my eye on the Brooks Utopia Thermal Headband but I also really like the look (and price) of Sweat Betty’s Fleece Earwarmer
Aside from Pro Compression socks, I always thought that I loved the GapFit socks the best until I tried Balega for the first time and now I am confused!
I received the Balega socks as part of my Runner’s World Hat Trick goodies and I really noticed a difference in my feet when I run in them.
I can’t decide if I should order more and if so, which ones exactly. There are so many options!
I am also interested in these Performance Run socks from Sweat Betty based upon the specs and reviews on their website.
More than anything, I don’t think it’s too much to ask to find a pair of running socks that not only feel good but also keep my toes warm during those frigid morning runs.
For a while I swore by all Lululemon headbands but I think I am loving Sparkly Soul bands more right now.
They stay in place much better on my head and don’t stretch out.
As for ponytail hair ties, how cute are these hair toggles from Sweaty Betty?
They remind me of the 80’s but also received great reviews so I assume they hold the pony well? I haven’t tried them but I want to!
I realize that undergarments aren’t listed in my accessories essentials checklist because technically they aren’t accessories but can we talk about them anyway?
We already discussed sports bras but today we need to chat about the undies.
Sweaty Betty makes a few different styles like these No Show Pant which, just based upon their specs compared to Lululemon, for the same price, there is more mention of the sweat-wicking material plus cotton in the important spots.
What do you think? What am I forgetting? Please chime in with your ideas, opinions and share links to your favorites!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Sweaty Betty. Although I was compensated, all thoughts and product recommendations expressed in this post are my own.