Pro runner Max King is crushing it lately. He’s podiumed at several important races, including the Warrior Dash and Western States 100-miler. He credits his success to training hard year-round, even in the dead of winter. To teach other runners how to stay warm as snow season approaches, he co-hosted a cold-weather clinic in Bend, Oregon, last month. Here are his five most important tips.
Embrace 3/4-Length Tights
“This is 2015. Time to embrace the manpris,” King says. A three-quarter-length tight regulates body temperature better than shorts on days that are just above freezing and offers a greater range of motion than full-length tights. King (who’s sponsored by Salomon) runs in the Endurance 3/4 Tight. “Salomon makes some really great winter running gear because of its heritage in the mountains,” he says.
Skip the Gore-Tex Shoes
“I tend to run in my normal running shoes through the winter,” King says. He lives in Bend, Oregon, where it’s cold and dry, rendering a Gore-Tex liner moot. He does suggest that runners buy a pair of wool running socks, like the Swiftwick Wool PURSUIT, which will move moisture off your feet when you sweat and still keep you warm if you get soaked.