Autumn running kit must-haves to stay warm and dry

Autumn running kit must-haves to stay warm and dry

The weather is changing, so your kit needs to change too.

It’s goodbye to hot and humid Summer running and hello to cooler, wetter weather for your running sessions. Make sure you switch up your running kit to keep you warm, dry, and visible as the clocks change.

Windproof outer layer

Your Autumn running kit needs to include a windproof jacket or a gilet with removable sleeves. This lightweight outer layer needs to withstand showers, mist, and wind (you may need a second, heftier waterproof for downpours). Your go-to daily Autumn running jacket will keep you dry and comfortable without overheating.

Long sleeved top

A long sleeved base layer is essential for Autumn. Make sure it’s moisture-wicking and breathable to keep you the perfect temperature at this changeable time of year.


Leggings are the perfect layer to see you through the transition from Summer shorts to thick Winter tights. It’s worth investing in a decent pair that you could use for other workouts and gym visits too. Look for a pair that has a big enough pocket for your keys and phone. Bonus points if the leggings have a flash of reflective material!

Hat, gloves, socks

Keep your extremities warm and cosy with a running hat or headband, lightweight gloves, and a good pair of socks. Choose a pair of gloves that keep your hands warm but not sweaty, and allow you to use your phone’s touchscreen if that’s what you need. Depending on the weather where you live, you might also like to add a snood, buff, or arm warmers to your “bits and bobs” kit collection. Make these pieces of kit work even harder for you by choosing items that are brightly coloured or have areas of reflective material.

Running gadgets for Autumn

The most important running gadget you could buy at this time of year is a running light or torch. Choose from a headtorch or cross-body chest light. You can get some great running lights that have a red light on your back and a choice of white lights on your front. Great for lighting up darker routes and for making you visible to other road users.

Your Autumn running kit checklist:

– does it keep me warm without overheating?

– will it keep me dry in a rain shower?

– will my extremities be warm and dry?

– are my hands, feet, and head catered for?

– will this bit of kit help me be seen?

– will it dry quickly after a wash?


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