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How to Layer for Fall Running

Autumn weather can be among the most unpredictable of the year, making smart layering choices essential for trail, mountain, or daily road runs. Watch Backcountry buyer Ashley Tucker explain the basic layering techniques and fabric types you’ll want to consider when choosing fall running apparel.


Video Transcription

The weather and the temperature this time of the year can be unpredictable. It can vary from your house to your favorite trail. Today, we’re going to talk about three tee layering that will help you regulate your temperature and also have you prepared for changes in weather.

Your first layer is a base layer. I would suggest staying away from cotton and moving more toward technical wool or a performance synthetic material. The benefit of choosing these materials is that they will keep you from getting chilled even when you’re sweating. A plus to using a merino wool or a technical wool is that it’s also soft and doesn’t absorb odor.

Your second layer or mid-layer is going to be your insulating tee. It’s going to be highly dependent on what temperature it is outside. If you run on a cool day, you don’t need that much coverage. You can go for a pair of running shorts or running skirt, and just some arm sleeves, and gloves. For the really cold day, go for a pair of running capris, running tights, a pullover, or a long sleeve zip shirt. The benefit of having a zip shirt or a pullover is they can easily be removed and then put in your hydration or running pack.

Your third layer, your outer layer can be a light windbreaker or rain shell. These will protect you from the elements. When you’re choosing your outer layer, choose something that will be easy to stow and that has breathable material. Next time you’re getting dressed for a fall run, remember the three key elements of layering; comfort, warmth, and protection from the weather.

If you have any questions about fall layering, please contact our Gearheads at Backcountry.com.