Monday 11 December 2017

Week 6: Layering is key to weathering the elements on a run

Elverys Sports' 'Apparel for All Weather' guide is all you need to stay motivated no matter what the forecast is

Team VHI-Herald members Karla Bohan (left) and Helena Goos (right) with Elverys Power Team Leader Sabrina Carey (centre)
Team VHI-Herald members Karla Bohan (left) and Helena Goos (right) with Elverys Power Team Leader Sabrina Carey (centre)

Instead of fearing unpredictable Irish weather, Elverys Sports is instead preparing you for it. Days are getting longer and season change is imminent, so what should you be wearing while preparing for Vhi Women's Mini Marathon 2015?

As a basic rule, choose thinner synthetic materials such as polyester which regulate temperature by wicking sweat away from the skin.

Brrrrr...the best way to dress for cold weather is layering. Layers trap air around the body providing heat.

Sweat can move through the layers due to the technical features of the material. The moisture is wicked away from skin to outer layers, and then evaporates.

Don't forget to pay particular attention to the extremities - a hat for ears and head, gloves for hands and arm or leg warmers for extra protection. These can all be quickly and easily taken off during training and tucked into pockets if overheating.


Base layer is the layer closest to your skin and is designed to keep you dry and warm. This layer is commonly known as a second skin due to its recommended tight fit.


Insulating layer is the middle garment and is worn over the base layer. It serves to find the perfect balance between trapping air, releasing moisture and temperature regulation. Polyester t-shirts, long sleeve tops or light fleeces usually work well.


Outer layer is the protective shield against the elements - rain, wind, snow. Opt for lightweight, seamless tops and bottoms that minimise chafing and maximise wicking. For upper body choose a jacket and for lower body choose a fitted pair of tights under a wind or water repellent track pants or shorts.


Remember to choose functionality in breathability, performance, and fit. It is a good idea to wear a jacket with a zipper for this layer, so that you can regulate your temperature by zipping it up and down or take it off and tying it around your waist.

Generally materials which have water repellent properties will suffice if there are showers, light rain and you don't intend being exposed for too long.

Water should roll off the surface of these materials rather than penetrate, keeping your inner layers dry. Check if a garment has a light mesh liner which will help prevent the outer wet fabric from sticking to inner layers.


For warm and sunny weather reduce the number of layers you wear and opt for short sleeves and tanks on top and shorts or capris on bottom. Weather is no longer a problem, it's an excuse to update your wardrobe!

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