Winter outdoor training kit

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1) Columbia Omni-Heat base layer
This base layer's effectiveness is enhanced by a shiny material called Omni-Heat that prevents the loss of body heat by reflecting it back at your skin. Columbia claims this makes it 20% warmer than other base layers. We can’t really determine how accurate that claim is but we’ve worn it for running and free-weight workouts and it certainly does its job well. You might expect the reflective material to feel strange against skin, but it’s comfortable, breathable and even wicks away sweat.

2) SealSkinz Hi Vis beanie
Though any thick beanie will keep your head warm, this one from SealSkinz has the added bonus of being totally waterproof. It’s comfy to boot, thanks to the soft fleece lining and smart material outer that repels water while still being breathable. And because it’s eye-bleedingly high-vis, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will definitely spot you on dark evenings.

3) Nike Element Shield Max jacket
This lightweight jacket is designed for running but it’s perfect for any outdoor training. The lining is made from a breathable material that creates an internal airflow to keep you from overheating on milder days. The outer material actively repels water, encouraging rain to bounce off on impact or form into droplets and roll off the surface, and it looks great due to a fitted cut and strategically placed reflective visibility strips.


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Max Anderton

Max was the head of digital content for Men's Fitness which worked alongside Coach between 2015 and 2019.