The women's workout essentials of 2016.
The women's workout essentials of 2016. (Inga Hendrickson)

The Best Women’s Winter Workout Gear of 2016

Look good while you train


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Sure, we want workout wear that moves and breathes well. But it should also look good, feel even better, and transition smoothly from the gym to the office. The following nine pieces check all those boxes.  

(The North Face)

The North Face Dyvinity jacket 

Finding the perfect winter training layer is tough: too heavy and you’ll overheat, too light and you’ll freeze. The Dyvinity nails the middle ground. Soft-shell material in the body and hood blocks wind, while knit fabric in the sleeves and along the sides allows for mobility. 

Price $160

Terramar ATP Crew Hiker socks 

Mesh vent panels and Terramar’s polyester-Lycra-blend fabric let us run in these socks in temperatures from about 10 to above 50 degrees. 

Price $17 for two pairs
(Outdoor Voices)

Outdoor Voices Catch-Me-If-You-Can hoodie

This poly-spandex throw-on may be the most comfortable item in our closet. We put it on for morning runs and gym sessions, and then, because it’s so soft and the yoga-studio-cool styling let us get away with it, wore it to the office. 

Price $85
(Black Diamond)

Black Diamond Wingate tank 

The ribbed body looks a bit like your old-school gym uniform, but the flat-seam construction and nylon fabric make it a true high-performance piece

Price $49

Vimmia X Excellence leggings 

Vimmia’s latest offering may be the best pair of leggings we’ve ever tested. Though the styling is nice, it’s the temperature-regulating compression-weave yarn and four-way stretch that have us reaching for them constantly. 

Price $168

Skida Nordic headband

Skida hand-makes all its headgear in Vermont, and though it targets nordic skiers, the bright poly-blend fabric is great for just about any cold-weather activity. The wide band fits comfortably under a helmet and keeps ears warm while also blocking sweat drip. 

Price $16
(Craft Sports)

Craft Hybrid Weather gloves 

Gloves or mittens—why choose? Craft incorporated both into these wind- and waterproof hand protectors. Flip the mitten cover up when the weather turns sour or tuck it inside as the day warms up. 

Price $35
(Dahlgren Footwear)

Dahlgren Twinkle Toes socks 

These knee-high, moisture-wicking, alpaca wool socks are overkill for running. But if you’re ski touring or ice skating (hey, it’s fun!), they’re just about perfect, with absolutely zero itch. 

Price $25
(Crane and Lion)

Crane and Lion Keyhole sports bra 

Supportive yet stylish: that’s really all we ask of a sports bra, and the nylon-spandex Keyhole delivers. The back cutout also allows for better airflow. 

Price $60
From Winter 2016 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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