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New versions of cold-weather staples
0-45 degrees Fahrenheit
$38 to $308
Last winter was quite mild here in the Mid-Atlantic. So mild, it didn’t snow once here in Baltimore– a record.
Which means that this winter will probably see-saw itself into a frozen tundra come January. Of course, January is the month of goals, some that will stay on track (no pun intended), most of which will derail into a deep canyon, never to be seen again. For some, the goal of running every day for a year may be a reality. And so, Tracksmith is back with its rite of winter, the No Days Off collection — NDO from here on out.
As always, the Tracksmith NDO collection includes some full-coverage silhouettes, as well as plenty of layers for the extra-cold days. We’ve picked out a few of the pieces we’ve run in, and some others that can become bonafide staples of your winter getup. Just keep in mind that if you fall into a snowbank in the Ivory colorways, you just might disappear — just kidding, well, mostly.
Anyway, enough rambling about Tracksmith and its winter gear, let’s take a quick look at our favorite pieces from the 2024 NDO collection.
THOMAS: This is a genius piece of gear. This one James Bond villain-style Mockneck covers three pieces of gear. It has a built-in neck gaiter, a long sleeve winter weight shirt, and a wind-blocking vest, all elegantly meshed together. When it comes to winter running, this piece can handle all the odd jobs. Paired with the NDO Tights, Tracksmith has your Thunderballs covered.
The gear is good-looking, so you won’t want to keep it for your eyes only. I’m sorry. I just feel like I look like a Bond villain in the NDO Wind-Block Mockneck, so I went with it. BTW — Looking like a Bond villain is a good thing.
PRICE: $168Shop The Gear - Men Shop The Gear - Women
If you know us, you know we’re suckers for a good pair of tights. Seriously, we have some pairs of the Tracksmith Turnover that have seen more than their share of orbits around the sun. Granted, the NDO Tights aren’t exactly the same, but you won’t find us nit-picking over the changes. In fact, the double-layered design might be the best that Tracksmith has to offer.
Tracksmith says that the design itself is inspired by the snug comfort of a wetsuit, and we’re inclined to believe them. The envelope pockets on the back make it easy to carry all your goods without removing your mittens, and there’s even a zipper pocket for a phone. You’ll notice the large reflective sash immediately, and there are matching hits on the back to ensure that you’re completely visible from all angles. Like the rest of the Tracksmith NDO collection, the Tights come in either Ivory or black.
Just be prepared to wash the Ivory pair extra thoroughly on slushy days.
PRICE: $198Shop The Gear - Men Shop The Gear - Women
If you know us, you know our love for the Brighton Base layer never wanes. But what if you took that formula and turned it into a hoodie? One that has more merino wool and a much higher warmth rating (245 gsm vs. 145 gsm)? Well, you’d have the Downeaster. With finishing touches like elastic bindings on the cuffs and a snorkel style hood, this thing keeps out the cold while regulating your body temperature to where it needs to be. And now it comes in a new color, coffee heather.
PRICE: $188Shop The Hoodie - Men Shop The Hoodie - Women
BRANDON: I’ve wanted the Tracksmith NDO Jacket for a long time, but I could never justify pulling the trigger at a cool $308. Now, I have it. Honestly, the Ivory colorway is extremely clean and offers a nice kick of style for occasions beyond just running.
However, I almost immediately realized that the NDO Jacket isn’t actually all that warm. Yes, it’s part of the NDO collection, and sure, it’s great against wind, snow, and rain, but not the cold. If you decide to pick it up, just know that you’ll probably have to add some layers. On the bright side, the elastic cuffs around the wrists were a pleasant surprise and something that helped the warmth and heat trapped in the jacket. There are also some merino elements around the collar to trap a little warmth back in.
If you run with your phone or keys like me, you’re probably wondering whether there are enough pockets and storage solutions for your next run. Thankfully, yes. The two side zip pockets are big enough to carry gloves, some nutrition, and whatever other light items you may need. The NDO jacket finalizes its packing system with an internal cell phone pocket so you can listen to your music or stay connected while out on the run.
As we’ve seen in most of the other Tracksmith NDO products, the jacket is decked with 3M reflective elements. The most noticeable one is the reflective sash that runs across the bottom half of the jacket and illuminates bright enough to keep you visible to cars or trucks on the road. I think this is a great running jacket for most weather conditions. Not only is it functional, but it’s stylish and looks great, too, even if the ivory colorway makes you look like part of the Italian mafia.
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ROBBE: Without a doubt, this is the warmest beanie we’ve ever owned, probably due to the fact that its made from 100% lambswool merino. In fact, it’s usually too warm for anything over 30F degrees– and we’re talking about just for walking. For running, it’s perfect for those bitter winter runs under 10F. That’s how warm this beanie is. Winter caps come and go, but I’m hoping this one stays by my side forever.
PRICE: $42Shop The Beanie
Maybe you’re trying to relive your grunge era, or maybe you’re just a runner who wants a soft and sturdy merino layer to keep you warm in the winter. Either way, the Fells Waffle will suit you well. Made with 56% merino wool and coming in at a 265 gsm weight, it regulates temperature and can go multiple uses without taking on odor. While it’s not technically a base layer like the Brighton, it works well on its own or as an interior layer on colder days.
PRICE: $128Shop The Gear - Men Shop The Gear - Women
We’ve been rocking the Tracksmith mittens for years and the Fens Mitten takes it to a whole new level, making it the perfect winter companion. With a cozy fleece interior and a textured fleece exterior, these mittens will keep your fingers close together for maximum warmth. Bonus points for the magnetic cuffs, because we all know we don’t need another mismatched glove in our winter running drawer.
PRICE: $38Shop The Gear - Men
As the founder of Believe in the Run, Thomas’s goal is to help runners pick the shoes and gear that will make their running experience the best that it can be.More from Thomas
Robbe is the senior editor of Believe in the Run. He loves going on weird routes through Baltimore, finding trash on the ground, and running with the Faster Bastards. At home in the city, but country at heart. Loves his two boys more than anything. Has the weakest ankles in the game.More from Robbe