Cold-Weather Gear to Put on Your Holiday Wish List

Thank you to Nike for collaborating on this post about cold-weather gear. All opinions are my own.

Collage of three joggers outfits

Spanish novelist Miguel de Unamuno once said that man dies of coldness, not of darkness. This time of year, those words speak to me more in the literal sense than the figurative one. In the past week, temperatures in St. Louis have dipped as low as 29 — and for this SoCal native, anything below 55 is pretty uncomfortable.

When Life Takes You Outside

I’m not the type of girl who can bundle up and/or stay inside until April. I’m a runner who gets bored on the treadmill and an equestrian who’s pretty much addicted to riding. So while I love the creativity of layering up with scarves and puffers and beanies, that strategy fails me sometimes. Running all bundled up is miserable. And, my horse would likely unsaddle me if I hopped on wearing a knee-length puffer.

Warped wall obstacle course

I’m not the sit-at-home type! This is my husband and me after we conquered the warped wall in a mud run last summer.


Horse riding

Me on my horse. It’s an indoor arena, but it still gets cold!

So, when I recently had the opportunity to try out Nike tech fleece and cold weather gear, I jumped at it. I’ve been a stable Nike wearer over the years — my Frees have many, many walking miles on them, and I have two Nike sweatshirts I’d classify as old favorites. Plus a few running tops and sports bras I’ve picked up over the years. But the truth is, I don’t buy Nike gear on the regular because it feels a little splurgy.

Wishing for Warmth

That’s where my holiday wish list comes in — it’s a running list of spendy wardrobe upgrades, and I turn to it when a random gift card or cash gift comes my way. High-quality cold-weather gear has a permanent spot on that wish list. And now that I’ve added a few new Nike pieces to my collection, I’ll just say it: if you love being active and hate being cold, you might put Nike gear on your holiday wish list too.

Cold-Weather Gear Picks

Joggers for Any Occasion

What’s not to love about a pair of sweatpants you can wear with heels? Seriously, joggers are the all-purpose pant. Of course I wear them as casual athleisure, but they also work for dressier occasions too.

I’m always looking for pieces to rep with my Battlegrounds at Cedar Lake t-shirt — I crawled through mud for that shirt — and of course, these joggers are just right.

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