Winter Workout Wear: Five Stylish Gear Upgrades

Look good while you keep fit this winter with stylish cold-weather workout gear

Credit: Nibz Bandanaz

Nibz Bandanaz founder Sara Niblock

Layer up and head out in this functional and fashionable winter workout gear

Need motivation to hit the slopes or run in the rain? The key to sticking to those winter workout resolutions is the right gear. Don’t be left out in the cold when it comes to fashionable winter workout wear.

Snowboard: The Wicking Bandana

Developed by riders for riders, the Whistler-based Nibz Bandanaz combines triple-layer construction with bright, bold prints. Founder Sara Niblock (who clocks 100+ days on the slopes every year) wanted a sleek and stylish replacement for the bulky neck tubes. Her teammates will attest: Nibz will keep you warm and looking good, no matter what Mother Nature hurls at you.

Left: POC Frontal helmet; Right: Giro Shiv (Images: POC; Giro)

Downhill Skiing: The Cool Kid Helmet

Helmets are mandatory these days, but that’s no reason to carve tracks in goober gear. New options like the Giro Shiv and the POC Frontal helmet are safe, pretty and possibly cooler than your hairdo.

Carmel vest by The North Face (Image: The North Face)

Cross Country Skiing: The Sleek, Down Vest

Classic XC skiing is all about the diagonal stride. While a bulky jacket may crimp your style, topping those woolly layers with a down vest will give you the arm freedom you need. The North Face carmel vest comes in fun prints and has all the cozy perks: 700 fill goose down with zipper and snaps.

Lululemon’s Apres Run Anorak (Image: Lululemon)

Running: The Attractive Lululemon Anorak

Of course Lululemon, the pioneer of workout chic, solved the perpetual rain running gear conundrum. Their bum-covering, body-skimming Apres Run Anorak has a water-repellent finish to keep water out and a moisture-wicking interior to keep you dry within. Add Sherpa-fleece hood trim and an iPod pocket with headphones cord exit and we’re pretty sure they thought of everything.

SealLine Urban Back Pack (Image: Mountain Equipment Coop)

Cycling: The Water-Proof Bicycle Bag

With daily downpours and puddles, it’s impossible to stay dry when cycling in winter. But you can make sure your work wear survives the commute. SealLine Urban Back Pack at Mountain Equipment Coop is 100% Vancouver-proof: the waterproof exterior with roll-top is easy to secure and the ergonomic straps keep your shoulders happy without bulking up your silhouette.