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Dec

1

2016

Time Tested: Arc’teryx Trino Jacket and Tights

Midweight layers that take the thinking out of cold weather running.

Arcteryx Trino Jacket

The Claim: Arc’teryx says this midweight top and bottom takes the thinking out of cold weather running. The fabric technology, Gore Windstopper, uses a light inner membrane designed to stay breathable while resisting windy, cool, and damp conditions.

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Field Test: Winter running in the mountains is gear intensive. Outer layers must be light, water resistant, and moisture-wicking; warm for the first mile, but breathable as you heat up. A mid-November storm made for ideal testing conditions. It was snowing with the temperature lingering in the 30s when I took off from the bottom of Vail Mountain. I ran intervals, so several minutes of uphill sprinting followed by a couple minutes rest. I heat up quickly, but I stayed dry and comfortable with a light, sweat-wicking layer under the jacket, and bare legs beneath the tights. Both top and bottom leave room for a layer, and the loose ankle on the tights fits over shoes. After intervals, I trotted back through fresh snow, now mostly packed down. I kept my car key securely in one of the two side hip pockets; an angled rear pocket kept my phone in place, attached to my headphones through a convenient media port. The details keep accessories within reach, but this kit stands out because of its truly moisture-and wind-resistant, lightweight, quick-drying fabric. The stretch makes it easy to move, and the jacket’s full front zip, with chin guard and wind flap, kept my cheeks, chin, and nose protected.

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Why It’s Timeless: Sweating hard in snow and freezing temps doesn’t work if you’re wet. This kit excels in temperature regulation for long or short winter endurance sessions. $225 (jacket) and $149 (pants); arcteryx.com   —Kim Fuller

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