Winter workout gear

There are no excuses not to get out with this winter gear to keep you warm.

The weather outside may be frightful, but that’s no excuse to stay inside, watch TV, and snack all day. You need more exposure to the sun and fresh air on these short dark days. So layer up and get out for a run, a hike on any of the Island’s many trails, or enjoy an hour trekking along a desolate beach. Thanks to ever-emerging technology, warm wear doesn’t need to be heavy and movement impairing. And with all types of waterproof gear, you can easily brave the wettest, slushiest weather while staying dry and warm. A number of local stores specialize in serious cold weather gear to help get you out the door.


Boots: Bogs

This boot was originally designed for dairy farmers working on slippery cement surfaces. As well as the rubber outside, the boot (with easy pull-on handles) has waterproof Neo-Tech insulation for comfort in temps from -40 F. (Basics)

Socks: Wigwam heavyweight hiking socks

With a combination of merino wool (good at regulating body temperature) and silk (which has natural wicking properties) these socks will keep you warm and dry on the wettest Vineyard days. (Basics)

Pants: Under Armour fleece lined sweatpants

They may look like your average sweats, but these pants repel rain and snow and are lined with toasty “Storm Technology” fleece. They’re super comfortable too, so you can transition from kicking back on the couch watching football to shoveling the driveway without a uniform change. (Brickmans)

Top: Matix hoodie

Another refinement on basic sweats. This Matix hoodie generates lots of extra warmth — and style — from it’s puffy quilted design. (Boneyard)

Jacket: Marmot Guides down hoodie

For extreme temps, this puffy utilizes “Down Defender” technology, featuring 700 fill power down which is treated to be highly water resistant. A high fill index indicates warmth to weight ratio, meaning that a high fill garment can provide the same amount of insulation in a much lighter weight. (The maximum is about 800). The two-tone look of this surprisingly light weight jacket with neon details gives it great style, and it can be spotted easily in a blinding winter storm, or among the crowd at a tailgate party. (Brickmans)

Jacket: North Face Thermoball quilted jacket

For another lightweight cold weather option, try this Thermoball quilted jacket from North Face. Designed to imitate down, Thermoball garments are filled with low weight synthetic fiber clusters that retain heat even when wet, making it deceptively warm. (The Green Room)

Gloves: Patagonia Synch

Synch gloves from Patagonia are made from quick drying polyester fleece with added durability from reinforced palms and fingers. The touch pads mean you can text away without exposing your hands to the elements. (Boneyard)


Jacket: North Face Summit Series

This North Face Summit series jacket features streamlined quilted chambers with 800 fill water-resistant ProDown. While regular down will wet-out in six to seven minutes in wet conditions, ProDown retain its dryness and loft (fluffiness in laymen’s terms) for 100 minutes. Through rain or sleet or snow or hail, stay out on that wooded trail. (The Green Room)

Pants: Columbia Omni-Shield

Omni-Shield water repellant pants feature a coated water and stain barrier that makes them dry three to five times faster than non-treated fabric. The material also sheds moisture while allowing warm air to escape, so you’ll stay dry and comfortable. Go ahead and slide down that snowy slope on your butt, you know you want to. (Brickman’s)

Boots: Sorrel Joan of Arctic

The name is as cute as the boots themselves, but don’t be fooled. These babies are serious. Uppers are made of waterproof full-grain leather and suede. A removable recycled felt inner boot keeps your feet warm, dry, and comfortable even while leading a siege. (Basics)

Socks: Wigwam merino/silk blend

Breathable, soft, and durable, Wigwam makes affordable socks for serious outdoorsmen (and women). (Basics)