I realized about half-way through my run that I looked like a total shill for Salomon, since I was wearing Salomon pants, jacket, hat/toque, and running pack. In fact, if it weren’t for the shoes—I wear Saucony these days— and gloves, I might as well have stepped right out of a catalog.
But the gear worked out exactly as I’d hoped: I didn’t get too cold, nor did I feel like I was carrying around extra bulk. The only downside to the weather and gear combo is that the water froze in my hydration pack a few times. Whenever I went longer than four or five minutes between drinks, the mouthpiece would start to ice up. Oh well. Such is winter in New England.