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Extreme winter protection

January 21, 2013|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz | RedEye

Do you have what it takes to handle outdoor sports during winter? RedEye breaks down what you'll need from head to feat.

Wanganui Fleece Hat

$16, brooksrunning.com

This fleece-lined beanie has some retroreflectivity for nighttime use.

Drylete Neck Warmer

$18, saucony.com

Users can breathe through a mesh patch in this moisture-wicking neck warmer, which can be adjusted so only eyes are exposed.

Craft Active Crew Neck LS Base Layer

$26.39, probikekit.com

This polyester layer, which wicks moisture, expels heat from the body and "creates an ideal microclimate for endurance in fair and cold conditions," according to the product site.

Men's Nike Element Thermal Full Zip

$64.99, dickssportinggoods.com

Part polyester, part spandex, this top layer wicks moisture

Nike Elite Storm-Fit Tech Gloves

$35, store.nike.com

These polyester gloves for women have an adjustable cuff to keep out the weather and space for a house/car key. The gloves are supposed to be touch-screen compatible to allow users to work their mp3 players.

Crush Bottle Carrier by Fuel Belt

$30, athleta.gap.com

The Chicago Park District shuts off most of the water fountains along the Lakefront Trail before November, so long-distance runners should consider bringing along their own hydration.

Camelbak Zoid

$65, shop.camelbak.com

For a more advanced hydration system, Camelbak sells a backpack that has an insulated hydration tube and room for a snack, phone, wallet and keys.

Coldgear Compression Leggings

$49.99, underarmour.com

Described as a "second skin," these leggings have a knit inner layer that traps heat and an outer layer that protects against the weather.

XJ Running Socks

$14.99, thorlo.com

These thick-cushioned socks, which wick away moisture, are marketed for all terrains.

Yaktrax Run Winter Traction Devices

$39.95, REI.com

Straps that wrap around the shoes allow runners to tackle winter ice and snow.

tswartz@tribune.com

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