Run Oregon: Keeping warm From head to toe with HeadSweats and Feetures!

I have a hard time in the cold. It’s one thing when your fingers go numb, but quite another when you no longer have feeling in your toes. It makes it hard to balance and definitely a challenge to run. I’ve loved the Feetures! Elite Merino + Ultra Light No Show Tab Socks this winter and we’ve had a doozy of a winter in the Pacific Northwest. First of all, they fit perfectly. They are snug, but not too tight and don’t slide around in your shoes. The material is soft and cozy, not a scratchy wool blend.  The length is absolutely perfect for me with a tab just above the heel so they stay put. These have kept my feet warm on runs and I’m even reaching for them to wear with my slippers around the house.

While my feet might stay warm with my socks, my Headsweats Trucker Hat is more of a fashion statement, for lack of a better phrase. It’s super lightweight and would be perfect for a weekend camping trip, a day at the beach, a long run or some Sasquatch hunting. I don’t believe in Bigfoot, but I’m a big believer in Headsweat products. Their hats are adjustable, fit perfectly and stand up to some abuse. Mine has been tossed in and out of my gym bag more times than I can count and it still looks brand new. It comes in several color schemes, from plain to pretty in pink. I will note, that if you’re an introvert, this might not be the hat for you. Everywhere I go with mine I have people asking where I got it or telling me their Bigfoot adventures, which I love, but not everyone is into talking to strangers.  Life’s short. You should wear quality socks and fun pieces and these products were just that.


Elite Merino+ Cushion Crew

I’ve always been a fan of Feetures! running socks. While I usually wear no-show socks, I gave the Elite Merino+ Cushion Crew socks a try. Made with Merino wool, these socks wick away moisture to keep your feet dry and if you are out in wet weather, they will keep your feet warm – even when wet! These socks are thick and well-cushioned. While, they were too thick for me to run in, I have been wearing them with my boots on these cold winter days we’ve been having. They are warm, fit snugly (no twisting around in your boots,) and there are no annoying seams to deal with. I would definitely recommend the Elite Merino+ socks for cold weather activities. Personally, I prefer shorter socks, so the good news is that Feetures! also has the Elite Merino+ socks in no-show and quarter length options.


As Annette mentioned above, Feetures! running rocks are very effective at keeping the toes dry and warm which is pretty vital in this weather.  I tried the Elite Light Cushion Mini Crew socks and loved them.  My favorite piece of winter gear, however, is hands down is my beanie from Headsweats.  I received the Pom Pom Beanie- Blue Pines Bigfoot but you really have got to take a peak at the entire Bigfoot (and Yeti) collection and see the adventurous graphics available on many types of hats and visors.  Made with Eventure acrylic knit and easily machine washable, the beanie is incredibly warm on these (uncharacteristically) cold days we are experiencing.  I wear it everywhere and whether tromping through the isles of the grocery (to stock up before the next ice storm) or heading out to the gym for my fair-weather running, I am greeted with smiles and compliments on this stylish and cozy cap.  I’m hoping to add a bigfoot visor and trucker hat (Abominable Borealis) to my collection!   I had high expectations for the beanie based on the quality and comfort I have experienced with my running visor and hats that I already own.  As with all of their previous products that I have purchased and use, Headsweats did not disappoint with the beanie.



About Annette Vaughan (493 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner and personal trainer in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is a certified personal trainer, who believes in promoting movement since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.
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