Brooks Running Gear Rundown & Giveaway

Brooks Running Gear Rundown For Fall & Winter

In the Dash 1/2 Zip & Streaker Capri at Runner’s World 5K

Now that the days are shorter, it’s time to bust out my all-weather running gear. I had a sneak peak at fall elements while running in Norway and Sweden in late August and early September, and winter running while shivering at the Runner’s World Half & Festival in October. Running in temps between 40 and 70 degrees— with varying degrees of sun, cloud, wind, and rain—reminded me that fall running can mean anything and everything.

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Streaker Capri & UpRise Bra carried me through Sweden (RunKarlaRun.com)

These Brooks Running pieces (all freebies) have become a go-to part of my wardrobe. They’ve traveled the world with me in the last few months. I brought them with me to the Turkish desert—where the days were hot and the nights were cold. They carried me through Sweden and Norway. And most recently, they kept me warm at the unseasonably cold Runner’s World Half & Festival. Why? They perform and wash well, and they’re crazy cute.

Here are my picks from top to bottom, and scroll all the way down for a chance to win some Brooks Running winter gear for yourself!

Brooks Dash 1/2 Zip

Brooks Dash 1/2 Zip

Dash 1/2 Zip, $75
Available in 5 colors

This is my new fave long sleeve. You’ve seen me wear it in Sweden, Norway, and Pennsylvania. Basically, I take it with me everywhere I go. Why? First, the zip has a really cute geographic pattern that gives any running outfit a pop. I even pair it with patterned tights.

Second, the thumbhole cuffs and sleeves are actually long enough for me. In long-sleeve tops and jackets, I usually need to size-up to get the arm length I need, but then the fit is often too boxy. This fits perfectly; no sizing-up needed.

Third, a small flap pocket in the back is big enough for a credit card. (The website says it’s a zip pocket; it’s not.)

Finally, it’s the perfect weight to cut the chill without making me hot—lightweight and soft. Honestly, there isn’t a thing I don’t love about this one.

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Brooks Running Gear Rundown For Fall & Winter

LSD Jacket

LSD Jacket, $98
Available in 5 colors

This is the windbreaker that has it all. Most notable? It packs into its own pocket with an elastic strap to slide onto your hand or arm while you’re not wearing it. Cue angels singing! In September, I ran the Fjord Norway Half Marathon–which crossed a series of windy bridges—in a different windbreaker. The windbreaker packed into a pocket but was missing a strap. Once through the worst of the wind, I ended up carrying the darn thing in my hand and kept thinking, “I really wish this had a strap.”

The LSD Jacket is also crazy light and has an adorable split side-hem that looks like overlapping flower petals, allowing for a free range of motion. Throw in front and back reflectivity, a zipper pull that locks headphone cords in place, and water-resistant fabric, and you’re ready for just about any element night or day.

My only complaint is that, unlike the Dash 1/2 Zip, the sleeves are a tad short for my long, monkey arms. In my perfect world, the LSD Jacket would also have longer sleeves with thumbholes. But when I pair the two, it isn’t a problem. Either way, I’ll be wearing this beauty for many a run to come.

Brooks Running Gear Rundown For Fall & Winter

Fly-By SS VNeck

Fly-By SS VNeck, $60
Available in 4 colors

I’m not a big running tee wearer. Nine times out of 10, I reach for a tank instead. But I appreciate that the Fly-By short sleeve is much more than a basic tee, with two different strategically placed performance fabrics.

The coolest feature is a fitted bottom band that keeps the tee in place when you run—no bouncing or wind blowing up your shirt. In the fall, that’s half the battle for me.

The cut is on the boxy side. So if you like a more fitted top, this might not be for you. But if you’re looking for something to split the difference between a tank and a long-sleeve, the Fly-By fits the bill.

Brooks Running Gear Rundown For Fall & Winter

Moving Comfort UpRise Crossback

Moving Comfort UpRise Crossback Sports Bra, $48
Available in 5 colors

Hello, gorgeous! Even though no one sees my sports bra but me most of the time, I still like something fun. “No thanks” to a basic black compression bra.

The Moving Comfort UpRise Crossback bra is comfortable and cute, with a sweetheart neckline, colorful print, open crossback, and soft, contoured cups. Most of my favorite bras are crossbacks with fixed-length straps. It’s a style that works really well for me.

But I know some women who swear by adjustable straps. If that’s you, know that these don’t adjust. Also, this particular style is made for A/B cups. If you’re a C or D, check out the Moving Comfort UpLift Crossback Sports Bra.

Sports bras often chafe me around the band. Not this beauty. I wear and wash and wear and wash again and again and again. It’s love.

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Brooks Running Gear Rundown For Fall & Winter

Streaker Capri

Streaker Capri, $85
Available in 3 colors

The Streak Capri fits like a soft, second skin that holds everything in the right place. And they’re crazy cute, too, with an ombre stripe pattern. They’re the first capris I reach for when they come out of the wash. You’ve seen me run in them in Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Pennsylvania… They’re all over my Instagram feed.

My only quibble is that the waistband is a tad big for me. I wish the waist was just a bit more snug. But it hasn’t stopped me from wearing them to death. Bonus: the waistband hides a back pocket.

The bottom line: these bottoms feel oh-so-good and look oh-so-good too.

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Ghost 8 GTX

GORE-TEX Ghost 8 GTX, $150

I got my first pair of GORE-TEX running shoes last year, when I ran the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon with Team GORE-TEX. I loved the race and the shoes so much I’m returning in 2015. Seriously, GORE-TEX running shoes are a stormy weather game changer. They’ve become my go-to winter and rainy day running shoes. Nothing is breaking through these babies.

Keeping my feet warm and dry is my #1 challenge with winter running. I’m one of those people who has cold feet in the summer. So wind and snow whipping through the mesh of my running shoes is killer. But the GORE-TEX liner built right into the shoe is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It also adds less than an ounce to the overall weight of the shoes—that’s about the weight of a hair tie, less than a gel pack or single sock.

Last year I trained and ran in a pair of Saucony GORE-TEX shoes, and at the Philly Expo, I stopped by the GORE-TEX booth to try some Brooks GORE-TEX shoes. They popped me in a pool of water, had me splash around, and sprayed my feet as if it were raining. My feet stayed perfectly dry.

Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014

Waterproof shoes! (RunKarlaRun.com)

This year, GORE-TEX let me choose among a few brands of shoes that use their liners. I picked the Brooks Ghost 8 GTX. I already owned a pair of regular Ghost 8 and love the ultra soft ride paired with a substantial feel. They’re especially cushiony in the the heel, while giving the feeling of full support. And the toe-box is plenty roomy, taking care of one of my common running shoe complaints.

Make no mistake, this is a stiff shoe. If you like a barely-there ride, these aren’t the kicks for you. I’d call this a neutral shoe that rides more like a stability trainer—in a good way. I feel plush cushioning throughout, noticeable with every step, and my foot feels wrapped in a protective cocoon. But they don’t feel heavy, coming in at 8.5 ounces with a 12mm heel to toe drop.

If you’re looking for a stable and well-cushioned all-weather shoe, the Ghost 8 GTX is well-worth a try.

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Brooks Running Gear Rundown For Fall & Winter

Ghost 8

Ghost 8, $120-$130
Available in 6 colors

Don’t need the GORE-TEX liner? Get the same ride in the regular Ghost 8. I own them in the Aurora colorway, but they’re available in six other styles. These are the third Brooks Running shoe I’ve tried and the first I’ve loved. (I’ve also given the Ravenna and Adrenaline GTS a go, but those are stability shoes and I’m more of a neutral shoe lover.)

I’ve recently been suffering from plantar fasciitis in the same foot I had a stress fracture 7 months ago. Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. My podiatrist, who is a runner, had me bring in the running shoes I’ve been wearing lately (all six pairs of them) to see how they fit and support my feet. He gave the Brooks Ghost 8 a thumbs up for my foot. So I’ll be sticking with them for a while longer. He also suggested the Glycerin 13 as a good Brooks alternative.

It’s no wonder the Ghost 8 was a Runner’s World Editor’s Choice, scoring “one of the highest ratings we’ve seen” among wear-testers. I love the ultra soft ride paired with a substantial feel. They’re especially cushioned in the the heel, while giving the feeling of full support. And the toe-box is plenty roomy, taking care of one of my common running shoe complaints.

Make no mistake, this is a stiff shoe. If you like a barely-there ride, these aren’t the kicks for you. I’d call this a neutral shoe that rides more like a stability trainer—in a good way. I feel plush cushioning throughout, noticeable with every step, and my foot feels wrapped in a protective cocoon. But they don’t feel too heavy, coming in at 8.5 ounces for the women’s version with a 12mm heel to toe drop.

If you’re looking for a stable and well-cushioned shoe, the Ghost 8 is well-worth a try.

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In honor of conquering the elements, I’m giving away a Brooks Running Bolt Reflective Bracelet ($20 value, one size fits all) and Brooks Running Joyride Mittens ($35 value, size Small in dark heather gray) to one winner. Enter on Instagram through 11/08/15 at 5 p.m. ET!

Update: The Giveaway is now closed and we have a winner on Instagram!

Brooks Running Gear For Fall & Winter

Joyride Mitten & Bolt Reflective Bracelet

As mentioned above, Brooks and GORE-TEX gifted me with all of these items. As always, all opinions are purely my own. Seriously. For more information, read my disclosure policy.

Karla Bruning

About 

Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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  1. 1

    I love the Brooks line and have been wearing the Ravenna shoes for the past 4 plus years. My sister actually treated me to the Dash 1/2 zip in silver and it is a beautiful top. Some of my running clothing also makes an appearance on the golf course at times and the Brooks 1/4 zip tops always look appropriate. I won’t enter your giveaway since I would prefer someone that someone else wins! By the way, this was a great review of all the products!
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  2. 3

    The jacket is gorgeous!
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  3. 5

    LOVE the colors of that jacket and capri pants!!! And shoes, and yeah, everything :)
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