Be comfortable for your winter workouts by layering essential pieces from CheckGear , a new Chicago based athletic apparel company. The running tights will be a perfect weight for spring weather runs but now serve as a great base layer winter activities such as paddle and cross country skiing. Or, wear them under a tunic with boots to your meetings and then right to the gym – change your shoes and you are ready to workout.
Synthetic materials make great base layers because of the good wicking and quick-drying qualities. In cold weather, your base layer should be snug, because if it’s not touching your skin, it can’t wick sweat. That means your sweat sits on your skin until it evaporates, which leaves you shivering.
Make It Better co-founder, Mindy Fauntleroy wears the CheckGear  capris under her ski pants for downhill skiing. “They are a perfect base and don’t come down far enough to interfere with my ski socks.”
The 1/2 zip long-sleeve tops are a great layer all winter and you’ll appreciate the thumb holes. We don’t let the winter weather keep us inside. So it is important to layer up so you can enjoy all the great outdoor winter activities available. “My whole attitude about Chicago winters changed when I started playing paddle and cross country skiing,” says CheckGear  President Mary Carter, “there are so many fun ways to exercise outside even in frigid temperatures, you just have to dress for it.”