Every enthusiastic runner's wardrobe should have four different layers. Starting with the skin and training, you'll need base layers, t-shirts, mid-layers and jackets if you want to go through all the seasons. You can find the best base layers, T-shirts and jackets by clicking on these links – this page is dedicated to the powerful middle class.
This is the most adaptable top in your running arsenal. The mid layer can be worn over a T-shirt or base layer or as the only outer garment on the skin if you do not cool the temperature enough to double or warm enough to wear just a T-shirt. In the deepest winter months, the middle class goes through a base layer and under a jacket.
These different uses mean that the mid-layer must be breathable and sweat-resistant, while providing some protection from the outer elements. Here are some great tops that take off this fine line perfectly.
Gore R3 Windstopper Hoodie
We firmly believe neck coverage is vital when running in winter. So, if you do not have a wardrobe full of snoods like ours, your running shell needs to pick up the slack. This windproof, water repellent hoodie has a gorgeous high neckline and it's so warm you can only wear it with a T-shirt or underwear when it's below zero.
Buy from Millets | £ 170 (currently reduced to £ 119)
Under Armor ColdGear Half Zipper Reactor
This top can be worn on the skin or over a tight pad and is made of Under Armor's ColdGear material that keeps body temperature in the Goldilocks Zone so you are not too cold when you first run hot, when you're sweaty. The lowered hem provides some extra coverage when it is nippy, but has lateral cracks to keep you from moving.
Buy at Under Armor | £ 75
Kalenji Run Warm LS Running T-Shirt