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Sunny California winter skies are often deceiving. An extra layer to two usually does the trick to keep you warm during the cool winter months in Orange County, but not always. When planning your outdoor workout, think about how to keep muscles warm, what gear you might need during El Nino and how what you wear will work for your body. Whether you are walking, running, skiing or hiking, you want the best gear from the best fitness apparel and equipment stores in the OC.
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Orange County Sports Equipment
1016 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 633 1976

If you are a fitness fanatic up for the challenge, a workout in the snow will no doubt test your aptitude. Orange County Sports Equipment is the right store for winter sporting gear. While the inventory covers all sports, hobbies and seasons, OCSE’s snow sports merchandise is one of the best selections in the OC. Shoppers will find skis, snowboards, boots for skiing, boarding and hiking, bindings, helmets and snow pants and jackets (Volcom). Ice hockey equipment and gear is also sold here including skates, sticks, pads, gloves and shin guards, pants, jerseys and helmets. OCSE is known for offering both new and used sports equipment with affordable price tags. Customers interested in reselling can participate in the store’s consignment program.

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(credit: A Snail’s Pace Running Shop)

A Snail’s Pace
1040 E Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 529-6313

A Snail’s Pace is a specialty store for runners (walkers welcome, too). With chilly outdoor temps in Southern California these days, the Snail’s Pace staff is super helpful to shoppers seeking appropriate athletic apparel. To help keep runners warm but not overheated, A Snail’s Pace has thin lightweight gloves, fuzzy fashionable jackets from ASICS, New Balance performance tights, Feetures! low crew or knee socks, Nathan Sports reflective vests and handheld Zephyr lights for a post sundown run. Performance driven sneaker brands such as Mizuno, Brooks and Saucony are custom fitted by trained and educated staff members. Also be sure to check out the store’s running academy, which gets runners of all levels ready for upcoming races or marathons.

Lululemon Athletica
Fashion Island
203 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644-9642

Lululemon has made a big name for themselves over the past several years. With quality garments that stand up against the elements and look good, it’s no wonder why this chain has become a hit among workout aficionados and those who are just beginners. Lululemon offers everything from hoodies and jackets, and insulated shorts and pants for men to all types of outerwear, jackets, hoodies, sweaters, wraps and more for women. It’s easily one of the first stops you should make if you’re looking for winter workout gear.

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Fashion Island
401 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 721-2000

2XU is a fitness apparel company based in Melbourne, Australia giving a range of athletes just the right technical clothing for various sports and weather conditions. Located in Fashion Island, 2XU offers exceptional selections of outdoor running tights and tops, made from a compression fabric with an inner fleece layer for warmth as well as comfort. The fabric technology not only warms muscles but allows for unrestricted movement during all sorts of winter activities. 2XU gear is worn by professional athletes such as trail runner Eric Stanley, pro skier Ted Ligety and triathlete Caroline Gregory.

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Finish Line
The Outlets at Orange
20 City Blvd. W
Orange, CA 92868
(714) 602-4261

Offering a wide range of athletic footwear and apparel, Finish Line welcomes fitness buffs to come in for quality gear that will get them through the winter months in Orange County. For men, women and children, apparel choices such as half-zip long sleeve running shirts from Nike Pro and Nike Dri FIT, running tights by The North Face and Nike Pro Hyperwarm Mezzo tights work in chilly temps. Finish Line also has a great selection of Nike and Oakley branded sunglasses — chilly days doesn’t preclude sun protection.

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Sheryl Craig is a writer with a passion for interesting finds and treasures in Los Angeles. She has a background in journalism and public relations. A mother of two daughters, Sheryl integrates her healthy lifestyle into raising her children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.