Own The Elements: 10 Winter Essentials
Winter's coming… but don’t let that slow you down. Combat the cold, conquer the conditions, and own the elements with Pro:Direct Soccer. There are two types of player when the night's draw in and the temperatures drop – those who find excuses and take shelter, and those who equip themselves with right gear and the right mentality. While your opponents stand still, you embrace the rain, reap the gains, and overtake those who stand still.
Here we’ve picked out 10 of the very best training essentials to help you power through the cold and dark nights of autumn and winter to come out of the other side with more points, more goals and more chance of lifting silverware when the sun comes back out.
Snoods & Hats
Would it be dramatic to say we naked without wearing a snood to training? This is the modern game, fine lines make all the difference. Alright, you might look hard wearing nothing but shorts and t-shirts in the middle of December, but if the muscles are cold you ain't getting to that ball first. Nike, adidas and PUMA snoods are all in stock with prices starting at a tenner. Shop all Snoods here.
Gone are the days of bulky, wooly gloves on pitch. Save those for walking the dog. What we’ve got now are ultra-streamline outfield player gloves that are insulated, have grip and keep your hands warm enough to take a throw-in. See them as an extension of your base-layer. Prices start from £12 and you can take your pick from club branded to reflective to Hyperwarm. Shop all Gloves here.
Running ShoesWhen it comes to the comfort and stability of running shoes, you need the best. Look after your legs if you’re road running. You want to stay fit for football, not injure yourself. Sort yourself out with the latest styles and it might even give you the motivation to use them more often. Shop all Running Shoes here.
It wouldn't be winter football without the hi-vis ball coming out. As Europe's top leagues switch to the hi-vis ball you can too with a huge selection of footballs across all price points and sizes. From the exact ball used in the Premier League, to a wide selection of affordable training balls. Shop all footballs here.
No brainer this one. Absolute essential. Baselayers come in a range of options, including long sleeve, short sleeve, vests, shorts and leggings and even the choice of tighter or looser fitting style. Prices start from £15, and when the temperatures drop it'll be the best £15 you've spent on your football wardrobe. Shop all Baselayers here.
Once you’ve worn leggings to training you can never go back. Obviously wear football shorts over the top of them, you’re not your Uncle Alan running a charity 5km. Keep the cold off and your run becomes enjoyable, not a 30 minute torture session of freezing wind chills. Shop all Leggings here.
Coats, Jackets & Drill TopsFor training on pitch, running on the roads or sitting on the bench. We've got you and your club covered. Pro:Direct Soccer is the home of choice so flick through all brands and check out the latest winter styles for 2021. Shop all Coats & Jackets here.
Anti-Clog Football Boots
With autumn and summer comes rain, frost, snow and heavy pitches. You don’t want to be picking mud out of your soleplates, especially if you’re wearing gloves. Nike’s Anti-Clog technology stops mud sticking to the soles of your boots when the soleplate is wet. Clever that, init? Prices start from £50. Done. Shop all Anti-Clog Boots here.
Come on, as if we were gonna neglect the GK Union. With heavy rain and boggy pitches comes the risk of slippy hands. Make sure you're grip is on point with our huge selection of gloves designed specifically for winter football. Less water retention, added grip and clean sheets on tap. Shop all Goalkeeper Gloves here.
If the postponements are coming on thick and fast you'll wanna get out and do your own thing so you don't fall behind. While road running keeps you ticking over, you can't beat getting your boots on and getting on the grass for some more football-specific training. Hook yourself up with everything from speed ladders, to cones to mini-goals to make your sessions more enjoyable. Shop all Agility Accessories here.
Layer up and own the elements this winter at Pro:Direct Soccer. Shop all winter essentials here.