Jackets for autumn trails

As the temperatures drop, these long-sleeved tops will keep you protected from the elements

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Dare2b Complete II Jacket

Dare 2B Complete II Jacket

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Featuring a breathability rating of 20,000/m2/24hrs, this is a go-to type of jacket. Quite light, but not excessively so, itu2019s happy on slow, longer outings when speed is less of the essence. The taped seams and wired, adjustable hood keep you protected from the elements, while thereu2019s all the technical and storage features youu2019d expect. Weight: 350g Verdict: A versatile, middle-of-the-road offering. 8/10

Arcu2019Teryx Norvan LT Hoody

Arcu2019Teryx Norvan LT  Hoody

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This light jacket is packed with technical features including Gore-Tex which means, despite its competitive weight, itu2019s happy to handle nasty weather. Highly breathable, the fit allows for freedom of movement at pace, while the fitted hood provides additional coverage. Thereu2019s ample storage for runners moving at speed. Weight: 190g Verdict: For grim, wet weather mountain races. 9/10

Evadict Windproof Jacket

Evadict Windproof  Jacket

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Itu2019s difficult to argue with the price on this one, which given the tech and fit is very impressive. Donu2019t venture out in a monsoon, but for the autumn this will be the piece of kit youu2019ll favour. Super-light at just 120g, itu2019s all about wind and shower running at pace. It packs down into nothing, so is also great for your pocket or kitbag. Weight: 120g Verdict: Light, made for the autumn. 8/10

Salomon Bonatti 2.5L

Salomon Bonatti 2.5L

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Advancedskin DRY 10k/10k technology provides extreme weather protection on the outside, while on the inside you feel dry and warm thanks to the air flow. This lightweight jacket easily packs down so its small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Thereu2019s a full zip for complete temperature control. Weight: 200g Verdict: Competitive in every sense, from price to performance. 8/10

Black Diamond Deploy Wind Shell

Black Diamond Deploy Wind Shell

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Itu2019s difficult to ignore this jacket, in that it appears to weigh nothing and be constructed of not much more than the flimsiest piece of see-through film! It features an exclusive Japanese 5 Denier fabric and is an amazingly light piece of kit you can put in your pack for emergencies as it stows into stuff pocket in the collar. Weight: 48g Verdict: So light you need to make a note to remind you it's there. 7/10

Keela Condor Jacket

Keela Condor Jacket

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Yes, this is a jacket with all the usual bells and whistles. We like the storage u2013 two hip pockets, a back pocket/stuff pocket; we love the reflective trim, and the scooped back really does work to keep everything dry. But what we really, really like is that it converts into a gilet thanks to an easily removable one-piece arm panel. Weight: 308g Verdict: A decent versatile addition to your wardrobe. 7/10

Inov-8 UltraShell

Inov-8 UltraShell

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One of only two jackets in this test to come in under 100g, the Ultrashell is also brilliantly packable. The 2.5-layer fabric has taped seams, and is waterproof and breathable, while the central zip opens at both ends, so you can port cooling air in if you need it. Its see-through construction allows your race number to remain visible. Weight: 97g Verdict: Lightweight, packable, effective and race-ready. 8/10

Soar Ultra Jacket 3.0

Soar Ultra Jacket 3.0

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A classy item of running attire made from Italian stretch fabric with a DWR application to both the yarn and the fabric. There's no chance of boiling in the bag whilst wearing this jacket. It scores highly for its form-fitting cut and ease of movement, too, as well as a drawstring waist to keep out chills and a decent-sized rear pocket. Weight: 144g Verdict: Weatherproof and comfortable companion. 8/10

Showerspass Cloudburst jacket

Showerspass  Cloudburst jacket

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This jacket features an impressive 10.2K waterproof rating and industry-leading 43K MVTR (Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate) for maximum breathability. Basically, itu2019s ready for some serious action! It also includes all the reflection and storage youu2019ll need. Think of it as a daily jacket that is ready for mid-hill action. Great fit! Weight: 277g Verdict: Loves an early winter run in damp and cool climes. 8/10

Dynafit Traverse DST Jacket

Dynafit Traverse DST  Jacket

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This is a softer fit jacket but nonetheless itu2019s wind and water repellent. Indeed, it appears at the top end of many tests thanks to its breathability and ability to dry quickly. The fit is great and itu2019s certainly constructed with movement in mind, while when you come to halt youu2019ll find the hood has and collar have a high fit to block out any cold. Weight: 204g Verdict: A real winner for cooler conditions. 8/10

Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra

Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra

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Designed with the top of the mountain in mind, Montane jackets always deliver. Made from a 20 Denier Pertex Shield 2.5-layer fabric, it's lightweight but also offers full waterproof protection u2013 perfect for when exploring in harsh weather. Essentially, itu2019s a superbly ventilated barrier to anything the weather throw at you. Weight: 200g Verdict: Top of the mountain quality. 9/10

Klattermusen Nal

Klattermusen  Nal

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This one works as a windbreaker but with more than capable waterproofing. Itu2019s not for mountain tops but it does work wonderfully when it comes to fast running through the foothills on a blustery autumn day. It features reflective tape, a high collar for protection, and whatu2019s really cool are the harness-adapted higher than usual pockets. Weight: 239g Verdict: For windy conditions. 8/10

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