RUNNING JACKET REVIEWS


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ARCu2019TERYX NORVAN SL INSULATED HOODY

ARCu2019TERYX NORVAN SL INSULATED HOODY

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235g (S) An innovative jacket that combines a Gore-Tex Shakedry outer with warm but lightweight insulation, great for really cold, wet weather and perfect for pre- and post-race protection. Yes, it is expensive, but if youu2019re after a single garment that will keep you properly warm and dry, it fulfills that brief brilliantly. Verdict: Light, warm, protective and waterproof. It does it all.

INOV-8 TRAILSHELL WATERPROOF JACKET

inov-8

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185g (size 10) Made from light yet durable 2.5-layer Pertex Shield, the Trailshell is so soft, stretchy and comfortable that it hardly feels like youu2019re wearing a waterproof u2013 until it starts raining, when itu2019s also brilliantly protective. Underarm vents maintain air flow, while stretch hood and cuffs and adjustable hem keep the fit snug. Verdict: Lightweight and comfy, yet protective and fully-featured.

PATAGONIA CALCITE JACKET

Patagonia

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380g (S) Combining 2.5-layer Gore-Tex Paclite with a 100% recycled face fabric, this great looking, versatile jacket is incredibly protective yet comfortable. Designed for the mountains with adjustable peaked hood, zipped vents and waterproof chest pocket, itu2019s a great choice for really cold, wet, windy weather and winter ultras. Verdict: Tough, protective, versatile jacket for winter adventures.

ON RUNNING WATERPROOF ANORAK

on running

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195g (S) At first glance, this stylish, well-featured smock appears extortionately expensive. But, while it certainly isnu2019t cheap, it is an absolute joy to run in. The fabric is protective yet soft and rustle-free and the cut is perfect, while a deep zip and vents mean itu2019s extremely breathable. Superbly comfortable for a waterproof jacket. Verdict: Big on style, performance and (sadly) budget.

BLACK DIAMOND FINELINE STRETCH RAIN SHELL

BLACK DIAMOND FINELINE STRETCH RAIN SHELL

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190g (S) This great value jacket is ideal for rainy days, winter mountain marathons or as a handy, packable emergency layer for days out in the hills. It has a protective, adjustable, peaked hood and good-sized chest pocket, but no vents so you will find that it does get sweaty if youu2019re working hard. Verdict: Good value all-rounder for wet weather or emergency use.

GORE RUNNING R3 GTX ACTIVE HOODED JACKET

gore

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205g (S) Top quality manufacture and styling combine with good features including a soft brushed collar for comfort, lots of reflective details, handwarmer pockets and an adjustable, peaked hood to create a great everyday winter running jacket. The face fabric is durable yet soft and rustle-free but lacks vents for breathability. Verdict: Well-priced, well-made jacket for everyday cold, wet runs.

AUSSIE GRIT FOCUS JACKET

aussie

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240g (M) The Focus is a polyester jacket with a softer and stretchier feel to the other jackets on test. This does make it slightly heavier (which it is) but itu2019s also very comfortable, ideal for everyday training. It features zipped hand warmer pockets as well as an internal zipped pocket, a hem drawcord and adjustable hood. Verdict: Comfortable, protective, stylish... but a little heavy.

LA SPORTIVA HAIL JACKET

la sportiva

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205g (M) A slim-fitting jacket made with stretchy yet tough PFC-free and bluesign approved Nylon fabric. The snug, peaked hood is protective and the jacket packs into a zipped chest pocket. Features reflective details and laser cut underarm venting holes but felt a bit sweaty, perhaps due to the closer fit. Verdict: Good looking training or race jacket with sound ethics.

DYNAFIT ALPINE WATERPROOF 2.5L JACKET

dynafit

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205g (M) A good-looking, innovative jacket with a zipped, expandable back to fit over a pack, keeping your essentials dry. The Nylon fabric is soft and stretchy with a slim cut and a snug, elasticated hood. Laser cut venting adds breathability and it packs into its own hood. It doesnu2019t have any pockets, though. Verdict: Stylish, and cleverly designed to keep your pack dry.

MONTANE MINIMUS STRETCH ULTRA PULL ON

Montane

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205g (L) A smock-style jacket, great for weight saving and extra durability (plus, there is also a full zip version available). The stretchy, rustle-free Pertex Shield fabric has a two-way zip for venting and a zipped chest pocket/stuff sack, while the adjustable, peaked hood fits snugly. Consider sizing up; fit is on the small side. Verdict: Protective, light, comfy; great in all but the worst weather.

HOWIES DOYLE WATERPROOF JACKET

howies

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165g (M) A good value jacket for everyday running and cycling with a PFC-free stretchy Nylon face fabric and a 100% recycled membrane. It packs into a zipped chest pocket and has reflective details and an adjustable hem. It does lack a hood, however, so itu2019s not for racing or mountains. A decent compromise when teamed up with a cap or helmet. Verdict: A well-priced hoodless jacket with good ethical credentials.

OMM KAMLITE SMOCK

omm jacket

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170g (M) This cleverly designed smock combines a protective, durable and stretchy Nylon Kamleika material over the shoulders and arms with lighter Polyester PointZero fabric on the body. Extremely comfortable for all-day running, it has a good, adjustable hood, two-way zip for venting, thumb loops and reflective logos (but no pockets). Verdict: Light, protective, durable; ideal for races or mountains.

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