Paramo Alize Ultra Light Jacket

Women’s windproof jacket review

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105g (women’s S)
www.paramo-clothing.com
£120

This loose-fitting jacket is designed as a lightweight, protective layer. The soft, PFC-free Nikwax Windproof polyester fabric is covered by the Paramo Recycling Scheme, and combined with the Alize fleece creates a waterproof system. The hood is adjustable, there are zipped vents, an internal pocket and reflective strips.

Verdict: Light, well-featured, ethically-sound and versatile.

9/10

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Men’s jacket review

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110g (men’s L)
www.patagonia.com
£85

Lightweight, protective, stylish and tough, the Houdini is a polyamide windproof jacket with an adjustable hood, zipped chest pocket and elasticated hem. It’s treated with a DWR coating that makes it very water-resistant – one of the most weather-proof jackets on test. The slim cut, however, may mean you need to go up a size.

Verdict: Tough, stylish, weather-proof – an ideal just-in-case jacket.
9/10

La Sportiva Mistral Vest

Men’s windproof vest review

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140g (men’s M)
www.lasportiva.com
£85
The stretchy polyamide softshell fabric in this athletically-cut gilet feels tough but comfortable. It’s wind and water-resistant, apart from the mesh back and side panels, which adds breathability. Large rear stretch pockets reduce the need for a pack and there’s a small zipped pocket for valuables. Treated with Polygiene odour control. 

Verdict: Stylish and excellent to run in, perfect for mountains.
9/10

Rab Vital Windshell

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

Hoody 125g (women’s 10)
www.rab.equipment

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£50
Designed for mountain sports, this jacket feels protective and durable for a day out in the hills. The outer is durable Hyperlite nylon with no vents, maximising protection. The hood is adjustable with a stiffened peak, also with great weather protection. Features include two zipped pockets, adjustable hem and reflective details.

Verdict: Durable and protective – ideal for mountains.
8/10

Inov-8 AT-C Softshell

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Inov-8 AT-C Softshell Pro Thermal Jacket
290g (women’s 10)
inov-8.com

Inov-8 gets the balance between protection, comfort and weight just right. The chest and shoulders are protected by lightweight, windproof Pertex Quantum fabric while the back and sides are stretchy Pertex Equlibrium soft shell. Features include two zipped handwarmer pockets, adjustable hood and reflective details.

Verdict: Lightweight comfort and protection for cold hill days.
9/10

Salomon Drifter Air

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Men’s jacket review

Wind Hoody 215g (men’s L)
www.salomon.com
£140
Lightweight polyamide Pertex Quantum wind and water-resistant fabric teams with high loft fleece insulation across the shoulders and chest. Those features – combined with thumb-looped sleeves, a hood, hand-warming pockets, reflective details, an internal pocket and a large stash pocket – make a great cold-weather jacket. 

Verdict: Designed and priced for top-end cold-weather running. 
8/10

Gore R3 Windstopper

Men’s windproof vest review

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Vest 190g (men’s L)
www.gorewear.com
£100

The R3 feels worth its price: well made and well designed with quality fabrics and great attention to detail. It teams a polyester fabric with a windproof Gore Windstopper membrane, creating a stiff but protective gilet. Cut with an athletic fit and finished off with a brushed collar, zipped hand warmer pockets and reflective detail.   

Verdict: Quality, durable, protective, and feels built to last.
8/10

Asics Lite-Show Vest

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

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250g (women’s S)
www.asics.com
£65

This wind and water-resistant gilet is a good choice for winter, with a light fleecy lining and reflective print. However, it’s only available in black so isn't very visible in grey or low light. The front is a durable windproof fabric, while the back is stretchy and breathable. The two zipped pockets, chin guard and collar are fleece-lined.
Verdict: Good choice for comfort, protection and reflectivity.
7/10

Dynafit Vertical Wind 72 Jacket 

Men’s jacket review

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70g (men’s M)
www.dynafit.com
£110
The lightest on test, this windproof and water-resistant polyamide jacket packs very small but still offers amazing protection. It has a slim, comfy cut with long, elasticated sleeves and a non-adjustable but well-fitted hood. Laser cut ventilation holes improve breathability but it’s still a bit sweaty; perfect as an emergency or race jacket.

Verdict: Light, well cut and protective. Good for mountain runners. 
9/10

Alpkit Morphosis

Men’s windproof jacket review

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Half-zip 250g (men’s M)
www.alpkit.com

£85
A wind and water-resistant polyamide outer fabric over zoned grid-fleece creates a comfortable wind shell. It’s the warmest jacket on test, perfect for the colder months but also breathable thanks to the lower wind-resistance of the fabric and side panels. A zipped chest pocket, adjustable hem and elasticated cuffs finish it off.
Verdict: Warm, comfortable and protective – great for winter.

8/10

Vaude Air Jacket III

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

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75g (women’s S)
www.vaude.com
£60

A great choice if you want a jacket for running and biking, the new Air III is made from light, durable nylon with a PFC-free water repellent finish. It looks smart and feels great to wear with soft lycra cuffs and hem, plus a chin guard and lined collar. Vaude is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, ensuring a fair deal for workers.

Verdict: Good value, good ethics, good for biking and running.
8/10

Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Hoody

Men’s jacket review

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150g (men’s M)
www.smartwool.com
£111
This jacket combines polyamide windproof and water-resistant fabric with breathable merino wool and polyester mix under-arm panels; making it protective and comfortable. It’s cut quite long in the body with a comfortable and stylish regular fit. The zipped chest pocket is handy, and shoulder vents add to the breathability. 

Verdict: Protective, breathable and stylish with faultless features.

10/10

Inov-8 AT/C Windshell

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

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100g (women’s 10)
www.inov-8.com
£80
Made from super-lightweight wind and water-resistant Pertex Quantum fabric, this colourful jacket is soft and rustle-free with breathable panels on the back and underarms. Features include well designed thumb-looped cuffs, a zipped pocket with mesh for optional ventilation, a fitted hood that rolls away, and lots of reflective detail.

Verdict: Great lightweight windproof with run-specific features.

9/10

La Sportiva Briza Windbreaker Jacket

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

95g (women’s S)

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www.lasportiva.com

£85

The front, sleeves and articulated hood of this great all-round jacket are made from tough, lightweight polyamide with a PFC-free water-resistant coating. The back and underarms are polyester mesh that’s stretchy and breathable. Lined, elasticated cuffs and hem give great fit and comfort, and it packs down into a tiny stash pocket.

Verdict: Stunning looks, great features, and super lightweight.

10/10

CMP Trail Jacket 

Men’s jacket review

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160g (men’s M)
www.cmp.campagnolo.it
This wind and water-resistant polyester jacket offers decent protection at a good price. The cut should fit most runners and the zipped chest pocket, reflective details and venting on the back and under the arms make it comfortable to run in. We like the colours and design, but some of the stitching isn’t very neat.

Verdict: Ideal trail running jacket: small, light, protective, good value.
9/10

Adidas Response Wind Jacket

Women’s windproof jacket review

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125g (women’s S)
www.adidas.co.uk
£43

Made from 100% recycled polyester, this jacket has a soft, cotton-like feel. The fabric is wind-resistant, breathable and sweat-wicking, with one zipped pocket and reflective details on the front and elbows. The soft cuffs add comfort, while the stretchy fabric and slim cut provide good fit. Not very light or packable, though.
Verdict: Simple, well-priced, made from 100% recycled polyester.
7/10

Icebreaker Coriolis Hooded Windbreaker 

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

345g (women’s S) uk.icebreaker.com

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£190

The warmest and heaviest jacket on test, the Coriolis is ideal for cold-weather runs,
warm-ups and cool-downs. The outer is a tough Pertex Quantum Air fabric, while the whole of the inner has a soft merino lining. The lining has lots of small holes for airflow and there are laser-cut holes and vents in the back for extra breathability.

Verdict: Cosy, packed with features and great for cold weather running.

9/10

Raidlight Ultra Windproof 

Men’s jacket review

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105g (men’s M)
uk.raidlight.com
£70

This slim-fitting polyester windproof jacket is lightweight, packs away into its small zipped pocket and has lots of reflective details. Vents on the back reduce moisture build-up, making it a pleasant jacket to run in. The toggles of the hem drawcord are thoughtfully positioned towards the front and out of the way of waist belts.   
Verdict: Ideal trail running jacket: small, light, protective, good value.
9/10

Aussie Grit Flint Light

Women’s windproof jacket review

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Gilet 110g (women’s S)
www.aussiegritapparel.com
£85
Designed for cycling but excellent on the run, this lightweight gilet is great as an extra layer of protection. The two-layer softshell fabric offers wind and water-resistance plus reflective details. On the back are two stretchy mesh panels for breathability and two big pockets – one with a zip – ideal for carrying snacks, gloves and other essentials.

Verdict: Smart and lightweight with big pockets, great to bike or run in.

8/10

Montane Featherlite Trail Jacket

Women’s windproof jacket reviews

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95g (women’s 8)
www.montane.co.uk  

Light, stretchy and rustle-free, the Featherlite is ideal for everyday running. There’s no hood, but it has a zipped pocket with an internal exit point for headphones, thumb loops, soft elasticated cuffs and chin guard, underarm vents, adjustable hem and reflective details. The fit is excellent with articulated sleeves for good movement.

Verdict: Lots of features, lightweight and very comfortable.
9/10