Dare 2b Illume II Jacket Cyberspace review
The all-over reflective print makes this a good choice for dark winter training when you can’t avoid the roads. We found it protective but clammy when worn against the skin and, while the overall fit is good, the hem rides up when running. Features include a rollaway hood and zipped handwarmer pockets.
Verdict: Well priced and good for urban training but could be improved.
Kathmandu Epiq Men's Hooded Down Jacket v2
If you are going to be stood around for any period of time before you start running, a warm jacket is a must. New Zealand brand Kathmandu have a collection of down jackets which provide great insulation. The Epiq has an outer shell made from Pertex Eco, which is made from recycled yarns, while incredible warmth is provided by “responsibly sourced down”. There are also two brushed side pockets, an internal zipped pocket, and an adjustable hood. The jacket also comes with a handy stuff sack, which the jacket squeezes in to for storage. Great for post-event gatherings too.
Dynafit Ultra Light 3L Jacket
120g (women’s S) £215
Designed for ultrarunning, this superlight smock is made from a comfortable, durable and protective 3-layer fabric with taped seams. A deep zip allows variable venting while excellent features include underarm vents, bold reflective details, zipped internal pocket and hood with stiffened peak. Packs neatly into its own pocket.
Verdict: Light, tough, well-featured – ideal for races and rainy days.
Berghaus Fast Hike Jacket
165g (women’s 10) £150
This jacket’s stylish looks and performance mean it’s ideal for everyday use. The Hydroshell Elite 2.5-layer fabric, taped seams and adjustable hood with stiffened peak offer great protection, whether you’re commuting to work or exploring the fells. Features two zipped handwarmer pockets, mesh inside pocket and reflective details.
Verdict: Light, technical, protective and good-looking all-rounder.
Haglofs L.I.M. Proof Multi Jacket
210g (women’s S) £160
From Haglöfs’ outstanding L.I.M (less is more) range, this jacket feels really protective yet comfortable enough to wear all day. It looks great and has two large zipped pockets, a snug hood with stiffened peak, and reflective details. Treated with PFC-free water-repellent, it's both bluesign and Fair Wear certified.
Verdict: Top performance, comfort, looks and ethics. Top choice.
Inov-8 AT/C Stormshell Jacket
170g (men’s M) £170
Designed to offer outstanding weather protection for fell runners, this lightweight waterproof jacket has an adjustable hood with wired peak, long sleeves with thumb loops, and folds into its zipped chest pocket. The Nylon Pertex Shield fabric feels soft and fits well with a bit of stretch for comfort.
Verdict: Lightweight and well-featured protection for wet weather.
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
170g (men’s M) £145
A straightforward, lightweight multi-activity jacket made from a tough Nylon Pertex Shield, which doesn’t feel clingy in the rain. The cut of the Helium II is quite short but relaxed, giving you plenty of room for an extra layer or two underneath. There is a zipped chest pocket and an excellent stiffened and adjustable hood.
Verdict: Light, protective and tough with a fairly relaxed fit.
Vaude Larice 2.5L Jacket
270g (men’s M) £195
Designed for multi-activity and very cold, wet runs, this Fair Wear and bluesign-certified jacket is PFC free and uses a PTFE free Ceplex membrane under a tough nylon face fabric. It isn’t the lightest but is very protective with an adjustable hood, reflective detail, zipped pockets and pit-zips for added ventilation.
Verdict: Excellent for multi-activity and the worst weather.
Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket V2
160g (women’s S) £175
Designed with the demands of the UTMB in mind, this updated version of the brilliant Ultra Jacket delivers lightweight comfort and protection. Fully-taped Fastbreath Ultra fabric has underarm vents for breathability while the adjustable, wired hood also has a highly effective airflow channel. Self-storing waterproof mitts keep hands warm and dry.
Verdict: Technical, lightweight good value – built for mountains.
Ronhill Infinity Fortify Jacket
205g (women’s 10) £140
We tested the fluo yellow version of this well-priced, protective jacket – a great choice for dark winter training and commutes. It has a snug, adjustable hood with stiffened peak; a large, mesh-lined zipped chest pocket; taped seams; adjustable hem and reflective details. The sizing is on the generous side.
Verdict: A decent winter running jacket – protective and visible.
Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Jacket
180g (women’s 10) £195
This jacket’s soft, stretchy, rustle-free feel means it’s comfortable enough to wear all day. Yet it also offers excellent protection thanks to the durable 2.5-layer Pertex Shield fabric with fully taped seams and adjustable, wired hood. It has two zipped handwarmer pockets (one of which it packs into) and reflective details.
Verdict: Outstanding protection that’s comfortable all day long.
La Sportiva Odyssey GTX Jacket
190g (men’s M) £195
Designed to be as light as possible while still offering the excellent wind and rain protection of Gore-Tex Active, this jacket is light and packable but copes with the worst of the weather. The active cut is spot-on, eliminating the need for heavy adjusters. Sustainability assured with bluesign certification.
Verdict: Light, protective and ethical: the only waterproof you need.
OMM Halo Jacket
105g (men’s M) £110
Ticking every box for a lightweight, packable, race-legal waterproof; this jacket also scores well on protection, keeping you dry with a durable nylon fabric, dropped tail, taped seams, thumb loops and snug hood with stiffened peak. It looks great too, with a slim cut – particularly through the sleeves.
Verdict: Superlight, protective and great value – great for racing.
Soar Ultra Rain Jacket 2.0
130g (men’s M) £185
A great-looking jacket with a slim cut and stylish features. The Ultra Rain is made in Portugal from a Japanese nylon with good attention to detail including reflective logos, elasticated cuffs and zipped rear pocket. No hood means clean lines and no flapping, but lacks the protection needed in the mountains.
Verdict: Stylish looks and quality fabric, perfect for low-level trails.
Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket
290g (men’s M)
This hybrid jacket has a warm, water-resistant insulated front paired with a breathable waffle knit fleece back. This creates a protective and warm jacket perfect for cold-weather running. It feels soft and very comfortable, with zipped hand warmer pockets and comfortable thumb-looped sleeves.
Verdict: Warm but breathable, perfect for high-energy winter runs.
OMM Rotor Smock
235g (men’s M)
This lightweight, synthetic, insulated smock is designed to offer excellent warmth-to-weight and packsize in changeable race conditions. With cosy PrimaLoft Gold insulation and a tough yet lightweight water-resistant shell, it's great for mountain marathons and packs into its own zipped kangaroo pocket to create a pillow.
Verdict: Great warm layer for mountain marathons or fast-packing.
Montane Fireball Verso Pull-On
265g (men’s M)
Warm, lightweight PrimaLoft synthetic insulation is sandwiched between a windproof shell on one side and a highly breathable fabric on the other, creating a reversable warm layer that prioritises protection or breathability as required. Finished with reflective details, a zipped pocket and thumb loops.
Verdict: Warm, functional, ingenious – great for changeable weather.
Paramo Torres Activo Jacket
495g (men’s M)
This cosy jacket is a top choice for running in very cold weather, wearing pre or post-run, or throwing on as a warm layer for stop-start running. Nikwax Analogy Insulation has 55% recycled content and the shell is wind and water-resistant. Features include a good hood, zipped hand warmer pockets and a funky-coloured design.
Verdict: Well featured, comfortable and extremely warm.
Tribe Sports Thermal Panel Jacket
505g (men’s M)
This excellent value hybrid jacket combines a weather-resistant insulated front with stretch fleece back and arm panels. It’s warm, breathable and fast-drying with a rollaway hood and zipped pockets. It’s cut long, which isn’t restrictive when running, looks good and adds protection; but that also contributes to its heavier weight.
Verdict: A stylish but heavy hybrid jacket for cold weather.
Raidlight Winter Trail Hybrid Jacket
475g (men’s M) uk.raidlight.com
This hybrid jacket features a warm, windproof chest panel insulated with environmentally sound bio-polymer fibre. The arms and hood are made from soft, stretchy ThermoFleece with a base layer back that’s breathable yet protective. The fit and styling are excellent but it's heavy compared with others on test.
Verdict: Great warm layer whether you’re running or supporting.