Salewa Pedroc Hybrid Alpha Softshell Jacket 

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Salewa Pedroc Hybrid Alpha Softshell Jacket 
295g (women’s S) salewa.com
£180

Designed for high-intensity mountain sports, this lightweight hybrid jacket combines a soft, breathable Polartec Alpha lining with a wind-resistant, PFC-free water-repellent outer. You also
get Polartec Power Grid panels, Polygiene anti-odour treatment, reflective details and two zipped handwarmer pockets.

Verdict: An outstanding hybrid jacket with great features and looks.
9/10

CMP Softshell Jacket 

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CMP Softshell Jacket 
610g (women’s S) 
cmp.campagnolo.it
£87

A heavier, protective jacket for pre/post- run or very cold, windy conditions – also great for cycling. The outer is a durable, water-resistant soft shell material while the inner is a soft fleece with an added breathable mesh across the front. Features include a zip-off hood, two zipped handwarmer pockets and reflective detail.

Verdict: Durable, protective, heavier, all-round active winter jacket.
7/10

Salomon Elevate FZ 

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Salomon Elevate FZ 
385g (women’s S) 
salomon.com
£110

Designed for warm-ups, cool-downs, cold weather winter running and year-round relaxing, this cosy fleece jacket features stretchy side and shoulder panels, a lightweight hood, zipped handwarmer pockets and reflective details. Ideal as a mid or outer layer, the cut is fairly small so you may need to size up.

Verdict: A cosy and comfortable fleece jacket for running or relaxing.
8/10

Ashmei Run Softshell Jacket

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Ashmei Run Softshell Jacket
300g (women’s S) 
ashmei.com
£225

Packing in plenty of Ashmei’s trademark styling, there’s an asymmetrical front zip, wide reflective stripes and bold colours. Waterproof front and shoulders combine with soft, breathable Merino-mix back and side panels. It also has thumb loops (we found the cuffs quite tight), a zipped rear pocket, zipped side pocket and pit-zip.

Verdict: Bold styling with plenty of features – a good all-rounder.
8/10

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

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 £110

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

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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

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

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

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