Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket 

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Patagonia Nano-Air Light Hybrid Jacket 
290g (men’s M)
eu.patagonia.com
£160

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.
10/10

OMM Rotor Smock 

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OMM Rotor Smock 
235g (men’s M) 
theomm.com
£150

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.
9/10

Montane Fireball Verso Pull-On

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Montane Fireball Verso Pull-On
265g (men’s M) 
montane.co.uk
£160

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.
9/10

Paramo Torres Activo Jacket

Paramo Torres Activo Jacket
495g (men’s M) 
paramo-clothing.com
£185

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.
9/10

Tribe Sports Thermal Panel Jacket

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Tribe Sports Thermal Panel Jacket
505g (men’s M) 
tribesports.com
£90

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.
8/10

Raidlight Winter Trail Hybrid Jacket

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Raidlight Winter Trail Hybrid Jacket
475g (men’s M) uk.raidlight.com
£90

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.
9/10

Soar All Weather Jacket

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Soar All Weather Jacket
315g (men’s M) 
soarrunning.com
£239

This stylish soft shell combines a durable, weatherproof outer with a soft, brushed lining for superb comfort. The expensive but quality Italian fabric, an athletic cut and thoughtful details including reflective seam tape, thumb-looped cuffs and weatherproof zipped rear and chest pockets may mean it’s the only jacket you need. 

Verdict: Top-end winter running jacket at a top-end price.
9/10

Gore R3 Partial Windstopper Shirt 

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Gore R3 Partial Windstopper Shirt 
245g (men’s M)
gorewear.com
£125

A form-fitting, lightweight soft shell combining Gore Windstopper water-resistant fabric with breathable stretch panels. The result is a protective and packable jacket that allows great freedom of movement – ideal for winter running. Bold colours and stylish looks are finished with reflective detail and a zipped pocket.

Verdict: Beautifully designed and protective winter jacket. 
10/10

Saucony Bonded Baffle Hybrid Jacket

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Saucony Bonded Baffle Hybrid Jacket
350g (men’s M)
saucony.com
£135

Designed to get runners through the door on cold, dark training runs, the high-vis colours and reflective details keep you safe while 3M synthetic insulation on the front keeps your core warm. The Polartec fleece sleeves and back offer good breathability and unrestricted movement, while the cut is relaxed and comfortable.

Verdict: Well designed for running on cold, dark winter days. 
8/10

Ashmei Lite Jacket 

Men’s jacket review

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140g (men’s M) 
www.ashmei.com
£125

This jacket’s stylish looks are underpinned by great fabrics and design. The price is high but the fit is good, with soft, rustle-free and stretchy fabric. The wind and water-resistant front is a polyamide, polyester and spandex mix, while the back is a perforated, breathable polyester/spandex blend delivering excellent ventilation. 

Verdict: Stylish and superb to run in – ideal for urban trails.
9/10

Dynafit TLT Thermal Jacket

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Dynafit TLT Thermal Jacket
350g (men’s M) 
dynafit.com
£135

This warm and breathable stretch micro-fleece jacket is perfect as an outer layer in cold, dry conditions, or as a mid layer in really bad weather. Lined with cosy, wicking Dryarn fleece, it’s a great year-round layer in a vibrant colourway. The slim fit is stylish and there are two zipped handwarmer pockets.

Verdict: Versatile mid or outer layer for year-round running.

Arc’teryx Argus Jacket

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Arc’teryx Argus Jacket
320g (men’s M) 
arcteryx.com
£170

Updated for this season, the Argus uses a light, windproof and water-resistant shell over a thin but warm layer of Octa synthetic insulation; apart from the back panel which is made from stretch micro-fleece to improve breathability. Like all Arc’teryx products the features are well designed and the fit and finish is superb. 

Verdict: Warm, stylish and well made for running or relaxing.
9/10

Ronhill Stride Winter Gilet

Men’s jacket review

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245g (men’s M)
www.ronhill.com
£70
The Stride uses a soft wind and water-resistant polyester fabric with Thermolite Active insulation on the front and back, while the side panels are stretchy and uninsulated. It’s comfy, but the standard cut is slightly tight across the chest and loose around the stomach. Finished with zipped hand pockets and reflective details.

Verdict: Warm, comfy and good value, but with a slightly tight fit. 
7/10

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

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

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

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

Compressport Hurricane Jacket V2

Men’s windproof jacket review

95g (men’s M)

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www.compressport.com
£130

The Hurricane has a slim athletic cut, more like a protective base layer than a jacket. The thin, stretchy polyamide fabric is wind-resistant and breathable, and it has extra ventilation created by breathable stretch panels on the forearms and the upper back. It’s made in Turkey from European fabrics on European-made machines.

Verdict: Good looks and protection when you’re working hard.  

9/10