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.
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.
Soar All Weather Jacket
315g (men’s M)
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.
Salewa Pedroc Hybrid Alpha Softshell Jacket
295g (women’s S) salewa.com
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.
Gore R5 Windstopper LS Shirt
245g (women’s S)
Lightweight, stretchy and comfortable with an athletic cut, this is ideal for hitting trails on cold, windy days. Gore Windstopper fabric is insulated with Polartec PowerGrid on the front and shoulder panels, providing extra comfort, warmth and sweat-wicking. It also has two zipped handwarmer pockets and reflective branding.
Verdict: Light, protective outer layer for hard running in cold weather.
Gore R3 Partial Windstopper Shirt
245g (men’s M)
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.
Skins Ultra Mapped Light Down Jacket
245g (women’s S)
This hybrid jacket combines responsibly sourced hydrophobic down with stretchy side, waist and sleeve panels for a warm, packable layer that’s perfect pre or post-run, or stopping to take in the views from the summit. Features a hood, thumb loops and two zipped handwarmer pockets. Cut small so you may wish to size up.
Verdict: Warm, light and packable for mountain adventures.
Dynafit TLT Hybrid Hood Jacket
315g (women’s S)
Another hybrid-style, this great-looking hoody from mountain sport specialists Dynafit combines synthetic Primaloft Luxe insulation under a windproof outer with stretch panels for a balance of lightweight warmth, comfort and breathability. Cut long for extra protection, with two zipped handwarmer pockets and reflective detail.
Verdict: A great-looking, warmer jacket – perfect for mountains.
2XU Heat Half Puffer Jacket
435g (men’s M)
This hybrid jacket combines an insulated wind and water-resistant front with polyester jersey knit arms and back. The combination is warm, breathable and treated with Polygiene for long-term odour control. It’s a good choice for high-intensity activities in cold weather and the synthetic insulation works even when wet.
Verdict: Warm and breathable with a looser cut. Good for cold days.
CMP Softshell Jacket
610g (women’s S)
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.
Alpkit Morphosis Jacket
275g (women’s 10)
Simple, effective and great value, the Morphosis is classic Alpkit. Its protective windproof outer is lined with a soft, lightweight gridded insulation, while uninsulated underarm and side panels allow cooling and freedom of movement. Features include adjustable hood with stiffened peak and three zipped pockets.
Verdict: Comfortable, protective and practical – all at a great price.
Saucony Bonded Baffle Hybrid Jacket
350g (men’s M)
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.
Salomon Elevate FZ
385g (women’s S)
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.
Helly Hansen Lifaloft Hybrid Insulator Jacket
325g (women’s S)
This longer-cut, cosy hybrid is brilliantly versatile and ideal as either a mid or outer layer. Innovative Lifaloft insulation and stretch panels mean it’s comfortable, lightweight and packable for days out in the hills, while great looks mean it’s perfect for the pub afterwards. Features two zipped handwarmer pockets and insulated hood.
Verdict: A stylish and versatile jacket you’ll want to wear all winter.
Vaude Scopi SYN Alpha Jacket
295g (women’s XS)
Fair Wear and bluesign certified, the Scopi is designed for winter running. Its shoulder and front panels are windproof Pertex insulated with Polartec Alpha, while the rest is a soft, stretchy and highly breathable jersey. Features include a lightweight hood, two zipped handwarmer pockets, cosy thumb loops and reflective details.
Verdict: Superbly comfortable, great design and ethically made.
Ashmei Run Softshell Jacket
300g (women’s S)
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.
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