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

Gore R5 Windstopper LS Shirt

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Gore R5 Windstopper LS Shirt
245g (women’s S)
gorewear.com
£160

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.
8/10

Skins Ultra Mapped Light Down Jacket

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Skins Ultra Mapped Light Down Jacket
245g (women’s S)
skins.net
£130

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.
8/10

Dynafit TLT Hybrid Hood Jacket

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Dynafit TLT Hybrid Hood Jacket
315g (women’s S) 
dynafit.com
£180

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.
9/10

Alpkit Morphosis Jacket 

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Alpkit Morphosis Jacket 
275g (women’s 10) 
alpkit.com 
£89

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.
9/10

Helly Hansen Lifaloft Hybrid Insulator Jacket 

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Helly Hansen Lifaloft Hybrid Insulator Jacket 
325g (women’s S)
hellyhansen.com
£160

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.
9/10

Vaude Scopi SYN Alpha Jacket

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Vaude Scopi SYN Alpha Jacket
295g (women’s XS) 
vaude.com
£160

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.
10/10

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

OMM Sonic Jacket 

Women’s windproof jacket review

50g (women’s S)
www.theomm.com
£75
Jackets don’t come much lighter than the Sonic, made from featherweight ripstop nylon Point Zero fabric that adds a highly effective layer of protection. The cut is slim with a drop tail, there’s an adjustable hem, you get reflective details and the cuffs and thumb loops are lined and comfy. The whole thing rolls away into its collar too.
Verdict: Super-light, comfy, protective layer with a tiny pack size.
8/10