Whether you plan on pounding the streets or jogging trails, a good running jacket is a vital piece of equipment.
Much more than just something to keep you warm, a proper running jacket will offer resistance against the wind as well as wicking away moisture.
Here are 10 of the best running jackets every runner should check out.
Equipe Windstopper Jacket
At the higher end of the spectrum, the Equipe Windstopper Jacket ($215) is a quality piece of clothing which is guaranteed to keep the cold out. Made from a unique fabric that is breathable and lightweight yet protective. Helping your body maintain the optimum temperature in a broad range of weather conditions. With a stretch design and Motion Fit technology so you can move comfortably and without restriction, a morning jog won’t seem quite as chilly if you’re wearing this running jacket.
Mizuno Men’s Running BT Jacket
With a remarkably lightweight shell, the Mizuno Men’s Running BT Jacket ($65) is perfect for athletes of all abilities. It’s able to generate heat, warming the body, due to the innovative Breathe Thermo core while the Impermalite provides protection against the wind and the elements. A slim design and reflective Blacklite colouring on both the front and the reverse complete the overall package.
New Balance Glow Beacon Jacket
If you’re a fan of running in low light conditions, the New Balance Glow Beacon Jacket ($131) is an essential. With a 360 degree reflective trim and three different levels of visibility, you’ll have no problems being seen whether you run at dusk or dawn. Even when there’s no light at all, you’ll still be seen courtesy of the glow technology on the reverse and in the sleeves. Taking just 10 minutes to charge in direct light and your glow in the dark material will be ready for when all else is obscured by darkness. This jacket is also wind resistant and with two zippered pockets, it’s convenient too.
Men’s Ronhill Trail Vertex Jacket
Combining natural movement with core warmth and protection, the Men’s Ronhill Trail Vertex Jacket ($83) is ideal for joggers everywhere. Primaloft Silver fibres provide thermal insulation as well as protection against the wind that is breathable too. For all weather protection, including waterproofing, Ronhill uses a unique Activelite fabric that also provides a light wicking action. The back hem is longer and covers the hips while moving. And the reflective trim aids visibility as well.
Saucony Nomad Jacket
For the hardcore runners who want to brave the elements in all weathers, a jacket that provides breathable warmth and protection is vital. The Saucony Nomad Jacket ($120) is perfect for the coldest and iciest of conditions, with a moisture-wicking lining so you will be kept free of sweat in your core. A fleece inner combines with a waterproof membrane and a stretch fabric under the arms and on the back. With intelligent design features such as thumbholes to keep your sleeves in place and a nifty pocket for your lip balm, this is one manufacturer that understands what runners want.
Patagonia Houdini Pullover
With an over the head design, the Patagonia Houdini Pullover ($119) provides a streamlined and slim silhouette. A water repellant fabric means this running jacket can be worn in wet conditions as well as light snow and sleet, and will dry much quicker than any standard material. If you combine the Houdini Pullover with a breathable barrier underneath, your core layers will remain entirely dry, allowing them to continue to wick away the moisture. And for absolute convenience, the chest pocket allows the entire jacket to be converted to a stuff sack, so it’s easy to transport on the move.
Marmot Trail Wind Hooded Jacket
There are times when as a runner, you don’t need a lot of extra warmth, but just a bit of protection from the elements, particularly the wind. If this is the case, the Marmot Trail Wind Hooded Jacket ($85) will tick every box. Available in a broad range of bright, dayglo colors, the polyester coated with DWR means that you won’t feel the wind or even light rain. There’s 360-degree visibility and side vents which will help your core remains cool even when you’re working hard. Because it is extremely light, it can fold inwards into its pocket to create a micro parcel which is easy to transport.
Featherlight Men’s Running Jacket
If you simply want a running top that protects you from the worst of the weather and provides excellent visibility in all conditions without weighing you down, the Featherlight Men’s Running Jacket ($100) could be what you’re looking for. This jacket is as light as a feather yet still provides remarkable resistance against even the fiercest of winds as well as protection against the rain, with its water repelling outer. A smart design includes ventilation panels around the main sweat points plus elastic styling for a more comfortable fit. The reflective finish offers 360-degree visibility even in low light conditions.
Men’s Deviator Hoody
When its warmth and comfort you need out on the trail, the Men’s Deviator Hoody ($185) guarantees to deliver. The Deviator Hoody offers a perfectly-balanced combination of warm insulation and breathability. It features a Polartec Alpha material with an innovative design that maximizes airflow around the body, wicks away any moisture and keeps you comfortable wherever you’re running.
Smartwool Ph.D. Divide Jacket
With a baby soft lining of merino wool, you’ll love the softness and comfort of the Smartwool Ph.D. Divide Jacket ($200). Extremely comfortable to wear, this jacket is much quieter than many others, making it a dream to run with when you want to enjoy the sounds of nature around you rather than listen to noisy rustling. With windproof panels and tight fitting sleeves, this is one for the purists.