Before, during or after, Outdoor Fitness sought out the best jackets to fit your training routine and keep you warm and dry at every stage.
Saucony – Vitarun jacket (womens) – £90
This stylish running jacket felt soft and comfy the moment I put it on. It’s warm and fitted, but without feeling bulky, and is super light. I ran in it with a thin tee underneath and it felt breathable and very comfortable. It’s the perfect warm up/cool down top layer rather than a jacket I’d wear for a steady run. The fleece lining is so soft, and the jacket so light and comfy, I’d worn it for an entire day without realising it! There’s not much movement in the arms; they are quite tight fitting, but the fabric is flexible the arms don’t feel restrictive. It’s designed with a zipper protector to prevent rubbing or chafing. Comes with zippered front hand pockets and a hidden front chest pocket, also with a zipper. Red or black.
Saucony – Exo Jacket (mens) – £120
This ultra-light and fully waterproof makes a handy ultra running jacket (as usually kit requirements include a waterproof jacket). Our tester wore it for a brick session while triathlon training and it met his expectations both on the bike and run! Wind and waterproof, with FlexShell (47% nylon, 53% TPU film). FlexShell is a soft and flexible fabric which feels great when running. The dropped tail-hem and taped seams ensures a dry fit and the high scuba-shaped hood with high collar offers great winter training protection. The reflective pattern means it’s a great night running jacket. Keys and money in the front pocket stayed dry when raining.
Odlo – LTTL Running jacket (womens) – £70
Our tester loved trail running in this jacket which is made from Pertex. It’s light, showerproof, packable and offers good protection from wind/the elements. Made the perfect base layer under a fully waterproof jacket when our tester took to the hills for some ultra running and mountain hiking. It kept her warm without overheating and felt comfortable throughout her 4hr run. The sleeves are the perfect length – they sit over the wrists above the hands and the elastic opening kept wind and rain from sneaking up the arms! Features an iPhone picket and earphone loop, with good reflectivity. Purple with light blue zip and trim.
Salomon Drifter Mid Hoodie – (men/women) – £135
A great jacket for race meets involving lots of standing around! Warm, light and foldable, this jacket is the perfect winter warm up/cool down top layer. Designed with a high, snug fitting hood, you’ll stay protected from cold wind and rain. This stylish, brightly coloured jacket offers versatility – it’s made from fleece and Primaloft insulation, so it’s super light so you can keep running fast in cold temps, without overheating or getting cold. Perfect for walking ultra runs too as it folds neatly down into a small pack and fits into my Salomon ultra running backpack. Works well with a light windproof shell. Wait for winter to really set in, and you won’t look back wearing this jacket.
Icebreaker Hyperia Lite (mens) – £200
If you love exercising in the great outdoors, whether hiking, camping, ultra running, climbing or skiing, this jacket is for you. Offers warmth, is super light and surprisingly packable. It’s exy, but tech-heavy so worth every cent. It’s made with merino insulation and Hyperia’s light yet durable Pertex® Quantum Air shell. The inner layer is MerinoLOFT™ insulation, made from pure merino wool (up to 10% of which is recycled). MerinoLOFT™ holds heat when wet and helps to regulate your body temperature – an essential aspect of endurance or outdoor pursuits in harsh climates. Features zippered hand pockets and an internal zip pocket to store small essentials, and the offset shoulder seams minimise chafing when you’re moving with a pack.
inov-8 AT/C PROTEC SHELL – £270
inov-8 has been making great trail and mountain running kit for years but until now you had to look elsewhere if you wanted a really serious mountain jacket to keep the toughest of weather out. The new PROTEC SHELL is their first 3 layer waterproof and it’s tough enough to cope with any weather but breathable enough to run in comfortably. It’s been tested in and is designed for those times when you’re on a mountain or fell in relentless wind or rain, or taking part in an epic ultra in epic weather. There are a lot of great details, such as 2 zip ‘crossover’ pockets for easy access when wearing a pack, a very adjustable hood with a peak, an inside zip pocket ideal for a phone and special L-shaped detail on the cuffs which prevents rainwater running onto your hands. A high quality jacket for all weathers.
Montane Spine Jacket – £270
As you’d expect from a jacket named after the legendary Spine Race (268 miles of Pennine Way in January), this will withstand some very tough conditions. It will take a battering of rain, wind and snow and allow you to keep running and smiling. As it’s made of GORE-TEX you might expect it to be hefty but the GORE-TEX Active fabric is actually quite light (291g) and breathable. Zips under your pits enhance the breathability when you’re working hard. It has a great, fitted, adjustable hood, which will stay up in the highest of winds, a chest pocket perfect for a phone or car keys and a cinched waist (in the women’s version) to reduce any swooshiness. Montane knows how to make brilliant mountain kit and they’ve created a lightweight mountain jacket suitable for running which doesn’t compromise on protection.