Don’t let the cold weather put your training to ice. Here’s an option by Pearl Izumi to have you running through winter

Pearl Izumi’s Fly jacket is a softshell under a different name, and a heavy one (448g) at that. Internal fist mitts are a neat addition and an internal draft flap behind the zip helps keep the runner snug.

So in deepest winter, this jacket should be great. But for at least 10 months of the year it will be too warm for running. Only the logos – very small on the front – are reflective, so it’s not especially road friendly. That said, the comfortably stretchy fabric, a “semi-form” fit and stylish appearance make it an appealing option for general outdoor use.

As a running jacket its uses are limited. As a versatile layer for winter cycling, hill-walking and suchlike, it’s a decent choice.


Too warm for running most of the year, with limited visibility, but a good all-rounder nonetheless.

Rating: 7/10

Price: £90