Best Running Jackets 2018. What People Are Saying About These Brands.

Best Running Jackets 2018. What People Are Saying About These Brands.

January 23, 2018

If you run regularly you know a good windbreaker is essential. It's not easy to find one that completely blocks off the wind without feeling too hot. With so many brands and claims out there, it doesn't make it easy to shop for this type of jacket. And yep, they can be expensive, but we're here to help you make a smart purchase. Below are some jackets we have narrowed down to be some of the best windbreakers for runners. 
 
                                                                                      Nike International Windrunner Womens Jacket
Designed with a two-piece construction that features a grid patterned top layer whilst the bottom layer features an aerial print of Rio at night. Panelled hood which zips up to your chin for warmth and coverage. Two front slit pockets, a zipped pocket on the left side of the chest for secure storage, and a zippered pouch on the back flap to pack the jacket into the cap sleeves and the cropped hem on the top layer create a modern, boxy fit. The long sleeves with elasticated cuffs and the straight hem with drawcord fastening on the bottom layer offer enhanced coverage and a snug, comfortable fit. One reviewer from Minnesota said..

"It is amazing at blocking the wind when running. It is extremely lightweight so I never get too hot in it. It protects from the rain a little.." 

 
                                                                  Arc'teryx Incendo Hoody
           

We're not surprised Arcteryx is on this list. This windbreaker is streamlined, ultralight hooded shell delivers wind and weather protection during high-output mountain training and trail runs. Allows moisture vapour to escape, helping regulate temperature and elevating comfort inside garment. Highly breathable, minimalist trail running gear that provides light environmental protection. One buyer from North Vancouver reviewed this:

"...it's super breathable and the mesh under the arms are awesome. I've bought many running jackets over the years, and this is definitely my fav..."

 

                                                                   
                  Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket

 

 Featherweight 100% nylon ripstop with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Zippered chest pocket converts to stuffsack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop. Hood adjusts in one pull, won’t block peripheral vision. Durable half-elastic cuffs; drawcord hem. Reflective logo on left chest and center back at neck. Can be worn over baselayers and light midlayers. One reviewed this as

"I needed a jacket that fit everything that the Houdini was designed for. It is light, packable, fits snug, and is surprisingly warm. I have worn it in rain and wind..."

 

 Nike Impossibly Light Women's Running Jacket

                                                                                                 Nike Impossibly Light Women's Running Jacket

The Nike Impossibly Light Women's Running Jacket features water-repellent fabric to help keep you dry when the weather changes on your run. Durable, lightweight fabric helps protect against wind, rain. Packable design allows for easy carrying and storage. Extended hem provides added coverage. Raglan sleeves allow natural range of motion. Adjustable multi-panel hood for a comfortable fit. Reflective details help you stand out. Reviewed as: 

"Light and easy to pack. Great for a windy or sunny day."

 

                                 

                                                            New Balance Mens Windcheater Jacket

Base miles, race prep, intervals – whatever your run holds, don't let the elements keep you from hitting your stride. Made of weather-resistant polyester, this barely-there jacket provides enough protection to stay out and get it done. Woven polyester is lightweight and weather resistant. Full zip design. Non-adjustable hood keeps the overall weight down. Zippered handwarmer pockets. Contrast V-fold binding at hem and cuffs. Reflective details help keep you visible. One reviewed it as:

 

"I love this windbreaker! Fits perfectly looks cool and it does the job on cool rainy days". 

 

                           

                                                              Columbia Women's Flash Forward Windbreaker

 

Built on the bones of a classic Columbia jacket from two decades ago, this retro inspired windbreaker is replete with lightweight performance comfort and feminine outdoor-heritage style. The women's flash forward jacket is built from a sleek, water-repellent shell fabric that hangs nicely from the body, with a center back pleat detail for better mobility and a draw cord-adjustable hem. One of over a hundred reviews was: 

"I wanted a jacket that would shield from the wind and keep me dry without being too hot, so this was perfect."

 

Arc'teryx Norvan SL Hooded Jacket - Women's

 

                                                                                  Arc'teryx Norvan SL Hooded Jacket - Women's

 

Built for high-performance trail running, the Arc'teryx Women's Norvan SL Hooded Jacket is an ultra-minimalist shell suitable for extremely wet conditions. It has a Gore-Tex membrane to provide waterproof and windproof protection while Shakedry technology abolishes the need for a face fabric, bringing the weight of this jacket down to a stunning five ounces. The absence of a face fabric also increases breathability, releasing moisture while you're shaving seconds off your time. Elasticized cuffs and hem hold the jacket in place while a WaterTight zipper seals out unfavorable weather, so you can finish your miles comfortably dry. One of many reviewed this as"

"Brilliant jacket if you spend time doing intense exercise in extreme weather. I stayed completely dry after 11hrs running in the Lake District in cold wind and driving rain and even with only a thin t-shirt underneath I wasn't cold. Very impressed"

 

sources: https://www.arcteryx.com/, https://www.nike.com/, https://www.amazon.com, http://www.patagonia.ca
Photo credit: Kyle Kranz