Inov-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket 2.0 review: great for cold weather running - Women's Running

Inov-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket 2.0 review: great for cold weather running

Author: Esther Newman

Read Time:   |  January 12, 2022

The inov-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket 2.0 is one of the best jackets for winter running and hiking

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INOV-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket 2.0 | £210 | Tester: Esther Newman

Esther tests out the new inov-8 Thermoshell Pro Insulated Jacket: a perfect, lightweight trail companion

inov-8 thermoshell pro insulated jacket 2.0 review

Running jackets are one of those things that we all desperately search for once the temperature dips. Not only do they provide an extra layer when we need it, but many of them protect from the rain as well. Very necessary in the UK! And if you’re looking for gear to protect you from the worst of the elements, inov-8 really should be one of the first places you look for a running jacket. A company that prides itself on supporting some of the hardiest ultra-runners out there, from Jasmin Paris to Damian Hall, you know you’re in good hands with their kit.

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The Thermoshell Pro from inov-8 is a clever thing indeed and ticks all the boxes: it’s extremely comfortable, it’s water resistant, it’s windproof and it’s extremely warm. This is a running jacket that has been designed for moving fast and carrying light – one of its magical qualities is that it packs up incredibly small, so is a brilliant addition for your backpack.

I’ve been running in it for about two months now – very gratefully indeed – and this is what I thought.

This jacket is so light, and packs up so small (into its own pocket!), you’d be forgiven for thinking it’ll be little more than a shell: but this is an incredibly toasty number on a run. Created especially for longer days out on the trails, this is light and easy to wear, and light and easy to pack away too. The quilting is more narrow than usual – and this along with 4-way stretch, allows more freedom of movement, and it also prevents the padding from moving within the jacket, ensuring you stay warm. The fit is spot on – close but not tight, and it’s thin enough so that a hydration pack fits neatly over the top. I’d prefer a bit more visibility if this is going to be my top shell, and thumb loops would have been nice, but these are small niggles. The arms are lovely and long, and the hood is snug and stays put. Windproof and water resistant, with a dipped hem and zipped side pockets, this is reliable piece of kit for the trails.

I’ve loved running in this jacket – and I thoroughly recommend it for colder weather running, and for longer events and trail races, it’s ideal.

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Esther Newman

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