The best women's running hoodies and warm layers | Women's Running

The best women’s running hoodies and warm layers

Read Time:   |  May 19, 2021

Layer up with our favourite running hoodies and fleeces...

Whatever the time of year, it’s good to have a warm layer in your running wardrobe. A decent breathable hoodie or fleece is great for post-run recovery as well as a layer to throw on during a colder run. Our team of real runners put these tops to the test – here’s what came up trumps…

BAM Escape Hoody £65
Tester: Sue

This relaxed hoodie is soft and warm and keeps you feeling fresh. It’s made from bamboo and has great detailing including patch pockets, ribbed cuffs and an adjustable hood. Not only that, it’s a wise purchase for the environment. Compared to conventional cotton, this hoodie’s positive impact is massive: 764.8 days of drinking water saved; 17.0K of driving emissions avoided; and 5.9 m2 of land farmed without pesticides. A great choice all round; even my teenager approves!

Available in sizes XS-XL

CHROME Merino L/S Hoodie £170
Tester: Louise

You almost forget you’re wearing activewear with the Chrome Merino long-sleeved hoodie; it’s just so comfy. It has everything you need as a run layer, as it’s breathable, moisture wicking and, even after a long run, it’s quick drying. It’s 65 per cent Merino wool (35 per cent polyester) and machine washable, so you don’t have to worry about frequent wear. I have a size small and it sits just on the top of my thigh; I would’ve liked it a bit longer, but it’s an adapatable layer as it’s not too bulky. 

Available in sizes XS-XL

MONTANE Protium Hoodie £65
Tester: Laura F

This lightweight warm layer is the perfect top for colder mornings when you need an extra bit of warmth to get you out of the door. The brushed inside is soft and cosy and I recommend wearing it as you jog to parkrun, stashing it in your bag during the run, and then putting it back on for a trip to the café afterwards. It’s a flattering shape without being clingy, and the subtle colour doesn’t scream ‘running kit’ if you’re wearing it on rest days. The discreet breast pocket is large enough for your phone and, rather cleverly, it doesn’t bounce around while running. For longer runs, it would pack quite easily in your ultra-vest ready for when the weather changes and it only weighs 320g so won’t hold you down. Reassuringly for the ecologically and financially conscious, Montane offers a lifetime guarantee so any faults (seams failing, etc) are covered.

Available in sizes 8-16

RUNR Everyday Hoodie £44.95
Tester: Tina

This is definitely going to do the job on those frosty mornings when you’re heading out to train or to race, as there is a soft, thick internal fleece lining to this hoodie, which is 100 per cent organic cotton. The arms are long enough for the sleeves to cover your hands during your warm-up, though thumb holes would make this item even better than it already is. It’s easy to pull on and off and the neck sits nicely. You also get the distinctive runr logo and double drawstrings that give it a quality feel and design. The front pockets are both large, and there’s a handy hole for your headphones in the left one. I tested the grey but there are many other colours available, so you’ll easily find one to suit your style, and it’s good value for money too. We’re impressed with the size range too, which is more inclusive than many larger brands.

Available in sizes XS-XXXL

PROVIZ Reflect 360 Hoodie £69.99
Tester: Louise

The Reflect 360 hoodie felt so soft when I pulled it over my head that I didn’t want to take it off. Breathable, and yet insulated, its mix of polyester and soft touch cotton gives a superior comfort feel. I felt warm and protected but didn’t feel like I was over heating in any way. The reflective sleeves and hood are so powerful that I was sure to be seen at night, which helps give that added security, especially when running or cycling through particularly dark areas. The central large pocket is big enough to keep your hands warm or store a purse, and the drawstring hood gave an added warmth to my head. It comes in two other shades – graphite and light pink – so has universal appeal. It’s a great all-year-round top to take you through the seasons.

Available in sizes 6-18

BADASS MOTHER RUNNER Cowl Neck Tech Hoodie £32.50
Tester: Esther

There really is no arguing with that price: BMR consistently bring out merch that their supporters utterly love for a really good price. You get a lot of bang for your buck here: the fabric is cosy and yet technical, performing brilliantly with sweaty, cold runs. The fit is brilliant – longer in the body with no moving up at all. There are thumbholes for those of us with chilly paws, and spots of refl ectivity in preparation for the darker months. Available in four colourways, this makes a brilliant addition to our winter running wardrobes, and with more subtle branding than other pieces in the collection, it should appeal to all runners, not just those who consider themselves ‘mothers’ or, indeed, ‘badass’. It’d be lovely to see this available in a larger size range, however, to be a touch more inclusive.

Available in sizes 8-16

RED ORIGINAL Performance top layer £59.95
Tester: Louise

This cool weather base layer kept me warm, but didn’t overheat when exercising, due to its moisture wicking fabric. Suitable for running, walking, water sports, and a whole range of other outdoor activities, it felt incredibly soft against my skin and is also cut for comfort. The length is great, sitting at the top of the thighs. The long neck zip was useful, and the thumb loops were perfect for chillier evenings. The zipped pockets were very roomy too. It comes in a stylish charcoal colour, but I would love to see it in other colours too.

Available in sizes XS-XL

TOG 24 Lorena Hoodie | £25
Tester: Tina

Unlike other hoodies, this one is so light and thin you can run in it once the temperatures start to drop; it will work really well with a baselayer under it. Alternatively, you can just wear it to and from races and training, or layer it up for the gym. It has a relaxed fit, with a deep ribbed hem and cuffs, and drawstrings so you can tighten the hood. Overall it has a long fit, with a slightly longer back for extra protection. The feel against your skin is super soft, it’s 100 per cent cotton and very lightweight. It’s just ridiculously comfy so you’ll end up wearing it constantly, and it looks great with leggings. Washes well and dries quickly.

Available in sizes 8-18

OMM Core Fleece Jacket £110
Tester: Sue

Super lightweight, this fleece jacket is packed with clever features. It has effective wicking to keep you dry and manages to insulate you even when it’s wet. There’s a soft rolled collar for comfort and the zipped pockets are super useful. The contrasting trim is a stylish touch and the reflective logo will help you be seen. The shape is designed for women, but I found it quite snug, so if you prefer a more relaxed fit then consider sizing up.

Available in sizes XS-XL

TESCO F&F Fleece £10
Tester: Holly

I was wary of running in this fleece. It’s super cosy, which is a joy for post-run recovery, but left me nervous that I’d get too hot running in it. I was so wrong – it’s now my go-to layer for running on cold days thanks to its excellent breathability and coverage. It has a zip at the collar and a drawstring hem that adds comfort and style. I love running in it and cosying up in it afterwards – and I hate being without it when it’s in the wash.

Available in sizes 6-22

Written by

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Currently training for her second half marathon

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