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

The best women’s running hoodies and warm layers

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  January 25, 2022

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…

OMM hoodie

OMM Core+ Hoodie £100
Tester: Tina

A vital mid-layer for any outdoor adventures over the winter months, this hoodie is thin but provides a level of warmth way beyond its thickness. It’s the strangest thing – you put it on thinking it’s almost see-through, then in 10 minutes you’re toasty. It’s acid yellow, a colour I would never choose but I love how sunshiny it makes me feel. As it’s so thin and lightweight it’s easy to carry in a small pack too. Once I’ve put it on, I tend to wear it all day, and it’s become an essential layer for use in the dark and cold when I’m coaching.

Available in sizes XS-XL

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

THIS MUM RUNS Sweatshirt

THIS MUM RUNS Sweatshirt £42
Tester: Esther

This is a mainstay of my wardrobe now. I’ve recently discovered that what you put on after a run is almost as important as what you wear during a run. I want to be warm, cosy and unrestricted – but I also don’t want that to come from wearing a dressing gown all day (this has been known). This sweat, slung over a vest and leggings, is just the thing. The arms are good and long (hurrah!), the slogans are numerous, and the colours are ice-cream dreamy, also coming in pastel pink, blue and green. The cut of this top is new for TMR, with a slightly shorter and more boxy fit than its standard sweatshirts. I love it; it sits on the hips and layers brilliantly. Top marks.

Available in sizes 8-18

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

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

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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