A good jacket could mean the difference between getting out training or hiding under your duvet. Here are the best investment pieces we tested…
BROOKS Canopy Jacket
£80 | Tester: Laura
This stylish jacket is light enough to wear on a warm day but warm enough to wear in chillier weather over layers, and thanks to the wind and water resistant DriLayer, you need not worry about those unexpected downpours. If you decide mid run you don’t need a jacket at all, you can pack it up into its very own mesh pouch that includes straps so you can wear it like a backpack – genius! The addition of the ruched sleeves, ample pockets and reflective detail are icing on the cake. It’s a purchase you’re unlikely to regret.
DECATHLON Kalenji Waterproof Trail Jacket
£54.99 | Tester: Esther
This is astonishingly good value for money. Created in a featherlight, incredibly waterproof fabric that squidges up nice and small, it’s ideal for trail runs when you can’t be sure of the Great British weather. The seams are taped (hurrah!), it has two good-sized side pockets, and the hood stayed fi rmly put, even in the very autumnal gusts we tested it in. Yes, it makes you look a bit like a banana, but show me a trail runner who thinks that’s a bad thing? And check out the price!
GORE R5 Partial Gore-Tex Infinium Soft Lined L/S Shirt
£179.99 | Tester: Beccy
This cool weather jacket is a nice fit and good looking. It’s soft lined, but is also lightweight and highly functional, designed for running, with fourway stretch material under the arms for mobility. The outer is water resistant with highly breathable panels to keep you ventilated on your winter runs. Reflective details on all sides keep you visible on those dark evenings, and you also get a phone or wallet-sized concealed pocket at the back. This is a super cool, well designed product.
BERGHAUS Nula Hybrid Jacket
£100 | Tester: Esther
Typically solid design from outdoors stalwarts Berghaus, this, but with a more flattering fit than you might expect. You can feel the warmth of the insulation across your torso from the second you put this on, while the sleeves are made from a lighter material, which enables you to move your arms effectively. The two zipped side pockets are a plus, and the hood is lovely and snug. It’s so warm, this really is for incredibly cold runs, but is also perfect for early morning bootcamps. It packs down beautifully, and the colour is just lush.
COMPRESSPORT Hurricane Waterproof 10/10 Jacket
£160 | Tester: Louise
Weighing just 10g, you’ll be amazed at how compact this jacket is, and how easily it can be stored in a rucksack or pocket, ready for sudden downpours. Totally waterproof with 10,000 Schmerber water resistant fibres, and sealed seams, you will feel well protected from moderate wind or rain. The fitted cut and extensible fibres mean you are not restricted in your movement too, and though airtight, it’s still very breathable and sweat wicking. Light, convenient and protective.
2XU Pursuit Insulation Jacket
£150 | Tester: Caroline
If you’re looking for a coat to keep you snug before and after races, which you can comfortably wear when striding out in the coldest of winter days, the 2XU is a near perfect option. Its double weft knit, microfibre, down shell keeps you both dry and toasty. The deep side pockets are fleece lined, while the handy chest pocket is perfect for your smartphone. There is no hood, but with a beanie, you should be set to go.
SUNDRIED Softshell Jacket
£70 | Tester: Sue
The softshell jacket will keep you warm and comfortable during your winter and spring running. The clever sweat-wicking fabric keeps you dry and cool, even on the toughest run. It’s water repellent, with an adjustable hood, hem and cuffs, allowing you a bespoke fit with a good range of movement for training in. The inside is made of fleece and feels luxurious to run in. The casual appearance of this jacket means you could easily use it for the school run or to pop for a coffee after training.
PARAMO Velez Adventure Light Smock
£245 | Tester: Sarah
This coat has excellent wind and rain protection, and it’s warm, too, with ventilation options and a handy front pocket. The coat is made of Nikwax Analogy Waterproof fabric, with a four-hour waterproof promise. It’s really breathable too. It has a silky feel to the fabric, is a lovely colour and has a hood which shields the rain and wind, and stays in place. Fantastic for all outdoor activities, but obviously this is an investment piece.
SUNDRIED Padded Jacket
£70 | Tester: Claire
The Sundried women’s padded jacket is made with soft, luxury fabrics and is really comfortable to wear, with a stylish fit, too. Although padded, it’s very lightweight and breathable, making it warm and comfortable to run in. It’s water-repellent rather than resistant, so it keeps you dry from any light rain showers that may take you by surprise. Its sports toggles on the hood provide a secure fit around your face, keeping you sheltered from the elements. It also has three zip pockets which are perfect for carrying your running essentials. This a great practical jacket for your winter running.
KEELA Storm Jacket
£104.95 | Tester: Geri
This superb jacket ticks so many boxes. It comes in bold, vivid colours and has such a feminine cut. This is a waterproof jacket which will protect you from even the heaviest downpours. You will love the oversized hood, which can be adjusted in three ways, providing a great fit while running. It can also be worn over a cycling helmet. Further features include reflective patches, a zipped chest pocket, a zipped back pocket, the adjustable hood, the breathable material, and Velcro adjustable cuffs. This jacket is versatile, lightweight and, quite frankly, just awesome.
RAB Alpha Flux Jacket
£140 | Tester: Tina
The light, close fit of this jacket makes it so easy to run in. There’s no bulk, yet there’s just enough insulation, making it a great mid or outer layer. The hood is stretchy, so it stays on your head rather than being blown off in the wind, with a high zip to ensure your neck is kept warm, too. Insulating panels are broken up by more breathable, stretchy panels under your arms. The pockets fill the whole of the front panel, so there’s more than enough storage space. It’s so comfortable against your skin, with handy stretchy cuffs and thumb loops. It squashes down really well, too.
THE NORTH FACE Flight Futurelight Jacket
£225 | Tester: Claire
The Flight FutureLight jacket is incredibly soft and comfortable. It has custom-developed seam tape, which keeps the jacket seam free, making it really flexible with no itchy stitching. Its soft waterproof fabric provides an impenetrable moisture barrier yet still offers ultra-breathability. The lightweight fabrics help regulate body temperature, while the soft material hangs beautifully. It doesn’t rustle when you move; the slim sleeves help with this. With its adjustable hood, hem, and elastic cuffs, it’s especially great when running against the elements, and it can also be stowed into a handy pocket at the back.