RUN JACK­ETS

A flex­i­ble and breath­able run­ning jacket is a must-have to keep the wind and rain out. Jack Sexty and Emily Thorne put 10 op­tions to the test

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Five men’s and five women’s jack­ets are rated for com­fort, breatha­bil­ity, wa­ter­proof­ing, wind­proof­ing and weight

THOW WE TESTED

hanks to mod­ern run ap­parel, long gone aree the days when run­ners needed to head out look­ing like thhe Miche­lin Man on a chilly day. So much so,, jog­ging bot­toms are now ef­fec­tively ob­so­lete for run­ners – there’s no need to wear sweat­pants for any­thing other than loung­ing about the house when a pair of good qual­ity run­ning tights are more func­tional, breath­able and and fit like a sec­ond skin.

The same is true of the top half, with baggy sweat­shirts mak­ing way for stretch­ier materials that offer a closer fit, and dif­fer­ing pan­els to give breatha­bil­ity where you need it and warmth else­where.

You’ll want your run­ning jacket to have a looser fit than a cy­cling jacket be­cause there’s a lot more lat­eral move­ment dur­ing the run mo­tion, even for those with the most rigid of run­ning styles. As run­ning is stren­u­ous, breatha­bil­ity is a key fac­tor, and a high level of sweat build-up in­side will be un­com­fort­able but will also make you cold when you stop or lower the in­ten­sity.

There are 10 jack­ets on test here, five each from our male and fe­male re­view­ers. There’s a broad mix and not all of them are de­signed to per­form ex­actly the same func­tions, so we’ve ei­ther com­pared or judged the jack­ets on their own mer­its to reach our ver­dicts. All of the jack­ets were put through test runs in the wind, rain and cold to gain an un­der­stand­ing of how each jacket per­forms. Value for money was as­sessed, as were fea­tures such as pock­ets and hand warm­ers. We were also look­ing for how true to size each jacket was and any re­stric­tions of move­ment that would hin­der our run. Breatha­bil­ity and wick­ing prop­er­ties were as­sessed on higher tempo runs.

WEATH­ER­PROOF

The abil­ity of a gar­ment to keep wind and wa­ter out. Most run­ning jack­ets are wind­proof and/or offer shower/ wa­ter­proof­ing.

WICK­ING

Wick­ing materials move sweat away from your body to avoid that cold, clammy feeling when too much per­spi­ra­tion has built up in­side the gar­ment.

cuffs

The cuffs are of­ten n elas­ti­cated for a sn nug fit and to de­flect cool l air.

col­lar

The col­larrs on most run­ning jaack­ets are high to stopp the wind and rain gget­ting in.

ref flec­tiv­ity

A nec­es­sary and of­ten styl­lish safety fea­ture of jack­ets that’ll bbe used in the dark months.

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