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The jack­ets on test ranged from £75 to a

mas­sive £225, with the for­mer also be­ing our low­est scor­ing. The Asics jacket was just lack­ing some run-spe­cific fea­tures and, al­though we’d use it as a mul­ti­pur­pose op­tion, we didn’t feel it of­fered the breatha­bil­ity or pre­cise fit that the other jack­ets gave.

Soar’s Ul­tra Rain jacket is a dif­fer­ent

propo­si­tion to the oth­ers on test here, with the clue be­ing in the name. But judged on its own merit as a wa­ter­proof jacket for tem­per­a­tures well above freez­ing, it’s a re­ally good all-rounder that you can also wear for harder ef­forts with­out get­ting too warm. Al­though the price is high.

Over­all, Saucony’s Vitarun takes the top

spot. There’s not much to choose be­tween this and Odlo’s Zero weight Logic, but we just felt it man­aged to keep the sweat out while also be­ing heav­ier duty, so it’s fine to use in a wider range of tem­per­a­tures. At more than dou­ble the price of both of these we can’t vouch for Ash­mei’s Ul­ti­mate soft­shell be­ing twice as good, al­though it’s still a fine and lux­u­ri­ous jacket for those who want the added com­fort and breatha­bil­ity of Merino wool.

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