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.