With so many lightweight options on the
market, choosing the right jacket really comes down to what you’re looking for. So factor in the type – duration and intensity – of running you’ll mostly be doing, and also the climate and conditions (day or dusk, for example).
If you want a no-nonsense lightweight
that can be pulled out for short runs, then we’d go for the Inov-8. Yes, it moves around a bit but its lightweight shell won’t disappoint. For anyone looking for something that provides comfort and freedom of movement (and if you can cope without a hood), the New Balance is a solid and reliable performer. If style is high up on your list, the On Running offering will suit you down to the ground, although the features could’ve performed better for the spend.
Our overall winner on comfort,
performance and well-crafted features is the Gore Windstopper. With unrivalled wind protection and versatility for differing temperatures, the features ensure good value for money, even for the slightly higher price. And we can vouch for the durability of the Gore range.