220 Triathlon Magazine - - KIT ZONE -

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.

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