Prod­ucts – au­tum­nal tops and jack­ets

PAUL FREARY AND THE AW TEAM LOOK AT GEAR YOU CAN RELY ON TO KEEP YOU WARM, COOL AND DRY IN CHANGEABLE WEATHER

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New Bal­ance Max In­ten­sity Jacket

Price: £92.00 Stock­ist: new­bal­ance. co.uk When it is a lit­tle too cold for a T-shirt and there is a chance of rain or the weather tak­ing a turn for the worse, this light­weight wind and wa­ter-re­sis­tant jacket is per­fect. The outer shell has a nat­u­ral stretch to it mak­ing it a joy to run in and it also has great breatha­bil­ity.

A soft mesh lin­ing to the front sec­tion of the jacket en­sures added com­fort even when you are work­ing hard, so it won’t cling to you either when you’ve built up a sweat or when it is rain­ing.

The two-way zip per­mits fur­ther tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion, whilst the lined, stretch and ad­justable hood of­fers a great fit, ex­tra pro­tec­tion and re­mains equally breath­able thanks to a rear vent.

Moremile Van­cou­ver 2 Ther­mal Ladies Zip Run­ning Top

Price: £20.00

Stock­ist: moremile.co.uk

Once again the brand de­liv­ers a great value prod­uct and it’s right on time for the colder win­ter weather ahead. This ther­mal long sleeve shirt is avail­able in both men’s and women’s styles and colour­ways. It of­fers ther­mal in­su­lat­ing prop­er­ties and mois­ture-wick­ing abil­ity from the light­weight fab­ric.

The en­ve­lope thumb­holes on the sleeves are great for cov­er­ing the hands as you first step out and run into the cold, fold­ing away as you warm up. The zip neck also helps with tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion and the re­flec­tive de­tails help you stay vis­i­ble in low light con­di­tions.

Un­der Ar­mour Out­run The Storm Printed Jacket

Price: £90.00 Stock­ist: un­der­ar­mour. co.uk Tai­lored to of­fer a nextto-skin fit with­out the squeeze, this jacket uses a four-way stretch fab­ric that moves in ev­ery di­rec­tion as well as re­pelling wa­ter with­out sac­ri­fic­ing breatha­bil­ity.

The semi-tai­lored de­sign is per­fect for run­ning in with no ex­cess fab­ric to flap around in the wind and hin­der per­for­mance and a struc­tured hood is ideal for when con­di­tions de­te­ri­o­rate.

The mono­chrome colour­way in­cor­po­rates re­flec­tive de­tails into the jacket adding to vis­i­bil­ity while twin zipped pock­ets are dis­creetly in­cor­po­rated into the de­sign.

We found the jacket per­fect for those cool early morn­ing runs as it’s light, com­fort­able but breath­able whilst of­fer­ing a good level of rain pro­tec­tion if re­quired.

Gore R5 Wind­stop­per Long Sleeve Shirt

Price: £159.99

Stock­ist: gorewear.com Although de­scribed as a “shirt” this gar­ment is cer­tainly more sub­stan­tial and more pro­tec­tive so per­haps it’s bet­ter de­scribed as a light­weight jacket.

That said it’s more of a heavy­weight per­former when it comes to the level of pro­tec­tion it of­fers. The com­bi­na­tion of the brand’s su­per hi-tech fab­rics en­sures it’s wa­ter re­sis­tant and to­tally wind­proof, yet it still de­liv­ers max­i­mum breatha­bil­ity for the most com­fort­able of bad weather run ex­pe­ri­ences.

Over and above the high per­for­mance it’s the com­fort of the jacket that im­presses most. One of our testers de­scribed it as fol­lows:

“It’s light, soft against the skin and feels such good qual­ity, it feels amaz­ing the minute you pull it on.”

Zerofit Heatrub Move

Price: £50.00

Stock­ist: zerofit.co.uk This base­layer proves both warm and tem­per­a­ture reg­u­la­tion, thanks to its new use of yarns and their spe­cific pro­duc­tion.

The in­side layer has a brushed fin­ish but the ex­tra length of the polypropy­lene fi­bres cre­ate heat by gen­tly rub­bing against the skin. The fi­bres are so soft you don’t no­tice any fric­tion, yet the warmth is ef­fec­tive when it comes to com­bat­ing the cold. These hy­drophilic fi­bres also wick mois­ture away from the body. It’s a clever de­sign, and one which works very well, es­pe­cially at lower in­ten­sity lev­els, mak­ing it per­fect for warm­ing up.

The shirt is ex­tremely light­weight and has a stretch-type fit to its de­sign, al­low­ing it to move well with the body. A higher neck also proves wel­come on very cold days keep­ing the chill wind out.

Asics Seam­less LS

Price: £45.00

Stock­ist: asics.com

This seam­less shirt is con­structed from a knit­ted con­struc­tion. Spe­cific ar­eas of the body are de­signed to al­low great breatha­bil­ity and in­crease com­fort and warmth as re­quired.

The close fit en­sures mois­ture is eas­ily trans­ported from the skin and the brand’s “Mo­tionDry” tech­nol­ogy proves ef­fec­tive at reg­u­lat­ing tem­per­a­ture re­gard­less of the in­ten­sity of ef­fort.

The seam­less de­sign makes for less chance of ir­ri­ta­tion and the com­pres­sive tai­lor­ing gives a sup­port­ive fit.

The ribbed cuffs and hem give the women’s ver­sion a unique fem­i­nine fit mak­ing for a very flat­ter­ing style.

Can­ter­bury VapoDri Light­weight Train­ing Jacket

Price: £60.00

Stock­ist: can­ter­bury.com Com­bin­ing the best of both worlds, this jacket man­ages to be a great gar­ment for changeable weather con­di­tions. It fea­tures a knit­ted jer­sey fab­ric in the main body which is a great weight to bal­ance warmth and breatha­bil­ity while the VapoDri wo­ven fab­ric on the shoul­ders and hood pro­vides pro­tec­tion from the rain.

On test in light rain we found it ideal for keep­ing our head and shoul­ders dry with­out the bulk of a tra­di­tional rain jacket. A small zip pocket is per­fect for the door key and a drop to the rear hem pro­vides a lit­tle ex­tra cov­er­age and helps main­tain a good fit when on the move.

Asics Ac­cel­er­ate Jacket

Price: £120.00

Stock­ist: asics.com

This light­weight women’s run­ning jacket is wind­proof and wa­ter­proof and with the added ben­e­fit of taped seams there’s lit­tle chance of get­ting wet this win­ter in it.

The soft touch fab­ric has a lux­u­ri­ous and high-qual­ity fin­ish to it which with the knit­ted in­ner pock­ets pro­vides a great cosy feel. A knit­ted sleeve end cuff and thumb­holes let you make mit­tens when it’s cold and the built-in hood adds even more pro­tec­tion in the very worst of con­di­tions.

The chest pocket is per­fect for se­cur­ing your phone or other essen­tials while re­flec­tive de­tails keep you more vis­i­ble when out on the roads.

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