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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.