Get ready for the win­ter with the best wa­ter­proof prod­ucts un­der re­view from Paul Freary

DON’T LET THE COLD AND WET WEATHER STOP YOU THIS WIN­TER, WRITES PAUL FREARY, THIS COL­LEC­TION OF GEAR WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THE TOUGH­EST OF CON­DI­TIONS

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Stance – Men’s Un­com­mon Solids Wool Crew

Price: £16.99

Stock­ist: stance.eu.com Us­ing a nat­u­ral wool mix­ture of yarns and con­structed at a 200 nee­dle count means these socks are highly func­tional yet su­per soft. The nat­u­ral thermo-reg­u­lat­ing prop­er­ties of the wool means they keep your feet warm in the cold and cool when it’s warm, but when wet they also re­tain warmth; mak­ing them per­fect for the win­ter.

The longer calf length is also a good length for colder con­di­tions keep­ing the lower leg warm.

Asics – GT-1000 7 G-TX

Price: £110.00

Stock­ist: asics.com

Us­ing a Gore-Tex up­per of­ten means a shoe be­comes much more ex­pen­sive. In this case the shoe sees just a £5 in­crease over the reg­u­lar model and makes it a great value and much more ver­sa­tile shoe for the win­ter.

The ad­di­tion of a wa­ter­proof up­per al­lows you to per­haps ven­ture along those paths that be­come too wet in the win­ter months, while still keep­ing your feet dry and warm.

The shoe of­fers great cush­ion­ing from the rear foot Gel and it’s now in­cor­po­rated into the lat­est mid­soles that re­duce the over­all weight of the shoe. Sup­port comes via the DuoMax sys­tem and works well for those need­ing a lit­tle con­trol for

over prona­tion.

On – Weather­proof Jacket

Price: £190.00

Stock­ist: on-run­ning.com Us­ing the finest Ja­panese fab­rics, On have cre­ated a weather­proof jacket that man­ages to keep you dry and warm with­out be­ing too heavy.

The beau­ti­fully con­structed jacket has a neatly tai­lored fit that re­moves any ex­cess and en­sures a stream­lined fit that doesn’t hold you back. The seams are all care­fully placed to pro­vide a per­fect range of move­ment, with ar­tic­u­la­tions in the arms and a neat, close fit­ting hood with a semi-struc­tured peak.

We found the jacket great in light rain and wind, keep­ing the rain out and block­ing the wind, but most im­por­tantly, we didn’t over heat. Even dur­ing faster paced runs it was a joy to be wear­ing and per­formed ex­cep­tion­ally well.

Proviz – REFLECT360 Women’s Run­ning Jacket

Price: £84.99

Stock­ist: provizs­ports.com

Of­fer­ing the most amaz­ing re­flec­tiv­ity, this jacket re­ally could be a life­saver! The lat­est model uses the same ul­tra-high vis­i­ble re­flec­tive fab­ric but the weight has been re­duced greatly. In this women’s ver­sion it’s as lit­tle as 170g (also avail­able in men’s ver­sions) mean­ing you won’t be weighed down as you run.

It’s also more breath­able now, with a mesh sec­tion to the rear to al­low good air­flow. The 360-de­gree re­flec­tiv­ity of the jacket en­sures light is pro­jected back to­wards the light sources, mak­ing you so vis­i­ble it sim­ply has to be seen to be be­lieved.

For those that reg­u­larly train in dark or poorly lit ar­eas where there is any traf­fic at all, this re­ally is a fan­tas­tic gar­ment.

Mizuno – 20K ER Jacket

Price: £115.00

Stock­ist: mizuno.eu Of­fer­ing premium lev­els of both wa­ter­proof pro­tec­tion and breatha­bil­ity, this jacket is a top per­former. The ‘20K’ in the name refers to the hy­dro­static pres­sure rat­ing of the fab­ric, or sim­ply how wa­ter­proof it is and at this level it’s among the best around. Its taped seams are per­fect for even the most de­mand­ing en­durance events, or even just a train­ing run.

It’s also very breath­able too, en­sur­ing bet­ter com­fort and no over-heat­ing. The light­weight, stretch fab­ric al­lows a good range of move­ment and the multi-pan­eled hood pro­vides added pro­tec­tion and a great fit. The large chest pocket pro­vides an easy to reach stor­age op­tion as well as al­low­ing the jacket to fold into it for car­ry­ing in a waist pack as a piece of es­sen­tial kit in change­able weather con­di­tions.

On – Cloud­flyer Wa­ter­proof

Price: £155.00

Stock­ist: on-run­ning.com

Up­dated for the win­ter, the Cloud­flyer, one of the brand’s most pop­u­lar mod­els, gets the wa­ter­proof and re­flec­tive treat­ment.

For the most part the shoe re­mains the same, of­fer­ing good cush­ion­ing from the ‘Cloud’ tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides a rea­son­able level of sup­port and con­trol. It’s not a shoe for out and out over prona­tors but does a pretty good job when a lit­tle con­trol is re­quired.

The fit as al­ways is great, the neatly con­structed up­per hold­ing the foot very well and in this case with a wa­ter­proof up­per. We’ve tried the shoes pretty much ev­ery time it’s rained in the last few months and it’s held up very well, keep­ing our feet dry on the roads and even on the oc­ca­sional stretch of play­ing fields.

The up­per also uses a re­flec­tive treat­ment, with re­flec­tive yarns in­cor­po­rated into the up­per, mak­ing the wearer highly vis­i­ble to other road users. It’s a great sea­sonal up­date that fans of the brand and this model will

wel­come.

Gore – Wind­stop­per Gloves

Price: £42.99

Stock­ist: gorewear.com To­tally wind­proof, these gloves pro­vide ex­cel­lent ther­mal pro­tec­tion even in the cold­est con­di­tions. The fab­ric also pro­vides a high level of wa­ter re­pel­lency, mak­ing them great in any win­ter weather.

The pre-shaped fin­gers are a neat fit and seams are min­i­mal, mean­ing there’s no bunch­ing of the ma­te­rial.

Sil­i­cone print on the thumbs, fore­fin­gers and palms en­sure good dexterity when be­ing worn and con­duc­tive fab­ric even al­lows for the op­er­a­tion of touch screen de­vices with­out re­mov­ing the gloves.

Gore – Gore-Tex In­finium

Soft Lined Hooded Jacket

Price: £259.99

Stock­ist: gorewear.com Like all Gore-Tex prod­ucts this jacket of­fers guar­an­teed wa­ter­proof pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments. Where this par­tic­u­lar jacket dif­fers is that the wa­ter­proof mem­brane is placed on the out­side of the gar­ment.

This means wa­ter in­stantly beads on the outer shell and quickly runs off the gar­ment, leav­ing it drier and lighter due to no mois­ture be­ing held on the gar­ment.

The fab­ric is soft and light and quiet when you run. It’s also wind­proof, breath­able and warm. It’s an amaz­ing fab­ric tech­nol­ogy and this jacket from the in­no­va­tors show­cases it to its best.

As you’d ex­pect the fit is ex­cel­lent. The seams are equally well po­si­tioned and al­low a per­fect range of move­ment. Pock­ets are well placed and the col­lar is soft and snug. There’s also a stretch in­sert at the sleeve end to en­sure a great fit that doesn’t ride up as you move. A nicely shaped hood pro­vides more pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments should it be re­quired and thanks to the soft na­ture of the fab­ric, it re­mains com­fort­able through­out longer runs.

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