Run­ning jack­ets

As the harsh win­ter chill makes way for warmer weather, it’s the per­fect time to train out­doors. Do it in style and com­fort with a jacket that will pro­tect you from the el­e­ments

Men's Fitness - - Kit Bag -

Pearl Izumi Fly Soft­shell £90

pearl­ Pearl Izumi has re-imag­ined the clas­sic track­suit top, mak­ing it more stylish and func­tional than its 80s coun­ter­parts. It blocks wind while still be­ing breath­able, and is thick enough that you don’t need to keep mov­ing the whole time to fend off the cold. The stretchy ma­te­rial has a slightly longer back to stop it from rid­ing up, which keeps draughts out and means you don’t have to keep tug­ging it down to pre­serve your mod­esty. Wind can’t sneak up the arm­holes ei­ther, thanks to a skintight in­ner sleeve that starts at the wrist. It’ll cope with a light shower, but this one’s re­ally in­tended for cold, windy days, not rainy ones. All we need now is the match­ing track­suit bot­toms. Pros ■ Soft, com­fort­able ma­te­rial ■ Retro look with mod­ern fea­tures Cons ■ Not suit­able for wet weather ■ Min­i­mal re­flec­tiv­ity VER­DICT ●●●● ● A stylish and comfy top that will keep you warm even on frosty days

Brooks LSD Lite Jacket IV £90

brook­srun­ Un­less you’re run­ning in sub-zero tem­per­a­tures you only need a light jacket, and this one’s so light it’s like hav­ing a sec­ond skin that’s wind­proof and wa­ter­proof. How­ever, it’s not made from breath­able ma­te­rial, so if the sun does grace you with its pres­ence things can get a lit­tle clammy. An ad­justable back vent is sup­posed to help stop you from over­heat­ing, but we found it less than ef­fec­tive. If do you start to sweat, all 99g of the jacket can eas­ily be stuffed into its own back pocket, while if the wind gets up you can stow the hood away so it doesn’t flap about. De­spite the muted colour scheme, re­flec­tive de­tails keep you vis­i­ble in low light. Pros ■ Ul­tra-light­weight ■ Packs away eas­ily Cons ■ Too thin for cooler con­di­tions ■ Clings to sweaty skin VER­DICT ●●●● ● Per­fect for stay­ing pro­tected from the weather on breezy, rainy spring days

Un­der Ar­mour LTWT Warm-Up £50

un­der­ar­ The soft mesh lining in this jacket feels ul­tra-comfy against bare skin, mak­ing it per­fect to sling on be­tween laps in the pool, af­ter races or to and from the gym. It’ll keep you from freez­ing while train­ing, plus the ma­te­rial across the up­per chest and shoul­ders is wa­ter-re­sis­tant; how­ever, it’s not par­tic­u­larly thick so it’s best suited to fair weather. Mois­ture-wick­ing prop­er­ties mean it ac­tively draws sweat from your skin – stop­ping it from gath­er­ing, dry­ing and even­tu­ally smelling. Sadly, that doesn’t mean you’ll never have to wash it, but it does mean it will take longer to de­velop a musty odour if you ever chuck it in your bag and for­get about it. Pros ■ Slim, well-fit­ting cut ■ Good sweat man­age­ment Cons ■ Only partly wa­ter-re­sis­tant ■ No zips on pock­ets VER­DICT ●●● ●● Rea­son­ably priced and com­fort­able with good mois­ture man­age­ment

Glo­faster £ 140 (£ 240 with Glo­faster Gizmo)

glo­ Made from wa­ter­proof yet breath­able ma­te­rial that’s both stretchy and light­weight, this jacket hugs the torso snugly thanks to an er­gonomic cut that’s de­signed not to re­strict your move­ments. So far, so good, but it’s the wear­able tech as­pect that makes it ex­tra­or­di­nary. LED lights run down the front, back and arms, and they don’t just mean you’re easy to spot in the dark – they also give live feed­back on your per­for­mance. Sim­ply set your pa­ram­e­ters (heart rate zone you want to train in, pace you want to run at and so on) on the com­pan­ion app and it vis­ually lets you know if you’re stick­ing to your tar­gets, mean­ing your phone can stay safely in one of the wa­ter­proof pock­ets for the du­ra­tion of your ses­sion. Pros ■ Train­ing aid and jacket in one ■ Highly vis­i­ble in low light Cons ■ Not good for big-chested guys ■ Awk­ward LED switches VER­DICT ●●●●● Take your run­ning to the next level with the help of this tech-in­fused jacket

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