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
Stance – Men’s Uncommon Solids Wool Crew
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
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
On – Weatherproof Jacket
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
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
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
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
Gore – Windstopper Gloves
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
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.