It packs into its own chest pocket and features reflective branding for nighttime use. Finding a completely windproof jacket would most definitely hinder the breathability of a running jacket. The RS is another softshell designed for a blend of riding and running.
If you go for a run in the pouring rain for more than a few minutes, you will get wet with any of the jackets we tested. That being said, most companies use a DWR finish added to their jackets to repel water. This technology does perform reasonably well and has the benefit of adding weather protection to a single layer of fabric; however, it does require some maintenance.
After some time, the DWR finish will wear off and it's up to you to use a special wash that is specially designed to not leave any residue on your technical gear and then reapply the DWR coating which can be found as a spray-on or wash-in product. Some pieces use a combination of DWR coating and uniquely designed fabrics to accelerate the evaporation time, sometimes using the runner's body heat to aid the already accelerated process further.
The Anorak proved to have superior weather resistance compared to the rest of the jackets. As far as wind is concerned, the goal is to find a jacket that buffers the wind and keeps it from battering you. Finding a completely windproof jacket would most definitely hinder the breathability of a running jacket.
We recommend checking out our wind jacket review if you are looking for something that is completely windproof. While offering substantial wind resistance is desirable, the real goal is to find the jackets that pair wind resistance with breathability and venting. Strategically placed vents are the key. Making a wind resistant jacket doesn't seem to be a challenge, as companies were accomplishing that in the 70s and 80s.
But, we want a wind resistant jacket that is as breathable as a fleece. The Outdoor Research Boost has accomplished just that. They placed windproof panels strategically as to retain the jacket's breathability and protect the wearer from harsh wind.
Unfortunately, the Boost was discontinued; fortunately, this was to make room for the OR Tantrum II which might be an even better all-around jacket when compared to its predecessor. While things like Fit and Mobility are going to vary for each runner, there are aspects to the comfort of the jacket that will be pretty constant. Things like incorporating stretch material into the design, as well as joining panels with seams strategically placed, so they don't come in contact with the skin in irritating ways.
Throughout the testing process, it became apparent that some of the jackets were designed with movement in mind. It's important to find a model that doesn't just feel good while you're standing in the department store; we found that one of the most important aspects of finding the best running jacket was deciding upon one that we didn't particularly notice while we were running. Those jackets typically had a semi-loose fit, and incorporated sewing patterns that had soft seams and stretch material.
The Tantrum II is the quintessential model for comfort and mobility. It combined material with a small amount of stretch and clever sewing creating seams that didn't irritate even the softest most irritable skin.
That's not to say that if a jacket doesn't have stretch material that it won't be comfortable, but as a general rule, those jackets that did have stretch material were more comfortable for all-day excursions. Safety is a primary concern when running both in urban environments and out on the trail. Ideally, your running jacket will be your outermost layer and thus will need to provide visibility. Even if you are alert, not listening to music, and aware of your surroundings, other people might not be.
Drivers are more distracted today than ever. The brighter and more reflective your jacket, the higher chance that a driver with a minivan full of youth soccer kids will notice you crossing the street. While there are many things, you should do and be aware of while running, wearing a bright and reflective jacket is a passive way to protect yourself from motorists.
You should be looking for reflective material on all four planes. You need reflective material in front, back, and ideally wrapping around both arms. The movement and swinging motion of your arms help the reflective fabric stand out against other urban reflective materials. Are you looking for a running jacket to wear nearly all the time during cooler weather regardless of rain, wind?
You want a jacket that is equipped with a high level of breathability and venting. As we stated before, none of these other attributes matter or will even have a chance to help you unless you are wearing the jacket. Its ability in both sports is good, and of the mid-weights in this test, it proved one of the better performers.
The highly flexible underarm panels help with run movement. The Stealth II is equally at home on midwinter icy runs and on the bike. The reflective details could be bigger — especially on such a stealthy, black jacket — but the addition of a light clip on the back helps, allowing you to attach an LED blinker. Inov-8 is all about high-intensity exercise in the mountains. That means this jacket is designed for two things: The four-way-stretch Race Elite softshell is a half-zip affair — a soft sports smock, if you will.
The slight drop tail and long arms make the odd bike ride doable as well, but running up a Lakeland pass is really where this jacket wants to be. Build quality is first rate, and from experience, Marmot gear will last the proverbial lifetime. The upper arm vents are cleverly positioned to draw cooling air in, whether in run or ride mode. All up, a worthy choice for cold weather training. Salomon has worked hard to up its game in the running market and its clothing, which has always been well made, has, if the hype is to be believed, finally found its running feet.
The Charvin is a fairly straightforward softshell jacket that would be equally at home on a damp and blowy run as it would a walk along the beach or a weekend hiking in the mountains.
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