Top 10 Mens Running Jackets for 2021:​

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Top 10 Mens Running Jackets for 2021:

A good running jacket is vital in winter – you need something to keep you motivated to get out and pound the pavements in the chillier months. It’s an investment, but finding something warm, waterproof and with good ventilation will make all the different to your running.

Here’s our list of the very best women’s running jackets that will ensure you stay dry without overheating this winter.

What To Look For In Mens Running Jacket:

Ideally you want to keep the wind and rain out, without getting too hot and bothered inside your jacket. Water-resistant (showerproof) jackets will keep a bit of drizzle at bay, while a fully waterproof jacket will keep you dry in a downpour, but it’ll be less breathable.

When shopping for a jacket you’ll pay more for the latest technical fabrics that keep you dry and help you avoid overheating. Top-of-the-range jackets will include flat, sealed seams, breathable panels, waterproof zips and so on.

A hood can be useful – it will keep the wind and rain out better than a hat – but if your normal routes cross a lot of roads, beware, because hoods can reduce your peripheral vision.

And if you’re running near roads, staying visible in low light should be a key consideration. Opt for something with reflective elements, while flashy colours and bold patterns can help you be seen from a distance by traffic.

We also think zippable pockets are essential – no-one wants to leave their phone at home, right? – so make sure your chosen jacket has one that’s large enough.

And finally, while any outdoorsy jacket can keep the wind and rain at bay, a running-specific jacket keeps rustling to a minimum and affords you more freedom of movement. Start your search with our latest round-up of running jackets for women, ordered from least to most expensive.

What run jacket features do you need?

Depending on the kind of running you do, you’ll have different demands and expectations from your kit. 

For example, if you run long distances off-road you might need carrying capacity for food whilst road runners doing shorter distances can get away with something a bit lighter.  

Here are a few common features to take into consideration. 

Packability:

A lightweight running jacket that can pack down into the corner of a gym bag or pocket is perfect to have on hand in case the weather takes a turn. Most are water-resistant, which means they’ll withstand a bit of drizzle but will eventually soak through.

Packable jackets that are fully waterproof and breathable used to be pretty hard to find but GORE has found the magic formula with their Shakedry fabric.  

Fit:

Whilst some runners prefer looser styles and others prefer a more streamlined fit, the key here is to wear something you can move in. When you try it on, do you have your full range of arm movement?

If you’ll be scrambling up and down inclines or incorporating some mobility drills into your workout, look for jackets that incorporate stretch panels and flatlock seams that won’t irritate.

If you want a close-fitting jacket, make sure that it does up easily without feeling restrictive when you’re taking deep breaths.

Breathability:

Modern running jackets are made to be breathable. If the skin can’t breathe, you end up feeling clammy which can have a chilling effect. 

For higher-intensity activity, look for jackets that have armpit vents which allow body heat to escape without letting the cold and rain in. 

Weather protection:

What kind of weather will you be running in and for how long? If you’re running shorter distances in urban areas you might be able to get away with a more lightweight water-and-wind-resistant jacket. 

If you’re battling the elements for a prolonged period of time, it’s worth investing in something that will offer protection. As well as water-and-wind-proof fabrics, look for:

  • Taped seams so your jacket doesn’t leak.
  • Adjustable cuffs so you can seal warmth in and keep the rain out.
  • A peaked hood that won’t blow down.
  • Mesh lining to keep moisture away from the skin, or fleece lining for added warmth.

Visibility:

If it’s Waterproof jacket you need, which is more likely to be during the darker months. Hi-viz colours will make you stand out during daylight hours – they work by reflecting what little light there may be around and can appear up to 200 times brighter than conventional colours.

If there’s no daylight, hi-viz colours become a lot less effective so make sure your jacket also incorporates some reflective elements. Retro-reflective bounce light back in the direction it came from which means they glow under headlights and street lights. But as many seasoned running will recommend always use a running headtorch or running chest light in the dark. Even under street lights many drivers cant see you!!

Pockets:

Think about how far you’ll be running and what you’ll be carrying. Pockets add bulk and complexity which can push the price up. If you run shorter distances, you might be able to get away with no pockets at all. If you normally go far enough to need energy top-ups, you may want capacity for snacks.

Music lovers should look for media-specific pockets which normally have cable-routing to keep headphone cables out of the way. 

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