Running is so popular and such a big business that there is no end to the types of apparel you can buy to assist you once you’ve planned your route and laced up your shoes. Once you’ve got the basics of a running top and a pair of running shorts out the way, you’ll want to start thinking about investing in a running jacket.
Ideal for use in the colder months or those fresh summer mornings, a running jacket will help to keep your body warm and your blood pumping, allowing you to keep pushing for longer. They’re not simply a winter accessory though, far from it, you never know when you might be caught out in a rain shower and a running jacket can once again be your saviour, as more often than not they’re made from water-repellent material.
Of course, sifting the genuinely useful and high-performance jackets from the imposters isn’t always easy, so we’ve taken the challenge upon ourselves to bring you a definitive guide to the very best running jackets available right now. Expect big-name brands, up-and-coming independents and a few others that you may have heard of, but would never have expected to produce running gear.
Men’s Running Jacket FAQ
Your running jacket should be as lightweight as possible, ergonomic and allows for maximum freedom of movement. It should also protect your body from the elements without hindering performance. It should be big enough to fasten at the front and loose enough to be breathable, giving you enough flexibility of movement as you run. Your running jacket should be comfortable to train in. Yes. Wearing a jacket while running increases your body temperature and circulation. As your heart rate increases, you burn more calories. However, it is always not a good idea to wear a running jacket, particularly if the weather is hot.
What makes a good running jacket?
How tight should a running jacket fit?
Does wearing a jacket while running burn more calories?
Your running jacket should be as lightweight as possible, ergonomic and allows for maximum freedom of movement. It should also protect your body from the elements without hindering performance.
It should be big enough to fasten at the front and loose enough to be breathable, giving you enough flexibility of movement as you run. Your running jacket should be comfortable to train in.
Yes. Wearing a jacket while running increases your body temperature and circulation. As your heart rate increases, you burn more calories. However, it is always not a good idea to wear a running jacket, particularly if the weather is hot.
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Under Armour Qualifier Weightless Packable Jacket
Lululemon Fast and Free Jacket
Gymshark Speed Running Jacket
The Speed Running Jacket is the same, being made from an incredibly lightweight, water-repellent and breathable material. You're also given a hood to keep your head dry during showers and a couple of pockets give you somewhere to store your phone.
New Balance R.W.T. Lightweight Jacket
Part of the Rightweight collection, this jacket can be combined with other pieces in the series to help you layer up (or down) without adding excess bulk. Extra features such as zip hand pockets for secure storage, elasticated cuffs and New Balance's DRY moisture-wicking technology. Plus, it looks so god damn cool, especially in the violet colour.
Brooks Running Canopy Jacket
The Canopy Jacket offers complete wind and water protection thanks to a breathable DriLayer Seal fabric, which also so happens to let heat out from your body to prevent you from boiling over when pounding the pavement. When you're not using it, the jacket will stow away inside an integrated bag and a few zipped pockets will keep your valuables close to you.
Soar Running Ultra Rain 2.0 Jacket
It's made from lightweight Japanese fabric that promises to keep you dry when the weather takes a turn (it claims to be "the best performing wet-weather running shell available). Elasticated cuffs and taped seams add to its repellant qualities and is flexible enough to be packed away into the smallest of bags. It's also an adept performer at night thanks to large reflective chevron panels.
Patagonia Houdini Packable Hooded Jacket
Arc'teryx Incendo Lumin Hooded Jacket
It's made from the ultra-lightweight Lumin material that also happens to be water- and wind-resistant. You get breathability from vented underarm panels, an elongated hem to stop your bum getting rained on and it can be packed up into itself. How versatile.
On Running Weather Jacket
It will keep you dry too thanks to a DWR (durable water repellant) coating and you'll barely know you're wearing it due to a lightweight construction from Japanese fabrics. It's available in some fetching colour options to boot.
2XU XVENT Run Jacket
Adidas Own the Run Jacket
Hoka One One Shakedry Jacket
You're able to fit a small bag on your back and still be able to get the jacket on, and strategically-placed zips even let you access said bag without taking the jacket off. Genius.
The brand's S/LAB collection is designed especially to deal with the worst conditions you could come across, and this Motionfit 360 jacket will protect you from wind and rain, while remaining ultra breathable. It's also lightweight and stretchy enough to tie around your waist and that same stretch allows it to be worn over a backpack.