If we had it our way, every run would start and finish in perfect weather. But Mother Nature’s idea of perfect isn’t always warm sun and a cool breeze. For those of us not living in a Nike commercial, sometimes the long mileage day may start with a thunderstorm or a few inches of snow. Instead of rolling over and heading back to sleep, grab a good running jacket and start pounding out those miles. Whether you’re just heading around the block a few times, working on your interval training or putting in a marathon, these running jackets are made for soldiering through the tough stuff.
Montbell’s Tachyon jacket is one of the most packable that we’ve used. When you don’t need it, simply squeeze it down into the stow pocket, which is the size of a candy bar, and stash it in your fanny pack or key pocket. The Tachyon also features mesh under arm vents to keep you ventilated where you need it most.
Patagonia Houdini Pullover
The pullover design of Patagonia’s Houdini keeps it ultralight and provides fewer potential places for wind to penetrate the jacket. It also features a DWR finish that repels water if you get caught in an afternoon shower. The Houdini runs slim, so if you like your jacket to fit looser, size up.
If your runs take you off the beaten path, the Incendo has you covered. While it weighs a bit more than your typical running jacket, it has a few added touches that make it a great trail running jacket like cinches at the waist, a rear pocket for your phone and a DWR finish to keep you dry.
Montane Featherlite 7
Montane’s new Featherlite 7 packs down to the size of an apple, and as its name implies, it weighs almost nothing. The 48-gram jacket packs into its own collar, as opposed to a pocket, which eliminates the need for a zipper other than the main one on the front. As a safety feature, the jacket also has reflective touches to keep you visible at night.
Salomon S-Lab Hybrid
Salomon’s S-Lab Hybrid jacket, as its name implies, is a hybrid zip-up pullover. It zips three quarters of the way down and features a stretchy waistband that holds the bottom of the jacket in place. The waistband also acts as a stuff sack for the jacket when it isn’t in use. It also comes with an articulated hood that provides protection while still offering ample field of view.