Best Men’s Running Jackets for Winter 2015

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Mike Foote. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon. Photographer: Ian Momsen

We are deep into fall, and that means a few things. It means it’s prime football season, there are beautiful fall colors in the trees, the need for warmer clothing to combat the blustery weather, the stress (and joy!) of holiday travel, and shorter, darker days. Just as the seasons change, so do the demands of your running wardrobe. Pack the shorts and singlets away, my friend; they just won’t cut the cold. Picking out a running jacket that will suit your specific needs is so important (and moderately expensive), so we thought we’d give you a look into some of our top picks for Winter 2015.


High Visibility

With fewer daylight hours to choose from, you may find yourself running in the dark a lot this time of year. A highly reflective jacket will keep you safer by allowing others to see you while you’re out and about.

ASICS Men’s Storm Shelter Jacket MSRP: $130.00

This jacket tastefully provides 360° of illumination for low-visibility runs with reflective details worked into the subtle print design. And you won’t look like a crossing guard during the day when you’d rather not stick out like a sore thumb.

Super Lightweight/Packable

For when you need an extra layer but can’t be weighed down. Or when you’re running and know the weather conditions may quickly change and you may no longer need a jacket. These jackets pack away easily and feel so lightweight, odds are you’ll forget you’re wearing one.

Salomon Men’s Fast Wing Hoodie MSRP: $100.00

Designed for racing in the mountains, you can have hardcore protection without the bulk. The AdvancedSkin Shield technology within the fabric protects against wind and snow, as it is wind and water-resistant.

Wind/Water Resistant

Misty mornings, light rain, high humidity… you don’t need heavy protection, and a water-resistant shell is sufficient protection for your needs. This classification of jacket acts as a shield against mild winter conditions.

New Balance Men’s Windcheater Jacket MSRP: $80.00

Designed to keep you dry and protected in rainy or windy weather, the lightweight fabric is wind and water resistant to shield you from the elements.

Wind Proof/Water Resistant

Jackets with this classification of protection keep the chill of the wind out and keep light rain and moisture blocked out as well. Because it does not have taped seams, this jacket will not be completely waterproof, and jackets with this rating will often have breathable panels in back or under the arms to keep you from overheating.

The North Face Men’s Isotherm Jacket MSRP: $160.00

Built with WINDSTOPPER technology in the front, this jacket provides complete protection from the chilling wind, and is water-resistant as well. FlashDry panels under the arms provide extra breathability (so you won’t die of heat).

Wind/Water Proof

Not even the most blustery conditions will keep you from your run when you’re wearing one of these jackets. The rating of “windproof and waterproof” means this baby is seam sealed with waterproof fabric, keeping the stormy weather out while keeping your core warm and dry. Because they are seam sealed, they are less breathable than other jackets.

Ultimate Direction Men’s Ultra Jacket MSRP: $180.00

This lightweight jacket is designed with fully taped seams, and waterproof and windproof protection. Mesh panels at the underarm area allow a bit of breathability, however, which helps prevent you from overheating on your run.

Thermal

When it’s sunny out but somehow still too freakin’ cold, the chill might be enough to keep you indoors. But not you, you get out for your run regardless, so you need a jacket that will keep the cold out and allow your body to run.

La Sportiva Men’s Voyager 2.0 Jacket MSRP: $119.00

This jacket is built with a soft brushed interior for added warmth and Tech Stretch Guard outer fabric to maintain durability and great freedom of movement. This softshell layers beautifully for additional warmth, and the high mock neck provides added coverage.

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