Great Gear Guide: Winter Running Jackets

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Introducing the Great Gear Guide, Running Warehouse’s rundown of some top choices in running gear. First up: winter running jackets. What do you need to keep your runs comfortable in the rain, sleet, snow and other assorted muck this winter season? Read on for our picks.

Great Jackets for Cool Days

Ah, that delightful, crisp fall air. Except wait a minute, I’m feeling a bit too nippy out here. That’s where the Asics Thermopolis LT Full Zip comes in. The fully peached interior retains heat, and mock neck adds extra coziness. Zip up or down to adjust to just the right temperature.

Others to consider:

  • Nike Element Thermal Full Zip
  • Salomon Men’s XA Midlayer
  • Salomon Women’s Swift Full Zip Midlayer

Great Jackets for Cold Days

It’s a dry day, but it’s cold as the dickens. And we all know how cold the dickens can be. Avoid becoming dickensian on your run when you zip up the Sugoi Firewall 180. Intense thermal properties and soft fully brushed interior make this jacket a cold weather champ. Two generous front storage pockets allow you to carry A Tale of Two Cities and Hard Times, or other essentials for your run.

Others to consider:

  • Zoot Ultra WRKSnano Thermocell Jacket
  • Brooks Utopia Thermal Hooded Jacket/Hoodie II
  • Saucony T-Grid RX Fleece

Great Waterproof Jackets

Keep the cats and dogs off your skin with the GORE Mythos GT AS Jacket. (Note: Actual dog-repellant not included.) Waterproof GORE-TEX fabric blocks water, and a drawcord mock neck and Velcro cuffs further help to keep water out.

Others to consider:

  • The North Face Stormy Trail Jacket
  • Pearl Izumi Infinity Softshell
  • Pearl Izumi Fly Reverse Jacket

Great Water-Resistant Jackets

That fine mist doesn’t feel so fine when it’s making you cold and clammy on your run. That’s where The North Face Apex Lite Jacket comes in. Water and wind-resistant fabric keeps the elements off your skin, while a full mesh back panel helps keep you from overheating. Stretch fabric in key locations allows you to move freely. Media-ready chest pocket lets you bring your tunes along, and a drawcord at bottom hem provides a secure fit.

Others to consider:

  • Brooks Silver Bullet
  • Pearl Izumi Ultra Jacket
  • Pearl Izumi Infinity Jacket

Great Windproof Jackets

The trees outside your window are caught up in the tempestuous wind, and you had an easy 8 scheduled for this morning. Well, looks like you’d better cancel and go back to sleep…not! Did you really think we’d tell you not to train? You need the windproof Salomon Fast Wing III Jacket. Incredibly lightweight material won’t weigh you down while it protects you from the elements. Thumbholes keep sleeves in place and an asymmetrical front zipper with garage keeps your chin from chafing. If the gale suddenly stops while you’re running, you can pack this jacket into a 6”x4” pouch with an elastic arm band.

Others to consider:

  • Brooks Essential Run Jacket II
  • Nike Vapor WR Windrunner Jacket

Great Wind-Resistant Jackets

It’s a brisk day outside and you want to keep a brisk pace without the wind cutting through your run apparel. Enter: Nike Element Shield Full Zip. Wind and water resistant front panels keep the chill out, and stretch panels provide excellent mobility. Inner cuffs protect your digits and a bold reflective hit on the sleeve near the wrist increases your visibility when you run in low-light settings.

Others to consider:

  • Salomon Dynamics Jacket
  • Pearl Izumi Ultra Windblocking Jacket

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