I’m just going to come right out and say it, ladies. There is no winter running jacket that will work well for you under all conditions. If that comes as a surprise to you, you should definitely keep reading. Your running jacket is so important because it keeps your core protected from the elements, and provides a shell of warmth – but different conditions call for different levels of protection. This is not a scheme to get you to buy more running jackets, it’s just the plain and simple truth, girlfriend. Wearing the wrong winter running jacket will at best make you uncomfortable, and at worst make you hate your life.
Check out our helpful guide and pick out which running jacket is best for your winter weather needs.
Best for Mild Winter Weather
Patagonia Women’s Houdini Jacket – MSRP: $89.00
The great thing about a high quality packable jacket is that it provides sufficient protection when needed, and yet it is low commitment because if the weather improves, you can just stow it away into its own pocket. A super lightweight shell with wind and water resistance, the Houdini is perfect for running in changing winter conditions when the temperatures aren’t hovering around freezing.
Best for Rain
Nike Women’s Hypershield Jacket – MSRP: $300.00
Seam sealed with waterproof and windproof fabric, the Hypershield Jacket is a fierce force to be reckoned with. Even the zippers are waterproof, making this expertly designed jacket pretty hard to beat when you’re looking for stormy weather protection. Though it has no thermal lining, the fact that it is so tightly sealed will keep you plenty warm along your run.
Best for Sub-Zero Conditions
ASICS Women’s Softshell Jacket – MSRP: $145.00
Hardcore warmth and hardcore weather proof protection come in handy during the worst winter running conditions. The fleeced interior of the ASICS Softshell Jacket provides an intense amount of warmth, while the weather proof construction does its job to keep the wind, rain, and snow out. With so much protection, you might feel a little overheated – but don’t worry, simply access the zipper at each side and zip it down to reveal mesh panels for enhanced breathability when you need it.
Best for Versatility
Sugoi Women’s Versa Jacket – MSRP: $125.00
It’s a jacket! No, it’s a vest! Wait – it’s BOTH. Perfect for those times when you’re just not sure how much protection and coverage you will need, the Versa is convertible. This jacket is built with magnets that hold the sleeves in place when you need them, and allow you to pull them off when you don’t. Pack the sleeves away in your jacket pockets for easy storage on the run.
Best for High Visibility
ASICS Women’s Storm Shelter Jacket – MSRP: $145.00
Beautiful and unsuspecting during the day, when the lights are low you’ll find the Storm Shelter Jacket to be extremely reflective, providing you with an extremely high visibility option for your winter running. As the name suggests, this jacket is also ready to face your most stormy weather runs, as it is both windproof and waterproof with taped seams.
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Rachel runs for fitness. It’s entirely about personal health and mental/emotional wellness for her. She’s one of those weirdos that finds proofreading to be thrilling. As manager and lead editor for the Running Warehouse Blog, THIS is her baby. She also recently started a graphic design business with her husband Ryan as a side hustle.