At long last, the weather has shifted. The daylight hours are getting shorter, and there’s the crisp bite of autumn chill in the air as you step out into the morning mist. It’s time, ladies. Time for scarves, boots, layers, pumpkin spice everything, savory soups, and baked goods. Time to shake out your cold weather wardrobe and bring your winter peacoat out of storage because there are only colder days to come.
Weather has a direct impact on the way that we run. Our running wardrobe enables us to run no matter what the weather may be, so it’s important to prepare accordingly. All of those fashionable racerbacks and split shorts of summer are ready to be packed away for warmer days. It’s time for tights, long sleeve tops, half-zips and gloves. One of the most essential staples to a girl’s winter running closet is a jacket that is ready when needed, and since jackets tend to be more of an investment, it’s important that you choose the type that is going to be the most beneficial for your needs.
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 Women’s Storm Shelter Jacket MSRP: $130.00
Don’t be fooled by the cute graphic pattern – it is just as functional as it is fashionable. As you can see from this photo, a striped pattern illuminates your figure while you run in the dark. Perfect for stormy weather, this high visibility jacket is also waterproof.
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.
Salomon Women’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.
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 Women’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.
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 Women’s Isotherm Jacket MSRP: $160.00
This jacket comes built with WINDSTOPPER technology in the front panels, providing complete protection from the chilling wind, and is water-resistant as well.
If you’re not scared of a downpour, your jacket shouldn’t be either! Jackets with the rating of “windproof and waterproof” come with sealed seams and 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 Women’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.
When the chill is enough to keep you indoors but you get out for your run regardless, you need a jacket that will keep the cold out and allow your body to run.
Lole Women’s Unite Jacket MSRP: $120.00
The Bonded Polar technology makes the fabric feel soft and stretchy, while the brushed interior and scuba hood create warmth to protect you from the cold.