I know that you might not believe it, but it won’t always be this cold. Those of you in the middle of a snow storm, sub-zero temperatures, or experiencing the wrath of El Niño may have lost faith that warmer days are coming. But take heart, ye runners of midwinter. Spring is coming, we promise, and with it comes the need for a lightweight jacket that transitions as easily as the weather around you.
There are jackets that are ideal for the time of year when you don’t need something heavy, you just need something protective. These jackets may have some or all of the following features.
Super lightweight – When you don’t need too much added warmth, a super lightweight jacket provides an added shell of protection without the bulk.
Packable – A few of these jackets are packable, which is very convenient for unpredictable weather! They are easy to put on during a cloud burst, and easy to take off and stow when the sun comes back out- the best of both worlds.
Weather resistant – These jackets come with various degrees of weather resistance, helping to block wind and shed water so you won’t get soaked in a sudden downpour. Jackets with weather resistance are perfect for misty morning runs and light, patchy rain on a blustery day.
Reflective details – The days are starting to get longer, but not fast enough to keep up with your crazy schedule. You need a jacket that features reflective design elements to keep you seen even when the suns not out.
Stylish – Sacrifice nothing when you need that extra layer. Take one look at these jackets and you’ll see that they are as much of a highly technical running piece as they are a fashion statement.
The North Face Men’s Better Than Naked Jacket – MSRP: $120.00
This super lightweight, packable jacket provides near-weightless comfort with breathable side panels (for great ventilation). Reflective details on all sides give you tons of visibility in the low-light conditions of late winter and early spring.
Brooks Men’s Run-Thru Jacket – MSRP: $98.00
Breathability is paramount when it comes to the Brooks Run-Thru Jacket. The mesh body provides excellent ventilation and provides this jacket with a lightweight construction, and with water-resistant shoulder panels, light rain is no match. Having a more casual look, this lightweight jacket will take you from run to around town.
Nike Men’s Impossibly Light Crackled Jacket – MSRP: $120.00
Packable, ultra lightweight, and a bold print set this jacket apart from the rest. Light rain and wind are no match, and even when you’re out running past the daylight hours, or even before the sun rises, you’ll be more visible thanks to the reflective design details.
Patagonia Men’s Houdini Packable Jacket – MSRP: $89.00
We’ve already raved about Patagonia, so we’ll cut to the chase. With DWR coated fabric, this lightweight jacket is wind and water resistant, so you get stylish protection without bulk. And much like the name suggests, the Houdini Jacket disappears into itself via a zippered pocket, should the weather improve.
Brooks Men’s LSD Jacket – MSRP: $98.00
Packable? Check. Super lightweight? Check. Wind and water resistant? Check. Stylish? You bet. It’s the complete package, and a compact one, at that. The eye-catching print and sleek style also come with reflective details to keep you more visible.