Runner Mama lives and runs in the Pacific Northwest, so she understands the predicament of running in the Fall: The weather feels great! Until it doesn’t. When it turns cold, blustery and rainy, we runners are always looking for the magic combination of lightweight protection AND ventilation to keep us comfortable. Well, pull up a coffee and enjoy, because we’ve found some great options! Check out this collection of running jackets perfect for Fall.
Saucony Nomad Jacket
The Saucony Nomad jacket seeks that magical combination just right for runners: Its vented stretch fabric across the back and under arms keeps it breathable, while the lightweight and stretchy FlexShell material on front, sleeves, upper and lower back is water resistant. Also shown in black & white print on the trail runner in the cover photo.
Pearl Izumi Elite Barrier Jacket
Pearl Izumi’s motto for this jacket is: Be ready for anything. The Women’s ELITE Barrier Convertible Jacket is a wind and water resistant shell that quickly converts to a vest. Choose full jacket protection during cool, windy or wet conditions, or go with a vest to keep your core warm when the weather turns mild. Offers wind protection, water resistance and of course vented panels.
ASICS Fujitrail Packable Jacket
A great packable option, the ASICS Fujitrail jacket folds down into its own front pocket and boasts super lightweight construction, so it won’t take up your entire pack and you’ll never be without it on the trail. (TIP: Asics’ retail price for this jacket was $100, so at $59 this one is a steal.)
Puma NightCat Jacket
Mesh back panel for increased air circulation? Got it. Articulated sleeves for freedom of movement? Got em. Want reflectivity? Of course you do. Check out the Puma NightCat jacket’s night view. Pow! This kitty’s got visibility!
Sugoi Zap Run Jacket
Were we just talking about reflective materials? Then we need to talk about the Sugoi Zap jacket. Breathable. Water resistant. But the magic really happens at night: When the headlights flash across your new jacket, you’ll see why they named it ZAP!
Salomon Agile Jacket
Designed as an exceptionally light and packable option, the Salomon Agile jacket is made of 4-way stretch ripstop fabric that’s light, durable and windproof, and has an air vent system on the shoulders and back to keep you comfortable.
Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
Built for flash-storm protection, the 100% waterproof, super-breathable Helium II weighs an incredibly light 5.5 ounces. An ultra-compressible piece you’ll never leave behind, it’s so light and packs down so small, you’ll forget it’s clipped to your harness until you throw it on to ward off a sudden mid-route downpour. Compressible to the size of a granola bar, the Helium II keeps you completely protected.
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What’s most important to you in a running jacket? Is it reflectivity? Windproofing, water resistance, a lightweight design? How about SUPER-FLY LOOKS? (Aww yeahh!) Let us know in the comments!