Winter Running Jackets For Women
With a few more months of cold temperatures ahead of us, it’s time to think about running kit which will keep you warmer and drier whatever the weather. If you don’t have a running jacket, now’s the time to invest. Or perhaps your existing running jacket has seen better days? Here’s our pick of the bunch.
First of all, assess what you need from a running jacket. Do you simply need a lightweight, windproof outer, or are you in a very cold part of the country which means you’ll need insulation and protection from sleet or snow? Is it more important to stay warm, or dry? How many layers are you likely to wear under your jacket?
There are a few things most of us will need from a running jacket: plenty of easily-accessible pockets, secure internal pockets for valuables, reflective panels and material which is easy to clean and quick to dry. Other design features might appeal, such as thumb-loops, extra-long sleeves or clever pockets designed for MP3 players.
Ronhill has a range of great running jackets for women to suit all budgets. We particularly like the Advance Windlite jacket which is suitable for all but the most extreme UK weather conditions. It’s lightweight and breathable, and the material has a durable water repellent treatment. It’s got a cosy micro fleece collar, zipped rear security pocket and important reflective graphics. It retails at around £35-50.
Montane is another reliable brand for running jackets. The showerproof Featherlite Marathon jacket is a great choice for running in light rain: it’s lightweight, brightly coloured with reflective detailing and very breathable. This jacket also retails at about £35-50.
You could also consider a running jacket from OMM. The Kamleika is an investment (at between £135-150) but likely to be one of the best bits of kit in your running wardrobe. It’s soft and stretchy design fits your body so it won’t flap noisily in the wind and will move as you do. It’s very breathable, designed for anyone from walkers and joggers through to mountain marathon endurance runners. It’s got roomy pockets, an adjustable hood and cosy tabbed cuffs. If it gets too warm, you can easily unzip it whilst on the run and tie it around your waist. The Kamleika also comes in the slightly cheaper and less advanced version, called the Kamleika Smock. Do you have a favourite, tried-and-tested running jacket? We’d love to hear from you in our discussion forums.