Light running jackets are essential as we move towards Autumn/Fall. You need something that can add a layer of protection, while not adding too much weight.
But how do you choose the right jacket for your needs, and which manufacturers fit your local ‘environmental profile’ best? As usual, UsFitties has the answer…
Layering is important as we head into the cooler weather, and light running jackets are a key component when it comes to gearing up for any outdoor activity (hint: you don’t just need to use these for running).
Here is what to look for in a light jacket:
- Zip pockets with enough room for your chosen gadgets and gels
- Mesh panels in the armpits and back to help move heat and moisture out of the jacket
- Good fit – not too tight so that the jacket doesn’t move with you, but not too loose either
- Reflective or high-visibility for those twilight runs as the days get shorter
- Light. You might think it goes without saying, but be sure you can stash the jacket away or tie it around your waist if you need to.
- Matches your local ‘environmental profile’ (see below)
“What do you mean by ‘environmental profile’?”, we hear you ask.
Here in the UK it is typically wet, windy and cold during Autumn, with occasional spates of ‘Indian summer’ days. Elsewhere it may be traditionally warmer, dryer and not as windy during the coming season. Understanding which jackets work well under different circumstances is key to choosing the right light running jacket partner for you.
Here’s a guide to help you pick the right brand of jacket for your environment.
Typically rainy and with higher temperatures
Typically dry and with higher temperatures
- Sweaty Betty – such as the Protector
Typically rainy and cold
Typically dry and cold
- New Balance – such as the Gazelle
Middle of the road
All the options we’ve picked above are available in both men’s and women’s options – just follow the links and search if the product you land on isn’t right for you. You’ll also find a great selection of light running jackets at the following stores:
Which is the best light running jacket for you? Follow the guide above and you’ll be sure to make the right choice…