Running: Winter Kit

velocity run jacket emily torjussen by Sweaty Betty

Finally, the cold weather is here which means it is time to look at some winter kit. This post focuses on running jackets only, for both men and women. 

I tend to get super-warm when I run. It is November and I am still running in my shorts.

It is a little windy and there is light rain so I need something a bit more substantial than a running top to keep the elements at bay.

Dan was also in the market for a running jacket. He doesn’t get as warm as I do, but wanted something light to keep the wind away and hold-up in a shower.

Ladies Jacket: Sweaty Betty

Velocity Run Jacket. Image from sweatybetty.com

Velocity Run Jacket. Image from sweatybetty.com

I was in Brighton at the weekend so decided to check out the Sweaty Betty shop. I’ve never worn their clothing before but I have heard good things. The women in the shop were really helpful and friendly and helped me find something light.  The Velocity Run Jacket and the Ultra Run Jacket.

The Ultra Run jacket wasn’t really to my taste; the fabric felt a little thicker and it had a belt so that if could fold into itself and clip around the waist. This wasn’t really a feature I was looking for.

The Velocity Run jacket was much more suitable. It is nice and bright (good for when it gets dark) and felt incredibly light.

I’ve tested it on a couple of runs and so far I am really pleased. You can hardly feel it on you but it offers enough protection to keep the chill of the wind off. On my last run, it rained. The jacket is showerproof, not water proof but I didn’t feel cold and damp. If you don’t get as warm as me running, this jacket can offer a good layer of protection over a long sleeved top.

The jacket folds up quite well, you can quickly and easily fold it into its own pocket. There is also enjoy room to wear a running belt underneath.

Mans Jacket: inov8

inov8 Race Elite 70 Windshell Jacket

inov8 Race Elite 70 Windshell Jacket

Dan purchased his jacket from running brand inov8.  The race elite 70 windshell jacket is lightweight and is a pullover style, rather than a full zip jacket. It comes with a small pouch that can hold the jacket and easily fit into a running vest or belt.

“The jacket kept me dry in the rain showers. The fit is spot-on, allowing enough room for movement but close enough to keep me warm.”

Yet to test it out on a series of runs, the jacket is performing very well. The fit is quite small, which is suitable but might feel a little tight on others. Other reviews suggest ordering a size up for comfort. The colour is nice and bright with a useful pocket.

Summary

These jackets are both on the pricey side, ranging from £60 – £99.  However, comparing this jacket to one I purchased for £15 there is quite a difference. The biggest difference is the breathability of the fabric and the weight. The fit is also a little better. My cheaper jacket tends to act a little bit like a sail in windy conditions.

If you can afford to spend a little more on your kit, then it is certainly worth checking out these jackets.

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