Running jackets can make running (or walking) in the UK a little more tolerable when facing the ever changing weather conditions. If they are of good quality, they should keep you dry but at the same time, not cause you to overheat.
Running jackets come in different designs, all with slightly different functionality, but the basic requirements should be that they are waterproof and breathable. Some are also windproof, thermal, high vis and reflective. Depending on the brand, the span of sizes can range from XS to XXL.
Many running jackets are made from the high-performance material Gore Tex, which we will go more into detail about later. In this guide we are going to look at running jackets in more detail.
In no particular order, we are going to cover some of our favourite running jackets for men:
- Soar Running Winter Anorak
- Inov-8 Stormshell Waterproof Jacket
- Hoka Performance Shield Jacket
- Saysky Element 3L Waterproof Jacket
- Nike Therma-Fit Repel Gilet
- Higher State Ultra Jacket
- Salomon Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket
- Kiprun Warm Regul Windbreaker Running Jacket
- Nike Storm-Fit Run Division Jacket
- Soar Running Windbreaker Jacket
Soar Running Winter Anorak
The Winter Anorak is close fitting and is cut to the hip. Raglan sleeves enable a wide range of movement. It can be worn either direct-to-the-skin or over a thin base layer.
This Anorak features a double-applied water repellent (DWR) finish – first to the yarn and then to the finished fabric - offering unrivalled protection against rain. The material is then shrunk under high temperature to achieve a tightly woven windproof structure. The result is a weatherproof stretch fabric that does not need an internal membrane, bringing an end to the clingy feeling synonymous with many waterproof shells.
The taped seams and close-fitting hood enhance this jacket’s weatherproofing capabilities. There are reflective panels and logos through so that you can be seen in poor light and rear and chest pockets provide a place for valuables.
Inov-8 Stormshell Waterproof Running Jacket
Price - £180 | Buy From Inov-8
The Stormshell Waterproof Running Jacket is an incredibly lightweight, waterproof running jacket, weighing only 175g. It is constructed from a highly breathable, waterproof Pertex Shield fabric that ensures comfort and protection. This jacket has a waterproof rating of 20,000 HH (Hydrostatic Head) and offers uncompromising waterproof protection, built to withstand over 20,000 mm of rain in a 24-hour period.
The adjustable hood makes sure it stays put, and the taped seams ensure no leakage. The full-length zip ensures ease of putting on and taking off, and the jacket even packs away into its own pocket making it easy to carry. There are thumb loops to keep the sleeves in place, and reflective detailing for increased visibility.
Hoka Performance Shield Jacket
Price - £110 | Buy From Hoka
The Hoka performance shield jacket comes as part of a range of wet weather gear designed for running; including the shield headgear and neck gaiter.
This jacket features a lightweight protective shell in a slim fit with asymmetric zip.
A bold silver reflective print features on the back and a reflective fleck string puller so that you remain visible in poor light. The soft knit cuff with thumb hole ensures the sleeves stay in place and the bonded seams repel the rain.
Saysky Element 3L Waterproof Running Jacket
Price - £289 | Buy From Saysky
This 3-layer jacket is unisex and comes in a regular as opposed to slim fit. It has 3 layers, made from 100% nylon with a PU membrane. It is designed to withstand wind and rain, the zips are waterproof, and the seams are full taped and sealed.
Side and back ventilation means you won’t overheat whilst working hard and the reflective logos will ensure you can be seen well. Zipped front pockets provide a secure safe place to put valuables. The hood is adjustable at the back so that it fits securely and stays on.
Nike Therma-Fit Repel Gilet
Price - £84.95 | Buy From Nike
The Nike Therma-FIT technology in this gilet helps manage your body's natural heat to help keep you warm in cold-weather conditions. Combined with woven, water-repellent fabric, it helps keep you dry and comfortable in wet weather.
Insulating technology is combined with water-repellent fabric so you stay dry and comfortable. Synthetic-fill insulation is placed throughout for warmth. It has perforations for optimal breathability. This garment is a gilet and doesn’t have detachable sleeves or a hood. The gilet is only available in black.
Higher State Reflective Ultra Waterproof Jacket
Price - £39 | Buy From Sportsshoes
The Higher State Reflective Ultralite Waterproof Running Jacket has waterproofing and wind-proofing capabilities and is designed with a technical fit, making it comfortable when in motion. This running jacket is breathable, so you won’t overheat, as it allows air to flow through the jacket helping to reduce the build-up of heat.
The seams on this jacket are flexible for ease of movement, and the fluorescent and reflective material also has UV protection properties as an added benefit. There is full zip as well as waterproof zipped pockets in the sides and chest. A drawstring hem allows the wearer to customize the fit.
Salomon Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper Pro Running Jacket
Price - £180 | Buy From Salomon
Salomon Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper Pro Running, is windproof as well as being waterproof, so is ideal for when the temperature really drops and rain pours.
It has great stretch and breathability, making it ideal for intense endurance training. It has a slim fit and is very lightweight meaning it is convenient to store and easy to wear. The 4-way stretch softshell and stretch panels ensure a precise fit close to your body without limiting movement.
The GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® softshell is really breathable with strategic brushed knit for better wicking where you sweat most. It is also has laser cut holes for ventilation.
Reflective branding and inserts allow for good visibility, and a zipped chest pocket provides a secure place to store valuables.
Kiprun Warm Regul Windbreaker Running Jacket
Price - £59 | Buy From Decathlon
The Kiprun Warm Regul Windbreaker Running Jacket is designed to be wind and rainproof, and is intended to keep you warm and comfortable in temperatures between 0-10 degrees.
The zips and zones of this jacket are made with breathable fabric for ventilation. The softshell membrane will keep you protected from light rain, and may not be suited to heavy downpours. There is an adjustable hood that can be packed away into the collar.
There are built-in mittens and thumb holes for keeping hands warm, as well as two front zip pockets for valuables. An extra design feature is a handy attachment for a red flashing running light on the arm.
Nike Storm-Fit Run Division Jacket
Price - £269 | Buy From Nike
The Nike Storm-Fit Run Division Jacket uses Nike’s advanced engineering to create a jacket that keeps you warm as well stopping you from overheating. Nike used athlete body mapping to find where you heat up the most. Using that information, they placed vents at the forearms, front pockets and a zip vent at the back.
A lower back zip pocket is large enough for your phone, and it can be turned into a bag and used to pack down the jacket when not in use. An elastic strap lets you easily carry the bag. Built-in mittens on the jacket help extend coverage for warmth.
There is a 3 panel hood for to keep your head dry, and a "Nike Run Division" reflective-design logo for visibility.
Soar Running Wind Jacket
The Windbreaker 2.0 is windproof to protect against blustery, chilly conditions, although not waterproof. It is essentially a long sleeve top that fits close and features only the essentials for maximum running functionality.
The ergonomic design prevents the top riding up or bunching by matching the shape of your lower torso. To save on weight and bulk, the cuffs and hem are laser cut and contain no elastic, while the ergonomic arm construction means the sleeves sit exactly where you want them as you run. A lower back cord system keeps out any draught.
The top’s brushed interior offers next-to-skin comfort and insulation, making it incredibly versatile – wear it as a single layer in mild weather, or over a base layer when the temperature drops. A bonded pocket to the lower back has space for gels or a phone, and for running in low light, reflective elements feature throughout.
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