Best running jackets 2018 | Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

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Best running jackets 2018 | Reviews & Buyer’s Guide

When a steady downpour, unrelenting breeze or nasty weather hits on during your running, be ready to meet them head-on. A technical running jacket is one of the essential running gears that can make all the difference to your runs.

Invest your valuable money in a good one, and your runs will become one of your favorite workouts of the year. We will guide you which running jackets to consider, and what to look for when you are buying one.

As you are looking for the best possible running jacket, here are some features you must keep in mind while hunting the specs on each garment.

•  Thermal or Shell?
•  Water-Resistance.
•  Reflectivity
•  Weight
•  Wind-Resistance.
•  Breathability

We round up 7 excellent running jackets below, and we would encourage you to read about them to get a good understanding of what is in trend. Our list includes:

NameCurrent Price
Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody


Arc'teryx Incendo Jacket


Patagonia Houdini Pullover


Arcteryx Trino Jacket


Saucony EXO Jacket


Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket


Brook’s Cascadia Shell



Under the banner of these 7 Top Running Shirts 2018 have to offer we are here featuring the 5 best running shirts for men and 2 best running shirts for women.

1)    Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody

The Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody is a highly versatile layering piece with a perfect combination of materials and features. You can carry this outstanding jacket for your running in almost every weather condition.

Manufacturing:

The Outdoor Research Hoody is cleverly designed. The fabric of the Deviator Hoody is constructed using a high weave of Polartec Power Grid 2L, 16% spandex, 84% polyester knit face with plaited knit grid backer on hood, arms and at back panel. While 100% nylon 7D ripstop is used at the front body and back side panels, whereas 100% polyester stretch mesh lining, Pola.

This hoody weighs 321g (10.9 oz), you will hardly feel its presence. Streamlined hand-warmer pockets are made with insulated core, which means hands will instantly capture the warm air as they enter a pocket. The jacket also contains a keyclip and an adjustable waist drawcord. While a chin guard on the zipper and a padded thumb loops are also present.

It is important to mention that the entire hoody is treated with Polygiene odor control, which is certainly a beneficial feature if you are running on hot. The purpose for odor control manufacturing is to keep you fresh even if you are just wearing it for a walk to the Nag’s Head or whatsoever.

Breathability:

The torso features Polartec Alpha insulation which regulates your body temperature, circulating air when you’re active, and keeping it locked in when you’re at rest.

Water Resistance:

As the hood, back panels and sleeves of the Deviator are made using Polartec’s Grid Fleece, which tend to be less warm than Polartec Alpha. The Grid Fleece offers more breathability, and actively wicks the moisture away from your body. So you can easily wear this amazing jacket in rain and during snow fall. Moreover, this special fleece fabric also enables you to stretch your body, so you may not feel restricted when you are bouldering, or running on a cold morning.

Wind Resistance:

The hybrid fabric of this splendid jacket provides you with a great protection against the wind. You can easily wear Deviator Hoody while running, skiing, mountaineering without any hesitation because it Polartec Alpha in front will provide you an effortless and guaranteed wind protection.

Hood:

The Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody comes with a stretchy hood. This hood amazingly fits under or over a helmet. Having this adjustable hood over your head negates the need to carry a light hat.

Portability:

The Outdoor Research Deviator is highly portable. It can pack down to about a size of a coke can. So, you would have no issue of space carrying this amazing jacket.

Due to all these features it is included in our best running jackets 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • 7D ripstop nylon front and side panels
  • Polartec Power Dry High Efficiency arms and back
  • Adjustible hood
  • Polartec Alpha lining
  • Synthetic insulation in the body
  • Polygiene active odor control
  • Trim fit
  • Flat-seam construction
  • Hem drawcord
Cons:
  • No

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Running Shirt 2018 list and one of the best running shirt for men.

2)    Arc’teryx Incendo Jacket

Arc’teryx Incendo Jacket is designed by Canadian perfectionists. This lightweight, trail-running and windproof jacket combines a good protection with enough ventilation to keep comfort levels high.

Manufacturing:

The Incendo by Arc’teryx repels light precipitation, blocks wind, and breathes well, so you may not feel stewing in a sauna 15 minutes into your run.

We really enjoyed all of the splendid features of the Incendo Hoody. It weighs merely 4.1oz, which makes it extremely light and easy to carry. This jacket is manufactured using Lumin 100% nylon 20D Ripstop fabrics. It is important to mention that the jacket is neither over nor under stuffed. Our testers find it amazing because the consistent stuff of the jacket allows them to pack and deploy the jacket while moving.

Breathability:

Arc’teryx Incendo Jacket hits a tough balance between the breathability and water resistance, though leaning slightly in favor of breathability. A fabric does not yet exist that is as breathable as the Arc’teryx Incendo Hoody. It offers you a great breathability at almost every altitude.

Incendo Hoody is breathable enough, when the weather gets warmer you will not feel suffocated inside it. Open under arm mesh panels supports the breathability to a larger extent.

Water Resistance:

Incendo Jacket is lacks in water resistance. So, now consumers need to decide which option they are actually looking for in a light jacket. Moreover, it keeps you dry in light rain. If in heavy rain the jacket gets entirely soaked through, it is still light enough to be present on your body.

Wind Resistance:

The Incendo Hoody is a windproof running jacket from Arc’teryx Endorphin range. For your fast paced athletic running sessions, this running jacket is designed with an athletic cut so your body stands out immediately. The light weight construction of Incendo jacket keeps you light and comfy.

Hood:

This amazing jacket also comes with a highly functional hood that provides you with extra protection. It stay wrapped around your and keep you dry. While all the zippered pockets stuffs into are optimally sized. Not only this, the pockets fit the media devices of this age.

Portability:

Arc’teryx is highly portable as it is very much light weight so you can carry it anywhere with a great ease.
Due to all these features it is included in our best running jackets 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • Lumin wind-resistant nylon fabric
  • Open mesh underarm panels
  • Slim fit
  • Fitted hood with brim
  • Hem drawcord
  • Stowable design
  • Zippered media-compatible hip pocket
  • Breathable underarm mesh.
  • Highly portable.
  • Adjustable hood.
Cons:
  • Low water resistance.

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Running Shirt 2018 list.

3)    Patagonia Houdini Pullover

If you want to have a proven protection then Patagonia Houdini Pullover is a must have in your running kit. This jacket runs right through capricious weather. The Houdini Pullover is designed to be worn over the mid layer or the base layers for running in any environment.

Manufacturing:

This amazing jacket by Patagonia is purely manufactured with 100% durable nylon ripstop shell and DWR finish. Houdini Pullover merely weighs 99 g (3.5 oz). The overall build of this jacket is eye catching. The jacket has zippered chest pocket and lightweight snaps at center front. With a reinforced carabineer clip-in loop, jacket can easily converts to a stuff sack. The cuffs of the sleeves are built with durable half-elastic. Moreover, the hem of the jacket has a drawcord to seal out drafts. While there is a reflective logo right above the left chest pocket as well as at the centre back at the neck.

We really enjoyed all of the splendid features of the Incendo Hoody. It weighs merely 4.1oz, which makes it extremely light and easy to carry. This jacket is manufactured using Lumin 100% nylon 20D Ripstop fabrics. It is important to mention that the jacket is neither over nor under stuffed. Our testers find it amazing because the consistent stuff of the jacket allows them to pack and deploy the jacket while moving.

Breathability:

As mentioned above that this jacket is constructed with 100% nylon so the single layer build gives it exceptional protection from most of the elements but detracts from its ability to breath. You can expect a reasonable breathability from Houdini until the altitude gets too high. So, if someone is looking for a breathable jacket he/she must not go for this jacket.

Water Resistance:

The DWR (durable water repellent) finish makes this jacket highly water resistant. It wicks off the water drops and keeps you dry during a low down pour. The Houdini Pullover also keeps you shielded from the gale force wind during your frigid downhill bike ride.

Hood:

Patagonia Incendo Pullover does not come with a hood. If hood is not your priority and you are looking for a weather resistant jacket then Houdini pullover jacket is just your pick.

Portability:

This Pullover is the Best Bang for the Buck. It proved to be highly lightweight and portable. The stuffed pouch was adequately sized and the zipper is easy to use. The portability adds an extra plus to this amazing must have running jacket by Patagonia. On your road runs you don’t have to worry about the extra weight of your running gear if you are cladded in Incendo having multiple pockets to accommodate your gadgets as well.
Due to all these features it is included in our best running jackets 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • 100% Nylon ripstop material.
  • DWR finish
  • Wind resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Slim fit, hip length
  • Hand pockets, hidden zip stowable
  • Reflective logo
  • Front henley snaps/li>
  • Drawcord hem
  • Highly Portable
Cons:
  • No Hood.
  • Offers less breathability.

4)    Arc’teryx Trino Jacket

If you are looking for a jacket to provide you a high level of protection in some cold, wind and mixed weather mountain running then Arc’teryx Trino Jacket is just your pick. It highly serves the purpose of its production.
Let’s acquaint you with some of the versatile features of Arc’teryx Trino Jacket.

Manufacturing:

Trino jacket is manufactured using water-resistant, windproof and breathable Gore Windstopper with air-permeable Atreus stretch. Gore windstopper is mainly used in chest, down the front arms and across the shoulders. It weighs 430 g (15.2) which is comparatively heavy.

While the under the forearms and the back is made with a stretch fabric Artreus, which allows breathability and freedom of movement. This hybrid manufacturing of Trino jacket makes it best for many runners. To offer you maximum water resistance, the fabric is also treated with DWR finish.

Following the tradition the Arc’teryx put a lot of attention into the nips and tucks of this multi-purpose jacket. Unlike other running jackets, Trino contains a two zipped hand-warmer pockets with super soft lining.
The cuffs are made with a neat and semi-elasticated design and there is also a neat, small soft chin-protection over the top of the main zip.

Breathability:

The Trino Jacket is specially designed with the idea to provide you decent weather protection, but shedding the heat as you run and provide with enough breathability is the primary factor under consideration while manufacturing.

Water Resistance:

The fabric of Trino jacket by Arc’teryx also gets a DWR water resistant treatment to help deal with snow and light showers. The outer layers of the jacket are light, moisture wicking and water resistant to keep you dry and warm. So you can easily add up this amazing gear to your buck for your winter running.

Wind Resistance:

The jacket is manufactured using Windstopper technology so it offers a great protection against wind.

Hood:

The Arc’teryx Trino Jacket does not come with hood.

Portability:

The Trino Jacket by Arc’teryx is a bit heavy as compared to the other jackets on our round up. Moreover, you will not close this jacket into a small sack pack.

Due to all these features it is included in our best running jacket 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • Moisture-resistant outer face fabric
  • Highly breathable—maintains comfort during aerobic activity
  • Lightweight
  • Quick-drying
  • Wind resistant
  • Stretchy fabric allows free movement.
  • DWR Finish
  • Soft brushed lined collar
  • Locking zipper pulls
  • Droptail hem extends coverage
  • Reflective blazes for enhanced visibility in low light
Cons:
  • No hood.
  • Could be more light-weight.

Due to all the features mentioned above it is included in our Top Running Shirts 2018 list.

5)    Saucony EXO Jacket

If you are looking for a light, bright, and weatherproof jacket then we would suggest you to pick Saucony EXO Jacket. This Jacket by Saucony is your best companion in foul and harsh weather while running.
Some of the important aspects of Saucony EXO Jacket are mentioned below.

Manufacturing:

The Saucony EXO jacket is manufactured with 47% Nylon, 53% TPU Film. To reduce the weight of this jacket, Saucony leaves out draw cord adjustments and hood. The fabric stretch, loosely elasticized cuffs, and low rear cut of the EXO jacket makes it ideal for many outdoor enthusiasts. The seams on the front and back of the jacket are sealed with highly reflective tapes that also surround the chest pocket zipper, and mark the top of the hood. ViziPro neon fabric of Saucony EXO jacket makes it equally visible in day as well as in night.

Breathability:

The EXO by Saucony defines itself as a cold-weather jacket, with low breathability. This jacket is mostly appropriate for winter enthusiasts. This piece is preferred for scrambles or alpine running, where weather conditions are not certain and it can turn nasty without warning.

Water Resistance:

Keeping you dry is the name of the game in foul and rainy weather. When the rain starts thumping, you do not need to worry because EXO Jacket is here to provide you the maximum level of water protection with its taped seams. The laminated membrane and sealed seams makes Saucony EXO jacket unbeatable when it comes to water resistance.

Wind Resistance:

You need to do battle, with the elements Mother Nature throws your way, and win. This ultra-light jacket is specially designed with sealed seams and barriers that are impervious to rain, wind and other elements in your way.

Hood:

The Saucony EXO jacket comes with an adjustable scuba-shaped hood.

Portability:

Unlike the other jackets on our round up, the EXO does not pack into its own pocket. So here you need to set your priority, if you have a limited space to accommodate your stuff, Saucony EXO jacket would not be your first choice. But if you agree to compromise some space and get a high protection against rain, wind and other nature elements then EXO jacket is the best pick.

Due to all these features it is included in our best running jacket 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • Highly water resistant
  • Taped seams
  • Best for running in heavy down pour
  • Reflective & visible
  • Wind resistant
  • Bonded chest pocket for water proof storage
Cons:
  • Poor fit
  • No self-storage pocket

6)    Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket

If you are looking for a jacket that provides you a high level protection against nature elements without looking tacky then Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket is just your pick. This amazing piece is a master at climate control.

Manufacturing:

The primary garment of Supernova Storm Jacket by Adidas consists of a repurposed wind fabric, which helps to protect the user from inclement weather. Front body and upper back panel of the jacket is made with 100% polyester plain weave while the collar, sleeves and sides are constructed with 87% polyester / 13% elastane plain weave. The jacket’s overall weight is 211 g (8.8 oz).

The elasticated cuffs provide a comfortable fit. While a hidden zip pocket is present on the left shoulder seam, which is ideal for safe and secure, small-item storage. The center front zip fastening enables the wearer to remove the jacket with ease.

Moreover, the wearer is allowed to manipulate the level of ventilation as per their requirements. In addition to that, a low, jersey-lined collar is prepared with melange fabric, which increases coverage in nasty weather. The amazing thing about Supernova is when it hit with headlights, the static graphic on the shoulders and sleeves bloom brightly to life.

Breathability:

Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket is an athletic powerhouse. It is essentially prepared with ClimaProof wind protection. Due to this the Jacket offers a high level of wind protection to the wearer whilst retaining a good level of breathability.

Water Resistance:

The water-repellent material of Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket worked well, with running off and rain beading. According to our experts only a little ingress occur around the zip. Moreover, the weaved fabric on the sleeve cuffs and collar get a little bit soggy.

Wind Resistance:

Supernova Storm Jacket by Adidas will provide you the highest level of wind protection. A stretchy and thin back panel of Supernova jacket dumps heat, while the comfortable soft-shell nylon front panel and the wind-blocking polyester sleeves curb icy gusts.

Hood:

The Adidas Supernova Strom Jacket does not come with a hood.

Portability:

The light and move-with-you construction of Adidas Supernova Storm Jacket takes on blustery days without weighing you down. You will hardly feel it there. Moreover, this jacket is all in all you best pick for a grotty weather.

Due to all these features it is included in our best running jacket 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • Climalite fabric sweeps all the sweat away from your skin
  • Stand-up collar with full zip
  • Thumb holes
  • Reflective details
  • Secure hidden storage pocket
  • Regular fit
Cons:
  • Could be lighter.
  • No hood.

7)    Brook’s Cascadia Shell:

If you want to keep the nasty weather elements at the bay, Brook’s Cascadia Shell is your best companion. It serves best the purpose of its construction.

Manufacturing:

This versatile, portable Cascadia shell by Brook is constructed with ultrarunner Scott Jurek. This jacket has the great ability to protect against the harsh weather elements with breathable, water-resistant fabric, DriLayer.

This jacket is primarily constructed with 100 % polyster. The construction of Cascadia Shell is so efficient that it follow the contours of body. It comes with long sleeves and stretchable cuffs. It has a straight hem. Brook’s Cascadia Shell contains a back panel that expands to cover and protect your back pack up to 17L.

Moreover, the reflective elements of the fabric of this jacket increase its visibility in dim-light conditions.

Breathability:

DriLayer superseal construction of Brook’s Cascadia Shell helps you keep running without overheating. The underarm and side vents dump the heat when you are most active and running. This ventilation provides you with high breathability.

Water Resistance:

This amazing running jacket by Brook allows you to run comfortably in damp and rainy weather. Its water resistant fabric

Wind Resistance:

Zip up and go with Cascadia Shell by Brook’s in cold and breezy weather because it is constructed with highly wind resistive fabric. And you will feel the best wind protection with this Cascadia shell once you put it on.

Hood:

Brook’s Cascadia Shell comes with a scuba-shaped hood attached with a half-zip. The hood offers a high level weather protection without disturbing your peripheral vision.

Portability:

The packable construction of Cascadia Shell allows easy and quick, on-the-go storage. For easy portability, the jackets pack into its front pocket.

Due to all these features it is included in our best running jackets 2018 list.

PROS:
Pro:
  • Back panel provides protective coverage up to 17L.
  • Highly portable.
  • Hood provides weather protections
  • Underarm and side vents.
  • Wind proof.
  • Water resistant.
  • Highly breathable.
  • Stretchy fabric provides comfortable movement.
  • Reflective in dim light.
Cons:
  • Hood blows off easily.


Final Verdict:

Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or an athlete, stepping out of your door is a must. Nasty and foul weather elements can be a hurdle on your way and make it hard for you to keep up with your running. But a running jacket is your best companion to fight against the harsh elements Mother Nature throws in your way.

Our experts have compiled a roundup of 7 best running jackets available in the market, to help your decision. Hope you’ll find our recommendations helpful 

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