While running outside on a sunny, 25 degree day is an absolute dream, we can’t control the weather and don’t always have the luxury of perfect conditions (especially if you live in Cape Town). As a result, we need the absolute best running jacket to keep us protected from whatever Mother Nature might throw our way.
A solid running jacket should feel comfortable when you move and provide adequate breathability (i.e. it should allow some air to pass through so you don’t get crazy sweaty and overheat). However, while allowing airflow to avoid feeling like your trapped in a sweaty sauna, it should also serve as windbreaker, and be either waterproof or water-resistant to keep you dry and warm. Plus, when looking for the best running jacket, you’ll want to look for one that’s a little loose around the shoulders so you can actually pump your arms. (A very important part of becoming a better runner, BTW.) Seems like a lot of different elements for one piece of clothing right? And, we haven’t even mentioned the fact that you’ll want to look stylish while trekking all around town.
Trying to find a good quality running jacket can be tricky. But, whether you are looking for something lightweight for cool autumn mornings or something a little thicker for braving a winter run, there is a running jacket for you. Below are seven of the best running jackets on the market, that will keep you protected rain or shine, so that you can run outside all year round!
Salomon Lightning Jacket
Whether it is already raining, or it is just a damp, unpredictable day, a light-weight rain jacket is what you need to stay dry and relatively mud-free during your next trail run or race. This waterproof jacket from will do just that and can be easily stowed into a small pocket of your hydration jacket if the sun decides to shine.
Rave review: “I bought this jacket for a race and needed to make 100% sure it would be able to handle a winter downpour. I decided to test it out in the shower… and boy did it deliver! It proved to be an absolute life-saver when the Cape Town’s tempremental weather decided to turn on me mid-race. Money well spent!
Nike Sportswear Windrunner Jacket
In classic Nike fashion, this running jacket is wind and water-resistant while being totally stylish. Plus, it comes in 5 different colourways and sixes XS to XXL.
Rave review: “I just purchased this jacket this week and already in love with it. The style is a loose fit but perfect on my petite frame (I got XS). Good for running outside or outdoor workouts. Good windbreaker that wicks away moisture while keeping you warm.”
adidas Own The Run Hooded Wind Jacket
Catching a chill while running into headwind and drizzle won’t be an issue in this adidas running wind jacket — thanks to its water-repellent finish. Plus, reflectivity on all sides will helps you stand out on those gloomy autumn mornings.
Rave review: “It does everything I wanted. Really lightweight, keeps the wind out, and doesn’t feel like an extra layer. The sleeves are just slightly longer than normal sleeves which I love as it helps to keep your hands warm! Nice colour. Love it.”
Maxed Zip-Through Active Hoodie
This jacket from MRP Sport is a great lightweight option for breezy autumn mornings. The fit allows for un-obstructed move-ability, while reflective strips mean you will be highly visible if you’re stepping out at dawn.
Rave review: “While it might not be the ‘warmest’ jacket I own, I do love that this jacket is super light, breathable and very noticeable in the dark (LOVE the lumo colour). Plus, you can’t beat the price!
Under Armour Outrun The Storm Jacket
As if being waterproof wasn’t enough, this jacket from Under Armour repels water while remaining extremely lightweight and breathable. With reflective detailing to add low-light visibility, try this jacket next time you decide to become a winter storm-chaser.
Rave review: “Wow! what a great jacket. I love everything about it. From the very nice look to the practicality for the rain (when it comes) I got a medium and it fit perfectly.”
Ultimate Direction Ultra v2 Jacket
The Ultra Jacket from Ultimate Direction uses a high-strength nylon fabric and waterproof zipper to protect you from 30,000mm water entry pressure. With built-in FlipMitts to keep you hands warm, no amount rain will keep you from training.
Rave review: “This jacket is the perfect weather insurance for inclement conditions on the trail. As a trail runner who values travelling ‘light and fast,’ it is important to me to have gear that performs well and packs down easily. UD Ultra V2 does just that. The feel of this jacket is comfortable next to skin, non-crinkly, not clammy, and ‘not there’ in terms of weight. The flip mitts are a nice option for hand coverage if needed and stow into the sleeve when not in use. Obsessed with this windbreaker! True to size. I was on the fence about spending so much on it, but it’s perfect, and I can’t wait to wear it everywhere! Highly recommend.”
Second Skin Women’s Foul Weather Run Top
This ultra-light and bright pullover will be your exercise go-to for windy, but not super cold, mornings. Not only does the fabric provide wind, water, and UV protection, but this jacket also has vented underarms for max breathability.
Rave review: “Amazing! This is my go-to jacket when I need a light layer, but also need some protection from the wind!”