Running Jacket And What To Look For When Buying One

What to Look For in Running Jackets?

Just when you think you know everything you should know about running jackets, the manufacturers move boundaries.

Summer running jacket
Breathability, wind resistance and waterproofing are the main features to look for, however a performance fit has also become important.

Running Jacket

Running jackets are tighter fitting and move as you’d want them to. There’s no more flapping or crinkly noise. Beside this, breathability is probably another crucial element to look for when buying a new running jacket. Of course, style will play a role, but jackets must let you to get on with the job in hand without cooking you in the process.


1 Very tight weave

The tighter the weave the better when it comes to waterproofing and breathability.

2 Ventilation

The majority of running jackets have some ventilation to assist the wicking process.

3 Waterproofing

Don’t go for something that guarantees complete waterproofing as this is less likely to let your body to breathe easily at pace.

4 Long back

To keep the mud splattering up, and to control temperature.

5 Tight fit

Summer jackets should fit like a second skin; you can wear a wicking baselayer underneath but nothing else. Closer fit means less energy wasted.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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