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The Best Running Jackets For Women

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There’s no need to resign yourself to the treadmill when the weather turns. If you’ve got the right kit for the weather, running outdoors in the wind and rain can still be enjoyable, even refreshing. A good running jacket is an essential part of anyone’s kit and if you find one that you really love, it can even be a great incentive to get out and run despite bad weather.

What To Look For In A Running Jacket

Ideally you want to keep the wind and rain out, without getting too hot and bothered inside your jacket. Water-resistant (showerproof) jackets will keep a bit of drizzle at bay, while a fully waterproof jacket will keep you dry in a downpour, but it’ll be less breathable.

When shopping for a jacket you’ll pay more for the latest technical fabrics that keep you dry and help you avoid overheating. Top-of-the-range jackets will include flat, sealed seams, breathable panels, waterproof zips and so on.

A hood can be useful – it will keep the wind and rain out better than a hat – but if your normal routes cross a lot of roads, beware, because hoods can reduce your peripheral vision.

And if you’re running near roads, staying visible in low light should be a key consideration. Opt for something with reflective elements, while flashy colours and bold patterns can help you be seen from a distance by traffic.

We also think zippable pockets are essential – no-one wants to leave their phone at home, right? – so make sure your chosen jacket has one that’s large enough.

And finally, while any outdoorsy jacket can keep the wind and rain at bay, a running-specific jacket keeps rustling to a minimum and affords you more freedom of movement. Start your search with our latest round-up of running jackets for women, ordered from least to most expensive.


Kalenji Kiprun Light

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Kalenji Kiprun Light

Specifications

RRP: £39.99

A practical and affordable option, Decathlon’s Kalenji windproof and showerproof running jacket is extremely lightweight, and also features taped seams, zippered pockets and reflective detailing. At the sides, you can unzip the long ventilation flaps to cool down as you go. Once the rain passes, it can be packed away into its own pocket, with handy elastic straps that allow you to wear it on your arm while running.

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New Balance Fast Flight Jacket

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New Balance Fast Flight Jacket

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RRP: £55

Brighten up a run in gloomy weather with this funky colour-blocked hooded jacket. It’s water- and wind-resistant, and breathable so you won’t overheat. The fit is a little slouchy with a wide elasticated hem, giving plenty of room for layers, and the sleeves are a generous length.

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Sundried Women’s Recycled Quilted Gilet

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Sundried Women’s Recycled Quilted Gilet

Specifications

RRP : £60

For maximum warmth plus freedom of movement, go for a quilted gilet. This one from Sundried is a great choice that doesn’t cost the earth, in more ways than one. Made with recycled fabrics, it feels soft and looks pretty stylish. There’s a detachable hood, a high collar to keep your neck warm and two zipped pockets. Its elasticated armholes as well as its toggle drawstrings at the hem and the hood will help keep the wind out. It’s not waterproof, but could be layered up with a shell jacket in the event of rain.

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Montane Featherlite Trail Running Jacket

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Montane Featherlite Trail Running Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £70

British brand Montane is known for lightweight and breathable mountain gear. This DWR-treated jacket is 100% windproof and yet highly breathable, so you will stay protected from the elements without getting too sweaty, and extra vents under the arms help regulate your temperature. It’s a pared-back, rustle-free jacket with a single zip pocket on the chest, while the sleeves have thumb loops, the main zip is backed by a windproof strip to stop draughts getting in, and the collar features a soft chin guard. Note that there’s no hood, however. The jacket is available in pink, blue and black.

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Salomon Agile Wind

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Salomon Agile Wind

Specifications

RRP: £70

This jacket is water-repellent rather than waterproof, but that does mean it scores highly on the breathability chart. There’s no rustling as you run, which is a bonus, and the slightly longer length keeps more of you warm and dry. The slim-fitting hood has a little peaked brim which is enough to stop the rain running off the top of the hood and down your forehead. Zipped pockets keep your belongings safe, and subtle reflective elements keep you visible to attentive drivers in low light.

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Under Armour Outrun The Storm

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Under Armour Outrun The Storm

Specifications

RRP: £85

This wind-resistant hooded number repels water to keep you warm and dry, although it’s not totally waterproof. The fabric is lightweight, stretchy and breathable. It’s fitted, but allows room for layers underneath. Secure zip pockets offer plenty of storage for your phone and keys. The hood is generously sized although it doesn’t pack away.

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Proviz Reflect 360 Women’s Running Jacket

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Proviz Reflect 360 Women’s Running Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £89.99

If you regularly run on or near roads after dark, consider making yourself more visible to inattentive car drivers with this jacket. It uses a unique reflective fabric on the front panels, the arms, two strips on the back and the whole collar, made from millions of tiny glass beads, which becomes startlingly bright when light shines on it. By interspersing lightweight, breathable panels on the inner arms, armpits and back, the jacket still manages to be fairly light (around 170g, depending on size). The hem is longer at the back for extra coverage and, like the cuffs, is elasticated to keep the wind and rain out, while the snug collar has a soft lining. There are two large, secure zip pockets with plenty of space for your essentials. This jacket won’t win you any fashion contests, but it will certainly keep you visible around cars.

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Asics Lite-Show Jacket

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Asics Lite-Show Jacket

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RRP: £90

This windproof and water-repellent jacket is soft and comfortable, and there’s no rustling when you run. The very lightweight fabric is quick-drying with perforated ventilation panels under the arms. The cut is fitted but allows room for layers underneath, and there are two secure zip pockets and thumb loops to keep your sleeves over your wrists. Subtle reflective elements all over help keep you visible to drivers at night.

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Columbia FKT II Lightweight Jacket

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Columbia FKT II Lightweight Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £90

This feather-light water-repellent nylon shell jacket will do battle with the wind and a spot of rain. However, its winning feature is that it packs away into a tiny pouch with an elastic strap that makes it easy to carry on a belt or just slipped on your upper arm. While it’s aimed at trail runners, this jacket isn’t one to wear when heading out in a blizzard, but it’s the ideal extra layer to have in your pack on a sunny day just in case the weather turns unexpectedly.

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Salomon Light Shell

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Salomon Light Shell

Specifications

RRP: £90

This lightweight, breathable gilet is a useful layer that will keep your core warm without making you feel as if you’re wearing a full jacket. The high neck and lightly elasticated hem will keep the wind at bay, and this gilet is water-repellent so you’ll be able to shake off a light shower. Reflective details front and back help you to be more visible to drivers at night.

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Rockay Women’s Windbreaker

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Rockay Women’s Windbreaker

Specifications

RRP: £99

We’re big fans of this lightweight running jacket, which has a hood, secure zipped pockets and small reflective details to help keep you visible to vehicles at night. Windproof and water-repellent, yet highly breathable and pleasant to wear, the jacket packs away into its own zip pocket and there’s a wrist strap that makes it easy to carry while you run. The colour, dubbed dolphin blue, is a welcome change from the usual black or brightly-coloured options.

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Brooks Fusion Hybrid Running Jacket

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Brooks Fusion Hybrid Running Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £110

This fitted jacket has weatherproof panels where you need them most, and more breathable sections under the arms and across the lower back so you won’t overheat. A high collar and longer sleeves with thumbholes will help keep the wind out, but its trump card is that it can pack away into its pocket, converting into a backpack with adjustable straps. No more running with a jacket flapping about your waist when the sun makes an unexpected appearance.

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BAM Longaford Waterproof Recycled Jacket

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BAM Longaford Waterproof Recycled Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £129

The 10K rating on this jacket means you’ll stay dry when it’s chucking it down, but it’s also breathable – and with a 2.5-layer construction it will stay that way. As we’ve come to expect from BAM, this is an eco-friendly option: it’s made from 98% recycled materials and the waterproof coating doesn’t use PFC, which can harm ocean life. The jacket has ventilation flaps at the front and back so you don’t overheat, an adjustable hood and high collar, and plenty of zip pockets. It packs away into its own side pocket for easy storage. But it’s that deep teal colour that seals the deal for us.

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Saucony Drizzle Jacket

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Saucony Drizzle Jacket

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RRP: £155

Occupying the waterproof yet breathable sweet spot, this smart-looking hooded jacket will keep you dry and comfortable on wet days. There’s room for plenty of layers underneath, and the jacket is cut long enough so droplets are funnelled past, and not straight into, your underwear. Waterproof zip pockets will keep your essentials dry while the elasticated cuffs, hood and high collar will keep the wind and rain out so you can concentrate on your pace.

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On Running Climate Jacket

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On Running Climate Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £160

This warm, stylish jacket from On has lightly quilted panels that offer extra insulation in targeted areas and a filling that’s 100% recycled polyester. The stretchy, very breathable fabric is fast-drying, and it has a water-repellent coating that will keep a little drizzle at bay. Your wrists will stay warm thanks to longer sleeves with thumb holes, and zipped pockets keep your essentials stowed securely.

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Tribe Waterproof Morph

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Tribe Waterproof Morph

Specifications

RRP: £189

Billed as a three-in-one, the Tribe Running Morph jacket comes in two pieces – a gilet and a bolero jacket. When worn together these make up a full jacket which cleverly allows for more airflow than a traditional one-piece would. It’s fully waterproof, yet breathable and with a bit of stretch. In a nice change from all the black running jackets around, the Morph jacket comes in a striking aqua colour and has reflective detailing. It boasts zip pockets, a media port, a hood and storm cuffs. This one doesn’t come cheap at £189, but it’s a versatile and stylish item.

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The North Face Lightriser Futurelight Jacket

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The North Face Lightriser Futurelight Jacket

Specifications

RRP: £270-£290

This is a tough, lightweight waterproof jacket that’s breathable and made using recycled materials. It has a snug-fitting hood with a high collar and longer sleeves to protect your hands from the elements. There’s also a single mesh pocket in the small of your back that’s accessible only from the inside.

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Camilla Artault is a writer and keen runner. She has covered women’s running gear – testing leggings, jackets, bras, tops and shorts – for Coach since 2018, as well as interviewing experts and writing about a range of health and lifestyle topics.