As we slowly transition from fall into winter, you're going to need a great running jacket if you want to keep up your endurance through the cold months without having to retreat to the treadmill.
Wind, rain, and snow (not to mention fewer daylight hours) are no match for a top-of-the-line jacket with a slew of performance tech specs. But of course, we know you don't want to sacrifice looking good for feeling good, so we scouted out the best running jackets of the season that look as good as they perform in the elements.
Choose your favorite and confidently conquer your runs this fall and winter—regardless of what Mother Nature throws your way.
AEANCE - Wind Jacket
With luxury active wear brand AEANCE, you can expect nothing but cool, clean aesthetics like this sharp, colorblock pattern pictured above—but this is more than just a stylish jacket. It's covered with an anti-water and dirt-repelling barrier to protect you from the elements without suffocating you once you heat up, thanks to strategically placed laser-cut holes in the places you'd normally sweat—like underarms, elbows, and your backside. The stretchy material allows you to reach full range of motion while its slim-fitted silhouette—from the hood all the way to the hem—means it will actually remain in place and keep you dry during rainy (or snowy) runs. There are multiple pockets and internal cable routers so you can easily connect to your phone, too.
UK-based running brand, Soar Running, is another one that prides itself on stylish designs. Case in point: this sleek navy number with an unexpected red stripe that wraps around the hem. Aside from making you look great, you can count on this jacket to keep away any wind or water that hits its surface during a stormy, brisk run. It will allow you to reach full mobility thanks to its high-stretch material. Your hands will remained covered—and warm—because of its wrist guards with thumbholes. And underarm ventilation means optimal breathability while reflective details allow you to run safely in the dark.
Built to wick water and block wind, you can count on this jacket to keep you dry during a wet winter run. And if you start to work up a sweat, don’t worry. It’s comprised of mesh ventilations in key zones to provide the extra air circulation you need to remain cool. It’s ultra lightweight (their lightest one to date) and has 360-degree reflectivity to keep you moving at ease through the dark.
Tracksmith is the pinnacle of luxury running apparel and this Podium Kit proves it. It’s designed with special tonal embroidery, internal tailoring details, an external woven label, and their signature sash across the back. The material is a soft, merino wool blend that will naturally wick sweat and offer great flexibility. It has the extra advantage of anti-microbial properties to keep stench at bay.
The new, up-and-coming performance brand Outdoor Voices’ goal is to make athletes look and feel great on a run, and they have certainly achieved it with this jacket. It comes equipped with tons of pockets for storage, a stretchy fabric for full range of motion, and wind- and water-resistant fabrics to keep you dry during your run. It’s so stylish you can take it to dinner and drinks if you decide to skip your run.
FL2 managed to include all the technical performance specs you want in a running jacket—at an affordable price-point. It’s crafted with water-wicking materials, a self-adjusting hood to keep you from getting soaked mid-run, and laser-cut perforations for constant airflow when you start to get heated. Plus, this jacket has strategically-placed “wrist cutouts” that let you easily view your tracker or smart watch.
Nike is unleashing this Hypershield Flash Jacket in less than a month (launches 11/3) and it may just become your new favorite running layer for fall. The glossy pattern covering the sleeves isn’t just a cool design—it’s a 360-degree reflectivity material to make sure your winter miles continue into the dark. Its waterproof barrier and zippers will reflect any water that hits the surface while its sealed pockets allow you to safely store your stuff.
This packable jacket will come in handy when there's an unexpected downpour mid-run. The hood has adjustable cords to ensure it remains in place—or you can roll it into the collar if it's not needed. It boasts perforations on the back for breathability, reflective specs for low-light visibility, and is completely water-and wind-resistant.
This new jacket from Saucony is so lightweight it will feel as if it’s barely there. It’s constructed with stretchy material to let you reach full range of motion, and is designed with a durable barrier and zipper that’s impervious to rain and wind. The front and back boast reflectivity details while underarm grommets provide extra ventilation, and it has multiple zippered pockets.
Keep yourself covered with this Adidas jacket during a chilly run. The stand-up collar offers a no-fuss fit, and its sleek, stylish design is comprised of reflective specs so you can take it on nighttime runs. The fabric is engineered to wick water should you work up a sweat, too.
Stay protected from the elements with this ASICS jacket. The water-repelling finish (including the zippers) combined with the gaitors around the cuffs are sure to keep you covered, cool, and dry during a run. When it comes to details, ASICS made sure to include a mesh lining to let your body breath, zippered chest pockets with a media port allow you to stream music, and a shielded hood that can easily be removed. But possibly the best part is its burgundy-and-gray color palette in a sleek stripe design, which is really a 360-degree reflectivity panel in disguise.
The newest Jacket to hit the Lululemon collection is their best outwear piece yet. Crafted entirely from a single pattern piece to reduce weight, this Einn Shell is equipped with a backside vent and mesh-made pockets to drain any sweat that emerges. And the style? Its clean aesthetic with minimal detail (with integrated reflectivity) make this appropriate for non-active wear, too.
This Under Armour jacket won’t let the cold stop you from pushing forward. It has internal insulation on the center front to protect your chest from oncoming wind and an overall dual-layer fabric on the rest of the body that will keep you warm and dry thanks to a special inner coating that will absorb and retain your own body heat. It boasts perforations in areas where you need it most—like underarm and inside the elbow panels—to deliver optimal ventilation. The four-way stretch allows you to move in every direction while the reflective prints mean you’ll be safely seen at night. It has anti-odor technology to prevent stink, too.
If you’re looking for a barrier of warmth, you can count on the brand who’s praised for their next-level compression pieces: 2XU. This jacket is constructed with a 3D inner thermal layer that delivers superior warmth and water-wicking properties to ensure you stay dry. The high-stretch fabric lets you move in every direction while reflective specs let you be seen from every angle, and it also has multiple pockets.