Believe it or not, cooler mornings are right around the corner and you'll be reaching for last year's technical jacket before you know it. If it's time for an update, check out the following options for a premium performance jacket complete with sweat wicking layers, stealth little pockets for essentials and reflective hits for the occasional evening run. There are The Best Softshell Jackets for Running Anytime, Anywhere, Anyplace.
Helly Hansen Speed Jacket
Helly Hansen has built up an impressive reputation for manufacturing high quality sailing jackets. But the brand also makes one mean running model appropriately named the Speed Jacket. The jacket features a fitted design for next-to-skin comfort, and is constructed from a 2-way stretch windproof soft shell fabric that offers protection while still managing to breathe properly for temperature control. It has a zip pocket on the chest for storage, and an adjustable cord at the bottom hem for a secure fit to reduce wind drag.
Asics 2-in-1 Running Jacket
The Asics 2-in-1 probably won't win any style awards any time soon, but if you're looking for a versatile jacket that can transform from a jacket to a vest with the pull of a zipper, look no further. Featuring a classic design, the Asics 2-in-1 is integrated with Storm Shield technology for lightweight protection against the elements. It's more water resistant than waterproof, but holds up well against moisture none the less. And if the weather suddenly heats up, just detach upper body and sleeves and rock a vest for the rest of your run.
adidas Fast Gradient Jacket
If you want to look good and be protected against the elements, the adidas Fast Gradient Jacket is the one you want. Featuring a bold graphic that helps you stand out amongst the crowd, the Fast Gradient features Climaproof technology for protection against wind while still managing to be lightweight and breathable for all-season use. It comes with a hood for additional protection, along with thumb holes for convenience and reflective details to improve visibility.
Saucony Palladium Packable Jacket
The last thing you need is extra gear weighing you down on your next run. But the problem is you still need a running jacket. The solution? The Saucony Palladium Packable Jacket. This ultra-lightweight windbreaker packs right into its own pocket, yet offers ample of coverage thanks to a no-nonsense, straight-to-the-point design. It features a droptail back hem to make sure wind doesn't creep in through the backside, and features a bungee drawcord hood for a custom fit. Zippered front pockets are ideal to store essentials or even your hands, and and vented back panels allow proper temperature regulation.
Zoot Performance Flexwind Jacket
Wind protection, water resistance, 360-degree ventilation—you get it all with the Performance Flexwind Jacket from Zoot Sports. The lightweight jacket is constructed from Flexwind fabric finished with a DWR coating for all-weather protection. Back vents allow air to circulate throughly, while an elastic pull cord with toggle at hem helps block the wind out. The Flexwind jacket even offers protection against the sun with UPF 50+. For convenience, the jacket packs right into its own built-in pocket.
adidas Supernova Delta
The adidas Supernova Delta is another one of those running jackets that can be turned into a vest to cover all of your outerwear needs. Like the Fast Gradient, it also features Climaproof technology for protection against wind. In addition, the Supernova Delta features a Formotion design that allows the jacket to move more naturally with the body. Its stand-up collar offers yet another layer of protection against wind and rain. One run in this jacket is all it takes to win you over—it did for us.
2XU Performance Track Sweat Jacket
If you want to skip all the bells and whistles and get right down to the point, grab a hold of the 2XU Performance Track Sweat Jacket. It features a 3D Thermal knit construction for the best in moisture control and heat regulation during cold weather. The jacket conforms to the body for a custom fit, but does so without any restriction in high motion areas such as the shoulders and elbows. For convenience, it features two concealed supply pockets for the things that you just can't leave behind.
Brooks Running LSD Lite Jacket III
The LSD Lite III from Brooks Running is one of those jackets you buy for running, but end up wearing everywhere you go because it’s just so damn comfortable (not to mention it looks dope). The windproof/water resistant jacket is loaded with convenient features like double back ventilation, easy cinch hood, and pack-in-pocket capabilities—all designed to help runners perform at their best with minimal distractions. The semi-fitted jacket weighs just 4.3 ounces and features 360-degree 3M Scotchlite reflectivity for improved visibility during low light conditions.