Telebest: Eight of the best running jackets for active women
Get the gear to keep your fitness regime going in the colder months. By Kirsty Major and Lindy Taylor.
1. Puma Running Women's Packable Jacket: £42, Puma.com
The lightweight material is windproof and water-repellent and the design includes a ventilated hood, something often missing from autumn/winter running jackets. There are three pockets, which come in handy if you need to take more than your keys on the run. For urban joggers, there are reflective strips on the front and back for improved safety. The jacket also comes in a red, blue and black patterned colourway.
2. Asics Liteshow Winter Women's Jacket: £75, JohnLewis.com
This wind and water-repellent running jacket comes in three colourways - purple, pink and black. Soft inner lining and sturdy outer fabric makes it feel cosier than other jackets, but panels at the side and back gently wick moisture away and prevents you from overheating. Thumb loops also provide extra coverage for your hands. Plus there's stealth reflectivity on the sleeves and back. Three pockets are secured with zips, and there's even a media port for your headphones.
3. Ashmei Ultimate Softshell Jacket: £199.99, RunnersNeed.com
The front and sleeve panels of this jacket are wind and water-resistant, while the fast-wicking merino wool rear and sleeve panels help regulate your body temperature. There are also two zips underneath the armpits that you can open should you need extra ventilation. The merino wool is also antibacterial so you won't need to wash it as often as your base layers. And there are rear and chest reflective white stripes to keep you visible.
4. Odlo Primaloft Endurance Vest: £115, Odlo.com
Featuring short sleeves, an adjustable hood and windproof fabric, this jacket is ideal for wearing over a number of base layers on cold days. In fact, the quality of insulated fabric was so effective that we ended up wearing it directly over a bra top on warmer autumn runs. The metallic gold, silver and pink colourways keep you visible and there is a small zip pocket for your valuables.
5. Gymshark Air Zip Running Jacket: £35, Gymshark.com
This ultra-lightweight running jacket is a great piece for those who are just getting started with running. It keeps the wind from your body, while allowing the torso to breathe with its mesh back and armpit detail. There are also two zip pockets and reflective detailing.
6. Montane Featherlite Trail Jacket: £62.99, CotswoldOutdoor.com
This is an ideal jacket for layering on longer winter trail runs. It's designed to be windproof, but out on a run we did get caught in a downpour which it weathered well. The stretchable fabric was ideal for the dynamic movements required by a strenuous run.
7. Odlo Zeroweight Logic Jacket: £95, Odlo.com
Despite feeling thicker than most soft-shell jackets, the slim-fitting jacket - which comes in pink as well as black - wasn't a challenge to run in. The hardy fabric held up against wind and rain and the double collar and cuff design made a secure seal against cold drafts. The breathable and stretchy fabric allowed for a range of upper body movement and sweat-wicking panels kept us dry on our run.
8. Sweaty Betty Fast Track Run Jacket: £110, SweatyBetty.com
This jacket was a great addition to our lunchtime running outfit. We didn't feel so embarrassed walking back into the office wearing discreet black running jacket with a longer back hem to cover our legging-clad bum. It was also light enough to pack into our work bag. The double-layered fabric provided a light outer layer for mild winter days. However, the hood isn't waterproof or windproof, which is a downside.