I have a bit of a confession.
I’ve been running for two years now and I still do not own a running jacket.
More than once I have resorted to wearing a 10-year-old hooded windbreaker from GAP as my “running jacket.” But from all accounts this is not a running jacket, simply the only outer layer I own that will somewhat resist water and wind. Somewhat being key.
So as I have been blessed with some funds from the Christmas holiday, I’ve decided now is the time to make this purchase. I’m looking for a jacket in the mid-range price, about $60 to $80 with the expectation to purchase something of quality that will last me for several years.
What is less certain is whether I can find everything I want in jacket that can also be used from about October through April in the Midwest. My estimate would be to use this jacket, along with layers (as needed) from temperatures of about 30 (hopefully!) to 55 degrees.
Of course, when it comes down to it, figuring out which one I’m going to purchase is nothing short of overwhelming. So far I’ve been eyeballing several styles…
Brooks Women’s Essential Run Jacket – $59.99
Water Resistant Material, Fall Running, Night Running, No Hood
Brooks Women’s L.S.D. Lite Jacket – $54.99
Pearl Izumi Women’s Infinity Jacket – $59.99
My hope is you folks out there reading own a jacket and can provide some insight!
What do you find most essential in a running jacket?
Do you recommend any of these? Or other models?
Hood or no hood?