When temperatures start to drop, you’ll want to invest in the proper jacket for cold weather runs. In addition to keeping out the chill, a great running jacket should be comfortable and lightweight so you can actually move around it and not turn into a sweaty mess. To help you find your perfect match, we’ve rounded up some of the best running jackets for women — from classic athletic-fit styles to windbreakers and waterproof shells that will actually keep you dry in downpours. And whether you prefer a roomier fit or a more tailored option, there’s a look here to fit those criteria, too.
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1. Adidas Designed-2-Move Track Jacket
Complete with the classic Three Stripes branding on the sleeve, Adidas’ full-zip track jacket is made with recycled tricot material that’s breathable and smooth to the touch. The style also features an elasticized hem for an overall snug fit that helps keep out the cold.
Pros: It also comes with a stand up collar for added warmth and two side pockets. Raglan sleeves allow you to move more naturally.
Cons: This tends to run small.
2. Nike Windrunner Track Jacket
Unlike other windbreaker styles, Nike’s tailored option won’t look super baggy when worn. It features a playful chevron pattern on the front and is available in a range of fun colorblock styles to choose from.
Pros: It’s made with 100% recycled polyester that helps shield against wind chill, and features back mesh vents for added cooling effects. It includes an elastic, dropped hem for added coverage and security. Elastic cuffs also help block out the chill. A paneled hood offers additional warmth and features an adjustable drawstring for a stay-put fit. Raglan sleeves allow you to move more naturally.
Cons: This style tends to run small.
3. The North Face Venture 2 Jacket
North Face Venture 2 is waterproof and windproof, plus feather-light and breathable to keep you comfortable and protected against the elements.
Pros: The jacket features a hem cinch cord, adjustable hood and covered pockets to keep rain out. The front zipper is covered with a Stormflap and velcro closure for added security. The style offers a relaxed fit to leave extra room for layers.
Cons: Some users may prefer a more form-fitting option.