Craft Performance Run Featherlight ReviewMarch 8, 2012
- Breathable mesh in high-sweat zones.
- Soft-wicking mesh on collar.
- Reflective wing graphic on back.
- Flattering feminine cut.
- Stuff sack/pocket felt incongruous to the jacket design.
- Not very water resistant.
Breathability and fit were the strengths of this jacket, with just enough protection to get you moving on a cool morning run.
The under arm and upper back stretch venting panels of the Craft Performance Run Featherlight kept me from overheating, even when running uphill in the sun. Post run, there was no moisture build up inside the jacket, and the mesh panels were slightly damp, as expected. The zipper had a zipper garage and full zipper storm guard, to further protect against head-on wind, and the stand-up collar was lined in a soft, wicking material to keep the moisture moving up and out. The jacket had a DWR, but my arm was rather damp after the one-minute arm-in-the-shower test.
Body material had a nice, quiet slide to it, and the stretch panels allowed the slim fit cut to contour to my body. While my husband thought this was great, if you’re busty, definitely go up a size. The neck seam is bound with the same material as the jacket and had no rubbing or irritation.
Designers at Craft had some fun with the reflective detailing on this piece, with a reflective logo on the front, dots on the drop tail and then a full upper-back tattoo styled wing graphics—any driver that shines on this is sure to do a double-take!
This piece is light and comfortable enough to be able to use even for fairly warm temperatures, but when you are ready to ditch it, you can use the snap pocket that doubles as a stuff sack and includes a waist belt. I found the pocket to be somewhat ungainly in comparison to the jacket, and it drooped a bit during my run. But it is a unique feature, and once the jacket is folded in the pouch and attached as a fanny pack, it runs comfortably and hands are free.