The Best Running Jackets for Cold

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie W
92
Best in Class
2016
Weatherproofness 7
Breathability 9
Function 9
Fit/Comfort 7
Packability 10

Lightest weight of all

Great wind protection

Fantastic hood design for warmth and dryness

Many ventilation options

Excellent, athletic fit

Less water resistant

Paper-thin fabric vulnerable to snags

MSRP
$110.00
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Ultimate Direction Women’s Ultra Jacket
89
Weathershedding 8
Breathability 7
Function 9
Fit/Comfort 7
Packability 8

Innovative sleeve design

Hood stays put when running

Lightweight and highly packable

Superfluous ruching

Pricy

MSRP
$180.00
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Patagonia Houdini Full-Zip Jacket Men’s
89
Best in Class
2016
Weather-shedding 6
Breathability 7
Function 8
Fit/Comfort 9
Packability 9

Ultralight

Excellent fit

Stylish

Less water-resistant

Non-reflective

MSRP
$99.00
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Mountain Hardwear Women’s Stretch Ozonic Jacket
88
Weathershedding 8
Breathability 9
Function 8
Fit/Comfort 8
Packability 5

Amazingly soft, cozy fabric

Pit zips boost breathability

Fit is a bit roomy/boxy

Heavy for a running shell

MSRP
$200.00
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Salomon Fast-Wing Hoodie
88
Weather-shedding 4
Breathability 9
Function 8
Fit/Comfort 8
Packability 9

Lightest jacket in Test

Comfortable hood band

Less water resistant

Less adjustability

MSRP
$110.00
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Lululemon Surge Jacket
87
Weather-shedding 8
Breathability 8
Function 9
Fit/Comfort 6
Packability 6

Highly water-resistant

Stylish

Vented pit zippers

Bulky collar

Heaviest jacket in test

MSRP
$128.00
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Outdoor Research Tantrum Jacket
87
Weather-shedding 5
Breathability 8
Function 9
Fit/Comfort 8
Packability 7

Waist belt storage system

Stretch fabric

Low reflectivity

Less water resistant

MSRP
$88.00
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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket
86
Weather-shedding 7
Breathability 6
Function 7
Fit/Comfort 7
Packability 9

Hood storage system

Highly weather resistant

Ultralight

Less breathable

No hood closure

MSRP
$100.00
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Montbell Peak Shell Women’s Waterproof Jacket
85
Weathershedding 10
Breathability 7
Function 9
Fit/Comfort 4
Packability 5

Excellent weather protection

Tons of functionality

Large pit zips boost breathability

Feels bulky for running

Crinkly, “loud” fabric

MSRP
$189.00
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Saucony Exo Jacket
85
Weather-shedding 9
Breathability 6
Function 7
Fit/Comfort 6
Packability 7

Waterproof

Reflective & visible

Poor fit

No self-storage pocket

MSRP
$140.00
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Berghaus Women’s VapourLight Hyper Smock 2.0
82
Weathershedding 6
Breathability 7
Function 3
Fit/Comfort 6
Packability 10

Comfortable elastic hem and cuffs

Hood stays in place

Breathable

No full front zipper

Clingy fabric

Sleeves run short

MSRP
$150.00
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Outdoor Research Women’s Helium II Jacket
82
Weathershedding 6
Breathability 7
Function 4
Fit/Comfort 8
Packability 7

Comfortable, relatively trim fit

Packs down incredibly small

Light weight

Minimal ventilation

No hand pockets

Minimal adjustability of hood; none for cuffs

MSRP
$159.00
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Eider Women’s Pulsate Waterproof Jacket
80
Weathershedding 9
Breathability 3
Function 7
Fit/Comfort 6
Packability 5

Nice zip hand pockets

Slim, close-to-body fit

Hood stays in place while running

Not as breathable as more minimal shells

Sleeves a bit short

MSRP
$150.00
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