Whether you’re a track sprinter, marathon runner or just one for the occasional (reluctant) jog, a good running jacket is a crucial piece of kit. Seriously – it has the same levels of importance as a durable pair of running trainers and a supportive sports bra do.
All products are independently selected by our editors. If you buy something, we may earn an affiliate commission.
If you, like millions of others, are using this period of social distancing to improve your running abilities, you’re probably on the hunt for the best activewear to make that 5km seem a little more appealing. A stylish yet practical workout wardrobe builds the foundations for long-lasting motivation, after all.
The forecast this spring looks to be a bit sunny, a bit cloudy, a bit cold and bit warm – with a 100% chance of rain. You get the picture – the great British weather is wildly unpredictable, so a running jacket which withstands the elements is likely the difference between a night on the sofa and a fun, puddle-hopping, mood-boosting jog.
Luckily, there are hundreds of choices out there for every style and budget. The only difficult bit? Whittling it down to the best. With that in mind, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve found the best in breathable running jackets, sleeveless running jackets, waterproof jackets and more – so you can get to the fun bit faster.
The best all-rounder?just about pips the others to the post. It has been crafted from high-tech Japanese fabrics (honestly – they make a difference) which are not only breathable but tear-proof and fast drying. The zips on each of the pockets are water resistant, ensuring your valuables will stay safe, and the capped hood will keep your face dry. This jacket ain’t got nothing on you, torrential downpour.
Ready to take the plunge? Here are the best running jackets for women in 2020. (PS – there’s nothing wrong with having all the gear and no idea.)