It's still balls-hot here in NJ, as we are expecting temps in the upper 80s temps today and tomorrow. However, I thought that maybe I had a glimpse of fall last week so I started thinking of fall running. It's been getting into the 60s and maybe even the upper 50s at night, so it's time to start planning my fall running gear.
I have a Columbia rain jacket from about 7 years ago that I realized this summer is no longer very good at repelling water. I ran in that a little last fall on rainy days, and it was doing its job at the time. Not such a good option any more, so I am in the market for a new water-repellent jacket for running, rainy dog walking, and maybe even some camping if we get our act together before it gets too cold.
Here are some jackets I am considering:
Brooks Infiniti Jacket
I kinda like it in this shade, Winter Plum.
Check it out [here].
Picture from RoadRunner Sports
What I like:
-Wind and water proof w/DWR
-Cozy cuff w/thumbhole
-Internal Moisture proof media pocket (good for mp3 player or small camera)
-No hood (does it matter?)
Columbia Pave the Way Jacket
I'm leaning towards black.
You can find it [here].
Picture from Columbia.com
What I like about the Pave the Way jacket:
-waterproof-breathable (so it shouldn't matter that there is no venting, I think)
-zip-closed security pocket on lower back (click on link above to see back view)
-drawcord adjustable bottom hem
-high stand-up collar
-Only color options are black and lemongrass. Lemongrass, while highly visible, might be bright for my tastes and less versatile?
-No thumbholes. I don't know that they're necessary though.
-No hood, not sure if I care yet though
Columbia Turn n' Go Softshell
check it out [here]
Columbia has it available in Corange, Mud (below), and Black; Altrec has it in Black, Mud, and Greenscape (dark ivy green). I must say, I do like earthtones!
Picture of Turn n' Go Softshell in Mud, from altrec.com
What I like:
-internal media pocket with way to thread headphones through inside of jacket
-"reflective details" (though I'm not sure where besides on back pocket, maybe arm logo)
-zip-closed security pocket on back right (I like this!)
-chest pocket and side pockets
-pocket security tab for keys
-"advanced repellency technology" to protect you from water and dirt
-is it reflective enough? (Does it matter since I have a clip-on light?)Columbia Trail Twist Jacket
Available in several colors: Corange/Grill, Tidewater/Deep Teal and below in Black Cherry/Grill and Black.
Photos of Trail Twist Jacket from Altrec.com
What I like:
-front and sleeve panels are wind-and water resistant-back is "advanced evaporation technology"
-front pockets w/key tab inside
-stand up collar
-no reflective detail?
-no hood, thumbholes
-not entirely waterproof
Lululemon Inspire Jacket
Available in black, senorita pink, and lolo purple. Leaning toward black for versatility. This is the only real-life picture in black that I've come across so far.
L: Picture from Lulu website; R: Picture from Lululemon Dallas Galleria Facebook page
What I like:
-Protection from light wind and rain
-Perforation at underarm and collar for air flow
-Thumbholes & cuffins for warmth (no need to run with gloves)
-My FAVORITE feature: a watch window, so I can see my GPS watch without pushing my sleeve up, and without needing to wear my watch on TOP of the jacket sleeve
-side pockets, zip pocket at back left
-internal music pocket, and place for headphones wire
- Price. Is it really worth $158 when there are other jackets out there?
Important features to me:
- Reflectivity is great since daylight hours are rapidly disappearing. I do have a clip-on blinking light though.
- Water/wind-resistance because fall can be wet and cold. And it's not going to stop me from running.
- A Pocket somewhere on the jacket. Preferably the zipping kind so things don't fall out.
- Stand up collars are great for keeping your neck warm, plus you have the ability to unzip as you warm up.
- Comfort cuffs are nice; snugger fabric around the jacket's arm opening keeps the wind from getting up there.
- Fitted. I don't like lots of baggy clothing for running. All of the above options seem to have a somewhat shaped or active fit.
- Thumbholes/Cuffins are great for running without gloves, but I own thin SmartWool running gloves.
- Internal media pocket is nice to have, but in a downpour, I will not likely be running with music.
- Hood is nice, but depends on my visibility with the hood up. Do I have any peripheral vision left? Does the fabric make a loud noise whenever I turn my head? I have moisture wicking baseball caps and a Lululemon Brisk headback to keep my ears warm.
- Any additional warmth/thickness. I am planning to use the jacket as a layering piece, so I can adjust what I wear underneath according to the weather. Anything from the Lululemon Swiftly Tech L/S to something a little warmer like the Lululemon Run:Energy Pullover or Brisk Pullover (running luon) or my heavier Marmot Powerstretch half-zip fleece (All of these items have thumbholes, actually...)
I think the Trail Twist is at the bottom of my list of the jackets I summarized in this post because it doesn't seem as well-equipped for a soggy run. I really like the Brooks Infiniti Jacket and the Columbia Pave the Way Jacket. The Columbia Turn n' Go Softshell isn't bad. I like many features on the Lululemon Inspire Jacket. But $158 is a lot!!
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