2015 Running Gear Guide: Women’s Jackets

We tested out several new women's jackets for comfort and performance.

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Highlight: Stowable weather protection.
Finding a jacket that is as breathable as it is waterproof can be a challenge, but the Helium II rises above the competition with its light 5.5-ounce weight and improved performance. It’s more breathable than the first version, yet effectively blocks wind and stuffs into a pouch. An adjustable hood extends the coverage, as does the full, internal zipper flap.


Highlight: Lightweight durability.
Lightweight yet durable nylon fabric provides wind and water resistance while standing up to brushes and branches. The attention to detail—rolled hems throughout, an adjustable waist and a stowable hood—merges function and minimalism. The Ultra Hooded is cut slightly longer in the back, which prevents it from riding up.


Highlight: Stylish and warm.
Warming insulation and a bum-covering cut make the Work It Jacket ideal for spring days with a lingering winter chill. Lacey mesh paneling and ruching subscribe to the “look good, feel good” motivational method while delivering functional venting and a figure-flattering fit. The sleeves are cut long enough to make the thumbholes comfortably usable, and generously sized zip pockets can carry all you need for your run or post-workout errands.


Highlight: Timeless.
From fit, to styling, to performance, this is a three-season standout from fall through spring. The windproof (down to a full-length zipper flap) yet breathable waist-length jacket has a slim, body-contouring cut, contrast stitching, articulated elbows and chest darts. Old-school details reminiscent of track jackets at the cuffs and hem are modernized with reflective accents and smooth fitting elastic. Mesh lining, zippered pit vents and an extra-tall adjustable collar make the jacket very adaptable.