The latest iteration of the Houdini achieves that elusive alchemy between protection, packability and breathability. The 10 denier, ripstop nylon won’t be stopped by a tree branch, and the one-pull hood is the best in class. A classic since spring 1998, the stripped-down design and athletic fit make this 4-ounce jacket (which conveniently fits in Patagonia’s Strider Pro Shorts) a long-run essential.
Adidas made a well-priced, hooded jacket with real style in the Kanoi. The Climaproof material is lightweight, water-resistant and windproof. Simple but smart details include a large perforated reflective stripe across the back at the shoulders, a small split on the left wrist to check your watch, and thumbholes. And it’s one of the better-looking jackets we’ve come across this year.
As the name suggests, this jacket vents extremely well, but it’s the next-to-skin feel that sets this one apart. With a simple athletic fit, the soft polyester material is also extremely light and packable. This is a comfortable speedster’s jacket that you’ll barely know you’re wearing, making it the one to reach for when every second matters.
Salomon’s athletes drive the design of its S-Lab products to be race efficient. The new, 3-ounce S-Lab Light, built with AdvancedSkin Shield, is just enough jacket to fend off the cold wind at race pace. Strategically placed mesh allows for true breathability, and a quick snap magnetic collar is among the most ingenious new tech this year.
For cool, windy-morning runs, the wispy, performance-minded Imotion beautifully blends fashion with running utility. The 100-percent polyester fabric provides superior wind protection, while also featuring ventilation punch panels, a small zip pocket and drawstring waist. This is a go-to jacket for autumn and spring running.
Perfect for high-altitude mountain adventures in the wet, wind and snow, this 7.5-ounce form-fitting, 3-layer Gore-Tex Active fabric will keep you protected when the weather turns against you. Arc’teryx’s minimalist design is tuned toward performance, eschewing adjustability in lieu of fit perfection. This is a winter running jacket for snowy days in cold conditions.