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Gear of the Week: SmartWool PhD Run Divide Vest

Here's why this vest is perfect as the weather cools off.

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Here’s why this vest is perfect as the weather cools off.

The chill in the air is a harbinger of colder days on the way and a great reminder to get savvy about layers. The trim-but-not-too-slim fit of the new SmartWool PhD Run Divide Vest makes it a handy piece to add to your cold-weather kit. When worn as a top layer, the windproof front panel (including a full zipper draft flap) and water resistant DWR finish provide protection from the elements. And 360 degrees of visibility help you get noticed on low-light runs.

Use it as a layering piece and you’ll appreciate the breathable, moisture wicking and body temperature regulation benefits of merino wool for comfort running in the wind, rain, snow or even just on a crisp day. Smooth styling details include flat seams throughout the vest, a rear zip pocket, front zip pocket with a media port, taped collar seam and anti-chafe arm holes edged with reflective fabric.  ($160, Smartwool.com)