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2017 Running Gear Guide: Women’s Jackets

Whether you’re looking to stay warm and dry or looking for lightweight breathability, these performance shells offer all of those—plus a lot of style.

$120, thenorthface.com

Highlight: Excellent fit and comfort

Even with the dialed fit and details like a notched neck (so ponytails don’t rub the collar) the most remarkable thing about this lightweight jacket is how quiet it is. The fabric used for the BTN doesn’t make a sound and has no next-to-skin clamminess. Ventilation slits are incorporated into the seams.

$180, smartwool.com

Highlight: Extra warmth for cold runs

Even when the weather forecast is uncertain, you’re still going to run. This jacket has just the right amount of warmth to keep you comfortable without overheating. The wool sleeves and back panel move easily over base layers, while the front panel has wool insulation and a DWR coating to repel moisture.

$99, outdoorresearch.com

Highlight: Breathable jacket with ample storage

A wind blocking, water-resistant front panel blocks the elements while breathable stretch fabric everywhere else allows you to dump sweat. Two lower-back stretch pockets, one that turns into a stuff pocket, plus a front zip pocket, provide plenty of room for essentials. And a drop tail delivers extra protection for the mud.

$95, asics.com

Highlight: Two jackets in one

Upgrade your old track jacket with modern styling. This sleek, reversible model— two jackets in one!—excels both on the run and for post-run lounging, while retaining the iconic raglan sleeves, fitted waist, cuffs and stand-up collar. It’s also soft and moisture wicking with the addition of flatlock seams and reflectivity.

$110, brooksrunning.com

Highlight: Stylish design with reflectivity

Running clothes may not be part of your approved office dress code, but what if no one can tell the difference? Technical stretch fabric is blended with peplum styling and delicate seams for a fully functional running coat with miles of style. It even incorporates reflectivity and two zip pockets.