I am looking for a suitable jacket now winter is approaching.I am a bit baffled by the choice out there. I need something lightweight, breathable but that gives some protection against the elements. I get quite warm, quite quickly. I don't want to spend too much (£50-£60). I am still pretty new to running but am out for a couple of hours at a time.
Plenty of info on jackets in the hundred or so other threads asking about jackets. Have a search.
The Marmot precip will probably fit your budget; have a google for some reviews; they're normally pretty decent. I have one, but I'm yet to wear it. If it's raining I just normally get wet. But some races I enter require a waterproof jacket to be taken (with some other stuff), so I take the Marmot.
Mrs Easy has an Atomic Montane she uses for fell races, which she says is top bannana, but probably outside of your price range.
I would disagree with cougie. I have a Castelli Legger waterproof / wind resistant jacket that I bought for a marathon I ran earlier this month. It peed down non stop. I also wore it on Saturday in Beachy head 10k race, though I was warm it offered great protection against the wind. I don't cope with the elements so need better protection than most. It's worth paying for better quality clothing. You get a better product. I don't cope with weather very well at all so what I require maybe more than most. I wear gloves in the summer to stop my fingers going white.
I have a range of windproof jackets as well but these aren't waterproof.
I've got a cheapie Decathlon wind proof which does the job. If you run hot (like I do), then a waterproof jacket is a choice between getting wet from the rain or soaked from sweat.
I've got a few from Decathlon and Aldi and they do hold their own in the elements against the more expensive brands.
For winter - I normally wear layers and then have a windproof/waterproof jacket over the top (dependent upon weather).
ronhill do a good one for that price.
I've not worn a jacket for running for years. I get warm quickly, and don't find I need anything more than a long-sleeved top, even in really cold weather.
I also use a headband to keep my ears warm, and thin fleece gloves, but both of those usually get taken off and stuffed down my tights after a couple of miles.
Why not wait for the colder weather to start, and see whether you really need a jacket before paying out money for one?
Gloves and a beanie hat, the hat usually comes off after 3-5k
I have a water proof jacket i got from "Do Running" for £10 / £15 and it seems to work a treat. Have a look in their Sale section.
i see Aldi have some very cheap ones, even better they have a gilet. in my opinion a gilet (sleeveless jacket) is more functional and comfotable.
+1 for ronhill
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