Waterproof jackets?

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15/08/2002 at 20:55
I need to get a waterproof jacket for running in, so it needs to be light and breathable (and I'm on something of a budget). Looking at the Lowe Adrenaline. I can't really afford the expensive Berghaus paclite type stuff, was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. Other than not running when it rains.
WildWill    pirate
16/08/2002 at 09:06
I’ve just been to Dixon’s Sport and bought a View From waterproof running top for £30 off only £50. This is due to the new ones coming out (different yellow).

So if you go looking now while the shops are getting new the new ranges in, you could find a bargain

17/08/2002 at 19:08
I use a Sprayway jacket - costs £35-£40 depending on where you buy it from. It's not waterproof, but showerproof and mainly windproof.
18/08/2002 at 08:56
I've got a nice Ron Hill luminous jacket, its ripstop and vented around the back, i think its really for mountain bikers but it more than does the trick
18/08/2002 at 21:17
I just ordered a Nike jacket from Runner's Need - only 21 pounds on sale! Perhaps they have some sale items for men too that would be suitable?
18/08/2002 at 21:28
There's no such thing as a waterproof jacket. All you need is something light and windproof for even the worst of winter.
18/08/2002 at 22:59
Thanks for the advice. The problem (which I should probably have mentioned) is that I want one that is suitable for mountain marathons, KIMM, LAMM etc. I haven't done one yet, but want to do some next year. Generally you need a waterproof to satisfy the kit list requirements, and even if they are flexible, if I'm going to be running round a mountain, I'm really going to have to have something which will keep me bone dry if necessary. State of my navigation, that's a distinct possibility!
cougie    pirate
19/08/2002 at 14:01
Greg - only thing is if you run you'll just sweat up from the inside - even the most breathable jackets won't be able to cope with high amounts of sweat produced through exercise. Or is that just me ?
19/08/2002 at 14:47
I have a Concurve Goretex jacket which is the most waterproof jacket I've had, and a good fit, but like cougie's jacket, its not very pleasant to run in. I usually only wear a vest underneath, even in the freezing cold weather, because the jacket makes me very hot and horribly sweaty.

I think you have to make a compromise between how breathable you want the jacket to be and how waterproof it should be, because you can't have both.
20/08/2002 at 18:06

I have an Adrenaline jacket, which I've used on the LAMM and for numerous other hill sessions / days. It's a great jacket, very breathable, totally waterproof, with a good adjustable hood. It stood up very well to the pretty poor weather on this year's LAMM.

I would agree with Cougie that if you're running in your jacket, it's pretty unlikely that it's going to cope with the amount of sweat you'll produce. This is particularly true when you consider that a sizeable area of the jacket won't be breathable if you're wearing a sac.

That said, you HAVE to have a jacket for events like the LAMM and it HAS to be breathable, so I'd strongly recommend the Adrenaline. If you want to save a few quid, think about the Adrenaline pullover, rather than the jacket. It's very popular for the LAMM, KIMM, etc.

You sometimes get discounts as a LAMM / KIMM competitor. You can try www.compasspoint-online.co.uk which has a LAMM shop. Happy shopping.
21/08/2002 at 09:50
thanks for the advice, think I'll go with the Adrenaline. I can get a student discount at YHA, Blacks etc. so hunting around for deals isn't such a problem.
08/09/2003 at 12:49
I'm looking to buy a jacket online for my wife and myself. Lightweight and showerproof would be ideal and ideally with a hood. Moderate to low budget!! Any suggestions?
08/09/2003 at 13:20
Gore Tex Pac-Lite seems to be very popular nowadays. I have a Nike Storm fit jacket that does the trick. You can pick em up for about £100 I think.

Also look at the shop ad's in RW, I saw some cheap Concurve jackets not so long ago and they're great... Even the Windstopper ones keep a helluva lot of water out.

Happy shopping!
26/10/2005 at 14:57

If you follow this thread down to the end and are looking for an answer as to what to wear for the KIMM, get a v.light waterproof, Lowe Alpine Rush is good value and then buy a pertex smock. Chances are you won't ever need the w'proof as it'll be too hot to run in and its there for when it gets really bad. The pertex wind top will keep the wind off and a light shower, but more importantly will keep you warm without being too warm. Rab and Montane both make pertex quantum tops, very light. Although the new Montane featherlite top does have some design features that I disslike, like a collar that hits you in the ear unless the zip is all the way up (when its windy)
26/10/2005 at 15:15
I wouldn't bother with waterproof - you'll just get soaked from the inside.

I bought a shower proof jacket (for cycling) with pitzips from groundeffect.nz & I think it would do the job for running but I'd only don it in the cold. Ideally you want something that will hold off the rain for a bit - say 30mins to an hour but is thin so will dry out fast

Warm weather rain, I'd just as soon get wet
27/10/2005 at 13:41
I would suggest checking out the Aldi running gear sales. I picked up the BEST running jacket that sheds the rain, is lightweight, breathes well, and is also good in the wind for a ridiculously cheap price compared to some of the big-brand products. It's also a bright but not offensive yellowish colour with reflective strips appropriate for these dark mornings and evenings.
27/10/2005 at 17:42
Tim, must have been very very cold when your piccy was taken:-)
29/10/2005 at 20:29
I've got a new Capestorm rain jacket. www.capestorm.co.za its great. very light, packs into its own pocket, and is water resistant and windproof. I bought it in S Africa, but you can order them from a retailer in London.

I also have a heavy duty Viga. This does not let any rain in, but unfortunately does not let much sweat out either, but the big negative is that it has an internal zipped pocket, and the zipper knackers up my expensive running shirts.
30/10/2005 at 00:43
Hi, newish here...

I have gone for the £30 showerproof jackets you see; there are a number of times I have managed to get really wet only to be chilled by the wind as well. It can be unpleasant. I reckon you need to keep the wind out, rain on it's own is mostly fine. Though I swear by the Ron Hill DXB Tracksters as long as you keep 'em proofed !

cougie    pirate
30/10/2005 at 08:32
Aldi do windproof Gilets from time to time - not waterproof, but great for keeping the chill off.
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