Best Overall Running Jacket
Arc'teryx Incendo Jacket
Hands down, the best running jacket we tested was the Arc'teryx Incendo Jacket
. Our Editors' Choice Award winner earned some of the highest marks in breathability, thanks in part to two large mesh panels that promote air circulation. We were also impressed by its wind and water resistance, not to mention that it weighed in at a mere five ounces, making it one of the lightest pieces we tested. On top of all this, it has drawstrings to help keep the wind out, reflective material for added safety during those dusk or dawn runs, and a media pocket as well. Did we mention that the Incendo can also pack down into its own pocket?
Best Bang for the Buck
If you need a high-performing layer, but don't want to break the bank, the Saucony Sonic is the model for you
. At only $100, the Sonic is almost a steal, which is why we've given it our Best Buy award. It comes with a lot of features, including a unique USB LED rechargeable light, but it was its the Sonic's high scores in breathability, water resistance, and wind resistance that really sold us. The only downside is that this piece weighs in at a whopping 9 ounces, nearly twice that of the Editors' Choice winner.
Top Pick for Cold Weather Running
Marmot DriClime Windshirt
If you're looking for a layer that's perfect for runs in during the dead of winter, look no further than our Top Pick Award winner: the Marmot DriClime Windshirt
. This layer has a unique inner lining, which is a combination of large and small fibers. This design pulls moisture away from your body quickly, and disperses it over a large surface area, keeping you dry as you run. With the added help of mesh panels in the arm pits, it keeps the air circulating. Not only does that inner liner keep you dry, but it is excellent at keeping you warm during a run in subfreezing temperatures
and when the wind picked up, we hardly noticed. Running in the Marmot DriClime in the middle of winter is like never knowing that it's cold outside.