Updated June 2017
This spring, we updated our review to include a wide variety of running jackets, ranging from the most affordable to the most breathable. We have new award winners, like the OR Boost, which is the cream of the crop, or the Montane Featherlight 7, which boasts some of the most incredible features we've ever seen, like weighing practically less than half that of other contenders in our fleet. If you're on the hunt for the best of the best no matter the cost, or the most affordable, we'll help you find what's best for your needs.
Best Overall Competitor
Outdoor Research Boost
Venting from the future
Offers superior breathability
Hands down, the best running jacket we tested was the Outdoor Research Boost
. Our Editors' Choice Award winner earned the highest marks in breathability, thanks to its innovative design utilizing massive, strategically placed highly breathable panels. Not only was it the most capable in the breathability category, it earned high marks in every single test we put it up against.
Check out the complete review here: Outdoor Research Boost
Top Pick for Backcountry Trail Running
Arc'teryx Incendo Jacket
Can pack into its pocket
Weather resistance is second to none
If you're venturing far from home and there is the slightest chance inclement weather could dampen your outing, the Arc'teryx Incendo
is a fantastic solution. While offering the same weather protection the "emergency" jackets provided, the Incendo retains its ability to vent and breath as well. This was a rare attribute in running jackets and boosted the Arc'teryx into our top pick for trail running. The Incendo also earned high marks for its portability and light weight.
Check out the complete review here: Arc'teryx Incendo
Top Pick Portability
Montane Featherlite 7
Extremely light weight
High level of water resistance
Breathability could be better
The magicians at Montane have made one of the most incredible running jackets we have seen. The Montane Featherlite 7's
modest name might not clue you into the fact that it weighs only 1.6oz. This is close to half the weight of the next lightest jacket we tested (which at 2.8oz is pretty dang light). While being the most portable jacket we laid our hands on, the Montane Featherlite 7 also provides excellent weather resistance, adequate breathing, and ventilation. It's so light, you won't notice it in your pocket.
Check out the complete review here: Montane Featherlite 7
Best Bang for your Buck
Patagonia Houdini Pullover
Simple and offers superb water resistance protection
Stuff sack is refined
This award winner's breathability could be upped a notch or two
The outdoor industry leader Patagonia had slimmed down their eternally popular Houdini, removing the zipper and hood to make an efficient and utilitarian running jacket. The Patagonia Houdini Pullover
was our choice for the best buy award. We loved everything about this lighter version of the Houdini
, from its portability to weather resistance to its retro design. Had it performed even slightly better, the Houdini would have been in the running for our Editors' Choice award, and at its list price of $90, the Houdini is a great value.
Check out the complete review here: Patagonia Houdini Pullover