Winter is coming! Don’t let the elements get in your way of keeping fit or burning calories as you run around your neighbourhood. You know the solution is to get a jacket to block the cold – a running jacket. You’re afraid it may be too heavy thus overworking you, too light hence you catch a cold or too big thereby increasing drag due to air resistance. Well, worry no more! Read this blog to the end and you’ll have what it takes to pick the perfect running jacket to keep you warm when snow comes falling.
When it rains, having high-quality waterproof running jackets are essential. You may avoid getting wet and prevent your internal body temperature from decreasing by staying dry and covered. Before leaving, confirm the weather to give yourself the best opportunity to layer appropriately and avoid becoming too cold.
Safety should be your number one priority. Winter means there will be less hours of daytime thus your visibility to motorists will need to be an area of focus. That is why when buying running jackets, they need to have reflectors all round or be Hi Viz jackets. This way motorists can spot you from a safe distance and adjust their speed accordingly.
Comfort may be secondary but to someone who knows running, a gram could weigh as much as pound while running. That’s why the jacket needs to be as light as possible while at the same time not ignoring the other aspects. Research has found that running while carrying added weight will put more strain on your joints and have a detrimental impact on your running technique. You could be more susceptible to joint damage. When we run, our bodies tend to sweat – some more than others. It’d be a horrific experience to be running around with a jacket that locks the sweat onto your body leaving you sweaty, drenched and smelly. That is why a decent running jacket will still feature ventilation to keep it breathable and sweat-wicking properties. Look for waterproof runners’ jackets with zips under the arms or mesh ventilation.
Even in winter we all want to look good as we go about our day to day activities. Good fashion builds confidence. That’s why your runners’ jackets need to appease the eye. This will boost your confidence and morale to run. If one is confident in how they look, they won’t be hindered by the eyes of passers-by from doing their running exercise thus helping them maintain a good running form. Keep an eye out for one with your favourite colour. Also keep in mind that you’re trying to appear distinct from your environment therefore don’t pick a white one for winter (just to be safe). Also, if the jacket looks good, you could wear it in the other seasons without looking confused to everyone else.
Winter is the season of extreme cold. This is why as someone who’s going to be exposed to the elements, you’ll need all the warmth you can get. Considering a runners’ jacket, it will need to be waterproof and windproof. These should be the bare minimum.
To some, running with a hood on is normal but others find it distracting or uncomfortable. Good thing modern day runners’ jackets provide a wide range of options like roll up hoods, detachable hoods and no hood at all. When buying one, it will depend on your personal choice. The roll up hood would be a good choice especially if you run against winds since you can just roll it up when windy and roll it down for use when it starts raining or snowing. A win-win for the wearer.
Nothing quality comes at a cheap price. Runners’ jackets, especially waterproof ones, cost money because of the fabric’s development, testing, and performance. Depending on the brand and intended purpose of the jacket, you may anticipate paying anywhere between £30 to £200 if you’re looking for a quality insulated jacket.
With the above guidelines, you’re now at a position to purchase the best running jackets suited for you.