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The Best Lightweight Running Jackets in 2020

 

In varying weather conditions, a lightweight jacket is one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can take with you during a run. They provide protection from wind and light rain. They’ll give you an extra layer of warmth when a running shirt isn’t enough.

Best of all, these jackets pack up into themselves allowing for easy portability and storage when not wearing them. Some but not all have reflective elements. If you are looking for a jacket for running in the dark, check out our list of best reflective running jackets.

We’ve tested and reviewed over 12 different lightweight running jackets in a variety of conditions. Here are our top choices:

Top 3 Best and Favorites

 

Brooks Canopy Jacket

 

  • Hood stores when not in use
  • Packs into itself
  • 2 zippered pockets
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Salomon Agile Wind Jacket

 

  • Lightweight
  • Wind and water resistant
  • Good price
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Little Donkey Andy Waterproof Jacket with Hood

 

  • Great price
  • Wind proof
  • Water resistant
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Best Overall Lightweight Running Jacket

1. Brooks Canopy Jacket

This lightweight running jacket is made from breathable, but wind and water-resistant fabric. It’s a good choice for running in different weather conditions from wind to rain to snow and sleet.

Stretch cuffs with hidden thumbholes keep your hands warm without the need for gloves.

Like the other jackets on our list, it’s designed to pack down into a small pouch for storage. It also features an elastic strap to slip onto your arm to carry the jacket after it’s been packed down.

The Brooks Canopy jacket comes with a hood for protection in the elements. But in better weather, it has a strap to tie down the hood and prevent it from bouncing around.

The Brooks Canopy jacket makes it easy to bring your phone along and listen to your favorite tracks during your run. It features an inner pocket to safely secure your phone. The jacket will also keep your headphone’s cord secured while running via the headphone cord holder fitted on the zipper.

What We Like

It’s the little details that matter with this jacket. The headphone clip on the zipper keeps your cord from bouncing around. Just like the strap to anchor down the hoodie when you don’t need it.

We also love that the Canopy Jacket features an elastic strap to wear it around your arm when it’s packed down for storage. If you are out for a shorter run without a pack or waist pack, this makes it easy to carry the jacket when it’s too warm to wear it.

What We Didn’t Like

This jacket is a bit pricey – though we’re willing to pay it given the functional design elements it comes with. One thing we could have liked to see is more reflective detail on the jacket. While one version of the women’s jacket does have lots of reflective trim – most of these jackets only have a small logo and a small piece of trim for reflectivity.


PROS:

  • Straps and fasteners to keep hoods and wires from bouncing around
  • A stretchy, sweat-resistant phone pocket
  • Thumbholes for extra warmth
  • Two zippered side pockets with an internal pocket for a phone

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Minimal reflective trim (except in one women’s color)

Lightweight Windproof Running Jacket

2. Salomon Agile Wind Jacket

This running jacket is made from performance grade synthetic fabric to protect you from the elements with a minimal, lightweight design. Weighing a mere 4.3 ounces, you won’t have to worry about carrying extra unnecessary weight. The fabric is windproof to keep out blustery cold air.

When running in warmer weather, the Salomon Agile jacket design includes a snap button on the inside near the top of the zipper. This allows you to keep the zipper opened to let air in without having the top have of the jacket flop around. Vented underarms allow further airflow to keep you from overheating.

Two zipper pockets allow you to safely store extra gear like gloves or gels. Reflective detailing will help keep you safe at night.

The Agile Wind Jacket does a great job keeping out the wind while remaining breathable. But it also has some water-shedding capabilities to keep you dry in light rain.

What We Like

We really love the snap button clasp at the top of this jacket. It’s the perfect way to regulate your body’s temperature when running. Snap the buttons and zip it halfway down and you have the perfect airflow without a flapping jacket. It’s so ingenious we’re surprised more companies haven’t copied this feature.

What We Don’t Like

This is somewhat true of Salomon’s clothing in general: it can run small and snug. If you have wide shoulders or a hefty upper body, this jacket is going to feel pretty snug. We recommend sizing up if this describes your physique.


PROS:

  • Lightweight design with a windproof and water-resistant design
  • Snap button on the top of the jacket

CONS:

  • Slim fit doesn’t work with all body types

Best Value Lightweight Jacket

3. Little Donkey Andy Waterproof Jacket with Hood

This water-resistant jacket by Little Donkey Andy will keep you dry and protected from the wind – at a price that’s nearly half of what you’d pay for other similar jackets.

A stiff collar further helps to keep out wind and rain. A small chest pocket is good for storing small, lightweight items. Two more zippered side pockets plus a larger, rear pocket gives you more storage room.

When not in use, the jacket packs into itself for easy storage. Finally, a bit of reflective detail adds to being seen in the evening or early morning runs.

What We Like

This jacket is a great deal. It’s not the warmest jacket out there, but provides just enough protection.

What We Don’t Like

While the overall fit and comfort isn’t as great as other jackets, it’s the best at this price. We’d recommend sizing up as the jacket does run small.


PROS:

  • Great price
  • Wind and water protection

CONS:

  • Sizing runs small

Best Water Resistant Jacket

4. ASICS Accelerate Jacket

The ASICS Accelerate jacket keeps you comfortable and warm during your run. The shell is made from lightweight polyester fabric. The stretchy fabric allows you to move freely.

The jacket is weatherproof to keep your body warm and dry. Sealed seams keep the elements out. And an inner thermal liner helps retain body heat.

For safety, reflective detailing on the front, cuffs, and back helps you be seen in the dark from all angles.

The design also features zippered pockets on the sides to carry your phone and other small items. Thumb holes add an extra layer of warmth on cold days.

What We Like

The warmth of this jacket makes it great for those cold, winter days. Thumbholes help keep your hands warm. And the reflective trim is a nice bonus for running in the dark.

What We Didn’t Like

It’s quite expensive compared to other jackets although it should last quite a long time.


PROS:

  • Wind and rain-resistant design
  • Warm but still lightweight

CONS:

  • Pricey

 

Top Packable Lightweight Jacket

5. Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket

This running jacket is made from lightweight polyester fabric. The shell is both wind resistant and water repellent to keep you warm in cold and wet conditions. The elastic cuffs and elastic drawcord hem help retain body heat.

To ensure that you remain comfortable, DriClime fabric keeps air circulating in and out of the jacket wicking sweat away from your body.

If you prefer to run in the evenings or very early in the morning, you’ll want drivers and other runners to notice you easily. This jacket’s design includes 360 degrees reflectivity that makes it easy to spot from far away.

The Marmot jacket comes fitted with a small, zippered pocket along with two zipper pockets for your hands. When not in use, the jacket folds into itself for easy storage and carrying.

What We Like

This jacket is windproof and packs down into itself.

What We Don’t Like

This is a basic jacket. It’s fine but lacks some of the more thought out features like the carry strap on the Brooks Canopy Jacket or the snap button on the Salomon Fastwing Jacket.


PROS:

  • Valued price
  • Lightweight and packable

CONS:

  • It’s pretty basic – doesn’t come with extra storage

Best Lightweight Trail Running Jacket

6. The North Face Resolve 2 Jacket

For trail running in windy or rainy weather, you’ll appreciate the The North Face Resolve 2 jacket. It’s designed to protect you in harsh weather, all in a lightweight package.

This running jackets includes waterproof and windproof fabric with a hood to protect from rain. When not in use, the hood can be stashed away into the collar. Two zipper hand pockets can be used for storing small items.

What We Like

The jacket is priced well and provides great protection from the elements.

What We Don’t Like

It’s not as breathable as other jackets – so you may overheat on milder days.


PROS:

  • Weatherproof design
  • Lots of color options

CONS:

  • Not as breathable as other jackets

The Wired Runner