View Full Version : Cold Weather Running Vest/Jacket?

11-03-2006, 08:43 AM
Advice is needed, again. :o I have googled and googled for a winter running vest or jacket. I am probably leaning toward a vest although I am to the point I do not care.

I am looking for a vest/jacket designed for running with polar fleece type material that is windproof and water resistant/repellent or whatever wording a company would like to use.

At this point, money is no longer an object. Okay, small lie, DH would freak, but I am cold and need to run. By the time I get out it is usually 28F and a mild wind. Not bad, except it is a damp cold and I sweat a lot.

I have been debating this one: http://www.milemarkersports.com/product.php?TypeID=2370&gender=w

I really want a vest or jacket that is geared toward running. I have a brilliant cycling jacket, but running in it, all I hear is a deafening "swoosh", "shoosh".

Please help this chilly runner.


11-03-2006, 09:11 AM
I run in my Gore Passion Vest/Jacket, with or without the sleeves, depending on the temperature. It's pretty close to my body so swooshing is not an issue.

I would suggest more layers instead of one warm layer. By this I mean: get a vest that's above all a windbreaker, and add layers for warmth, so you can adjust more easily for different temperatures.

I would also argue AGAINST black clothes. They are stylish, but not very visible, hence less safe, even in full day light...

Just my ... hum, .03!

11-03-2006, 09:16 AM
That looks like a great vest. I have the Sugoi Speedster, which I love. It's not a jacket, but it is very warm and it has really cool flaps that fold down over your hands to make mittens. I don't like to wear gloves, because my hands usually warm up after a while and then the gloves are another thing I have to keep up with.

11-03-2006, 09:16 AM
The Marmot Driclime jacket or windshirt might fill the bill. It has a very thin layer of fleece inside a nylon shell. Very good breathability, not so good on water resistance (but you can't really have both). Trim fit, so no flapping in the wind. It's really made for hikers, but hikers absolutely love these and find they also work well for running and biking. The windshirt (which I have) has no elastic at the bottom, so unless you tuck it in or wear a belt, the bottom edge can be a bit breezy. Maybe the jacket has a snugger bottom.

marmot driclime jacket

original driclime windshirt

vest version:

11-03-2006, 10:21 AM
This is the jacket I currently use.
I layer under it, but there is not a lining, and it so my sweat gets chilled, which then freezes me. It is not an overly close fit, since I bought it for cycling, so my guess is the bottom is too open?

11-03-2006, 10:34 AM
I would also argue AGAINST black clothes. They are stylish, but not very visible, hence less safe, even in full day light...

I loved this. :D I have not been stylish for decades now. :eek:
The only reason I considered black, was because this vest appeared warm and all my LS shirts are almost day-glow colours. I also have little red bike blinkies I attach to my front and back. If someone hits me, it will not be an accident. ;)

What about this one (it comes in various colours, I just am not certain it is warm enough?) I do value your opinion. http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?memberId=12500226&productId=39235220

I would really like it if REI would build a store in my state.

11-03-2006, 11:01 AM
Go with the soft shell.
I come from a background of winter backpacking and light mountaineering. Shoft shell cannot be beat. It is water resistant, windproof, breathable and comfortable. I have worn mine in every situation from a winter mountain bike ride to the a winter summit of Mt. Washington. I do not know much about a lot...but I do know about winter gear. Soft shell is worth every penny you pay for it.

Now shoft shell comes in different weights. You would want a light one for running. The one at Campmor looks great.

Let me know how you make out

ps...see me in my avatar? that is one of my ss jackets.....


11-03-2006, 12:05 PM
This cold season (we're already into sub-40 degree weather, oy!), I've been running with one of/combinations of the following, for outer layers on top:
REI light soft shell jacket (has nice stiff tall collar)
Marmot Driclime shirt (jacket with high but not stiff collar)
REI thin/medium weight fleece vest
Patagonia Wool 4 V-Neck (my big purchase, this fall)

The soft shell often seems to get too heavy, about 10 mins into my run. The high neck is nice, when there is a tailwind, however.
The Driclime -which is a men's model and is a little large on me- does flap a bit in wind but it shields me from the wind while not letting my sweat weight it down.
The fleece vest, while nice and toasty during my 5-min warmup walk, ends up being too much for the run, when under a jacket. As long as it's not windy, the vest is a good "outer" layer on top of the wool shirt.

I love that Driclime, for running. It's pretty good for cycling, mountaineering, and river rafting, as well. Good luck!

11-03-2006, 01:35 PM
I've gone running in my Etxe Ondo jacket and it's great.


Agree with the black comments, tho. I wear reflective arm bands with it since I go out running before dawn.

11-03-2006, 03:57 PM
i have the REI softshell jacket that i love. i can layer up under it if its really cold, but super comfy and no wooshing when i run.

11-03-2006, 04:34 PM
OK, this (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Product.aspx?baseno=17538) is a cycling piece, but I have the jacket and it doesn't swoosh. I'm contemplating buying this vest. The front is wind block and the back is a pretty thin lycra; perfect for layering. I think it would be fantastic for running on chilly breezy days.

This (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/Product.aspx?baseno=24559)also looks nice for running. I love the Sporthill stuff for skiing; I suspect it would be nice for running as well. Rated for 0-40 F.

I like vests. Jackets are OK for the coldest of days, but I'm with RedCanny. I get too close to imploding if I wear a jacket unless it's in 20s. That "new" lighweight wool (long sleeve) and a vest...perfect.

I have a Marmot driclime windshirt and it's really flappy. OK for backcountry skiing but not running. Though the flappiness may be a function of having a size too big. :rolleyes:

11-03-2006, 04:58 PM
I have been looking at the Sporthill 0-40F vests. I layer with Under Armour, and need a vest for those chilly days.

11-08-2006, 09:20 PM
BMo3: I just got this (http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/261,25892_Moving-Comfort-Breathable-Northstar-Zip-Off-Sleeve-Jacket-For-Women.html) in the mail today (in the blue color).

I love it. It's heavier than I thought it would be but will be good for when it gets in the 20s but not so heavy that I'll sweat too much. It has vents on the front of the shoulders and in the back. And the sleeves zip off. And...it has reflective piping for those winter evening runs. I suspect it'll also get used quite a bit for XC skiing.

Have you found your perfect jacket/vest yet?

11-08-2006, 10:03 PM
I just got a $10 coupon from TE for jackets by email just a few minutes ago. I'm assuming I'm not the only chosen one!

11-09-2006, 05:31 AM
Yes, I received one as well. Still have not decided upon a jacket/vest though.

11-09-2006, 05:32 AM
REI thin/medium weight fleece vest

May I inquire as to which one it is? I am thinking of a vest for my top layer, for the coldest of days.

11-09-2006, 05:36 AM
One of my favorite cold weather layers is actually an underlayer. It's essentially a sleeveless long underwear top - the REI Midweight MTS Tank Top. Here's the link (http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=47899152&parent_category_rn=4501794&vcat=REI_SSHP_WOMENS_CLOTHING_TOC).

--- Denise

11-09-2006, 08:01 AM
I will let everyone know how it works and of course fits. Sizing is always a gamble for me when it comes to tops.

Anyway, we are in a heat wave right now, but I found this on sale, last year's model.


Opinions anyone?

11-09-2006, 11:42 AM
I bet you'll love it. I've never been disappointed with any Sporthill item (OK, well, maybe their winter training pant collects a little too much dog hair, but that's not really a manufacturing defect :rolleyes: ).

11-09-2006, 11:58 AM
Your dog is beautiful. The boys would so very much love to have a dog, unfortunately our cat thinks differently. :(

11-09-2006, 06:23 PM
Your dog is beautiful. The boys would so very much love to have a dog, unfortunately our cat thinks differently. :(

Thank you. She's quite the love!

We had the cats fist, BD (before dog), and they took it all pretty well. Of course Pi doesn't really show much interest in the cats; she'd much rather hang out with the people (since people give out biscuits and cats do not). We recently acquired a second dog (another Lab), an adult that has apparently never been around cats. She can't figure out why the cats won't play with her, but she doesn't push it with them. All is harmonious. :) Now if they (the dogs) were some other breed that is biologically programmed to chase small fast animals, well...could be a different story.

11-16-2006, 08:33 AM
May I inquire as to which one it is? I am thinking of a vest for my top layer, for the coldest of days.

Sure, I'm so sorry for my delay. Sadly I pulled it out of a sale bin, years ago, and I don't know if they still make anything like it. Only paid $16 for it! It's basically a thin but pretty dense polarfleece, just one layer of that, and fits pretty snugly.It's a bright gold color, so doubles as something that lets drivers see me.

Glad to hear you found a vest! It looks a lot like mine.