It’s the season of changeable running weather. You can set off in bright sunshine and return home soaked through.
Temperatures are dropping too and it can start to feel too chilly for heading out in just a T-shirt.
A running jacket is a versatile piece of kit as it can provide you with the warmth for getting out of the door but it’s easily peeled off and tied around your waist or packed into a running rucksack once you’ve warmed up.
If it starts raining or the wind starts to howl, back on it goes.
How much you spend and the type of jacket you choose depends on where and for how long you run.
Heading off on a trail run in the hills/woods/mountains requires a jacket that gives you prolonged and reliable protection from wind and rain, whereas for a run through your local area, a more basic showerproof extra layer will suffice.
If you want a thin, lightweight waterproof jacket simply for staying dry, you can make up for lack of warmth with breathable base layers underneath.
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