8 of the best running jackets you can buy, as tested by 3 fitness experts

Stylish and practical? Yes, please

a model in one of the best running jackets
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When it comes to the best gym wear, a running jacket is an absolute essential for the colder months - simply layer over your sports bra to keep you warm and dry (yay, British weather). 

While we're all about practical kit that's actually functional here at Marie Claire UK, we also like kit that looks stylish, too (think fit to wear to brunch with friends over your matching gym set ). 

With that in mind, we've taken it upon ourselves to round up the best running jackets to buy now, keeping in mind price point, breathability, fit, style, design, sweat-wicking ability, and water resistance, too.

When it comes to testing, we always make sure to put our fit kit through its paces (read how we test products, here). 

For this article, we enrolled the help of our Health Editor and 8x marathon runner Ally Head, our Ecommerce Writer, Grace Lindsay and Lillie Bleasdale, a running coach, personal trainer and the founder of Passa, a female-focused run coaching community. If you hadn't already guessed, Ally is an avid runner, so she's tested her fair share of running jackets over the years. Although Grace isn't much of a runner herself, she loves going to a sweaty spin class or Pilates session, and she also tests products for a living, so knows exactly what to look out for when it comes to good quality clothing. Lillie is a 3 hour 7 minute marathoner who documents her training and journey through stage two endometriosis and adenomyosis online.

Keep on scrolling for their top picks. For more fit kit inspiration, don't forget to check out our guides to the best activewear brands, best oversized gym t-shirts, best running shorts, best cycling shorts and even the best tennis skirts, while you're here.

What did we look for when testing the best running jackets? 

  • Breathability - does it keep you cool yet warm when you're out banking miles? 
  • Water repellency - does it keep you dry if it's raining? 
  • Wind blocking ability - does it keep you warm from the wind? 
  • Sweat wicking ability - does it dry fast? 
  • Reflective detail for added visibility - will it keep you safe and easy to spot in the dark?
  • Cut, design and fit - does it look good and flatter you for both banking miles and brunch?

Best running jackets: 8 to buy now

Ally Head and Lillie Bleasdale wearing some of the best running jackets

Ally Head and Lillie Bleasdale testing some of the best running jackets

(Image credit: Ally Head and Lillie Bleasdale)

1. Best affordable running jacket

2. Best running jacket with hood

3. Best waterproof running jacket

4. Best zip running jacket

5. Best reflective running jacket

6. Best running jacket for the gym

7. Best luxury running jacket

8. Best running vest

What type of jacket is best for running?

Good question. When looking for a running jacket, you want to think about when you tend to go on a run. For example, if you are someone who runs in the evening, you might want a jacket with reflective details for added visibility. The second thing to think about is where you like to run. If you run outside, you'll probably want to opt for a jacket that is windproof and waterproof. These features are definitely an essential for any winter runners. However, if you run at the gym, a zip up jacket would be best so that you can take if off easily. Lastly, think about how much you want to spend. If you're an avid runner, you might want to invest in a high quality jacket that you know will last the long run (no pun intended).

Grace Lindsay

Grace Lindsay is currently Junior Beauty Editor at Who What Wear UK and previously was Marie Claire UK's E-Commerce Writer.  With over three years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, she covers everything from the best make-up and skincare deals to how to shop the stand out trends of the season. When she's not typing away at her laptop, Grace can be found shopping her favourite vintage markets IRL, or catching up on her never-ending list of books to read.

With contributions from
  • Health, Sustainability and Relationships Editor