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Hi all. I just started running again and given that I'm in New England that means running in the cold. I'm looking for a good jacket that will keep me warm without going overboard. Right now I'm just layering a Brooks or UA thermal shirt with a t-shirt and fleece and that's working, but it can get pretty windy where I am and that combo offers no protection from wind at all.
I'm leaning towards the RSS Gore Tex storm jacket but am wondering what other options are out there (I can't seem to find many on the web)
thanks in advance,
I have an ASICS Storm Shelter jacket (about $88). Nice fit, everything works fine, and it looks well-constructed. It's been waterproof (as advertised) in light rain, although I haven't tested it yet in a downpour.
I've layered a ColdGear-type top under it down to ~25* and been fine. This jacket was recommended to me by a friend in Minneapolis, who said his has been waterproof and warm (with proper layers) even in his winter climate.
More important than the jacket, is how you layer underneath it. Even the most breathable waterproof jacket can't handle the amount moisture you create from sweating when running.
To keep yourself dry, you need a thin wicking layer next to your skin, and a layer on top of that (usually some layer of fleece of appropriate thickness based on the temperature). That will suck the moisture away from your body. Then, even if the jacket is not breathable enough to remove all the moisture (I haven't found one that is up to the task on a hard run), your body will stay dry.
thanks guys, I ended up getting a RoadRunner Sports waterproof jacket. Tested it out today and was actually a little too warm.
I generally don't wear a fleece undershirt because I tend to overheat. I had a wicking layer, a cotton T and the jacket on today and had to unzip quite often to stay cool, but it was in the high 30s so that's not unexpected.
I'm not sure which Brooks jacket you had, but I have the Wanganui jacket from Brooks and I have run in degrees approaching 0F and been warm. The outside is wind-resistant but also has areas where venting is important, like under the arms and on the back. It is lightweight which is important to me, I hate feeling overdressed. I layer under it as mentioned here with a thinner "core" piece and then if needed, a fleece vest (fleece only when getting into single digits, that is warm stuff). Otherwise, another layer over the core piece. You mentioned a T-shirt in your post, definately NOT cotton...cotton is rotten!
Definately 30F is relatively warm so I am not surprised you're overheated in that jacket you bought. I have worn even my jacket in the 30s and been too warm, but I run very hot. You might want to try the Wanganui on www.brooksrunning.com They also make mittens and tights in the same material known by the same name. Good luck!
On colder days, I like a light weight fleece vest. This keeps the core warm, but not too warm. I'm in the Pacific Northwest and rain, rather than cold is the main element to deal with. I have yet to find a jacket that keeps me dry, but not too warm.