Figuring out the right layers for a run in cold weather is no joke. Obviously, the below is not really an option (even if it would feel nice and cozy immediately upon stepping outside).
It can be quite tempting to just suck it up and go out underdressed with the hope that you’ll warm up quickly.
Of course, in that case you run the risk of spending most, if not all, of your run wet and/or cold. And miserable. Which might mean you cut your run short — and none of us want to do that!
The latest jacket Brooks Running (and as always, although we’re brand ambassadors and affiliates, any opinions here are straight up our own!) sent my way — the Hideout Jacket ($150) has loads of clever features designed to protect runners from wind and rain without adding weight or bulk.
What are those features, you ask? We’re talking DriLayer Seal breathable, critically taped, highly water and wind-resistant protection, and a full-length zipper with chin guard. It also has an adjustable cinch cord at the hem and a hood that’s easy to snap down when not in use, along with safety features like front and back reflectivity and UPF 40.
The aspect of this jacket I dig the most is the fact that it’s thin and lightweight. And this is a totally selfish observation, but hear me out. It’s not often cold enough to do a long run in a jacket here in Florida, as I mentioned in our last review. However, I do sometimes wear one to start, so a jacket with this kind of protection that’s still light enough to be tied around my waist if necessary is fantastic. And I’m looking forward to traveling with it. Next month, I’ll be hiking and running a wide variety of trails in Hawaii, ranging from sea level rainforests to the Haleakala summit, where temps might be as low as in the 30s. You know my Hideout will be tucked into a small pocket of my pack!
I have not yet had a chance to really test it out in cold weather yet (on account of the fact that Florida hasn’t quite gotten the memo that it’s nearly winter), but I did wear it prior to a race on what passed as a chilly morning for us (around 60 degrees), and I was toasty warm. I’ll be curious to see what some of our fellow Brooks bloggers who live in colder climates have to say!
What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to properly outfitting yourself for a run? When it’s hot, I just go with as little clothing as I can get away with, but when it’s cold — especially when it’s windy? I’m just like, give me all the clothes and I will drop them in piles along the route. It’s … not my strong suit. —Kristen