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Are you battling with the weather to keep up with your running? Let’s face it, running in autumn-winter can be tough – physically and mentally. Making a smart investment in your wardrobe can mean the difference between going out and skipping a run.
One of the essentials for wet and cold weather is a waterproof running jacket. If you look after it, this piece of kit should last you a few years, so it's worth a bit of extra thought. That's why we've selected 3 best buys from our latest range.
Using the latest waterproof technology, any of these would be a brilliant choice of outer layer in challenging weather. They're all fully waterproof and windproof, extremely lightweight, with taped seams, adjustable hoods, and with as much breathability as possible!
Janji Rainrunner Pack GFX Jacket
The newest version of the legendary OMM jacket has landed! This extremely light outer layer has improved durability & waterproofing and less flapping in the wind.
OMM jackets are well-known for their stretchy materials. It is their moisture-wicking four-way stretch Gelanots Fabric that moulds to your body in a way that other materials would not. The new version introduces a nylon outer layer, which immensely improves durability without sacrificing breathability.
The Kamleika Jacket feels much softer compared to other jackets on the market. It’s like a fully waterproof softshell with rating 20,000 HH and a breathability level of 20,000 g/m2. You can easily forget that you are wearing it, as it is so light.
All these features make it a great option for running basically any distance on any terrain, while needing protection against rain and wind.
This technical jacket is perfect for long distances, thanks to its high level of breathability and waterproofing. Janji is a new running clothing brand, which strongly supports the environment while producing super-durable high-tech apparel.
The Janji Rainrunner has a built-in 360º panel, which promotes maximum ventilation and heat release in the areas that need it the most. How amazing is this? There are many other features; it is super lightweight but its durable ripstop fabric provides full protection against harsh weather conditions.
With two generous side pockets to keep your valuables dry, there is also a right pocket. This provides easy storage of the jacket itself. The hood can also be stored in a small elastic band when not in use.
The ergonomic, seamless, and sleek design adapts to your body for a perfect fit. You barely can feel this jacket on!
Protective yet incredibly lightweight jacket (192g) for tough conditions.
Maybe you've heard of races like Dragon's Back, Spine, Lakeland 100 or Yucon Arctic Ultra race? They have one thing in common – Montane is a brand that organises these amazing and a little crazy events! This legendary brand creates incredibly lightweight, waterproof and breathable garments essential for fast and light mountain activities.
The Montane Minimus Jacket is a MUST if you're planning some runs across hills or mountains. While being lightweight and very breathable, the 20 Denier PERTEX® SHIELD 2.5 layer and fully taped fabric provides full waterproof protection in rainy conditions.
An adjustable hood stays on your head thanks to the pre-elastication and stiffened front. This jacket is packable in one of the side pockets and the reflective details will keep you safe during low-light conditions. What we especially love about this jacket is its durability – it lasts for years and still will provide full protection. The fabric is strong and doesn't wear off easily in off-road conditions. It's just a very well-made garment. Also – the price. We loooooove it!
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MartynNovember 7, 2022 at 6:20amI’m looking for a fully waterproof running jacket to tackle heavy rain and sleet. I’m considering the OMM but I’ve heard that even the best jackets won’t keep you 100% dry. Is this true and do you need to re-waterproof running jackets after a while. Thanks Reply
Larina StrelchenkoNovember 7, 2022 at 2:10pm
Thank you for your message. Waterproof jackets have a waterproof rating. For heavy rain, I would recommend jackets from 20000mm to 30000mm. It will be technical advanced apparel that you can use for serious performance and the toughest adventures. So you can run hours and hours and still feel dry and protected. The OMM jacket is a very good choice, but also I would recommend you have a look at a the new brand that we stock: Janji. It's an even more breathable and waterproof garment. On average, a waterproof jacket lasts for 3-5 years, depending on how many times you wear it, under what conditions, how you clean it and so on. If you wear it frequently, you should re-proof it every time you notice it doesn’t perform as well as it used to. And yes, you can reproof a jacket by using reproofing products. It would be best to check instructions before use.
darinNovember 1, 2022 at 2:43amDoes the Omm jacket actually have a two-way zip? I don't see that in any of the photos on this site. Also, is there a way to pack away or secure the hood down if not wanted? I'm interested in this jacket for multi-sport use, and it does look promising. Reply
Larina StrelchenkoNovember 1, 2022 at 2:41pm
Thank you for your question. The OMM jacket has one full length YKK zip with a zip garage but it's one way. And the peaked hood is adjustable with internal cradle but it doesn't have a stowable design. I hope it helps!
TomNovember 22, 2021 at 11:07amI had my heart set on the Minimus Stretch Ultra, but reading about the Salomon being designed to wear over a race pack (I use a 12l Salomon) has made me stop to think... How much difference does that design feature make in your opinion? Would the Montane still fit over a race pack? Reply
Goska DuzykNovember 22, 2021 at 12:47pm
Thank you for your query, it is a actually a very good question! Unfortunately other jackets aren't designed to put over the running vest. They won't stretch enough at the back. Of course, you can try to do it, but I'm afraid the material will be pulled so much, it's going to be uncomfortable to wear and might distract your movement. I personally LOVE this design because a race pack isn't waterproof and every time it was raining, everything I had inside was soaking wet..! So I got used to putting my belongings in zipped plastic bags to keep it dry. But then it took me ages to find anything inside.. ;) I think it's absolutely worth it if you run often with a race pack, and in all weather conditions. Also, it might be a useful feature if you're a racing and you want to save those precious seconds of your PB ;) you don't need to stop and take off the vest... Just keep the jacket in an accesible pocket and put it on without stopping. It's simply a matter of your need and how convienient you want to feel on your runs/races. If you cannot visit our stores you can purchase jackets online, compare them at home and return for free the one that doesn't feel/fit right. See the return terms and conditions here. I hope this helps and happy running!Reply
Gillian AinslieOctober 1, 2021 at 6:08pmI have worn an OMM kamleika for trail running since 2016 and love the stretch and that it does it’s job well. But I need a new one. The new OMM jackets seem like a different material and so I’m considering the Montane. Would I find it to be a big difference? I’m scared to make the change and make a mistake when the cost is so high ???? Reply
Goska DuzykOctober 4, 2021 at 11:32am
Thank you for your message. That's true, the new OMM jacket's material is even softer than the previous version but that's not supposed to affect the durability of the product. It's a very popular product and in the last year (since they have launched the new version) we haven't noticed any problems with the jacket and we haven't heard any complaints from our customers either!
The Montane jacket is also very stretchy, so it moves effortlessly with the body. Maybe it isn't as soft as Kamleika but still should feel nice against the skin. Regarding choosing the right waterproof jacket it's not only about the material but also about the right fit/shape. I'd definitely suggest to try one on before your purchase. If you cannot visit our stores you can purchase both jackets online, compare them at home and return for free one that doesn't feel/fit right. See the return terms and conditions here.
I hope this helps! Happy running no matter the weather! ;)Reply
TammyAugust 26, 2020 at 5:41pmSo... innon8 stormshell / trail shell or ultra shell ?? Lol Reply
GoskaAugust 27, 2020 at 10:21am
All the jackets are great but it really depends on personal needs. For more features regarding each model, please visit our jackets category and find out what suits you best.
MelanieApril 13, 2019 at 2:28pmHey Goska,
Great list. What would you say about the North Face HyperAir GTX Trail Jacket?
I’d love your feedback,
Goska DuzykApril 16, 2019 at 2:42pm
Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to test that jacket so I can't tell much. I am not wearing North Face clothing, but some of my friends who purchased their products are happy with the quality, not this particular jacket though.
I am sorry I can't help much.
Lots of happy miles,