It’s a shame that the period in which most people decide to put on their running shoes again is one of the coldest, most miserable few months of the year. Every January brings a new wave of hope for prospective runners, readying to take on the year with a new pair of HOKA One One after the holiday excess. But, while a pair of fresh runners will certainly help, arguably the most necessary aspect of a new running kit during January and February is a lightweight running jacket.

The biggest hill to climb on a run is the one that grows in between you and your front door before you’ve left, so anything that can protect you against the less-than-ideal conditions on the other side of that door is a win. We’ve found that even the lightest top layers can make the difference between soggy and miserable and exhausted yet triumphant, so we’ve rounded up some of the best running jackets to get your routine started on the right foot in 2021.

Lace up and pull on one of the running jackets below.

SOAR Elite Tempo 2.0 Track Jacket

Elite Tempo 2.0 Track Jacket



Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Designer Sale - Up To 50% Off

Buy at ssense

Rubberized trims run throughout SOAR's Elite Tempo 2.0 Track Jacket epitomize the levels of detail that are required to make a perfect running jacket. A lightweight nylon construction features zippered pockets and hits of orange contrast stitching.

adidas Own the Run Hooded Wind Jacket

Own the Run Hooded Wind Jacket

Own the Run Hooded Wind Jacket



Buy at adidas US

If you've got a job then running in daylight is a close impossibility during the first months of the year. That's why adidas' reflective, 100% recycled jacket is essential, because it unlocks the possibility of safe, dry runs in the dark.

Nike Windrunner





Buy at NIKE

The Nike Windrunner is a stalwart in the running jackets game and now with a water-repellant update, it becomes even more necessary. Small hits of the 3M to the Swoosh and shoulders ensure you're visible, but a sleek black build keeps it all pared-back.

Satisfy Run Away Windbreaker Jacket

Run Away Windbreaker Jacket

Run Away Windbreaker Jacket



Buy at Farfetch

Parisian running label Satisfy is a sizeable component of the stylish runnaissance that's currently happening. By blending g contemporary style cues with premium performance fabrics and construction, it should be top of your running gear list.

Descente Allterrain x Byborre Layered Transform Track Jacket

Layered Transform Track Jacket


Descente Allterrain x Byborre

Buy at Farfetch

Byborre joins forces with Descente Allterrain for a two-layered triumph of a running jacket. Byborre's signature weave forms the thermal base layer while a water-repellant upper layer promises a drip-free circuit.

Arc'teryx Incendo SL Jacket

Incendo SL Jacket

Incendo SL Jacket



Buy at Arc'teryx

Arc'teryx is second-to-none in all things waterproof jacket so it's no surprise that we included the label in this roundup. The Incendo SL Jacket features multiple material inserts for an ergonomic finish.

On Running Jacket

Running Jacket

Running Jacket

from $239


(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Swiss sensation On is making strides (sorry) in the world of running with a wild attention to detail and bold color palettes. This dusty orange and gray combo is ticking all the boxes for us.

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