Best Women's Summer Running Jackets


Author: Paul Larkins

Lightweight, breathable and room for today’s extras - phone, music, cash - are hugely important when it comes to choosing the best jackets for the spring and beyond. Waterproofing versus water resistance is something to think about and we’d suggest resistance is probably best for what you’ll need in a running jacket. Waterproofing is great for the winter or of course extreme days out in the rain, but that does often come at the expense of temperature maintenance which for a running jacket isn’t the best. Look too for smooth seams, adjustable ventilation and the ability to pack it away to an easy to carry style. Look too for a soft touch around the neck and cuffs and don’t be surprised by the slightly tighter fit a performance jacket has.

They are designed to work best with just a t-shirt worn underneath it. And, of course, that doesn’t include looks! When we look for what makes a great jacket, running performance is always uppermost in our minds. You mustn’t overheat in it, but equally you want to keep the elements at bay which is why why we love the Ronhill Infinity Fortify. It has all the storage you’ll ever need, taped seams for effective waterproofing and plenty of reflectivity. For something a little lighter take a look the Dynafit Ultra Light 3L jacket. You’ll be amazed something so light and flexible is as effective as this jacket is. There’s plenty of venting, good storage and great reflectivity. 

Montane Minimum Stretch Ultra Jacket - Best Women's Summer Running Jackets

Montane Minimus Stretch Ultra Jacket

Such is the soft touch, you’ll want to wear this jacket all day Given Montane’s mountain background you won’t be surprised to hear it has incredible waterproofing and just in case it’s a little cooler, zippered hand warmer pockets. 

Haglofs LIM Proof - Best Women's Summer Running Jackets

Haglofs L.I.M proof multi

LIM equals less is more, perfect when it comes to weight v performance. It also is treated with PFC-free water-repellent and as a result is Fair Wear certified. It’s at home being worn all day as it is performing out on a run.

Berghaus Fast Hike Jacket - Best Women's Summer Running Jackets

Berghaus Fast Hike Jacket

A Hydroshell Elite outer layer is great for everyday commuter action and brilliant out on the hills Ut has two zippered hand warmers and superb reflectivity and a nice adjustable hood.

Gemma Keepin