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Running Jacket

What is a Running Jacket?

Running jackets are jackets specifically designed to provide support for runners. They vary in size and are usually made of lightweight material.

Jackets made out of cotton are not good running jackets. They are not good running jackets because cotton soaks up sweat as you run, it retains this moisture, which makes it heavy and wet during exercise. If you choose to wear a cotton jacket while running, wear a jacket that is made out of lightweight cotton.

Finding a Running Jacket that is Best for You

The first step in finding a running jacket that suits you is to determine your needs. For example, if you plan to run mostly before dawn of after dusk, you probably need a jacket with reflective patches. If you plan to run in wet weather, you probably need a jacket that is water resistant.

Once you determine your needs, you can start looking for a jacket that best suits you.

Make sure you try on different sizes, brands, and models.

Running Jacket Features

There are many types of running jackets. For optimal running, it is very important to find a jacket that best suits you.

Some features to consider:

  • Type of outer fabric
    • water resistant
    • mesh
    • wicking fabrics (wicks moisture away from skin, keeping you drier)
    • wind resistant
    • UV protection
  • Style of jacket
  • Underarm gusset (eliminates chafing)
  • Reflective patches (ideal for nighttime runs)
  • Inner dinning
  • Adjustable vents
  • Number of pockets
  • Zippered pockets
  • Draw cord
  • Weight
  • Detachable hood
  • Windproof
  • Thumb loop

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