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Light, great value plus it's wind and shower proof
Currently down to £36 from Blacks here – bargain!
The key to buying a running jacket is to decide on your priorities. There’s a fine balance to be found between repelling the rain and expelling your perspiration. Keeping the wind off whilst releasing body heat and providing warm layers, whilst without adding too much weight. A tough job! These seemingly contradictory factors are why many jackets end up specialising, as per the Response Wind Jacket by Adidas.
The Adidas Response Wind Jacket is a running jacket which is lightweight but serves to keep the worst of the wind and rain off. The proprietary ‘Climastorm’ fabric is designed to do this, whist also allowing sweat to evaporate away.
So what does this mean in real terms?
I first wore the jacket in testing, over a long sleeved technical top at night, with a 5 degree temperature and moderate rain. There was no wind on this occasion. Stepping out into the night air, it was clear that this jacket wasn’t going to provide any warmth or insulation. It’s very light and thin with a single layer – no fleece or warm layering so cold to begin with.
I ran for 40 minutes, enough time to work up a sweat and get to the point where I’m usually thinking about ditching a jacket. However, what I found with the Adidas Response jacket was that although I was warm from running, I didn’t feel that stifling, ‘quick unzip and pull the sleeves up’ urge that often arrives.
There are no ‘flaps’ or obvious areas for moisture and heat to escape, so there was a slight build up of perspiration by the end of the run – not enough to cause any discomfort. In fact, by this stage it was raining pretty heavily, so the fact that I was worrying about a small amount of sweat shows how much of the rain was kept out!
The one downside of this jacket is its lack of reflectivity – it’s definitely not a jacket you would wear on a night run where visibility is needed. There are a few reflective points dotted around but not enough to give any kind of visibility. So a very good, daytime running jacket.