I’ve been noticing that winter is creeping in, even though it feels like fall just kicked off. Those dark, wet runs are sadly becoming a regular thing. Every year around this time, I go through my running gear to see what’s still good for the cold weather. Some stuff carries over from last year, but there are always a few pieces that either get retired or find new roles.
One key piece I’ve found essential is a versatile jacket. It needs to be light enough for casual wear but tough enough for those chilly, rainy runs. It is the Pacific Northwest after all. Recently, we got our hands on the Men’s Vapour-Rise Summit Jacket and it’s really great.
For those not familiar with Rab, they’ve been around since 1981 and are most known for their mountain climbing gear and clothing. In the last few years, they have jumped into the mountain running scene and have produced some high-quality outerwear.
I can say without a doubt, it’s one of the most comfortable and well-fitting jackets I’ve worn. It’s got all the must-haves for the Pacific Northwest – breathability, warmth, and water-resistance (duh), but what sets it apart is how comfy it is. The lining inside is a game-changer, whether I’m logging miles or just heading out to a winter event.
It may not be a running jacket, but it handles like it could be one. It has a regular fit and is super light – weighing in at 12.4oz for a Size M. This lightweight Pertex Quantum Air fabric is more than just airy – it handles wind quite well and is super breathable, thanks to its open woven structure.
The sleeves are adjustable with Velcro, so you can let in as much air as you need. The hood is designed to fit over a helmet, if you plan on cycling to the trailhead or work, and you can tweak it with the drawcord. It’s even got a reinforced peak to keep the rain out of your eyes.
The hem is elastic, letting you snug it up for the cold while still allowing some movement.
Sometimes, winter jackets are functional but lack a feeling that leaves you wanting to take it off as soon as you can. Not this one. Inside, you’ve got a plush VR Warm lining, which not only keeps you toasty but also wicks away any sweat. So, it’s like a warm hug in there. Seriously, I never want to take this jacket off.
It comes in three colors, and honestly, I’ve been rocking it nonstop lately. It might not be the jacket you need for running, but it’s an absolute winner for simply existing in the Pacific Northwest.