'There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.' The saying might be a bit of a cliché, but it's true. With the right gear, there are no excuses not to get out there and work out, even if it's raining. And the key piece of kit for wet weather? A good sports jacket.
Why do you need a waterproof jacket?
Functional yet fashionable, a lightweight waterproof jacket can save your outdoor workout or run. Made from technical fabric, a good rain jacket will keep you at the right temperature while keeping the rain out.
Look for a lightweight design as you don't want to become uncomfortably hot when you're working out. The lighter the better, as this also allows you to fit it in your bag or pocket if the sun comes out.
Keep an eye out for features that show attention to detail in the design of your jacket. Pit zips will keep you cool even when you're training hard, and adjustable cuffs allow you to accommodate your sports watch or a couple of extra layers. You'll be thankful for hand pockets to stay warm when heading home after your session and chest pockets can be handy for storing your keys and bank cards.
Are waterproof jackets really waterproof?
There are two types of jackets to consider: waterproof and water-resistant. Fully waterproof jackets don't allow any water to get in, and they usually use a membrane material that's made from technical waterproof fabrics to keep you dry from both your sweat and the rain. These jackets usually feature taped seams that cover the stitching so no rain gets in.
A water-resistant jacket, on the other hand, won't keep you 100% dry in heavy downpours. For short runs or workouts in lighter showers, a water-resistant jacket is more than enough to keep you dry and focused on your training.
What is the best waterproof jacket?
The Run Membrane Jacketis a dependable lightweight shell for every outdoor workout. Featuring a zip fastening, elasticated cuffs and hem, and ventilation detailing to keep you cool and dry, it also has a zip pocket to keep your essentials safe. Reflective details ensure you'll be seen if you're still working out when it's getting dark.
Bright and bold, the Training Energy Packable Jacketfeatures a fully adjustable hood, two zip pockets (one on the chest and one at the back), and a breathable mesh lining. The colourblock design and reflective signature logo ensure you'll look good during your training session.
For a high-performance, vintage-inspired look, the Run Track Wind Shell Jacketis a great choice. It's wind-resistant so you'll be protected from the elements if you're running into a headwind, and it has a foldaway hood for rain showers.
The Training Asymmetric Waterproof Jacketwill keep you dry in even the worst downpours. This hard-wearing waterproof jacket is made from 100% polyester with a zipped collar for ultimate protection from the elements. The adjustable cuffs and bungee cord hem mean you can get your perfect fit, while the asymmetrical zip fastening adds a touch of style.
The Run Lightweight Wind Shell Jacketis your perfect running companion for drizzly days. Designed for high performance, the cuffs have thumb holes to keep your hands warm, and the ultra lightweight material will keep you dry mile after mile.
With the right jacket, there's no excuses for not working out. Pair your waterproof jacketwith high-performance shortsor joggersfor a distraction-free training session.