“Winter is quickly encroaching on trail runners everywhere. If running outside in all sorts of weather sounds better than turning indoors to sessions on the treadmill, you’ll need an outer layer to help protect you from the elements. Here’s the lowdown on some of the season’s best jackets for trail runners.” — Lisa Jhung
This fully-waterproof, hooded jacket keeps you covered on runs in foul weather. Pros: For a completely waterproof shell, we were impressed with the soft, stretchy and remarkably breathable technology called "Dry.Q Active" of this jacket. And, unlike other "hard" shells that block out moisture, this one is quiet; there’s no crinkly "slosh-slosh, swoosh-swoosh" sound with every arm swing. Taped seams work—and look—great in keeping out rain and snow. A rear zippered pocket and small interior pocket stash small goods. We also liked the hood; it extends past the brow for added protection from elements. Cons: At 11.8 ounces for men, and 10.1 ounces for women, this is the heaviest jacket in the round-up, but it’s also the most weather-protecting—by far. We do wish it was cut a tad longer. View all five shells featured on RunnersWorld.com/trail.