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7 best women's running jackets for autumn

Get the gear to keep the fitness regime going throughout the colder months

Be prepared to face the elements with our top pick of running jackets ( Shutterstock/Maridav )

From seasoned marathon survivors to local park joggers, finding the perfect fitness wardrobe is essential to keeping focused while running.

As the autumnal months creep in, cold winds, rainstorms and frosty mornings mean that a runner needs protection to keep warm and comfortable when pushing themselves. But you do not want to be slowed down by bulky or flapping clothing.

We tested a range of running jackets, all of which gave great coverage – but more importantly, were made from lightweight materials.

The design of the following jackets permitted great ventilation to prevent us from getting too hot and none held us back when it came to maintaining speed.

We tested all these jackets on outdoor runs which saw the full array of British summer weather; scorching sun, blustery winds and a torrential downpour or two.

Whatever your running level, any of these jackets will be great additions to your fitness wardrobe and will allow you to focus on your workout goals.

ASICS Packable Running Jacket: £70, Asics 

This ASICS jacket felt the most lightweight out of all the jackets we tested. The super breathable fabric did not hold us back when running – in fact, we could barely detect it at all.

It also kept us feeling cool and the large easy-to-use zip meant it was quick to remove and tie around the waist if needed.

The handy chest pocket location also meant we could listen to our music easily without wires getting in the way of any movement.

This jacket, which comes in different colours, will complement any of your current gym gear and, with an adjustable hood, ensures you are ready for anything your run may throw at you.

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Nike Run Division Running Jacket: £47.47, Nike

By far the most modern looking jacket we tested, this one from Nike is perfect for those who like layering on their runs.

With its transparent, mesh-like material, this jacket was great at showing off our fun running tops underneath, but also offered great breathability and ventilation.

The high neckline was great at protecting us against any cold breezes and the multiple zip pockets kept our belongings secure and safe.

We loved the way it rolled up into an incredibly light and handy pack, so we could whip it off and on with ease during a long run if needed.

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Sweaty Betty Fast Track Jacket: £95, Sweaty Betty

This double layered lightweight jacket from Sweaty Betty is brilliant at bringing together style and performance.

With a soft jersey under-layer and a waterproof top coat, both materials work together to keep you cool and sweat free while running.

We loved the gorgeous aubergine colour and found the roll-away hood with its velcro pack extremely useful, especially in British weather conditions.

This jacket skims over the tummy area for a really flattering fit, while the reflective bands on the sleeves and the concealed mini pocket make it a practical and fashionable choice.

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Lululemon Ready to Run Jacket Evanescent: £108, Lululemon 

This was by far the most stylish running jacket we tried. The slim, structured fit was incredibly flattering and looked great both on our run and while dashing to the shops.

The seamless design meant this was incredibly comfortable and moved with our body effortlessly as we ran.

It is made of a slightly thicker material, which we thought would be too hot. However, the hidden ventilation panels meant we were kept cool and airy even after our sweatiest run.

Hand grips mean the jacket stays in perfect position throughout exercise and the high collar keeps you warm even on the coldest of mornings.

This was the most expensive jacket we tested – but due to its stylish design, it is versatile and can be used as general leisure wear as well as for running.

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Trespass Lumi Jacket: £19.99, Trespass

This Lumi jacket is a must for the safety conscious thanks to its super reflective properties.

The silver material ensures you are clearly seen by passing cars, cyclists and other runners, so you can concentrate fully on your run.

This product is the most waterproof in our roundup. We went for a run in a torrential downpour and the rain was running off the jacket, so we kept dry and comfortable.

While not being the most stylish cut, the pink lining on the zip adds a touch of colour and the two zip pockets make it a solid jacket for serious runners.

The thin jacket material kept us cool while running in the hotter months, yet the high neckline will keep you protected from any chilly winds in the winter.

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Karrimor XLite Shell Running Jacket: £39.99, Karrimor

Known for creating products that withstand the toughest of outdoor environments, we knew that this running jacket would be incredibly protective and hard wearing.

This jacket wasn’t the lightest feeling compared to the others we tested, but it was great at keeping us warm on a cold morning’s run.

It offered a really high protective neckline and we liked how the seam was a bit longer at the back to offer even more coverage.

Machine washable with reflective lines and zip pockets, this is another great option for those who want practicality over style, and a bargain.

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Underamour UA International Run Jacket: £32.97, Underarmour

This jacket from Underarmour manages to be both loose fitting yet flattering at the same time – a feat we thought impossible. 

The diagonal seams on the front create a lovely silhouette, however the loose nature of the jacket ensures a comfortable and breathable fit.

The mesh lining on this jacket creates ventilation flows, meaning your temperature is maintained consistently during a run.

The light fabric contains elastane so it moves freely with your body’s movement, quickening your pace rather than slowing you down.

Coming in a cool white or a bright red, this jacket is a great addition to any keen runner’s wardrobe.

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Verdict: 7 Best Women's Running Jackets For Winter 

We loved the simplicity of the ASICS Packable Running Jacket and think that this would suit any level of runner with its sleek, no-fuss design and superior breathability.

However, for something a bit more striking – the Nike and Lululemon jackets looked the most flattering and trendy.

IndyBest product reviews are unbiased, independent advice you can trust. On some occasions, we earn revenue if you click the links and buy the products, but we never allow this to bias our coverage. The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing.

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