Best Men's Running Vests 2021

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Finding the best men’s running vest can help keep you warm even when the temperatures plummet.

There are many benefits to a running vest over a full jacket. Since vests don’t cover your arms, they give you more freedom to move naturally, and you can easily layer them for rapidly changing conditions.

Even without full coverage, though, a good running vest will keep your torso—and all your vital organs—warm, which allows you to stay comfortable in the cold without overheating.

While there are countless options to choose from, we think these are the best men’s running vests:

[This article is part of the Best Running Clothes 2021 Buyer’s Guide.]

On Weather Vest

The men’s On Weather Vest is a lightweight, high performance layer that gives you versatility in iffy weather.

On designed the Weather Vest with a stretchy fabric that moves with you. Designers also created different zones for optimal performance: The front is coated with a durable water repellent finish to shed precipitation, and perforations on the back and inside help vent excess heat.

A drawcord at the hem gives you the ability to adjust the fit, and waterproof zippered pockets let you stash your essential items without worrying about them getting wet. Plus, the entire vest stuffs into its own pocket for simple storage.

No matter the weather, the men’s On Weather Vest provides versatile coverage to keep you comfortable.

New Balance Radiant Heat Vest

Inspired by the mylar blankets runners get after a marathon, the New Balance Radiant Heat Vest keeps you warm by reflecting your body’s heat back toward you.

The metallic fabric lines the back of the neck and the chest to put your own warmth to good use. Paired with PrimaLoft insulation, the Radiant Heat Vest traps more warm air close to your body so you stay toasty.

A zippered chest pocket adds practicality, and a close-to-the-body fit makes it feel athletic instead of bulky. Thanks to the wind-proof outer fabric and reflective details, the men’s New Balance Radiant Heat Vest keeps you moving on chilly winter days.

Brooks Shield Hybrid Vest

Warmth without weight makes the Brooks Shield Hybrid Vest one of the best running vests for men.

The Shield Hybrid Vest's high warmth-to-weight ratio makes it ideal for running in cold weather. Lightweight insulation traps heat to keep your core warm, while windproof and water-resistant panels help keep the elements out.

Designers used a full front zipper to make it easy to put on and take off, and a high collar gives you a little extra protection against icy drafts.

With zippered chest and hand pockets to stash your stuff, the men's Brooks Shield Hybrid Vest gives you the performance and practicality you need when cold weather hits.

How We Picked the Best Men's Running Vests

The best men’s running vests for you comes down to personal preferences. Fit, features and style all play a role in finding the right one. But there are things that set some vests apart from the rest.

We picked the best running vests for men based on a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, details and our own top-sellers lists. With all of that in mind, we picked men's running vests that lived up to our own personal (and professional) expectations.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We’re confident this gear is some of the best you’ll find, but we don’t want you to get stuck with running shoes or apparel that don’t work for you. That’s why we offer our Happy Fit Guarantee.

Our return policy means you have 60 days to put your gear to work. Wear it, run in it, wash it. If you’re not satisfied with the way it looks, fits or performs, we’ll take it back within 60 days and give you a full refund.

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