Best Men's Running Vests 2023

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

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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 2023 Buyer’s Guide.]

On Weather Vest

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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 Heat Grid Vest

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The New Balance Heat Grid Vest will keep you warm all run long. New Balance designed it with Vaporloft Fill, which is a synthetic insulation that provides warmth without weighing you down, and NB HEAT technology that wicks away moisture and also keeps you warm.

Not only does this vest work well while running, but it is fashionable enough to wear out after your run. With its athletic fit, this is a great running vest to layer up when it gets cold out.

Brooks Run Visible Insulated Vest

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The Brooks Run Visible Insulated Vest will keep you warm and visible during cold, dark runs. Brooks strategically placed fluorescence, high contrast and 3M™ Scotchlite™ Carbon Black Stretch reflectivity in critical motion zones to help drivers recognize you as a runner in motion. This vest can easily be thrown on over your running outfit to make sure that others see you when the sun goes down.

Designers added extra protection to keep you safe from the elements: wind- and water-resistant fabric helps you stay warm and dry, while insulation placed in key areas keeps the chill away. Plus, the breathable fabric lets excess heat out without letting rain or snow in.

Don’t let the weather stop you from your run with the Brooks Run Visible Insulated Vest.

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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