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 2020 Buyer’s Guide.]
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.
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.
Warmth without weight makes the Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest one of the best running vests for men.
Brooks packed the Cascadia Thermal Vest with 100 percent polyester fill for lightweight warmth. The polyester fill creates dead space that traps warm air, which in turn keeps your core temperature up. Plus, it’ll still keep you warm even if it gets wet.
On the outside, Brooks used a weather-resistant fabric to shrug off rain, sleet or snow, while a high collar can help keep seal cold air out and keep the warmth in.
With a pair of hand pockets and an internal pocket for you phone, the men’s Brooks Cascadia Thermal Vest is a functional and practical piece to add to your cold-weather wardrobe.
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.
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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