Best Women's Running Jackets 2024

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

By Mandy Wahl, Evan Matsumoto, Tom Rivett Updated on

Finding a women’s running jacket that works best for you can be tricky.

Whether you're battling cold winter weather or dreary rain, the right running jacket needs to fit well and perform even better.

Rain jackets need to keep precipitation out without feeling like you’re wearing a trash bag, while winter running jackets require insulating layers to hold warmth without the bulk of a traditional puffy coat. Luckily, there are some outstanding women’s winter running jackets that fit the bill.

To help you find the perfect outer layer, we considered dozens of running jackets from the top brands, asked for feedback from our runners, looked at our customer’s reviews and tested multiple products out ourselves to give you what we think are the best jackets for running:

[This article is part of the Best Running Clothes 2024 Buyer’s Guide.

On Weather Jacket

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High-tech but low profile, the women’s On Weather Jacket is an ultralight running jacket built to keep the elements off your back.

On built the Weather Jacket from a feathery Japanese fabric that’s a blend of polyester and elastane. The fabric is stretchy for a full range of motion and breathable to keep you from feeling clammy during a late spring shower.

Designers gave the jacket a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shrug off rain and snow, and it packs down to the size of a sandwich. Even without insulation, the Weather Jacket helps keep your body temperature up in cold weather.

One key feature of the women’s On Weather Jacket is the hood. On designed the hood with an adjustable strap to fit it to your head and an angled bill to keep rain off your face.

Brooks Shield Hybrid Jacket 2.0

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Stay dry and warm with the insulated Brooks Shield Hybrid Jacket 2.0. The coat’s lightweight Thermolite insulation keeps you warm without the bulk and has plenty of pockets for storage. It is weather-resistant to keep the snow and rain at bay while you get your run done.

New Balance Reflective Impact Run Winter Jacket

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Don’t stay in when the weather turns cold. Wrap up in the women’s New Balance Reflective Impact Run Winter Jacket for warmth on all your chilly runs.

New Balance made the Impact Run Winter Jacket to protect you from cold air thanks to its polyknit fabric construction and NB Heat technology. The jacket locks in warm air to keep you comfortable when the temperatures nosedive.

The athletic fit gives you a clean silhouette and allows a full range of motion, and the double-knit stand collar offers a crisp look and additional coverage against icy drafts.

Plus, zippered hand pockets let you bring your essential items with you without worrying they're going to fall out at mile six.

With reflective elements on the chest, elbows and back to make you easier to see at night, the women's New Balance Impact Run Winter Jacket is your ideal cold-weather running companion.

Saucony Sherpa Fleet Feet Anorak

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The Saucony Sherpa Anorak is the perfect jacket to throw on whether you are walking the dog, running errands or going for an easy run. The half-zip allows you to control the airflow and ventilation throughout your workout. Plus, this stylish jacket is exclusively available at Fleet Feet.

Craft ADV Charge Warm Jacket

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Stay warm during even some of the coldest weather with the Women’s Craft ADV Charge Warm Jacket. The quilted materials and wind protection of this jacket keep you snuggly warm as you run. Craft thought of all of the details to elevate your runs including thumbholes and reflective elements to make sure you are visible.

How We Picked the Best Women’s Running Jackets

The best women’s running jackets 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 jackets apart from the rest.

We picked the best running jackets for women based on a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, details and our own top-sellers lists. Our guide includes picks for all weather conditions, whether you are looking to combat the rain or need a winter running jacket for cold-weather runs. With all of that in mind, we picked women’s running jackets 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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