Best Women's Running Vests 2024
Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet
The vest is a cold-weather staple that belongs in every woman's running kit.
Versatile to wear year-round over your running shirt or layered with a jacket or pullover a good running vest keeps your core warm while letting excess heat escape to keep you in the Goldilocks zone: not too hot, not too cold.
That’s why if you’re not sure what to wear running when it’s cold outside, a winter vest is a great place to start.
Engineered with technical fabrics to keep you dry, insulation for extra warmth and pockets to carry your essentials, you can find the right vest for your needs.
Here are our top picks for the best running vests for women:
[This is part of our Best Running Clothes Guide 2024. For more expert advice on the best gear for runners, check out our top lists of the best running shoes, best running gear and best massage tools.]
How To Choose the Best Vest for You
Vests are one of our favorite pieces of gear for running comfortably year-round. Not all vests are created equal, however.
Here’s what to consider when choosing the best women’s vest for running:
- Materials: Vests can vary slightly in the materials they’re made with and how they are insulated. Lightweight down for insulation is a great option for those looking for the most warmth, while ripstop nylon and weather-treated fabrics are great for blocking out the wind, rain and snow. Sweat-wicking and breathable materials are also essential to prevent overheating and chafing.
- Fit: A good sports vest should have a relatively slim or athletic fit for easy layering and armholes that allow you to swing your arms freely without feeling too tight.
- Pockets/Features: We love vests with hand pockets or a chest zip pocket for extra storage and hand coverage.
- Reflectivity: Vests with reflective elements included are a great way to run safely in the dark. Many vests have some reflectivity added to help you stand out to drivers and other road users.
Mizuno Breath Thermo® Vest
Cotopaxi Fuego Down Vest
Craft ADV Essence Warm Vest
Brooks Run Visible Insulated Vest
rabbit Dawn to Dusk Vest
How We Picked the Best Women’s Running Vests
The best women’s running vests for you come 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 women based on a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, details and our own top-seller lists. Our vest guide ranges from the best winter running vests to layers for milder weather so no matter where you run, you can stay warm. With all of that in mind, we picked women’s running vests that lived up to our own personal (and professional) expectations.
Standing Behind Our Picks
Shopping for running clothes online is hard. You don’t know for sure how a shirt or a pair of pants will fit until you try it on.
We want you to get the right clothes and gear. That’s why we offer our Happy Fit Guarantee return policy.
Buy new running clothes from Fleet Feet and give them a try—log some miles, get in a few workouts, lounge around. If you don’t love the way the clothes look, fit or perform, send them back within 60 days and we’ll give you a full refund.
Plus, get free shipping on any fleetfeet.com order over $99, and return shipping is always on us.
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