Best Women's Running Vests 2023

Buyer's Guide | Fleet Feet

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The best women’s running vests will keep you warm in cold weather without restricting your movement when you want to pick up the pace.

Women’s running vests are ideal options for winter layering or wearing on their own on milder days. Engineered with technical fabrics to keep you dry, insulation for extra warmth and pockets to carry your stuff, you can find the right vest for your needs.

While there are countless options on the market today, we think these are the best women’s running vests:

[This article is part of the Best Running Clothes 2023 Buyer’s Guide.]

On Weather Vest

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The women’s On Weather Vest combines precise details with premium materials to create one of the best women’s running vests around.

On used feathery materials to create the technical running vest—it weighs just 2.98 oz—but don’t call it a lightweight.

The women’s Weather Vest has a water-repellent coating on the front that keeps rain from soaking you through, and waterproof pockets keep all your essentials safe and dry. It has just enough stretch so you can move unrestricted, while an ultralight ripstop fabric boosts the vest’s durability.

While it doesn’t have any extra insulation, the women’s On Weather Vest is a light, weather-resistant piece that provides an additional layer of protection against unpredictable weather.

New Balance Impact Run Heat Grid Vest

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Defeat the cold, wind, rain and snow with the New Balance Impact Run Heat Grid Vest. This perfect layering piece contains NB Heat and Vaporloft Fill technologies, which keep you warm and wick away sweat.

New Balance has kept this running vest lightweight with an athletic fit so it stays snug to your body and doesn’t get in the way of the perfect run. The snap enclosure allows you to adjust airflow as you heat up during your run.

Brooks Shield Hybrid Vest

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Stay warm with the Brooks Shield Hybrid Vest. This vest protects you from the cold without adding bulk by using Thermolite® insulation, which is 30% warmer than before, but just as light.

Stay at the perfect temperature, regardless of the weather with this vest. It has wind- and water-resistant panels in key areas to keep the elements out. To prevent any overheating when you are crushing your workout, it has side panels for breathability and a draft flap snap, so you can unzip for ventilation without having to worry about the vest flopping while you pick up the pace.

Mizuno Breath Thermo FZ Vest

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Warm your core in the Mizuno Breath Thermo FZ Vest.

Equipped with patented Breath Thermo thermal technology, the FZ Vest locks in heat and keeps it close to your body to deliver extra warmth no matter what you’re doing. Dual filament DRYLITE textile blend works to wick away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable as you move.

The Breath Thermo FZ Vest is constructed with a wind and water resistant outer shell to give you full protection from the elements. As an added bonus, the FZ Vest sports all-around reflectivity to keep you safely visible during runs in low-light conditions. Zippered pockets at the side seams and chest let you safely store your belongings with you to keep your hands free.

The Mizuno Breath Thermo FZ Vest is the perfect core layer to any winter running outfit.

How We Picked the Best Women’s Running Vests

The best women’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 women based on a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, details and our own top-sellers 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

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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