After my post on running in the rain, I received a couple questions about which vests I have and would recommend. They have seriously become a staple in my running wardrobe the past few months and I have been meaning to write a post on this for a while! With all the rain we are supposed to get over the next week+, this post is very timely for those of us getting drenched yet again.
My mom gave me birthday money to buy a new jacket I had my eye on, but then I saw this one on sale at Sports Basement and had to go for it.
This is actually a jacket that converts into a vest. It is the BEST THING EVER. I have gotten more use out of this thing than any other piece of clothing this whole winter. It’s perfect for so many runs and allows me to layer conveniently and adjust when I get warm. I cannot express to you in words how much I love it.
I have worn it on many rainy runs with a short sleeve shirt (or long sleeve or short sleeve with arm wamers) underneath and after I get warmed up the sleeve section comes off. The sleeves are connected by a zipper on each side near the shoulder and some velcro on the back by the neck. It is detached very easily and I can even detach it while running. I fold up the sleeve section, put it in the back pocket and it doesn’t bother me at all.
My other favorite thing about this is it has THREE pockets! I am very obsessed with running clothes having pockets because then I don’t have to strap things around myself. I have worn this as a vest for many long runs and carried everything I need in the pockets it has. It also has great reflection on the back.
The material on the sleeves is very thin wind breaker, and the vest is a little thicker to keep your core warmer.
This thing is amazing! I highly recommend it if you are looking for a great running vest or even running jacket, you will get so much use out of it.
This is another one of my birthday purchases. I guess 29 was the year of the running vest for me?! This one also has great pockets (not a back pocket though), reflectors, isn’t too thick and is a very cute color, which we all know is very important.
I have worn this on a number of easy runs and it was tested out at a rainy and very windy track workout this morning (which I nailed by the way) and it passed the test! I would definitely recommend this one as well.
My first Nike vest
I don’t have a link for one (and don’t even remember it’s proper name) but it probably isn’t even for sale anymore anyways. I got it on the Nike website way back when because I thought a vest would be nice to have and I was right! This has gotten so much use also, it a great thin and soft fabric, has pockets and reflectors, and this one has mesh sides which is great to breathing.
With JoLynn at my first trail race!
I think pretty much any vest you are going to find is going to be pretty awesome. Some are warmer fabric (fleece) and some are windbreaker/water proof material. It really just depends on what your weather is and what purpose you are wanting the vest to serve to which one you will get more use out of.
I would wear a vest every day of the year if I could, I love them that much! I am going to miss them when the weather warms up and I don’t need them anymore.
Do you wear running vests? What is your favorite piece of running clothing?