Lightweight jackets

In need of a wind-resistant, waterproof layer for going off-road? Here's three of the best trail-ready jackets

Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie
oming in at just 90g, this featherlight jacket by Salomon packs down to the size of your fist. As such, it’s the ideal choice for trail and long-distance runners looking for that little bit of protection without being weighed down. Conveniently, it packs away neatly in its own pocket. Like Ronhill, Salomon has opted for the inclusion of a hood, but no pack-away option, so you won’t be faffing around while on the go. Anyway, a Velcro clip needed to pack away is unnecessary weight, right?
RRP: £80

The North Face GTD Jacket
Weighing less than 100g, the GTD Jacket is one of the lightest made by North Face. Highly compressible, it can be easily stored and pulled out if Spring is true to form and the heavens open. Due to its water resistance, this jacket is great for before and after runs, particularly before, when it is vital that you stay warm and dry so you can perform to your maximum ability. The garment can also be used as a general, everyday raincoat or even as a jacket to wear out and about if it’s not too chilly.
RRP: £65

North Face
Ronhill Trail Microlight Jacket
Ronhill have plumped for the pack-away style hood with this jacket, a feature we really rate. If you start out and it’s only drizzling, you may not want the hood, but what do you do if it buckets it down? Here’s your solution. Slightly heavier than the others, it offers a micro-fleece lined collar making it our cold weather jacket of choice. It’s also packable into its own pocket and includes a whistle – useful features when looking for a race-ready jacket for the longer distances.
RRP: £65


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