Layer, layer, layer is the advice cold-weather runners often hear. And now, deciding what to wear for your outermost layer is a no-brainer, thanks to the Brooks Adapt Jacket. With polyfill insulation and a water-resistant (not waterproof—you will get soaked in a heavy rain) exterior, the Adapt will keep you comfortable running in temperatures 40F and below.
At first glance, though, it’s the Adapt’s stylish details that catch your eye: the feminine, fitted design that narrows at the waist but hangs comfortably over the hips, the two colors and types of fabric that create a streamlined look from the shoulders to the wrists, and the thumb holes carved out of second cuffs, creating the illusion of two layers instead of one.
Closer inspection reveals more functional features. Subtle reflective highlights on the front and back are necessary for running in the dark, whether that means an early morning jog or bar hopping after work (because the jacket is that chic—although you might want to wash it first). An internal moisture-proof media pocket protects your iPod, while sealed side zip pockets provide a safe place for stashing gels, Chapstick, or a phone.
A small draft flap with a chin guard over the top of the main zipper provides extra protection—both against the elements and from the zipper chafing on your chin. Best of all, the Adapt has a stowable balaclava built into its neck. Just open the collar and pull the extra fabric up over your head and chin in cold, windy conditions.
The Adapt’s stretch-woven nylon-spandex fabric aids movability. Under the arms and in the shoulders, where heat builds quickly, stretchy thermal panels increase breathability and extend range of motion. This top is best worn with a single base layer underneath; if you’re on-the-go and wearing more than that, you’ll likely overheat.