How to pick the best waterproof running jacket•
Posted on March 02 2023
Preferences in weather conditions is a subject that divides many athletes. On the one hand, there are athletes who see a rainy day as an opportunity to dress up their waterproof jackets and go for a run. On the other hand, there are those who prefer to train in the comfort of their own home.
At first, running in the rain can prove to be quite a challenge. However, with proper clothing, it is possible to go for a run any time you want, whether it is raining or the sun is shining.
However, there are several things you should consider before picking your outfit. Unstable weather conditions can make it difficult to choose the proper clothing and negatively affect your running performance.
Is running in the rain safe?
The question that remains: is running in the rain safe?
Yes. With the exception of extreme weather conditions such as of heavy rains and floods, there is no reason why it should be more dangerous than the usual. In fact, some athletes actually prefer running in light showers since it keeps them cool and invigorated.
However, it is important for you to pick the proper clothing and footwear and to take some simple precautions. Opting for a waterproof jacket is a smart solution, as it will protect your skin from moisture and, therefore, avoid flu and colds.
Tips for running in the rain
That being said, let's get to the facts: Studies have shown that working out during a downpour is likely to reduce your performance since your body is spending more energy on keeping itself warm.
So, if you do go running in the rain, try to focus more on distance and time rather than speed.
Another important tip is to check the weather forecast before going out and pay attention to the outside environment. Don't put yourself at unnecessary risk! You can always try another day when the weather is less severe.
Avoid running in cold weather: Although it is usually fine to run in the cold - with some simple precautions and the right choice of equipment – when the cold is too intense, it's a very different story. In this scenario, your body will be exposed to lower temperatures than usual, increasing the risk of catching hypothermia.
Heavy storms: While running in the rain is perfectly safe, it is unadvisable to go for a run during heavy storms with strong winds due to the associated risks.
Lightning: Avoid running during a lightning storm due to the risk of lightning strikes or falling trees.
Leaves: Especially during the months of autumn and winter, deciduous trees drop their leaves on the ground, which, in turn, may affect your performance. It is surprisingly easy to slip on slick leaves on the ground, especially if you are trail running in the rain. Try to take short steps, by doing so you are reducing the risks of getting injured, and as a result, giving up your goals.
Flooding: Check in advance whether your route is going through any areas which are prone to flooding such as riverbanks. You might want to avoid these.
Puddles: Running through puddles will get your feet wet, make for an uncomfortable run, and probably result in a constipation. While it may sound inoffensive, there can also be hidden hazards in muddy puddles that could result in a sprained ankle or in a fracture.
Choosing the right equipment is the first step. Before you go running, don't forget to pack your favorite waterproof jacket to protect you, with style and elegance, from the cold and the rain.
Take a look at our simple gear tips and get the most out of running in the rain:
Wear layers of clothes
When it comes to running in the rain, it is recommended to wear two or maximum three layers over your body. While it may be tempting to wear numerous layers, this could lead to overheating, which will in turn make you very uncomfortable.
For the outer shell, choose a lightweight waterproof jacket made with breathable materials. Below that, FYKE recommends you to wear a breathable and absorbent compression t-shirt or sweater.
Wear a hat with a brim
Choosing a hat with a brim is a great accessory for running in the rain. The visor keeps the water out of your eyes, holds your hair back, and it can also help you maintain your body temperature.
Our suggestion: Boost Cap
Choose compression sportswear
Naturally, running in the rain makes your clothes wet and sticky. This constant friction causes discomfort to the athlete and will certainly impact his performance as a whole.
Therefore, in order to train with maximum comfort and safety, the use of compressive sportswear is a must. Thanks to the characteristics of their synthetic fabrics, these clothes have improved waterproof resistance and a greater sweat-absorbing capacity for long workouts.
When it comes to performance in sporting activities, the compressive properties of these garments can make miracles.
Choose the best running shoes
The sole material of your running shoes as well as the resistance and waterproofness of the product are two major factors to consider.
In cases of drizzle or light rain, regular running shoes are perfectly suitable, since they have a certain degree of resistance to humidity. However, if you are running in heavier rain or storms you may want to consider choosing shoes made with waterproof and breathable materials.
In addition, it is vital to wear shoes that have thick lugs that are able to grip on slippery surfaces.
Don’t forget to protect your belongings from the rain. Although the best waterproof jackets come with pockets, these are often too short to store your house keys, cash and cell phone.
In order to avoid setbacks, FYKE recommends you to use a waterproof running belt (Boost Running Belt) to protect your belongings.
The best waterproof jacket
Have you ever heard the saying “those who walk in the rain get wet”? Well, not with Fyke’s Waterproof Running Jacket. Our waterproof jacket protects you from the rain and other adverse weather conditions, in cold or wet environments, from autumn to winter.
In addition, the minimalist design and the sealed seams are essential details to provide you maximum comfort and protection in wet environments, and of course, an improved performance on the field.
Whether for running, trail or cycling - There are no excuses to stay home!
However, there are several things you should consider before buying a waterproof jacket. Learn more about the science behind waterproof trail running jackets.
100% waterproof (and not just resistant)
Most jackets have some degree of rain resistance. Therefore, it is normal to confuse them with waterproof jackets, since the product's marketing can mislead the costumer.
However, it is important to understand that neither water-resistant nor water-repellent products are waterproof. The difference between a waterproof jacket and a hardwearing jacket is how long they keep moisture away.
While a hardwearing jacket allows water to penetrate the material after prolonged exposure to rain, a waterproof jacket keeps you completely dry and warm.
Light and breathable
Running in the rain is something everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. If you like the idea, don't forget to take your waterproof jacket to avoid unpleasant situations.
A light and breathable waterproof jacket prevents the retention of sweat on the athlete's skin and, consequently the overheating of the body. Maintaining a good body temperature is the key to improve your running performance.
When it comes to choosing a new waterproof trail running jacket, looks are not the only thing you should consider.
When running in the wind, using sportswear that doesn’t fit your body correctly can cause a lot of discomfort, especially if it happens to be a windy or rainy day.
So make sure your new waterproof jacket suits your body well. In case you order the wrong size, do not hesitate to request an exchange. FYKE ensures that the process of exchanging or returning your items is easy and made in the shortest possible amount of time.
Defying the Weather
Rain doesn't mean you have to "stop running". By the contrary, don't let the weather spoil your motivation for a run, as there are no obstacles or indications for not doing so.
There are few things worse than getting soaked and cold. Especially when you are away from home and you can’t simply put some dry clothes on. It's easy to solve this situation by acquiring a waterproof running jacket – light and breathable – that wet weather will seem insignificant.
Although the trend is mostly in the colder months of autumn and winter, a waterproof jacket will keep you warm while protecting you from moisture.
It's an investment. However, it is important that it be so, to ensure maximum comfort for the athlete. The FYKE Waterproof Running Jacket brings together all the necessary qualities, keeping you warm during your workout with breathability, durability and waterproofness.
Consider this garment as one of your running essentials.
Find out how headbands also help athletes in adverse conditions with our article: "Sports Headbands: Ultimate Protection and Comfort".