Women's Essential Run Jacket

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$75.00 $49.00
Style #220314

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What every runner needs: a lightweight, water-resistant jacket with front-to-back retroreflectivity. Another nice touch? The zippers on the pockets have easily grabbable pulls -- even if you've got gloves on, you'll be able to open and close them. A great layering piece for spring and fall.


John "The Penguin" Bingham loves this jacket: "There are plenty of good ones out there, but for me the number one pick has to be the new Brooks Essential Run Jacket in the dayglo yellow. No, it’s not subtle, and that’s the point. If you’re going to be out there running on the roads you want to be seen.... This jacket can be seen."

• Fit: Semi-fitted
• Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating
• Front/back 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity
• Full front zip with inner storm guard and zipper garage
• Adjustable drawstring waist
• Back vent for added breathability
• Internal moisture-proof media pocket
• Two side zip pockets

 


  • Climate: 40 to 65 F
  • Fit: Semi-Fitted

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Essential Run Jacket
 
4.3

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Comfortable (13)
  • Breathable (12)
  • Dries quickly (11)
  • Stylish (11)

Cons

  • Restricts movement (3)

Best Uses

  • Running (13)
  • Casual wear (8)
  • Hiking (8)
  • Cold / extreme (6)
  • Wet weather (4)
    • Fit:
    • Feels too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      60% 

      (9 reviews)

      Feels too big

       
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels too short

       

      Feels true to length

       

      100% 

      (15 reviews)

      Feels too long

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (6), Casual/ recreational (5), Competitive athlete (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Light as a Feather!

Another great product guaranteed to make you run happy! :) I remember opening the package for the first time, taking out the jacket, and being surprised at how it was light as a ...Read complete review

Another great product guaranteed to make you run happy! :) I remember opening the package for the first time, taking out the jacket, and being surprised at how it was light as a feather, so you don't have to worry about constricted movements from bulky gear.

I've worn this jacket in cold weather (down to mid-30's), wet weather (both sprinkles/drizzles and downpours), and bitter windy weather sure to make you suck your breath in.

The high neck keeps the rain from rolling down inside, and the two "pulls" at the waist allow me to tighten the bottom of the jacket for a custom fit. Not only does this keep the jacket from moving around, but it also serves to keep your core dry by preventing splash-ups from puddles. The wrists are elastic and fit snugly.

The Essential Run jacket is fairly water-resistant when it comes to light rain and "sprinkles;" however for heavier bouts of rain/downpours, I would choose a different model. Then again…can you honestly stay dry in a downpour? I mean really? The good thing about this jacket is it dries VERY quickly, so if you need to use it again soon, it's there for ya!

It's also does an EXCELLENT job at keeping the wind at bay too! The neck area has a very soft almost fleece-like lining that I love, nothing scratchy or rough here!!! I wore this jacket when I raced in the Sleighbells on the Square 5k where I PR'd and took 3rd in AG. It was VERY windy that morning, and while the cold froze the air in my lungs, the jacket kept the bitter wind out! When dealing with colder weather, this jacket serves as a fantastic insulating outer layer. I usually throw on a long-sleeved techie as a base-layer, some gloves, and I'm golden. Now mind you, I live in Georgia, so our winters are fairly mild compared to states north of us. The flap on the upper back with the mesh storm guard is a nice touch as well, as helps to keep things circulating, so you don't overheat. You would be surprised as to how much warmth this jacket holds in!

And what would a jacket be without pockets?! You have a zippered pocket on each side of the waist that can store an IPhone, GU, car keys, Sports Beans, you name it. You can load a lot into these pockets! There is also an internal media pocket with a Velcro clasp, which I have only used to keep my Garmin or my keys dry when there's light rain. Near the neck area, you'll find a little loop to string your media cord through so it doesn't slide about. I don't think the interior panels behind the zippered pockets are supposed to count as pockets, but I use them as additional pockets to store various items on a longer run or when out and about like all those race fliers that magically appear as you cross the finish line. I mean, where am I suppose to put those things?!? I certainly can't stuff them in sports bra. I mean a few dollars (don't go there…:P ) or a key might fit there, but that's about it.

Notes: If you are a bit broader in the shoulders than most gals, you will be thankful to order a size up. I ordered a small, and it is almost a perfect fit everywhere, except for in the shoulder and upper arm/armpit area, where it is too snug for my liking. This doesn't affect my running when wearing the jacket; however, if I want to cross my arms or wave them in the arm, etc., that type of stuff…that's when it's too snug. This is definitely a more form-fitting jacket, so keep that in mind when you order.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the jacket. Not only does it have a great shape that gals will LOVE, it has cute little reflective flowers on the upper arm. What girl doesn't like to receive flowers!!! Definitely a good jacket choose for running in cooler weather, windy weather, or light rain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Loved it until it began falling apart

I purchased the Brooks 2011 San Diego Rock n' Roll marathon jacket (esstential run jacket) to celebrate my first marathon. I absolutely loved this jacket until it started coming apart at the seams ...Read complete review

I purchased the Brooks 2011 San Diego Rock n' Roll marathon jacket (esstential run jacket) to celebrate my first marathon. I absolutely loved this jacket until it started coming apart at the seams in less than 10 months. Since it was my first marathon jacket I am devestated and have no way to replace it. Almost all of my other running apparel is Brooks and I am satisfed with all my purchases except this one :(

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5.0

Great light jacket

By RunnerGirl.com

from The Sunshine State

About Me Competitive Athlete

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Dries Quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Stylish
  • Warm

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Cold Weather
    • Hiking
    • Running
    • Wet Weather

    Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

    I have this jacket in size medium which fits great and looks flattering but it is a big snug when layering underneath it. I also have it in size large which allows for better movement when layering underneath but it looks a bit baggy compared to the medium. Love the jacket and have ordered it in several colors - medium in the ones I wear for casual and large in the colors I tend to run in during winter when I want to layer underneath.

    • Fit:
    • Feels too big
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    2.0

    Too Small

    By BinkyMom

    from Clinton, MS

    About Me Gym Rat

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Fit
    • Restricts Movement
    • Tight Across Chest

    Best Uses

      Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

      My husband purchased this jacket for me to wear on early morning runs. I normally wear a size 6-8 in tops, and ordered a size medium jacket. The jacket was far too tight in the chest and shoulders. Disappointing, because the jacket seemed well made. Since Brooks doesn't cover return shipping, I don't think I'll be ordering any more gear online. Don't want to keep ordering items that don't fit properly.

      • Fit:
      • Feels too small
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      excellent running jacket

      By LS

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear
        • Hiking
        • Running

        Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

        Very nice, lightweight jacket, comfortable to run in. For size reference I'm 5'3", 108lbs, 34(A)-27-36 and the S fits perfectly.

        • Fit:
        • Feels true to size
        • Sleeve Length:
        • Feels true to length
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Favorite jacket

        By RunnerGirl.com

        from The Sunshine State

        About Me Competitive Athlete

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • Dries Quickly
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish
        • Warm
        • Windproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Cold Weather
          • Hiking
          • Running

          Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

          I now have this jacket in 4 different colors. I wore it for part of my first ultra (57 miler) because it was raining all day. I would not say that it is waterproof but will keep you dry in a light rain. This jacket is comfortable, wind resistant, and looks great!

          • Fit:
          • Feels true to size
          • Sleeve Length:
          • Feels true to length
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          NIce nice nice!!!

          By anglikana

          from NYC

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Dries Quickly
          • Lightweight
          • Stylish
          • Waterproof
          • Windproof

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cycling
            • Running

            Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

            This is a really nice jacket, the best you can get to run or ride a bike in the mornings/nights. It feels true to size, and has a really nice pocket to put your iphone that prevents it from accumulating moisture while running. If you use it during the night it has reflective fabric that makes you feel safe. It is light, breathable and fashionable. Though the fabric tends to smell like sweat after a couple of times, so I would recommend using it only to work out and not for other casual activities.

            • Fit:
            • Feels true to size
            • Sleeve Length:
            • Feels true to length
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Perfect for Rainy Day Runs

            By Crazy Runner Girl

            from Bellingham, WA

            About Me Competitive Athlete

            Brooks Inspire Daily (I.D.) Member

            Pros

            • Dries Quickly
            • Lightweight
            • Stylish
            • Waterproof
            • Windproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

                Pros:
                I LOVE this jacket. Living in NW Washington I am constantly running in the rain and this jacket keeps me dry! When I first got this jacket I put it in the kitchen sink and ran water over it-- the water rain right off! I also love that it comes in NightLife colors.

                Cons:
                I found it fits a little strange. I originally ordered a small, but there was a lot of extra space in the back (everything else fit fine). So I ordered an XS. The back/waist area fit great, but it would not zip around my chest (and I have a runner's chest...)! I also own the Essential Run Vest and found this vest fits the same as the jacket...

                • Fit:
                • Feels too small
                • Sleeve Length:
                • Feels true to length
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Poor fit, but otherwise great

                By Jessica

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight
                • Warm
                • Windproof

                Cons

                • Poor Fit
                • Restricts Movement

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear
                • Cold Weather
                • Cycling
                • Hiking
                • Running

                Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

                Most clothing designers seem to think that women don't need pockets, so I was pleasantly surprised at the number of pockets on this jacket: 2 outer, and 3 inner (one for an ipod). It's also quite warm for such a light jacket. I wore it in 50 degree weather with only a tank top underneath and was comfortable. The only real downside is the fit. I'm 5'6, 117 lbs, and ordered a small. The jacket fits a little loose everywhere except at the shoulders, where it is tight and restricts movement a bit (and I do not have big shoulders by any means). I wish that the fit was more figure flattering, and less tight in the shoulders because this is otherwise a great jacket.

                • Sleeve Length:
                • Feels true to length
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                1.0

                Loved it until it began falling apart

                By Devastated

                from Louisville, KY

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Lightweight
                • Stylish

                Cons

                • Poor Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear
                • Running

                Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

                I purchased the Brooks 2011 San Diego Rock n' Roll marathon jacket (esstential run jacket) to celebrate my first marathon. I absolutely loved this jacket until it started coming apart at the seams in less than 10 months. Since it was my first marathon jacket I am devestated and have no way to replace it. Almost all of my other running apparel is Brooks and I am satisfed with all my purchases except this one :(

                • Fit:
                • Feels true to size
                • Sleeve Length:
                • Feels true to length
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great investment!

                By RunningL8

                from Linden, MI

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Dries Quickly
                • Lightweight
                • Waterproof
                • Windproof

                Cons

                • Runs small

                Best Uses

                • Cold Weather
                • Running
                • Wet Weather

                Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

                I recently returned to running for fitness and occasional races. I needed a lightweight, waterproof, warm jacket that I could layer for various weather conditions. I have used it 3 times in temperatures from 50 and rainy to 30 and windy and it has really lived up to it's name. I will likely get another one in the fall and would recommend this to any outdoor runner. I am 5'5" and 120 lbs and normally wear a small. I bought a medium and it fits well.

                • Fit:
                • Feels true to size
                • Sleeve Length:
                • Feels true to length
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Love it!

                By Massagemom

                from Strong, maine

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Dries Quickly
                • Lightweight
                • Stylish
                • Warm
                • Waterproof
                • Windproof

                Cons

                • Restricts Movement

                Best Uses

                • Casual Wear
                • Hiking
                • Running

                Comments about Essential Run Jacket:

                I love this jacket! Perfect for cooler weather! It does have limited movement in the shoulder area, it seems to run a touch small. But over all amazing. I would order up if your between sizes!

                • Fit:
                • Feels too small
                • Sleeve Length:
                • Feels true to length
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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