A few weeks ago UPS (or maybe it was FedEx) dropped off a package, of course I instantly opened the package… my initial impression? IT’S BRIGHT! Brighter than I expected, brighter than it appeared on the website. Bright in a yay cars won’t run me over way, so it is a good bright.
According to Brooks the Women’s Nightlife Jacket III is:
The ultimate in weather protection, this top-notch jacket has all the features you’ve grown to love—360° retroreflectivity, back venting, thumbholes, and ergonomic design lines—in a 100% wind• and water-resistant package. This season, we’ve built-in reflective, pull-down flaps that add more reflectivity when you need it most, or tuck away when you’re on the go – great feature!
The jacket is Semi-fitted, has a DWR (Durable Water Repellent) coating, includes a full front zip with reflective trim, storm guard and zipper garage, internal moisture-proof media pocket, 360° of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity and my favorite feature, a cozy cuff with thumbholes. Thumbholes FTW!
I’ve had this jacked for about a month and have had the opportunity to test it out in a wide range of conditions, ranging from dry high 40’s to freezing rain and mid 20’s with snow falling. I am happy to report that the Brooks Women’s Nightlife Jacket III is very versatile. I went for a 3 mile run night run a few weeks ago when it was 40 degrees with just a long-sleeved shirt underneath and was warm, not hot but not cold either. The other day, during the start of a major snow storm (snow falling, temps in the high 20’s) I went out for a quick run with a thermal long-sleeved shirt, a medium weight hoodie, a hat and the jacket and felt great. It may be useful of me to note that I generally tend to be cold and I like to feel in-between (closer to the warm side) when I run.
- Thumbholes – provide warmth and comfort, these are easy to get in and out of and did not dig into my hand like some other brands.
- Reflective-ness – the color, the Scotchlite, the extra reflective flaps and the trims all provide an excellent source of reflection and comfort knowing I can and will be seen.
- Versatility – Windy, Rainy, Snowy, Freezing, Cool, Warm-ish with rain I’m confident this jacket could handle any weather you throw at it, except of course 95 degree heat wave but it that case you wouldn’t want to wear a jacket would you?
- The color, kind of – I would have liked the color to be more pink (as it appears on the website) and less salmon, yes bright is good but it is almost too bright, I need sunglasses to look at it indoors. With that said this jacket does come in a few other color combos and being too bright is much better than being not bright enough.
This jacket runs true to size, the sleeve and over all lengths are good and it doesn’t feel overly loose or overly tight. What do you run in when its rainy, snowy, windy and or dark outside?
Disclaimer: This Jacket was provided to me for no cost from Brooks Running. All opinions are my own.