Brooks Women’s Nightlife Jacket III Review

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.

brooks nightlife jacket iii womens pink running
Brooks Nightlife Jacket III in Pink

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!

Yay! thumbholes
Yay! thumbholes

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.

Blurry Snowy Run
Blurry Snowy 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.


    I love Brooks running clothes and have several tops and shorts from the NightLife collection. Love the safety factor!

    Heather (Where's the Beach) | 5 years ago Reply

    Wow the difference from the stock photo your photo. Man that thing is bright. That jacket does look awesome and that it could keep the weather away (and I live in one fo the snowiest/windiest areas on the east coast) so I could always benefit from it! :-)

    Hollie | 5 years ago Reply

      super bright, super awesome and you owe it to yourself to at least look into them ;)

      Josephine | 5 years ago Reply

    This jacket sounds great! As I have been doing more outdoor running lately for my longer runs I have been looking for good running jackets that work in different temperatures. I agree with you on the color though - it's too salmon for me

    Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills | 5 years ago Reply

      I have a feeling the green is as 'bright' and the yellow... well, its probably bright, def not a deal breaker though

      Josephine | 5 years ago Reply

    Love the color!

    Rachel M | 5 years ago Reply

    I have one of the original and love it but mine is the same bright! I love that the updated one has thumbholes!!!

    abbi | 5 years ago Reply

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