10 Best Winter Jackets, Tops & Tights

Beat the elements in style – with jackets and tops that will make you want to run outdoors.

Lisa Abdellah |

1. Under Armour Sportstyle Windbreaker, R1 599

under armour winter jacket
Despite its fuller, loose cut and light weight, this scarlet jacket seals in warmth in wintry conditions. ArmourStorm technology has been used to create a textured, breathable, woven fabric that repels water, and both the hem and the cuffs are elasticated.

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2. adidas TERREX Stockhorn Fleece Hoodie, R1 999

adidas winter jacket
adidas has done much to ensure this jacket stays put while you’re running. It has a body-hugging, athletic cut, cuffed sleeves, and a draw cord on the hem. It’s made with soft polar fleece; Pontetorto Technostretch fabric has insulation and moisture-wicking properties to keep you warm and dry; and 37.5 fabric technology uses activated carbon to cool you down – and because it resists odour, it also means you’ll smell fresh enough to head straight out for breakfast afterwards.

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3. Under Armour ColdGear Reactor Run Top, R1 499

under armour winter jacket
Under Armour’s ColdGear Reactor technology provides just the right amount of warmth on winter days, without allowing you to overheat. The fabric is light and has a hex-shaped pattern that traps some warmth; it’s also breathable, aided by stretch-mesh panels under the arms. A handy zip pocket is hidden in the side.

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4. Puma Men’s Run Half Zip, R1 199

puma winter jacket
For those who suffer from chafing, this option from Puma features an anatomically-shaped collar and dryCELL – functional material that draws sweat away from your skin, and keeps you warm and dry without causing unwanted friction. It has flatlock stitching for a comfortable fit, and raglan sleeves for freedom of movement. There’s a handy zip in the chest area, ideal for storing items such as keys.

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5. Under Armour Storm R1 699

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ArmourStorm technology is constructed from 100% imported nylon; and together with fully-taped seams, will protect you from the rain. It also keeps items such as your phone and keys dry: there’s ample storage in the form of a side zip, internal pockets, and a hidden chest pocket. Stylish, reflective, embossed graphics are easy to see when it’s dark.

Under Armour Brand House, 021 201 1349

6. Puma Explosive Run Vest, R1 199

puma winter jacket
A super-lightweight jacket that uses WindCELL technology, which offers both durable and breathable protection against wind chill. Other features include power mesh inserts for ventilation – which means you won’t overheat during your run – and tunnelled elastic with a bungee trim at the waist that’s easily adjustable for a comfortable fit. A bonus: it’s neon pink, which is sure to brighten up even the most solemn of winter moods.

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7. adidas Supernova Tee, R799

adidas winter shirt
If you sweat profusely when you run – even when it’s cold – then wearing a long-sleeved top can weigh you down. But don’t let that put you off; it simply means you haven’t yet found the right top. Take the Supernova Long-sleeve Tee, for instance: it’s made of lightweight fabric, and Climalite draws sweat away from your skin. It’s soft enough to adapt to your body’s movement, and thumbholes keep the raglan sleeves securely in place.

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8. Ultimate Direction Ultra Jacket v2, R2 999

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Planning on running an ultra-ultra-distance trail-running race, in unpredictable conditions such as heavy wind and rain? Then you can’t go wrong with this jacket. In terms of waterproofing and breathability, it exceeds the fabric specifications required by the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (a 163km, single-stage, trail-running race through the Alps). A Tunnel Effect hood allows air to flow through a vent at the back, so you don’t get too hot, and it has a stiff brim to protect you from the rain. FlipMitts, which can be packed away, are designed to keep your hands warm when it’s chilly out. It’s also light: the women’s medium size weighs only 160 grams.

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9. Under Armour HeatGear Tights, R1 599

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A combination of fashion and function, great for those who prefer a wide, smooth waistband. A flattering crop and striking silver mirrors dotted about the front also streamline your best bits. Super-stretchy construction ensures your tights move better in every direction, without sacrificing that ultra-tight second-skin feel. The pocket at the back has ample space for your phone, and there’s a separate pouch for a key.

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10. adidas Response Long Tights, R899

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For the Climacool Response Tights, comfort is king. They’re made of soft, stretchy fabric that moves with your stride, and Climacool and mesh side panels, which make them more breathable. It also has a sweat-guard zip pocket to keep small items such as keys dry, and reflective details to ensure you’re visible when it’s dark.


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