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12 Best Running Hoodies Tested

last updated Jan 26, 2019
Fall is coming up, but so is wind and rain. Be ready for whatever nature throws your way as you train. What we want is warmth kept in for our bodies but if we sweat we also want wick factor to disperse the sweat while keeping us warm. A well-made top will give a good level of protection, not be heavy to wear, offer pocket space for carrying items or keeping our hands warm.

We’ve compiled a great list of hoodies so you can keep your focus on the run and not the elements. As the chilly days draw in and we go out for an early morning or evening run we need protection from the light chilly air and a well-made top is perfect for running in these conditions.

In a Hurry? The test winner after 12 hrs of research

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Pearl Izumi Flash
97.6/100 our score
Comfort
99
Style
97
Materials
99
Features
96
Durability
97
Pearl Izumi Flash
Why is it better?
  • Thumbholes for warmth and better sleeve security
  • Fist mitt
  • Pretty lace mesh panels
  • Slim Fit, flattering aesthetic
In a Hurry? Editors choice:
Pearl Izumi Flash
Test Winner: Pearl Izumi Flash
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This update brings you three new products to consider in your search for the perfect running jacket. We added the TSLA Active Running Jacket, the American Apparel Running Jacket, and the Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket. Be sure to check out the full product list and details as well as our criteria section and the ever-popular FAQ ara. Have questions about a product we listed? We are here to help, so please ask away!

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#1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.6
Comfort
99%
Style
97%
Materials
99%
Features
96%
Durability
97%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$31.11
#2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Comfort
97%
Style
98%
Materials
98%
Features
96%
Durability
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$100.00
#3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95
Comfort
96%
Style
95%
Materials
95%
Features
93%
Durability
96%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$98.00
#4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Comfort
92%
Style
90%
Materials
95%
Features
93%
Durability
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$10.73
#5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87
Comfort
88%
Style
87%
Materials
88%
Features
85%
Durability
87%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$36.96
#6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.2
Comfort
87%
Style
85%
Materials
86%
Features
84%
Durability
84%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$23.98
#7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.6
Comfort
80%
Style
83%
Materials
82%
Features
80%
Durability
83%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$26.99
#8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Comfort
80%
Style
80%
Materials
80%
Features
80%
Durability
80%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$44.99
#9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77.4
Comfort
79%
Style
78%
Materials
78%
Features
75%
Durability
77%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$47.50
$84.99
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#10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
75.6
Comfort
78%
Style
77%
Materials
75%
Features
75%
Durability
73%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$50.00
#11
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.2
Comfort
75%
Style
73%
Materials
73%
Features
72%
Durability
73%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$40.98
#12
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
71.4
Comfort
72%
Style
72%
Materials
70%
Features
70%
Durability
73%
Price Comparison Last Updated (26.03.19)
$19.58
$39.99
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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Pearl Izumi Flash
  • Adidas Beyond the Run
  • Saucony Omni Full Zip
  • Hanes Pullover Ecosmart
  • Adidas Essential
  • Tesla Performance Training Full Zip
  • Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket
  • Under Armour Popover
  • American Apparel
  • Nike KO 3.0
  • Under Armour Men's Streaker
  • TSLA Active Running Jacket
Table of contents
  • Criteria Used for Evaluation
  • Other Factors to Consider
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sources

Our Top 12 Best Running Hoodies

1. Pearl Izumi Flash

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.6
Pearl Izumi Flash
Comfort
99
Style
97
Materials
99
Features
96
Durability
97
best offer for today
$31.11
Pros:
  • Thumbholes for warmth and better sleeve security
  • Fist mitt
  • Pretty lace mesh panels
  • Slim Fit, flattering aesthetic
Cons:
  • Runs small compared to other sizes

Weather won’t hinder the run when you wear the Pearl Izumi Women’s Flash Hoodie. This flattering pullover is designed to keep you comfortable and dry - even in the midst of a flash storm. Excellent technology built into a slim fit hoodie means you look as fantastic as you are dry no matter what Mother Nature sends your way.

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Comfort and Fit
Nature can be unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean your running routine has to be. With the Pearl Izumi Flash Pullover hoodie, your ride will be dry and comfortable. Choose from pretty, two-toned colors like Deep Indigo/Iris Orchid, Sky Blue/Deep Indigo or Black/shadow. We love the slim fit and attractive, convenient kangaroo pocket that adds storage and additional style. A definite must-have for the upcoming days of fluctuating conditions!

Style
The tall front collar with hood looks great but even better, adds a lot of warmth on a cooler afternoon. Mesh panels provide ventilation and breathability, packaged in a pretty lace aesthetic while thumbholes help keep hands warm and the sleeves more secure. Trademark Transfer Dry fabric wicks perspiration away from the skin for even better cooling and comfort and an internal fist mitt provides a bonus accessory for toastier hands during warm up. Wear this beauty as your perfect mid-layer or by itself for comfort and style.

Cost/Value
Higher end, but definitely higher quality and well worth the investment for the avid runner.

2. Adidas Beyond the Run

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.8
Adidas Beyond the Run
Comfort
97
Style
98
Materials
98
Features
96
Durability
95
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$100.00
Pros:
  • Stretchy, soft, wicking fabric
  • Split kangaroo pocket for storage & warmth
  • Full zipper/soft hood, great hues for a casually athletic style
Cons:
  • Refer to size chart/can run large
  • Pricey for some individuals

Run harder and run farther in this athletic hoodie. Adidas gives us a top-notch performer with Beyond the Run which promises to translate into your own, higher performance. With a flexible, moveable fabric and fit with nice tech features, Adidas has another winner on its hands.

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Comfort and Fit
Adidas ascribes to the motto that "your success is our ambition". The Beyond the Run Hoodie aligns well with this considering the nice technology features packed into a flawless, fashionable hoodie. The ribbed details and dual tones, banded hem and split kangaroo pockets combine to create an athletic and stylish hoodie boasting soft and stretchy comfort. Wear this running every day and then wear it for your "everyday".

Style
Trademark CLIMALITE fabric wicks moisture and pulls sweat away from the body toward the outer material which means a quick dry no matter how hard you train. The attached hood is soft and comfortable, thumbhole accents and banded cuffs keep long sleeves more secure and your hands warm. Easy machine wash, full zipper and polyester/spandex fabric combine to create a simple, smart, aesthetic design guaranteed to increase performance in casual, athletic cool.

Cost/Value
A little pricey, a lot of value though is to be had with this jacket so it is a good investment!

3. Saucony Omni Full Zip

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95
Saucony Omni Full Zip
Comfort
96
Style
95
Materials
95
Features
93
Durability
96
best offer for today
$98.00
Pros:
  • Snug fit contrasted with deep, soft hood
  • Drylete 2.0 for optimum moisture control
  • Zipped pockets for storage
Cons:
  • Limited color options available

Unique styling and nice technology fuse to make the Saucony Omni Full Zip Women's Running Hoodie a must-have. Detailing in color and fit as well as thorough attention to design will make runners happy - and higher performing.

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Comfort and Fit
Look good and stay dry in this awesome hoodie by Saucony. Going the extra mile with attention to style and design translates into your own extra mile (or five)! We love the luxuriously large, deep hood contrasted with a snug fit accentuated by a high ribbed back waist. Front hand zip pockets add to the fashion-forward aesthetic and function - while providing nice storage and warmth.

Style
Not only does the slightly oversized hood juxtaposed with fitted hoodie flatter, but it also functions. The fabric is made with the patented Drylete 2.0 technology, which wicks moisture keeping wearers cool, refreshed and dry. Runners are more visible with reflective trim on the front zipper - a perfect way to keep safe during climate changes and low lights. Ribbed cuffs with thumbholes keep the fabric stable and hands warm, while a snug fit provides greater support on long runs. Of course, you'll look amazing, too!

Cost/Value
Excellent Value for the price and is a wonderful choice for any runner.

4. Hanes Pullover Ecosmart

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93
Hanes Pullover Ecosmart
Comfort
92
Style
90
Materials
95
Features
93
Durability
95
best offer for today
$10.73
Pros:
  • Eco-friendly polyester
  • warm, comfortable semi-lightweight fit
Cons:
  • Some reported they are too loose or baggy

A year-round casual hoodie, the Hanes Ecosmart sweatshirt is made in part with a polyester recycled from plastic bottles! Now that's conscious comfort! We love the sweatshirt and we also love that it's created with compassion!

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Comfort and Fit
The Hanes Ecosmart hoodie is environmentally-conscious, and also good looking! The semi-lightweight fit is casual and cool. The sizes are wide-ranging, from small to 3XL, making it accessible to many shapes and sizes. The color selection is just as broad - choose from traditional greys, blues or black or select a bold red or green hue. Most of all you'll love the rich cotton, soft fleece feel. Your everyday hoodie that only gets better with time.

Style
This contender boasts 5% polyester created from recycled plastic bottles. We love how conscious this hoodie is! Nothing is lost in comfort. Add a low pill performance cotton that only gets softer with each wash. Ribbed cuffs and waistband lend to a nice aesthetic and seal in warmth on a chilly evening. At 7.8 ounces it's great for working out. Nice features include the roomy pockets and drawstring cords, each dyed to blend the sweatshirt color. This hoodie not only serves your athletic and everyday purpose, but it also does so with awareness. We like that a lot!

Cost/Value
Excellent price - consider purchasing a few to have on hand as backups or for training runs!

5. Adidas Essential

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87
Adidas Essential
Comfort
88
Style
87
Materials
88
Features
85
Durability
87
best offer for today
$36.96
Pros:
  • Mesh-lined hood
  • Nice sized pockets for warmth and storage on the go
  • Regular fit equals casual comfort.
Cons:
  • Refer to height chart, hoodie may run long.

The Adidas Essential Cotton Fleece Hoodie for men doesn’t try to be flashy - instead it’s a perfect casual, understated piece. The possibilities are endless. Wear it running (of course), or simply running errands and feel comfortable in subtle athletic style.

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Comfort and Fit
The modest athletic and traditional Adidas three-stripe aesthetic hoodie is a favorite all-occasion piece. Great for running and equally great for just about everything else. The colors are fabulous, earth toned hues including grey, green, maroon, charcoal and grey/white. A regular fit translates to casual comfort and the fleece is super soft. All of this, packaged in a great, sporty, three-stripes on raglan sleeves design.  

Style
A mesh-lined hood with drawcords feels fitted and secure no matter how hard you train. Fleece creates a soft feel while the mesh lining helps keep you dry. Side pockets keep hands warm and provides additional storage on the run. A 70/30 cotton and polyester fleece blend means cozy warmth while a cuffed sleeve and hem adds to a fit that keeps wearers secure and toasty. A full zip provides accessibility and style and machine wash makes it your cool, go-to piece that’s also convenient and easy to care for.

Cost/Value
Reasonable cost, exceptional value considering it’s multi-purpose appeal - this is a great choice for a go-to running jacket.

6. Tesla Performance Training Full Zip

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85.2
Tesla Performance Training Full Zip
Comfort
87
Style
85
Materials
86
Features
84
Durability
84
best offer for today
$23.98
Pros:
  • Thumbholes and stretch for a secure, flexible fit

  • Excellent value
Cons:
  • May run small refer to size chart

Some users report durability issues after some use

Designed with technology to meet the standards of your high-performance training and styled to meet the standards of your everyday aesthetic. Love the way you feel in this hoodie during hardcore workouts and running, then love the way it looks for everything else!

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Comfort and Fit
The Performance Training Hoodie by Tesla is the right choice for workouts during early spring winds, showers and chill. It looks incredibly stylish, with a customized slim fit that contours handsomely while providing enough stretch for full motion range. With an earphone outlet on the inside zipper pocket, running with music just got simpler, too. Add nice accents that increase comfortability like thumbholes for a secure fit and a high, sleek neckline for great looking wind resistance. The 3-Dimensional 3-Panel hoodie was engineered with all factors considered: performance workout, absolute comfort, and an athletic, stylized appearance.

Style
Comprised of polyester and polyurethane, the hoodie exceeds expectations when it comes to range and stretch. It maintains its lightweight in spite of its high performing fabric, which is elastic-stretch and high tech absorption capability. The thumbhole cuff offers a unique design for better fit, ventilation, and warmth. Side zip pockets for safe storage and hand warmth and additional zipper pocket with earphone outlet for no-stress listening pleasure are finishing features that make this hoodie a favorite.

Cost/Value
Very reasonable. Price point below the value so don't let the more affordable price make you think its poor quality!

7. Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
81.6
Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket
Comfort
80
Style
83
Materials
82
Features
80
Durability
83
best offer for today
$26.99
Pros:
  • Excellent price
  • rain proof protection
Cons:
  • Some sizing isssues reported by some

The Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket provides reliable protection from inclement wet weather. With a fully packable design that is easy to carry anywhere you go, this rain jacket is sure to become a favorite for running, training or working out.

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Comfort and Fit
With a range of sizes to choose from, the Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket is a must have for any runner who does a lot of outdoor running! If you live in a region with long rainy seasons like the Northwest or your area is prone to daily summer showers like the South you need the comfortable and reliable fit that this rain jacket offers. You will not want to head out on a run without it!

Style
The jacket is made of nylon and features secure elastic closures around the wrists and waist to keep you as warm and dry as possible. The hood can also be adjusted for the perfect fit to keep the rain away as you go for your run. Zipper pockets keep your belongings safe and dry as well! The Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket also features a back pocket for additional storage for your longer outdoor runs.

Cost/Value
With a fairly affordable price tag, the Baleaf Packable Rain Jacket is a must-have for runners who spend time running the neighborhoods or the outdoor trails on a regular basis and is a great investment for any runner!

8. Under Armour Popover

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80
Under Armour Popover
Comfort
80
Style
80
Materials
80
Features
80
Durability
80
best offer for today
$44.99
Pros:
  • Tech fabric for quick dry
  • Moisture Transport System for wicking moisture
  • Soft, natural feel
Cons:

Not available in bold colors

Some wear and tear issues reported

The Under Armour Popover Hoodie isn’t your average pullover. Designed with excellent technology so you can train in comfort longer. Packaged in beautiful hues, this piece is a must-have. Feel stylish and accomplished in attire engineered with a durability meant to increase your own.

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Comfort and Fit
Beginning with a rich and textured appearance, we love the colors and feel of this hoodie. Select from luxuriously warm hues of olive green, charcoal grey, steel grey, deep black or blue. The loose cut is designed to fit well and feel better. Trademark Under Armour fabric impresses with its combined tech and natural, textured appeal. The handsome contrast color on the interior is an excellent finishing accent. Add a soft, fitted hood and we think this pullover is perfect!

Style
Packaged into 7.2 ounces, the Under Armour Popover Hoodie is designed to accommodate runners and athletes with excellent technology. The patented Moisture Transport System wicks perspiration away from the body and keeps you dry during tough workouts. With UA Tech fabric, even a spontaneous spring rain won’t hinder your fun. Quick dry fabric means dry comfort during acclimate weather. The fabric is engineered with athletes in mind, but also pays attention to softness with a material that’s natural feeling against your skin. Anti-odor technology lets you move from run to restaurant. Feel fresh enough to follow an intense work out with some intense play!

Cost/Value
Medium priced, high value, great investment for everyday running gear.

9. American Apparel

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77.4
American Apparel
Comfort
79
Style
78
Materials
78
Features
75
Durability
77
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$47.50
$84.99
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Pros:
  • Soft, high performing
  • Headphone anchor pull
  • Inner security pocket
Cons:
  • Not many color options

When you are looking for a comfortable, durable, and reliable hoodie for your workouts and runs, the American Apparel running hoodie is a great choice! This warm, comfortable, stylish, and functional jacket will meet all of your needs and has all the features you are looking for in a good running hoodie.

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Comfort and Fit
With a 50/50 cotton fleece and polyester blend, this jacket is made to be comfortable and functional! It will keep you warm on your runs and with the unique blend and design elements, you get the comfortable hug of a jacket with all the flexibility and range of motion you need for your runs and workout sessions. It feels great and will protect you from the cooler temperatures during the chilly fall and winter months.

Style
Stylish kangaroo pocket design keeps your hands warm and gives you space to stash a wallet, keys, music device or anything else you need to bring along on your run. The overall look of the American Apparel running hoodie is simple and basic but it does its job and with a range of great colors to choose from, you should have no trouble finding one that fits your unique style and flare!

Cost/Value
Depending on the color and size hoodie you need, you will end up paying around $50 or less for the American Apparel running hoodie. This is a great investment and reviewer love the look and feel of the jacket and say it is durable and is one of the go-to jackets for many runners. Beginners especially will love the basic look and feel and seasoned runners will appreciate the warmth and comfort that is offers!

10. Nike KO 3.0

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
75.6
Nike KO 3.0
Comfort
78
Style
77
Materials
75
Features
75
Durability
73
best offer for today
$50.00
Pros:
  • Mesh lining for breathability
  • Nicely sized pocket for storage
  • Excellent stretch polyester with moisture wicking, breathable technology
Cons:
  • very few color options
  • Sizes run small

Ventilated, breathable and soft make this sweater an optimum choice for cool, outdoor workouts. This Nike pullover hoodie will keep you comfortable during training and stylish during recovery and every day.

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Comfort and Fit
The great looking KO 3.0 hoodie, offered in nice grey and blue tones, is your perfect workout piece. The fabric has excellent stretch which means a full range of motion no matter how hard you train. Mesh lining creates excellent ventilation while you stay warm and dry during an unpredicted spring rain shower. The kangaroo pocket is handsome, blending nicely into the sweater while providing hand warmth and storage for keys, wallet, cell and other necessities. The athletic aesthetic is on-trend, making this your go-to option for everyday wear after you’ve finished your workout.

Style
A unique feature we love is the back neck tape which prohibits chafing. It keeps the sweatshirt more secure while providing additional, softer comfort against the skin. The hood employs Nike’s Dri-FIT technology for breathability and better ventilation. The 100% polyester circular wrap-knit mesh translates to a stretch fabric, optimum motion, and increased moisture protection. The fabric is further infused with Therma-FIT so you can go the distance with a hoodie that will, too.

Cost/Value
Medium priced but the technology and accent features create enormous value!

11. Under Armour Men's Streaker

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
73.2
Under Armour Men's Streaker
Comfort
75
Style
73
Materials
73
Features
72
Durability
73
best offer for today
$40.98
Pros:
Warmth kept in
Good wick factor
No chafing from damp material
Comfortable
Protective and warm
Cons:

Could be made in more colors

Some runners find the thumb holes uncomfortable

This hoodie can keep you cool and not overheated during a run and gives good wick-factor an innovative designed in clothing tech which transports sweat to be wicked away, gives very fast dry out and keeps you warm.

Logos are designed in to give reflective qualities during early morning or evening runs. Slip your thumb through the designed cuffs which allow you to comfortably run and hold the sleeve in place.

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Comfort and Fit
A versatile and comfortable top, good for running, light-weight, comfortable and durable. The clothing technology is impressive, you get micro-thread tech (UA) designed into the fabric which means rapid dry out time, the material will not damply cling to your body so no worries about skin chafing, nice flexibility from the fabric.

Technology
A very comfortable hoodie with bags of style, comfort, protection, and performance. Can be used for running, other sports or as daily casual wear. UA clothing tech for fast dry out and high-performance wick-ability. 

Cost/Value
A good price for a good performing hoodie that is not fancy or flashy but does the job and does what it is designed to do.

12. TSLA Active Running Jacket

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
71.4
TSLA Active Running Jacket
Comfort
72
Style
72
Materials
70
Features
70
Durability
73
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$19.58
$39.99
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Pros:
Quick to put on
Two-ply structure for hood
Front pouch pocket
Comfortable
Protective and warm
Cons:

Some runners would like a full front zip version

If you're looking for a fairly standard hoodie which can be quickly pulled on while you are out for a long run, the TSLA Active Running Jacket might be the basic jacket you are looking for! It has everything you need and nothing that you do not need, all for a very affordable price!

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Comfort/Fit
The TSLA Active Running Jacket features a great design that is easy and comfortable to wear and that is designed to fit well and stay in place as you run. Unique thumb hole cuff is made to help ensure a good fit while also providing optimal ventilation and functionality during any activity you have planned. This jacket is made with 91% Polyester - 9% Polyurethane which gives you a comfortable fit while allowing for good range of motion still.

Style
The secure zipper pocket is perfect for those who love to listen to music as they run because it is designed with an earphone outlet for easy listening on the go! This jacket is made for improving overall performance and enhancing your training sessions. The TSLA Active Running Jacket is suitable as an outer-layer for Spring/Fall seasons and as a Mid-layer for the bitter Winter season.

Cost
This jacket performs well in mild weather conditions and is priced where just about anyone should be able to afford it.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

It’s good to note that running hooded tops are not similar to running jackets both in their design and their use.

Hoodies are sporting accessories that are not so worshiped but then they offer almost similar capabilities to running jackets. They perfect for spring and autumn. They are perfect for mild and lukewarm weather conditions. Just like any other running accessories, you need to have the hoodie that fits into your running style and will help you in making sure you have a comfortable run.

The sports top or the sweatshirt is originally referred to as a hooded jacket. This sporting attired is unisex though it has found more favor with men. Perfect for most male athletes regardless of the age. The top act as a unique symbol of an athletes’ individuality, for instance, the ubiquitous type of hoodie is mostly worn as a top that is stand-alone or you can pair it with a sporting top /cool shirt, this is done in order to form a unique sense style in casual wear. Depending on personal preference and the situation/ environment, some designs of hoodies might be more preferred than others.

Style

When looking at the type of running items you would like to purchase, an athlete should choose the style and fucntionality that they like best.

A good running hoddie can be comfortably worn minus any underlying shirt, but the zip versions cannot be worn without an inner shirt or any other type of inner clothing. There are several natural & synthetic fabrics used in the making of running hoodies, they can range from simple cotton & wool to synthetic polyester. Never the less, with the many varieties of designs, styles, and fabrics to consider and pick from, getting your perfect running hoodie can prove to be a difficult task. When looking at the type of running items you would like to purchase, an athlete should choose the style and functionality that they like best.

Though it’s good to note that running hooded tops are not similar to running jackets. These two have many similarities but also have many differences like the material used for making the hoodies is not similar to the ones used for running jackets. Their level of weather resistant is also different, hooded tops have very low weather resistant features compared to the running jackets.

Materials

One of the single biggest factors that affect how happy a runner is with their hoodie is the material that it is made of!

While the most basic cut when it comes to running gear is more or less the same, despite different styles, designs, and manufacturer, the major difference comes from the fabric/ material that is used in making the hoodie. More often, the fabrics that are used in making the product are normally a mixture of at least 2 types of fabrics/ fibers. This is done so that a certain collection of desirable qualities can be found in a particular fabric or material. Mixing of the fabric enables one to come up with a fabric that is most durable and comfortable. Here we give a clear explanation of the different types of materials used and their pros and cons.

Features

There are 2 simple and basic models of the hoodie designs, they are based on the style in which you wear the gear: zip up style or the pullover style.

There are 2 simple and basic models of the hoodie designs, they are based on the style in which you wear the gear: zip up style or the pullover style. However, it’s crucial to have in mind, that some shoppers are confused on which product to choose, but we have a detailed description of the two hoodies, and this will act as your compass when you are making the next purchase.

The Zip-Up Type of Hoodie
Zip-up running sports tops are designed with a zipper. The zipper runs along the front part of the hoodie, from just below the neckline up to the hem of the garment. The upper can be worn when they are half opened or half-zipped, this gives the athlete a stylish look that is layered. With the perfect tank top or shirt, you can totally stand out in terms of style and fashion during your workout sessions. Moreover, the zip-up running top has a great advantage as it has minimal chances of messing the hair of the athlete when being worn. Mostly preferred by female athletes for this reason. They are also perfect to have on in case the weather changes from warm to cold, the zip helps you to adjust the comfort of how hot or cold you want to be when running.

The Pullover type of Running Hoodies
The pullover running hoodies don’t have any zipper. You wear them by pulling them over your head. The same way you wear a normal shirt. Due to change in weather conditions, they work most effectively when they have worn alone (with no underlying clothing) this prevents any chances of too much heat when the weather starts getting warmer. However, an athlete can have an inner clothe that is light for more warmth.

Generally, they are known to be durable, unlike the zip hoodies, due to the fact that they do not have zippers, which tend to break or get stuck after being used for a longer period of time. Also, these hoodies offer a more comfortable snug fit to the wearer, unlike the zipped hoodies. This is most athletes who take part in strenuous sporting activities that want greater natural movement will opt for the pullover running hoodies instead of the zipped ones.

Durability

When you are buying a hoodie you know will last, then the cost is of minimal concern becasue you know you are investing in qualiity and durability!

You want to make sure you choose a hoodie that is right for your workouts during early spring winds, showers, and chill. It needs to look incredibly stylish, but it also must hold up well to normal wear and tear and the normal testing of outdoor running. The best hoodies that exceed expectations are ones that are made of high performing fabric, which features that make it durable and easy to use. When you are buying a hoodie you know will last, then the cost is of minimal concern because you know you are investing in quality and durability!

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Hoodies vs Running Hoodies

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Cotton
The cotton fabric is one of the more popular and common material that is used in the making of running hoodies. Though cotton is losing its popularity among the sporting clothes, as new synthetic fabrics pop in, it’s a long time fabric in the market. The running hoodie made from cotton is praised for its capability to allow air in & let moisture out. This means the cotton hoodie has impressive breathability.

That is why, many athletes will wear the cotton-based running hoodies when going to the gym, jogging, or when performing other forms of sporting workouts. Cotton fabric is a good insulator; this means that these hoodies are best worn for athletes who run in cold weather. However, the fabrics that are made with 100 percent pure cotton tend to pile a lot.

Wool
Wool is normally a fiber that is derived from animals’ hair like sheep etc. Traditionally, the sheep happens to be the most common source of the wool fibers; but other animals like goat, musk oxen, alpaca and camel have also been good suppliers of wool. The rabbit has also been considered for providing the fiber. Usually, when you check the label that is on any clothe and it indicates the material is wool then it will also state the source.

Wool is praised for its greater elasticity & its insulating properties compared to the cotton fibers. This makes the wool to be more suitable to be worn during cold running weather. Wool has a major challenge with regards to texture. It’s rough and is a little uncomfortable if it’s worn directly onto the skin, this means inner clothing must be layered with it. Or else it will ultimately lead to skin irritations and chafing.

Polyester
Polyester is made from simple application of special acids and water, this is done on a simplified mixture of petroleum and coal. Unlike the cotton and the wool fabric, the polyester happens to be a poorer absorbent when it comes to water, this makes it extra resistant to many stains. In addition to that, it has compression features, this means it very elastic. This means they have fewer chances of being deformed after being worn for a long period of time. Though hooded tops made of cotton fabric or wool fabric, tend to mix it with polyester in order to enjoy these features that are in the polyester fabric. For instance, the microfiber that is a polyester type is very thin and is even indistinguishable from the silk fibers.

Nylon
Nylon is also a petroleum-based type of synthetic fabric, and it is famous and preferred for the luster nature and high level of resistance to many stains, mildew, fungi, mold, flame, and moisture. The fabrics that are used in making running tops can opt to use only nylon as the major fabric, or it can combine nylon fabric with other fabrics like wool and cotton, in order to have the best material for a running hoodie. The best trait about nylon that makes it among the best fabrics is the fabric’s resistance to burning. This is conserved as a lifesaving property. When the nylon fabric is put under intense heat, it doesn’t catch fire, the fabric will melt.

The hooded tops that are made entirely of only nylon are known to be water resistant, this means they are weather resistant and provide protection from rain and wind. This is why nylon is also considered the best material for running rain jackets. This means that the running hoodie can function as your raincoat also when it starts to rain. Compared to wool and fiber which might not be so comfortable under rainy running conditions. Nylon is also used to provide more strength to fabrics like cotton, this means the mixture will be very resistant to pilling and stubborn stains. The nylon fabric is also very easy to clean and wash, this is because the stains are not able to seep deeper into the fiber compared to cotton.

Rayon
The rayon fabric is the very first type of synthetic fiber to be made in history. The fabric is got from wood that is high-grade, this means it has more absorbent properties. Rayon fiber is finer than the nylon fiber, this gives the rayon-based fabric an added luxurious texture. The rayon can be blended together with wool and cotton, this makes the fabric to be more smooth and shinier. The rayon fabric is more absorbent compared to the cotton fabric, this makes the rayon and cotton mixture to be most suitable for athletes who engage in sporting activities that are very demanding. The hoodies that are made using the rayon fiber are resistant to chances of pilling unlike those made using natural fibers.

Elastane/ Lycra/ Spandex
The Lycra fabric is known as Elastane or spandex. This is also a petroleum-based fabric that is a synthetic fiber. It is known and loved for its more tensile strength & coupled with amazing elasticity. A more popular fabric used for athletic wear, the Elastane fiber is used to construct and make the fabric for running hoodies. This fabric is able to improve the other fabrics stretching ability (compression or elasticity), making the running hoodie to be more resistant. It also enhances the hoodie to have a more snug fit on the wearer. The Lycra is resistant also to moisture, this means it offers good protection against rain to the athlete. The major challenge is that it’s a fragile fabric. And must be mixed with other fabric that is most resistant to any form of breakage. Fabrics like cotton, rayon, and wool. Hoodies that have more components of Lycra should be not be washed with normal bleaching detergents. This is because they will yellow when they react to chlorine.

Fleece
The epic tale of the Golden Fleece usually brings into mind the image of a golden ram. However, the fleece fabric doesn’t come from an animal. The fabric is instead got from the hydrocarbon resins, for example, the polyethylene terephthalate (PET), this is the same type of material that is used in manufacturing plastic drinking bottles for soft drinks. The fabric is very lightweight and tends to be more comfortable since it’s a great insulator. They are best for outdoor activities.

With this selection of our top ten best running gear, you can be certain you'll find your perfect fit. Our top ten has something for everyone, and for all workout needs. It is important that athletes have running clothes designed to help them train hard in all elements.  Spring brings blue skies and great running weather. It also brings rain, wind, and chills. Never let an unpredictable climate interfere with your workout routine.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What is the basic information that I need to know when shopping for a good running top with a hood?
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When shopping for a running hoodie, can be challenging. Especially when it narrows down to getting a hoodie that is not only comfortable but also durable. You will find differing qualities, all offering essentially traits that most athletes look for in running clothing. Traits like breathability, protection, and comfort are essential to being comfortable and happy while on your runs.

q: Is it really all that important to get the right fit- its a hoodie after all?
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The many running hoodies being sold, have fitted cuts that offer ergonomically support and fit, designed to comfortably compliment the athletes’ movements instead of restricting them. Try on the hoodie while you are physically shopping for your gear, make sure that you move your arms in a stretching position. Check for any form of tightness in the chest or the upper back and make sure the hoodie doesn’t give you a baggy fit around your waist. ports tops are meant to offer the needed freedom and comfort that many athletes want when not wearing a running jacket. Just because you want comfort doesn’t mean you have to your hoodie in a sloppy way. The hoodies are supposed to give the chest and waist section a snug fit. As an athlete, you ought to let the hoodie hug you, make it feel like a second skin and enhances the natural movement of the body.

q: Why are hoodies so popular?
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The important thing that hoodies do is they really help to keep the athlete comfortable, hence offer protection against rain and wind. The breathability of the hoodie is also crucial essential. Also, the weight of the hoodie plays an important role in determining how easy it is to carry the hoodie around. However, the thicker products or those that have fancier material are good at heat retention.

q: Can these hoodies be used for other activities as well as running?
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Ys, thes hoodies are not just for running or for use during the mild weather changes. They are worn by many athletes literally on many casual occasions. That’s why it’s important to opt for a style that is both versatile and durable. Make sure you pick something that will make your training sessions and activities more enjoyable. Do not be afraid to embrace personal fashion preference. Look at different patterns and colors and find the most appealing. When looking at the style of a runners top. The answer will be determined by the personal needs of an athlete. Runners who like outdoor workouts should get running gear that is more weather resistant. If you want a versatile hoodie that you can wear to a lunch hangout then go for the simpler models. Consider the type of activity when looking at the style or design.

q: Does the material used really matter?
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The fabric is also determined by the runners’ personal needs. Go for a fabric that will match your personal needs as a runner. Outdoor runners should look for materials that will offer resistant features to harsh weather whole intense training athletes will opt for a fabric that has sweat-wicking abilities. In order to get the most out of running hoodie make sure you get the right material.

q: Are hoodies safe to use outdoors, at night, or in low-light conditions?
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At times as a runner you might need to cross the road at night, you may be running in foggy conditions early in the morning, or you may be in an area with a lot of vehicular traffic. Hoodies can help keep you viible and safe if you know what to look for. Make sure the hoodie make you as visible as possible. With modern technology in the sport making apparel industry, tops are made with very high reflective ability. Check for reflective stripes and seams, bright colors, and a design that protects you and lets you be seen by others.