Brooks LSD Running Jacket

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Brooks LSD Running Jacket Review Facts
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For days when the weather may be questionable, or for the transition months when it’s still a little too chilly to run without an extra layer, the Brooks LSD Running Jacket should be your go-to accessory. Its incredibly lightweight design makes the jacket disappear on your body when in use, so it won’t get in the way. It’s windproof so it can hold up to incredibly high gusts. It’s water-resistant, so if a light spring shower were to hit, runners can stay protected. And if the day warms up or runners are ready to shed a layer, the jacket fits into its own storage pocket and includes an armband for easy carrying. The Brooks LSD Running Jacket is a fantastic contender for added protection for days on the trails to a light run around the block.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Windproof
  • Water-resistant
  • Good range of motion
  • Lightweight
  • Packable
Cons
  • Armband can bounce
  • Sleeves ride up in high wind
  • No hood
Use
Use

Use

This running jacket is windproof and water resistant, so it is perfect for colder days or runs with wind and/or light rain. It’s great at insulating the runner and protecting from the elements, such as light showers or heavy winds. The jacket is not intended for heavy rains as it is only water resistant. The jacket functions as an insulator so it can get warm in higher temperatures.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The Brooks LSD Running Jacket is not the most breathable on the market due to the weatherproofing and insulating features it holds. On humid days, moisture buildup can, and most likely will, occur inside the jacket. If the jacket becomes too warm, runners can store it in its included pocket and attach it to their arm or hand with the included armband.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Brooks LSD Running Jacket includes open sides which allow for a comfortable range of motion. The jacket keeps runners warm on questionable days, but due to its lack of breathability, it can become a bit warm on hotter days. Some reviewers mentioned that they find when packed away into its included pocket, the armband can be restricting and feels bouncy. These runners found that if they attached it to their hand instead or simply tied the jacket around their waist that it was less of an issue. Others note that they don’t notice it at all and it has never been an issue.
Size
Size

Size

This jacket weighs only three ounces and is one of the lightest and most packing-friendly jackets on the market. Runners note that it nearly disappears on their body since it weighs next to nothing. Even though the weight is negligible, it still does a fantastic job of insulating runners on colder days so they always stay warm. When the temperatures rise, the jacket can become a bit warm. For storage, the jacket packs into its own pocket and can be stored on the arm or hand with the included armband.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Brooks LSD Running Jacket is composed of sturdy nylon and is incredibly windproof. It’s also very water resistant, but runners need to note that it is not waterproof. It won’t hold up for extended periods in a full downpour but will work great in a spring shower or snow flurries.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

No accessories come with this jacket, but it does fold down into its own pocket for easy storage. The pocket includes an elastic band so runners can attach it to their arm or hand when not in use. Some runners report that the armband is too tight and bounces when in use, while others say it never caused an issue, even on very long runs. The jacket includes a media port zipper so runners can use earbuds without the wires getting in the way of the jacket. The Brooks LSD Running Jacket can pack down to a very small size making it a great addition in trail packs or carry-on luggage, alike.
Style
Style

Style

The jacket is designed true-to-size so runners won’t have to worry about going up or down a size or allowing time for exchanges. It includes reflective properties on the front and rear so that runners are always safe during low-visibility conditions. The running jacket has a rear zipper pocket large enough for a phone, wallet or some energy gels. The jacket includes a media port zipper so runners can enjoy music while on the road or trails. The jacket comes with a standing collar for added warmth and protection from the elements. The women’s version tried to best create a female-friendly design by incorporating pleating in the rear with petal hem slits and an hour-glass profile.
Price
Price

Price

The price of this jacket varies between male and female and what color pattern runners choose, but overall it’s very affordable. The price is comparable to other competing running jackets, and serious runners will expect a ticket price in this range.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Windproof
• Water-resistant
• Incredibly light at three ounces
• Insulating design
• Packs into its own pocket for storage
• Runners can store the pocket on their arm or hand with the included armband when the jacket isn’t in use
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Brooks LSD Running Vest is a fantastic option for runners who want added protection from the elements. It’s a great insulator so runners stay warm during colder weather. It’s extremely windproof so runners won’t have to worry about wear and tear during strong gusts. While it isn’t waterproof, it is a great layer of protection during light showers or flurries so muscles don’t tense up. Even though the jacket doesn’t have a hood and the sleeves are reported to ride up during strong gusts, it still does an incredible job at keeping runners warm and dry. Unlike some previous models, this version allows the jacket to pack into the existing pocket and store on runners’ arms or hands with the included armband. This is a minor detail but a fantastic one so runners aren’t bogged down trying to find a way to store another accessory. All runners, from novices to experts alike, can benefit from the Brooks LSD Running Vest.