This vest is specifically designed to be the go-to vest for the transition time from fall to winter or winter to spring. This is the period when it’s too cold to only wear long-sleeves, but not yet time to break out the parka. With its lightweight design and superior insulation, this is the perfect running vest to keep athletes warm without getting in the way. The vest also includes reflective material so runners stay safe at all times, plus it comes in a number of color options, one being a bright yellow for even greater visibility.
Since the vest is designed for insulation, it doesn’t breathe too terribly well. However, it doesn’t overly insulate and cause runners to overheat, either. It’s the perfect balance for mid-range to low-range temperatures when runners need an extra layer. On moderately cold days with little or no wind, the vest can feel a bit warm, but when the temperatures really drop, runners should include a base layer, such as sleeves, rather than using the vest on its own.
This vest can keep runners warm from the high 40s to low 30s when paired with a long sleeve and tights or leggings. Some runners even find they’re warm enough when wearing shorts with the Brooks LSD Thermal Vest. It’s waterproof, so it keeps runners dry in the rain. It’s thin while still providing the ultimate protection from the cold without added bulk. It includes a full-zip standing chin guard and draft flap for added comfort and protection from harsh wind and rain. Many vests on the market are stiff, restrictive and ride up during runs. However, the Brooks LSD Thermal Vest follows the contours of the body so that it moves with runners’ core rather than riding up or restricting strides. The base of the vest ends below runners’ hiplines to help prevent updraft into the base of the vest and chilling runners’ cores. The longer design forces air around the vest keeping runners warm
The vest is true to size and provides a more athletic
fit. It’s semi-fitted so it follows the contours of the body for more comfort so that it doesn’t get in the way while moving or ride up. At 4.8oz, the vest nearly disappears on your body so that runners never feel weighed down. This is a great option for a lightweight running vest.
The Brooks LSD Thermal Vest is composed of 100 percent ripstop Nylon to prevent continuous tearing and 80g PrimaLoft polyfill insulation to keep runners warm without the added bulk of a thicker vest. The L.S.D. Lite windproof
fabric is coated with a durable water repellent to keep runners warm and dry. It’s also windproof for added protection.
It doesn’t come with any accessories, but there are front zip pockets with an inner security pocket on the right for keys, debit card or other important items. It also has a zipper pocket on the rear right side which is perfect for a cell phone, gels, snacks, keys or other items. The zippers are windproof and the primary zipper has a headphone
cable hook, if needed.
The vest comes in shades of yellow, black and blue. It includes reflective
material on the front and rear for added protection in low-visibility conditions. The yellow version (named Nightlife Lightspeed) is a fantastic choice to alert nearby traffic if running at night as it is extremely visible.
Major online retailers offer a consistent price the Brooks LSD Thermal Vest. The Brooks LSD Running Vest is priced comparatively to other similar vests in the market. Serious runners
will expect this range of pricing when shopping for a running vest of this caliber.
The Brooks LSD Thermal Vest is an excellent option for runners looking for an added layer in the cold transition months. Its thin design avoids the bulky feel that other vests offer and it doesn’t impede arm strides while running. The vest is windproof and waterproof so runners won’t have to worry about bad weather compromising the integrity of the vest. The ripstop Nylon deters tearing, and if a tear does occur, the ripstop
prevents the tear from worsening. The PrimaLoft polyfill insulation ensures runners stay warm. With the included security pockets, runners won’t have to worry about wearing a belt or clothing with pockets to carry necessities. The added reflective material ensures that runners stay safe from nearby traffic. This is a fantastic vest that all runners should consider so they can stay moving all-year round.