I was recently contacted by The North Face who wondered if I’d like to test out their trail running gear. I absolutely love trail running and it’s definitely something I want to start doing a lot more of, so I was really pleased when they sent me over their Stormy Trail Jacket to review. In the midst of the recent burst of summer it’s important to remember that, on the whole, England enjoys some seriously rubbish weather and a good weatherproof jacket is a runner’s best friend!
I was keen to test out the Stormy Trail Jacket because I’ve been less than impressed with the running jackets I’ve come across before. They’ve all felt a bit like running along in a sweaty bin liner. If anyone can make a good jacket it’s The North Face and their weatherproof trail running jacket doesn’t disappoint.
The fit is comfortable and stays in place on the run, which is really important – no twisting or riding up. The sleeves are cuffed around the wrists, sealing it off from the elements and keeping the arms in place – whether you have them full length or pulled up to get a bit more air, they stay where they’re told to. The jacket is made of HyVent fabric with Flashdry technology to keep air circulating, wick sweat away and keep water out! I tested it out on a super windy day on the top of the Seven Sisters and it acted as a pretty good wind protector too.
The cut is good too and somehow manages to look feminine, which is no mean feat for a waterproof jacket. It comes in at the waist and is longer at the back, which is really flattering, even on dumpy so and so’s like me. The colours are gorgeous too and I think it’s a lovely looking jacket – the blue is vibrant and I love the pop of coral on the zip. There’s a pocket on the chest which isn’t quite big enough for my iPhone but it’s plenty big enough for my keys and a gel, which is the essentials covered.
All in all I was really impressed with this jacket. It handled the fizzy rain of the Irish Atlantic coast and the super strength winds on the top of the Seven Sisters and kept me dry and happy. I got a little hot in it out of the wind but I am generally the hottest runner ever (temperature wise, obviously) and so I think that’s definitely more me than the jacket. The jacket retails for £160 which is at the pricier end of the scale, but it’s top quality and worth investing in if you’re after an amazing jacket to see you through the endless British wind and rain.