Runners rightly see their shoes as the most important piece of kit â€“ but those who like to tackle longer runs often find it worth investing in a really good jacket, too.
Gore, perhaps best known for cycling gear, offers a range of running wear, too â€“ and Iâ€™ve been impressed with the Mythos 2.0 Windstopper jacket, which Iâ€™ve been testing for several weeks during the distinctly chilly and wet spring weâ€™ve had this year.
- two front zip pockets
- front iPod pocket with cable outlet
- reflective details
- fleece-lined collar
- detachable sleeves
- two patch pockets on back
- The Mythos 2.0 Windstopper on test
In the past Iâ€™ve normally relied on a motley collection of tracksuit tops for runs in chilly conditions, with a simple shell as well if itâ€™s especially cold or windy. So it is a pleasure to try a bespoke running top.
This one feels comfortable as soon I pull it on â€“ mainly because of the soft fleece lining to the collar. Out in the wind, it keeps me every bit as cosy as any impermeable outer layer, yet also lets perspiration evaporate once I start to raise the pace a bit.
The front pockets are handy for gloves or odds and ends, and the left one contains a zipped inner pocket within it, designed for storing an iPod. It has a cross-hole allowing the cable from your earphones to run down inside the jacket and into this pocket. This, for me, is far better than having the cable swinging about in the wind, and the side position for the music player makes it more accessible than, say, a back pocket for switching playlists or adjusting the volume while on the run.
Which brings me to those back pockets. These I find very useful, especially on long runs, for storing snack bars, a drink sachet or a woolly hat. They have no zips or fastenings â€“ you just reach behind you and grab what you need, so theyâ€™re obviously no good for anything valuable, like your front door key, which is better kept in a zipped front pocket. Having said that, Iâ€™ve not had anything escape from the back pockets so far.
With most running jackets, your options in changeable temperatures are limited to opening or closing the zip. With this one, though, you have a further option â€“ to have the sleeves on or off.
They zip on and off very easily. I guess the idea is you make your on-or-off decision before setting out, but if you got too warm while out you could quite easily remove them and stuff them in the back pockets as they take up very little room.
For running in the dark or twilight, the wealth of reflective material on this jacket is a real strength. There are strips all over the place that will show up in car headlights â€“ on the chest, the bottom hem, the pockets and the cuffs.
The jacket is slim fit, which is worth bearing in mind if buying online. If youâ€™re on the margins between, say, medium and large and would like a bit of room to breathe then large night be the best option.
Though this garment is intended to be windproof, rather than waterproof, Iâ€™ve found it keeps me dry in light showers. And at 334g, the garment is so light I hardly notice Iâ€™m wearing it.Â