In Norway there is a popular saying – “There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” And if you have experienced it, few things are as miserable as being underdressed in the elements. So when a jacket’s name implies it can outperform the storm I’m intrigued.
Fit and Function:
As I slip on the UA OutRun the Storm Jacket I am impressed by how well it fits. Actually, the fit is amazing. With certain clothing manufacturers I find myself between sizes. In the medium the shoulders are too narrow and the sleeves are too short. With the large I find myself swimming in fabric around the midsection. Not so with the OutRun the Storm Jacket. It fits true to size and the flexible material gives me the movement I desire without baggy excess fabric. The fit, while not quite form fitting, is sleek and stylish. It stretches and moves with me rather than feeling like it is tugging against me and my movements.
Honestly, it is one of the most comfortable light jackets I have worn. In addition to the great fit it breathes extremely well. Whether I am active running around or wearing it casually I find it balancing body temperature and keeping me from getting too hot, or too cold. My one modification I would like to see is the addition of venting in the armpits.
The UA OutRun the Storm series claim to not just be water-resistant, but super water-resistant. It’s a feature I want to put to the test. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t cooperating. So, I boldly decide to stick my arm under a running faucet. (I say boldly because I get this crazy idea while I am at work). I am astonished! The water repels off the jacket leaving no trace of water or dampness. I try this out multiple times with the same result.
Product Description and Features:
The UA OutRun the Storm Jacket is a lightweight (rain) jacket excellently suited for running or other exercise. It also wears well for everyday use. With wind resistant construction to protect from the elements, the UA Storm technology also repels water without sacrificing breathability. The back has vent construction for added breathability, which is great. However, I would prefer if it also included some venting in the underarm area as well. Made with 87% polyester and 13% elastane gives it surprising breathability and flexibility. This durable, lightweight stretch-woven fabric offers 4-way stretch to provide greater mobility in every direction.
The Raglan sleeves allow greater movement and layering options. (For those of you who don’t know, a Raglan sleeve extends in one piece fully to the collar. This leaves a diagonal seam from the underarm to collarbone creating a wider underarm area. This is especially convenient for movement and additional room for layers underneath). The secure zip hand pockets include an interior media pocket (which fits my iPhone and I would imagine most phones) on the right-side.
The bungee adjustable hood and bottom hem provide for a secure fit when needed. While it does have a few reflective details for low-light runs, they are relatively small. Personally, I would want additional reflective elements before I felt safe for a night run on a road or even in a neighborhood.
Normally I like to keep an objective and tempered view on products in relation to their designed purpose and function. However, the UA OutRun the Storm Jacket delivers beyond expectations. From the fit to the style, the function and performance – this jacket hits every feature. The only thing that would make me like this jacket more is if it had some underarm venting and additional reflective details. The UA Outrun the Storm Jacket outruns my expectations!
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