Cool Gear: Altra Wasatch Jacket

A versatile, lightweight four-season running shell

Altra Wasatch Jacket, $199

Waterproof running jackets can be a challenging proposition, but this one delivers with impressive results.

If you live in more mild climates, you’ll appreciate the Wasatch Jacket’s waterproof and breathability qualities on winter runs. For those who live in colder regions or the mountains, it also serves as a lightweight and stretchy, four-season shell, that’s blissfully quiet compared to a traditional shell. Generous laser cut ventilation patches under the arms keep enough air moving so that dampness doesn’t build up inside the jacket, and the styling is well-suited for nasty weather. Instead of having a next to skin fit, the cut of this jacket is slightly roomy, making it suitable to wear with layers. Plus, it has a drop tail to keep rain and slushy snow from splashing on your bum. If you like a cinched fit on your wrist to block moisture, the Wasatch Jacket has a winning practical feature–elastic thumb loops, so you can cinch to your heart’s desire.

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