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Running Shells

The best running shells, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 2, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Patagonia Houdini Jacket Wind Shirt
$43 - $109
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Wind Shirt
$95 - $165
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody Wind Shirt
$150
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Hoodie Wind Shirt
$72 - $130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock Wind Shirt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak Wind Shirt
$59 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Drop Veil Wind Shell Wind Shirt
$60 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montane Featherlite Pants Wind Pant
$78 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montane Lite-Speed Jacket Wind Shirt
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Vaporush Windstopper Pants Wind Pant
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket Wind Shirt
$120 MSRP
RailRiders WeatherTop Wind Shirt
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Sierra Designs Microlight Jacket Wind Shirt
$42 MSRP
Swix Cyclon Packable Wind Jacket Wind Shirt
$110 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Marmot DriClime Windshirt Wind Shirt
$90 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Mountain Hardwear Transition Zip T Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot DriClime Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Marmot Ion Windshirt Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
MontBell Light Shell Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot DriClime Catalyst Jacket Wind Shirt
$110 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Evolution Half Zip Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wild Things Epic Halfzip Windshirt Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Pneumatic Pullover Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Phantom Anorak Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wild Things Epic Hooded Windshirt Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MontBell Mistral Parka Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Haglofs Swift II Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Motive Performance Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trangoworld Grid CN Jacket Wind Shirt / Waterproof
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Lt Breeze Jacket Wind Shirt
$120 MSRP
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Anorak Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nike Oregon Output Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Paramo Fuera Ascent Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia First Sun Jacket Wind Shirt
$99 MSRP
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Prussic Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Trew Up Jacket Wind Shirt
$119 MSRP
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Verto Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Cloud Windshell Wind Shirt
$119 MSRP
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot DriClime Vest Wind Shell Vest
$80 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Berghaus Inferno Windshirt Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus 777 Pull-On Wind Shirt
$289 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Houdini Pullover Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Stretch Zephur Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Hybrid Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MontBell Tachyon Anorak Wind Shirt
$89 MSRP
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user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Velocity Shell Wind Shirt
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Recent Running Shell Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody

The best jacket I never thought I wanted… I am an Outdoor School Instructor, and was issued this as part of our outdoor ”uniform” for work. I wasn’t sure about this jacket at first, but now I am a convert! This jacket is very light, breathable, and packs into the chest pocket. It is perfect for a light layer and takes up almost no room on my climbing harness or pack. It says there is a DWR coating on it, but I wouldn’t count on it keeping you dry. if you're looking for a ultra-light layer… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Houdini Jacket

The Patagonia Houdini Jacket is a classic. An excellent, all-around, windproof, water-resistant, lightweight shell, it performs in a wide range of outdoor scenarios. I've had mine for more than six years and use it primarily running, hiking, and skiing, but have also taken it biking, paddling, traveling, and more. It conveniently stuffs into its own pocket as a just-in-case layer, and at less than 4 ounces there's no excuse not to bring it along.   hiking in the Houdini Use I've had my Patagonia… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Drop Veil Wind Shell

Massdrop's Veil is a really light and small to carry simple nylon shell with hood. Easy to carry means you won't be tempted to leave it home and then regret it on a windy summit. Great for any outdoor activity where adding a wind blocker is a valued option including hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Massdrop has evolved into Drop these days, but they still sell the Veil Wind Shell under that old name. Simple, yet very functional, the Veil does exactly what the name implies. Weighing 3.3oz/93g… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock

Great windshell for variable alpine conditions and snow. Introduction Paramo is a British company that offers an alternative to traditional waterproof textiles. Instead of relying on a membrane to confer waterproofness, the Paramo system relies on the properties of pile fibres to move water using the heat of the body (like animal fur). The shell of their garments is proofed with Nikwax which assists with preventing the pile from becoming saturated.  This  is not pseudoscience but those interested… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Hoodie

A basic, lightweight, hooded, nylon windshirt with a partial, light wool lining in the hood. There’s not a lot of wool-warmth here, and no real rain protection, limiting the useful weather window, but it's well made and does its small job well. Best for light and fast summer trail runs or day hikes when there is wind but no rain in the forecast. Sometimes a simple windshirt is the right choice for a day outing. It’s a warm summer day, no rain in the forecast, perfect for a trail run or power… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak

Perfect description. I cross country ski and snowshoe and am old school. I have a North Face from 1978 I "outgrew." There for quite a few years, the only anorak I could find were tactical gear...but now they are back in colors other than coyote and camo and better made. I wear Patagonia AND the LL Bean Primaloft bivys with a hood under these and it is a perfect combination over a base layer and different weights mid layers. I live in MT and temps run from single digits below (my personal limits)… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket

The Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket is an extremely lightweight, portable, and comfortable shell for chill and windy days that might also include a little rain. It is a great jacket to take along on a day hike or trail run for just-in-case scenarios or might just work as the sole jacket of a minimalist thru-hiker. Description: This is an ultralight wind jacket combining merino mesh panels for breathability and comfort and a DWR nylon to provide wind and weather protection. The merino mesh… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
REI Vaporush Windstopper Pants

Comfortable soft-shell hiking pants that do what they say—keep wind and even light rain and most snow off your legs and keep warm in cooler temps while also allowing venting in warmer (but not hot) weather. Durable, comfortable, and can even pass for decent pants in town stops. Features REI documents the following features, and I have provided my comments on each alongside, with more explanation in the appropriate section. Fully windproof and highly breathable, GORE WINDSTOPPER fabric is water… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Light, packable, and all so versatile, the Patagonia Houdini is an excellent wind jacket and perhaps a little bit more. I use the jacket as it was intended, as a wind jacket. But it is one of those go anywhere pieces of gear because it is so packable and weighs only 3.6 ounces. It folds into its own pocket and ends up being smaller than a can of soda. The fit is a slim athletic fit. The hood is adjustable and the cuffs have elastic to ensure a snug fit. The jacket does a decent job of remaining… Full review