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Running Shells

The best running shells, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 14, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Marmot DriClime Windshirt Wind Shirt
$44
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Patagonia Houdini Jacket Wind Shirt
$49 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montane Lite-Speed Jacket Wind Shirt
$83 - $97
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody Wind Shirt
$60 - $125
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket Wind Shirt
$49 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Wind Shirt
$103 - $165
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Houdini Pullover Wind Shirt
$44 - $62
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Hoodie Wind Shirt
$54 - $130
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wild Things Epic Halfzip Windshirt Wind Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket Wind Shirt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak Wind Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Trangoworld Grid CN Jacket Wind Shirt / Waterproof
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Anorak Wind Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Paramo Fuera Ascent Jacket Wind Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia First Sun Jacket Wind Shirt
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Montane Featherlite Pants Wind Pant
$78 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Vaporush Windstopper Pants Wind Pant
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Paramo Fuera Windproof Smock Wind Shirt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Trew Up Jacket Wind Shirt
$119 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Verto Jacket Wind Shirt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Sierra Designs Cloud Windshell Wind Shirt
$119 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket Wind Shirt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Marmot DriClime Vest Wind Shell Vest
$80 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Montane Minimus 777 Pull-On Wind Shirt
$289 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MontBell Tachyon Anorak Wind Shirt
$89 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: 2 of 5 (1)
Paramo Explorer Pull-On Wind Shirt
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
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: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Patagonia Pneumatic Pullover Wind Shirt
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Phantom Anorak Wind Shirt
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Wild Things Epic Hooded Windshirt Wind Shirt
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MontBell Mistral Parka Wind Shirt
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Haglofs Swift II Jacket Wind Shirt
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Helly Hansen Motive Performance Jacket Wind Shirt
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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)
Nike Oregon Output Jacket Wind Shirt
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Prussic Jacket Wind Shirt
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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)
Patagonia Stretch Zephur Jacket Wind Shirt
discontinued
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Arc'teryx Hybrid Jacket Wind Shirt
discontinued
 
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
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 4.5 of 5 stars
Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket

Moisture Management. I agree with the points in the other review. I wear the Ether full time next to my skin alone when on the trail hiking/backpacking in CO and WY in the 20°F to 65°F range. So many conditions like wind, rain, sleet, grapple, snow flurries can happen at my typical altitude range of 8k to 11k anytime. In the warmer temps I sweat a bit, but this manages it nicely by drying quickly. So I just lower the front zip and keep it on.  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

rated 4 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean Mountain Classic Anorak

A simple, inexpensive but highly functional wind shell. The nylon shell is wind and water resistant but will soak through and will let air through in a stiff breeze. Zipper pulls and some cords seem intended more for town or campus but do the job. On the plus side, highly breathable and apparently built to last. Hood is best used with a ballcap or it will fall down over your eyes. In high school and until I lost it in college, the LL Bean anorak was one of my favorite shell jackets. Lightweight,… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Ultra lightweight, packable, minimalist jacket. I bought this jacket to throw in a small pack, along with an ultralight thermal layer (Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket) for long rock climbing routes. The two together add a lot of warmth in a tiny package for a combined weight of 10 oz. I find that I am likely to throw it my pack or pocket whenever I am unsure of the wind or temperatures I will encounter—you don't even know you are carrying it. But the single horizontal chest pocket… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket

An excellent packable windbreaker that will stuff into ANY empty space you have in your pack. I love my Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket! At 6' and 210 lbs I'm able to get into the Large very comfortably. It fits without being "fitted". Clearly, since they've kept the weight to 3 oz, there isn't any "extra" material.   This jacket stuffs itself into its own right-hand pocket and winds up being about the size of a kid's pencil bag. After that, it will easily stuff into any available space you… Full review