Running Shells

The best running shells, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 12, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Running Shell Reviews

Smartwool Women's PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Mountain Hardwear Men's Transition Zip T

rated 5 of 5 stars I am so disappointed that Mountain Hardwear no longer makes this product. Mine is like 10 years old or maybe more and really needs to be replaced. This is truly one of the best pieces of outdoor gear I have ever owned. It is great for mountaineering, skiing, mountain biking, and winter hiking. This is the best garment for repelling wind, especially during the spring and fall, when it is hard to know what to wear. It is great with other layers in winter. I have had mine for something like 10 plus… Full review

REI Men's Vaporush Windstopper Pants

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Patagonia Men's Houdini Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars 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

Mountain Hardwear Men's Transition Zip T

rated 5 of 5 stars I would echo all of these reviews. This is the best piece of three- season gear I own! I would echo all of these reviews. This is the best piece of three-season gear I own. Its weight and performance are unmatched by anything else. The only thing it lacks is that it's not waterproof, but pair with a light rain jacket and a short sleeve technical t-shirt and you can be prepared on the trail for almost anything from 40-80 degrees rain or shine. Paired with a long sleeve baselayer and a vest and you… Full review

Mountain Hardwear Men's Ghost Lite Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Patagonia Men's Houdini Pullover

rated 4 of 5 stars A very light, yet effective wind shirt for many uses. It is durable and comfortable to wear, and it packs down to the size of a stick of deodorant. The Patagonia Houdini Pullover is a simple, yet effective wind shirt that is very useful in many situations. It fits true to size, and I love wearing it with a Patagonia Snap-T fleece underneath, because the two garments have very similar styles and sizes that feel as though they were made to go together. The shirt does not have many ways to adjust it,… Full review

Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Jacket

rated 5 of 5 stars The Marmot Ether Driclime Wind Jacket is just about the only piece of my outdoor clothes closet that always gets packed—year round. It’s a great wind jacket that keeps the chill off in a solid breeze through major wind gusts, is water repellent, and breathes well while providing some insulation. The perfect “not too hot – not too cold” shell for my metabolism on most trips throughout the year. Light and quick-drying, it’s difficult to find a reason to leave it behind. When Trailspace… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Marmot DriClime Windshirt Wind Shirt
$50 - $57
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Patagonia Houdini Jacket Wind Shirt
$79 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket Wind Shirt
$50 - $78
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montane Lite-Speed Jacket Wind Shirt
$84 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Light and Variable Jacket Wind Shirt
$101 - $119
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
REI Vaporush Windstopper Pants Wind Pant
$83
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket Wind Shirt
$70 - $100
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody Wind Shirt
$99
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket Wind Shirt
$78 - $115
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Wind Shirt
$84 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Patagonia Houdini Pullover Wind Shirt
$66
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Featherlite Smock Wind Shirt
$100
prAna Inabel Jacket Wind Shirt
$79
Arc'teryx Trino Jersey LS Wind Shirt
$168 - $225
Columbia Roan Mountain Jacket Wind Shirt
$50
La Sportiva Mars Jacket Wind Shirt
$269
Montane Minimus 777 Jacket Wind Shirt
$300
Patagonia Tezzeron Jacket Wind Shirt
$110 - $129
Ultimate Direction Breeze Shell Wind Shirt
$80
Outdoor Research Tantrum II Hooded Jacket Wind Shirt
$76 - $108
La Sportiva Mistral Vest Wind Shell Vest
$119
La Sportiva Blizzard Windbreaker Jacket Wind Shirt
$89
Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket Wind Shirt
$112 - $149
Fjallraven Greenland Wind Jacket Wind Shirt
$122 - $142
Swix Star XC Jacket Wind Shirt
$165
Fjallraven High Coast Hybrid Jacket Wind Shirt
$160
Fjallraven Abisko Windbreaker Jacket Wind Shirt
$144 - $180
Columbia Terminal Spray Jacket Wind Shirt
$60
The North Face Rapida Jacket Wind Shirt
$60
Patagonia Airshed Pullover Wind Shirt
$119
Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Long Wind Shirt
$36 - $49
Altra Performance Half Zip Wind Shirt
$130
Sierra Designs Stow Windshirt Wind Shirt
$30
Arc'teryx Cita Vest Wind Shell Vest
$89
Sugoi Versa Jacket Wind Shirt
$130
Patagonia Houdini Vest Wind Shell Vest
$55
REI Active Pursuits Vest Wind Shell Vest
$60
Salomon S-Lab Light Jacket Wind Shirt
$97 - $174
Brooks LSD Running Jacket Wind Shirt
$61
La Sportiva Creek Jacket Wind Shirt
$139
POC AVIP Light Wind Vest Wind Shell Vest
$42
Arc'teryx Incendo Hoody Wind Shirt
$139
Montane Featherlite Trail Vest Wind Shell Vest
$80
Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Wind Shirt
$40 - $49
Patagonia Meriweather Hoody Wind Shirt
$152
New Balance Lite Packable Jacket Wind Shirt
$40
Fjallraven Sten Jacket Wind Shirt
$200
Royal Robbins Field Guide Vest Wind Shell Vest
$62
Outdoor Research Tantrum Hooded Jacket Wind Shirt
$40 - $80
EMS Stasher Jacket Wind Shirt
$35
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