Running Shells

The best running shells, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on May 7, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Running Shell Reviews

Marmot Men's Ether DriClime Jacket

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (10)
Marmot DriClime Windshirt Wind Shirt
$66 - $95
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Patagonia Houdini Jacket Wind Shirt
$49 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Jacket Wind Shirt
$70 - $100
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Montane Lite-Speed Jacket Wind Shirt
$105
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Lite Jacket Wind Shirt
$60 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody Wind Shirt
$94 - $125
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Smartwool PhD Ultra Light Sport Jacket Wind Shirt
$74 - $120
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Alpine Start Hoody Wind Shirt
$60 - $165
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Montane Featherlite Smock Wind Shirt
$75
Mammut MTR 141 Micro Vest Wind Shell Vest
$29
prAna Inabel Jacket Wind Shirt
$79
Patagonia Dirt Roamer Jacket Wind Shirt
$229
Sugoi Zap Bike Jacket Wind Shirt
$68 - $159
Arc'teryx Trino Jersey LS Wind Shirt
$180
Sugoi Alpha Hybrid Jacket Wind Shirt
$75 - $115
Columbia Roan Mountain Jacket Wind Shirt
$39 - $49
La Sportiva Mars Jacket Wind Shirt
$202
Montane Minimus 777 Jacket Wind Shirt
$179 - $224
Arc'teryx A2B Comp Vest Wind Shell Vest
$187 - $275
Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Jacket Wind Shirt
$70 - $115
Patagonia Tezzeron Jacket Wind Shirt
$90 - $129
Ultimate Direction Breeze Shell Wind Shirt
$52 - $79
Outdoor Research Tantrum II Hooded Jacket Wind Shirt
$76 - $109
La Sportiva Mistral Vest Wind Shell Vest
$83
 
Patagonia Stretch Thermal Hoody Wind Shirt
$199
La Sportiva Blizzard Windbreaker Jacket Wind Shirt
$62 - $66
Black Diamond Alpine Start Jacket Wind Shirt
$63 - $155
Patagonia Light & Variable Hoody Wind Shirt
$40 - $59
Cotopaxi Palmas Active Jacket Wind Shirt
$100
Fjallraven Greenland Wind Jacket Wind Shirt
$220
Swix Star XC Jacket Wind Shirt
$99
Fjallraven High Coast Hybrid Jacket Wind Shirt
$160
Black Diamond Distance Wind Shell Wind Shirt
$97 - $158
Arc'teryx A2B Windbreaker Jacket Wind Shirt
$275
Patagonia Baggies Jacket Wind Shirt
$45 - $119
Brooks Cascadia Shell Wind Shirt
$65
Fjallraven Abisko Windbreaker Jacket Wind Shirt
$144
Columbia Terminal Spray Jacket Wind Shirt
$45
The North Face Rapida Jacket Wind Shirt
$60
Patagonia Airshed Pullover Wind Shirt
$83 - $119
 
Patagonia Maple Grove Snap-T Pullover Wind Shirt
$149
Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Long Wind Shirt
$75
Altra Performance Half Zip Wind Shirt
$43 - $129
Sierra Designs Stow Windshirt Wind Shirt
$25
Topo Designs Breaker Shirt Jacket Wind Shirt
$90 - $149
Arc'teryx Cita Vest Wind Shell Vest
$67 - $89
Sugoi Versa Jacket Wind Shirt
$40 - $96
Patagonia Houdini Vest Wind Shell Vest
$79
Salomon S-Lab Light Jacket Wind Shirt
$95 - $138
Pearl Izumi Select Barrier Jacket Wind Shirt
$75
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