Now that we are approaching a colder season, jacket is the absolute gear that every outdoor enthusiast must have. Over the years, manufacturers have completely reinvented their jackets, starting from design down to its material. I remember back in yesteryears how heavy and uncomfortable jackets were and it felt that you just got out from a double workout after wearing one. Well those days are gone, we now have a variety of jackets to choose from and manufacturers have incorporated a lot of modern technology to make them even better.
Depending on your needs and the geographic location where you’ll be needing it most, there are different jackets to choose from. Salomon is one of the companies that I have known for many years and there is no question that Salomon is one of the best brands when it comes to outdoor gears and apparels. I don’t live on the high elevation and I’m lucky enough that we don’t have extreme weather conditions here in Northern California like some of you, so I decided to test some lightweight jacket to suit my needs. Salomon sent me one of their premium jackets designed for trail and road running, the S-Lab Light Jacket
If you’ve been following my blog, I have reviewed few of their items in the past and you can read it by clicking on the items below:
So let’s go down with some details and see what this jacket is made of.
· Active Fit
· Full Zip
· Reflective branding front and back
· Motion Fit
· Articulated Sleeves
· 15 Deniers Stretch Ripstop
· AdvancedSkin Shield
· Laser cut holes
· Magnetic collar closure
Fit and Functionality
The S-LAB Light Jacket has the Active / Motion Fit wear which means that it is slimmer and figure hugging profile that moves with the body as you run or walk. It was just odd when I was trying to figure out which size I needed, they don’t have the “size range” available on how they go by. So I just went with what I normally wear on top and decided on the medium size, which luckily fits me well. So if you come across with this situation, just look at your running T’s size and you’ll be OK. Now, that it’s out of the way, let’s get to the meaty part.
If you’re new to Salomon, the S-LAB series is Salomon’s name for pure performance. So if you purchase any of their items that carries the S-Lab on it, you know that you’re getting the best of the bests. The S-LAB Light jacket that I requested clearly demonstrates what best means when it comes to functionality.
From a testing stand point, I ran with this jacket several times during my lunch run and weekends. The AdvancedSkin Shield provided the security from blocking the cold wind in getting in but at the same time it still lets my body to breath. Never did I experience overheating. I sweat a lot on my runs and it’s obvious that the jacket will definitely stick to my skin one way or the other. But this didn’t bother me, the ripstop material is actually soft to the skin. Honestly, it almost feels like running without it.
The active and motion fit technologies provided great fit, making it close to my body and it didn’t restrict my arms and shoulders from any movements. The only flaw that I encountered during my run was the magnetic closure, I have the zipper half way down and a decent wind knocked the magnetic collar out. I struggled a little bit to have it closed together but I figured to pull it up to my sternum and it worked perfectly.
One thing that I need to mention is that this jacket is not waterproof. Heavy down pour and rain will surely get in but it performs very well under light precipitations.