Asics Accelerate Review
Thanks to the Asics Accelerate running jacket, you aren't going to have to worry about a little cold and rain stop you from getting outside and getting your workout in. It offers impressive waterproofing and the zippered air vents so you can stay dry on the outside and allow air to flow into the jacket if you start to sweat from the inside. The vents and the full zipper will give you excellent temperature control so you can stay just as cold or warm as you need. Don't let the high price tag scare you away, it offers a lot of features for runners and has a durable construction so it will be part of your running gear for multiple seasons, making it a sound investment and a welcomed addition to your clothing.
Vents for breathability
High price tag
Not great for winter
This jacket is fully waterproof, so you aren't going to have to worry about the rain and moisture seeping through the materials and soaking you through while you're on the run. It has a hydrostatic head of 10,000mm, meaning that it will be able to handle that much pressure before the water starts leaking in through the fabric and onto your clothing underneath.
The Accelerate has a 2.5 layer fabric construction, which gives you a decent amount of protection from the rain while still allowing you to have moderate breathability. You get your outer layer then under that, you get the coating that makes sure it's waterproof, allowing the rain to roll right off the materials. Finally, the 'half layer' is painted on and covers the entirety of the inside to help protect it from sweat and other oils. It feels just about the same as a jacket with a three-layer fabric, but it is going to be just a little less breathable, and you might feel a little clammier in this jacket. It is barely noticeable, but it is worth nothing. The Asics does have features throughout to combat the clamminess however and help keep you comfortable.
As mentioned above, you will get a decent amount of breathability thanks to the 2.5 layer fabric design. You might experience a bit of clamminess while you're running and sweating, but this can be combated by unzipping some of the strategically designed vents to increase the overall breathability drastically. This jacket will help keep you warm when it's cold and prevent you from overheating while you're exerting yourself.
It does a fantastic job at preventing any kind of discomfort by allowing you to stay dry if you get caught in the rain. It's also going to keep you relatively warm; however, if it is unusually cold, you might want to consider a decent base layer to keep you warm while you're heading out.
As this is a rather thin jacket, it isn't going to do a whole lot to protect you from the cold. It's ideal for temperatures between 30-45 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you are going down any lower than that, or if the wind is particularly bad, you can always pair it with a thick base layer top to ensure you're staying nice and toasty and will not freeze while you're getting your exercise in.
In addition to protection from the elements, you will also get to take advantage of the 360-degree reflective detail throughout the coat, making sure that you are going to be able to stay seen by others while you're on the go. This is especially important in you're heading out on a rainy day, or any other time where the lighting conditions are not that great. Making sure others can see you is crucial to your overall safety, helping reduce the risk of accidents.
Customers can appreciate the longevity of the jacket, being able to keep it as part of their running apparel for multiple seasons before it'll need to be replaced. This is especially appreciated when you take a look at the price tag. It is a bit on the steep side, even when compared to some similar products, but the high durability and fantastic function makes it well worth the extra cost. You might have to pay more than expected up front, but you aren't going to have to fork over that money again for a while, saving you a great deal of money in the long run.
Asics does provide customers with a size chart, so if you aren't sure what you should order, you can always take a look at that to help you make your decision. It appears that this top is running true to size so that should help you make your decision so you can get the best size for the perfect fit.
It has a rollaway hood so you can use it when you need to and tuck it away when you don't need it anymore. There are thumb loops and elastic cuffs so you can keep your sleeves where they need to be with no problems. You'll get a little storage thanks to the two zippered hand pockets on the size, allowing you to bring your essentials with your without the risk of losing them when you're running.
There are a broad variety of color options available for you to choose from so you can find one that will look great on you and match your personality. Since the zip-up is available in both men's and women's styles, you will be able to choose different colors depending on the version you order. Regardless of what color you want, you will have the Asics logo on the shoulder as well as reflective detailing all the way around, ensuring you stay visible when you're heading out on gloomy days.
Make sure that you are cleaning and caring for it according to the directions on the tag.
The coat can do an excellent job at keeping you warm if it's chilly, but if it drops down to below freezing you might want to consider a thermal base layer or even a different product all together since this one isn't going to be able to keep you as warm as you'd require for sub-freezing temperatures.
As mentioned above, you aren't limited to leading an active lifestyle while sporting this jacket. It comes in many different colors and has an overall stylish design so you can wear it as an everyday spring or fall jacket, or to shield you from the rain while running errands. There's almost nothing you can't do while wearing the Asics Accelerate.