Asics Packable Jacket Review

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For those of you who love to get outside and get your workouts in but don’t want to let a little wind and rain stop you then you are in luck. Running jackets like the Asics Packable Jacket can help keep you dry and warm while you’re outside getting your cardio workout in. It’s loaded with great features to help keep you comfortable and protected while you’re out and about, including reflective detailing, a drawcord at the hem and hood, thumb holes, and elastic sleeve cuffs. Whether you’re an avid runner, outdoor enthusiast, or none of the above, this coat might be the perfect option for you if you are looking for a good looking, functional, and comfortable, lightweight jacket.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Adjustable hood cord

Drawcord at hem

Rain/wind resistant

Packable into pocket

Reflective accents

Cons

Moderate price tag

Limited color options

Materials

The Packable Jacket is made up of 100% polyester, which is the standard material used for this type of product. It is highly durable, constructed from strong fibers that will not rip and tear easily when snagged on a branch or other obstacle that might get in the way. This windbreaker is made using recycled polyester, so it is an excellent choice for those looking for an environmentally friendly option for their outerwear.

Polyester naturally does not retain water, and this product has an additional finish over the poly that gives it a little bit of rain resistance, so if you get caught in a light rain shower, you should be covered and able to stay relatively dry. That being said, if it is a particularly hard downpour the Asics won't keep you entirely dry, but since the materials don't hold water well, you will be sure to dry up rather quickly, getting back to the dry and comfortable jacket you started out with.

Comfort

One thing that most consumers can agree on is that this jacket is comfortable and great for those who want extra protection when they're out and about. It has a zip-up front which is ideal for getting the coat on and off with ease, but it is also going to help with temperature control, allowing you to open it up if you get too warm so you can let some air into it.

The attached hood offers you a decent amount of comfort, mostly in the way of preventing discomfort, as it is going to help keep you dry and keep the wind off your neck if you're heading out in gloomy weather. The drawcord allows you to adjust it as you see fit so you can achieve optimal comfort.

There's a drawcord on the hem of the jacket as well, allowing you to customize how it sits around your waist and place it where you want it. It truly is designed to help you stay nice and comfortable throughout your workout.

Protection

When heading outside for any kind of workout, including your daily jog, you want to make sure that you are as safe as possible. Thankfully the Asics Packable Jacket offers some great protective features that will help keep you safe and sound while you're hitting the roads.

As a jacket, you can be sure that it will protect you from the elements. It is wind and rain resistants so that it will shield you from the wet and cold. That being said, this is only moderate protection, so if you are stuck in a torrential downpour or are running in sub-freezing temperatures, you are not going to get the protection you might require. This product, however, is ideal for light rain showers and chilly spring and fall conditions.

The hood and hem feature a drawcord that can be pulled tightly enough to your body so you can prevent wind and water from entering your jacket and chilling you from the inside out. The same goes for the thumb holes and the banded wrist cuffs, and it will help keep your sleeves where they need to be so you aren't letting the elements in that way.

Another great protective feature this jacket offers you is reflective detailing throughout the design of it. It's designed to help make sure you are able to stay seen even if you're heading out on raining and gloomy days. You won't have to worry about others not being able to see you when you take off during low light conditions because the Asics features 360-degree reflectivity to make sure you're visible from any direction. Runners, especially, can appreciate this feature in their apparel.

Fit

The Asics Packable Jacket is designed for a more relaxed fit, meaning that it shouldn't be too tight on your body and you should have no problems with flexibility. That being said, you also shouldn't feel like it's too baggy and hanging off your body, causing the materials to flap in the wind when you're out for a run. You want to make sure that you find that happy medium.

Customers have stated that the jacket is running true to size so that should take a lot of the guessing out when trying to figure out what you should order for the perfect fit.

Durability

When you're spending your money on a running jacket, you want to try to make sure that it is going to be strong enough to withstand your active lifestyle. You want to get something that will be able to hand the weather outside and the beating you will put it through. The good news is, the Asics Packable Jacket is going to give you the strength and durability that you seek in this type of product. It is made of polyester, a durable material that will not tear easily and features an ergonomic hem augmentation to strengthen the seams so you won't have to worry about falling apart while you're out and about.

The price of this coat is about average when you compare it to some of the other running jackets out there, but it stands out a little thanks to the great features and incredible longevity, making it a pretty sound investment that your bank account will thank you for in the future. Customers do agree that it is a pretty good investment and have implied that they would happily make the purchase again.

Size

The Asics Packable Jacket comes in both men's and women's styles, and as such you will get a different set of sizes to choose from depending on what you are going to need for your particular body shape and size. The men's version of the coat is available in sizes small through XX-Large, and the women's style is available in extra small through extra large.

As previously mentioned, this product is known to run true to size so you should have no problems figuring out what you should order so you can get the best fit the first time you order. If you aren't sure, however, you can always check out Asics's sizing chart to help you along the way.

Weight

When heading out for a long run in the cold, you want to try to make sure that you aren't carrying along with any unnecessary weight that can slow you down or hold you back. Thankfully, the Asics Packable Jacket is ultra lightweight and will not feel like a burden when you head out wearing it. Unfortunately, there isn't any information on the exact weight of the product, but customers can agree that it feels virtually weightless when they're wearing it.

Don't let the lightweight construction fool you though. It will still give you a decent amount of protection while you're out and about. It is going to always be able to provide you with wind and rain resistance even though it's made out of thin, light materials.

Style

The Asics Packable Jacket comes in both men's and women's styles, and as such, you will get a variety of different color options to choose from depending on which one you decide to go with. Regardless of what you decide to wear, however, you will still get to take advantage of 360-degree reflective detailing integrated into the design so you can be sure to stay safe and seen while you're out in low light conditions.

The jacket features a hood with a drawcord that will let you adjust it as you need so it can stay in place when you're running. Additionally, you will find a drawstring along the hem of the jacket as well to give you personalization in the length and fit of your coat. The sleeves have thumb holes and elastic cuffs so you can be sure to keep them in place while you are out and about and preventing the wind and rainwater from riding up your sleeves cooling you down when you're trying to stay warm and toasty.

You will get a full-zip design so you can get the coat on and off with ease, as well as the ability to control your temperature. If you start to get warm, you can simply open the zipper a bit and let a little air in. If it gets too chilly, you can zip it up and be good to go.

One of the better design features is the fact that it has pockets. It has two hand pockets for you to carry your essentials with you when you head out. Additionally, there is a chest pocket that is ideal for a media player such as your phone. This pocket is also the one you will use when you want to fold your jacket up and store it. It is foldable into its own pocket for ease and convenience when you're traveling.

Maintenance

Taking care of your jacket is essential to making sure that it is going to last you a long time without deteriorating. That good news is that the Asics Packable Jacket is easy to clean and maintain so you can keep it looking and smelling fresh with ease. It is machine washable, but you're going to want to take a peek at the tags for instructions on how you should proceed when it comes time to throw it in the wash.

Of course, you can store the coat in your closet or on a rack as you might with most of your hoodies and zip-ups, however, this one has a rather unique feature, giving you an alternative to hanging it up. It has the ability to be folded up and fit into its own chest pocket, creating a little carrying back. You can easily throw this in your gym bag, your luggage, or hiking pack so that you can take it with you just about anywhere.

Use

There's almost nothing that you cannot do while you're wearing this coat. It is designed mostly for those who lead an active lifestyle and don't want a little rain and wind to keep them from getting out and doing the things they enjoy. It will give you an extra layer of protection between you and the elements, providing wind and rain resistance to help keep you dry in a light rain shower and warm on chilly days. The reflective detailing will also make sure you're able to stay relatively safe when hitting the streets when it is dark and gloomy outside.

That being said, some customers just love the look and feel of the zip up and choose to use it as their go-to jacket for the cooler temperature. It has a great style and is highly durable, which makes it an excellent option for just about anyone.

Bottom Line

If you're an avid runner and enjoy getting outside to get your workouts in then, you are in luck, and you aren't going to have to let a little rain and cold keep you indoors. With products like the Asics Packable Jacket, you can get outside and enjoy doing the things you love while still being able to stay relatively dry and warm while you're doing it. This zip-up is both rain and water resistant, saving you from getting soaked through during a light shower; however, heavy rain will still get you wet. It has a moderate price tag and high durability, making it an excellent choice for your running needs.