Nike Essential Flash Review

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If you want to get out and enjoy the fresh air while you’re getting your workouts in but don’t want a little rain and wind to stop you, then you might want to consider picking up a nice, light running jacket such as the Nike Essential Flash. It has a Dri-FIT finish so you will not get soaked through if you get caught in a drizzle and it does a fantastic job at keeping the wind off of your skin, keeping you warm while you’re on the run. The hood is great, designed specifically for runners so your vision will not be obstructed, allowing you to stay alert. It has a full frontal zipper so you can get it on and off with ease and zip-up pockets to ensure your belongs remain safe and sound while you’re enjoying your exercise. Don’t let the price tag scare you. The longevity and excellent features make this jacket worth the cost, and customers seem to really like it.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Runner-specific hook

Zippered pockets

Reflective detailing

Full-front zipper

Water-repellant finish

Cons

High price tag

Limited color option

Materials

The Flash is made out of 100% polyester, which is typical for any kind of athletic apparel. It will not hold, so you are not going to have to worry about walking around all day soaking in your own sweat. The jacket features Dri-FIT technology that is going to help keep you dry while you are out and about. The water-repellant finish is designed to protect you from the rain if you happen to encounter some while you are out and about.

Polyester is ideal for clothing such as this because it is made out of a highly durable material. The fibers are strong because they are created by mixing different chemicals so you can get a sustainable thread that will not rip or tear easily. It is cheap to make so they can keep the price down for consumers, but comfortable enough to keep customers happy.

Comfort

Customers can appreciate the great pleasure they will receive while wearing this jacket. It offers you an excellent fit that is designed to let you move freely without feeling like you are being restricted at all. At the same time, it is not too baggy or loose on you so you are not feeling like you are swimming around in your top.

The water-repellant jacket keeps the moisture off of your skin while you are out and about and get caught in the rain. This is not so much going to bring you comfort, but it will prevent discomfort by keeping the rain off of you and keeping you nice and dry. Additionally, there are air vents on the upper back that help allow air to flow into the jacket with ease. This is going to help keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, giving your sweat a place to evaporate and escape to, keeping you dry from the inside as well.

This windbreaker comes with a hood that will help shield your head and neck from the elements, whether rain or wind. The cap is specifically designed with runners in mind, it will give you excellent coverage, but it will not impede your vision at all, allowing you to see where you are going without distraction.

Protection

When you are heading outside to do some running you want to make sure that your clothing is going to provide you with the protection that you need so you can stay safe while you are out and about. The good news, the Nike Essential Flash is going to provide you with a decent amount of features that are designed to keep you safe and protected while you are hitting the roads and trails.

The graphic design on the jacket does more than give you an aesthetically pleasing look, it allows pops with reflectivity, making sure that you are going to be able to be seen while you're out and about, especially if you are running in the rain and gloomy weather. It is crucial that others are able to see you when you're outdoors, and with the help of this jacket, they will be able to.

Of course, it is also going to help protect you from the weather around you. It is a lightweight coat, so it will help keep you warm, but is ideal for outdoor temperatures between 40-55 Fahrenheit, if you are heading out in the middle of winter in freezing conditions this is not going to give you the protection that you need. It is, however, great for your spring and fall runs, giving you a barrier between you and the wind and rain. It is going to help keep the elements off of your skin, keeping you warm and comfortable throughout the workout.

Fit

The Essential Flash brings you a relaxed fit that is designed to hang loosely on your body so it is not restricting at all. It is going to fit you snuggly enough that it is not getting in the way of your workout, but the loose fit will allow you to move more freely and comfortably while you're out and about.

This light jacket runs true to size so there should not be any problems with the way it fits as long as you are ordering your typical size, of course, you can always consult a sizing chart if you are unsure what you need for the perfect fit.

Durability

When ordering running apparel, or anything for that matter, you want to try to make sure what you are getting is durable and is going to last. The Flash is made out of 100% polyester to give you a steady base material that will not rip easily, allowing you to keep the top intact for quite a while before it needs to be replaced. Additionally, the stitching at the seams is strong enough so you are not going to have to worry about them coming apart, literally ripping at the seams.

This Nike product is running a bit on the high end of the cost spectrum when compared to some of the other running jackets on the market. It is made out of high-quality materials and has a robust construction so you will not have to worry about replacing it any time soon. Yes, you are going to be paying a little extra up front, but you will get a product that'll last you a while so you will actually be saving a little bit of money in the long run, making it a pretty good investment. Customers seem to be pleased with their purchase of this jacket.

Size

The Essential Flash comes in both men's and women's styles, and as such, they are available in a variety of different sizes in both styles so you can be sure to find a size that will fit your body type as comfortably as possible. You can purchase the women's style in sizes extra small through extra large. The men's jacket is available in small through extra, extra large. If you are unsure as to what size you should order for the perfect fit you can always consult the size chart Nike provides to customers, and the jacket runs true to size so that should help a lot when determining what to order.

Weight

This is a lightweight jacket, so you will not feel like you are being weighed down while you are outdoors running. There isn't a lot of information on how much it weighs, exactly, but consumers can agree that it feels almost weightless while they are wearing it. The good news is, the water repellant materials ensure that when you are caught in the rain it will not get soaked, weighing down the jacket anymore than it has to be. You should not have to feel like your clothing is holding you back, and with this jacket, you will not get that feeling.

Practicality

The Nike Essential Flash is a lightweight running jacket that is marketed towards those who like to get outside and head out for their runs, regardless of the weather. It is geared more for those who want to workout outdoors when it is a bit chilly and rainy, great for when the temperature sits between 40-55 degrees Fahrenheit. Of course, you are not limited to exercising when you wear it, some folks just like the look and prefer this as their go-to spring jacket for the outstanding comfort and water resistant design. Of course, the coat will do it's best to keep you dry, but keep in mind that it is not a raincoat and as such will not keep you entirely dry if you get stuck in a downpour. It is more designed for light rains.

The coat comes with a hood which many people like because it can give them a little extra protection from the elements while they are out and about. It will go up and cover your head and has a cinch cord to keep it in place. You are not going to have to worry about the cap getting in the way of your field of vision as you will want to make sure you can see where you are going so you do not run into any unexpected obstacles.

One thing that customers love about the product is that it has pockets. There are two zippered side pockets on the seams that will hold your essentials that you will need when you are heading out. The perfect size to fit your phone, keys, ID, or anything small that you might need. The zipper will make sure that it stays safely in your pocket and will not fall out while you are pounding the pavement.

Style

This lightweight running jacket has long sleeves with a runner-specific hood so you can get the coverage you need without hindering your field of vision. It features a full-front zipper so you can get the coat on and off with ease, as well as help with temperature regulation while you're mid-workout. There are two pockets, one on each side, located at the seams. The pockets zip closed so you can keep your belongings safe and sound while you are on the run. Additionally, there is a curved drop-tail hem that gives you a little extra coverage in the back of the coat, being just a little bit longer on the backside.

This jacket is available in both black and thunder blue, regardless of if you are purchasing the men's or the women's, they both have the same two color choices. Some consumers would have liked to have seen a couple more options, but for the most part, they are content with these two options they have available. Whether you choose the blue or black, it features a 'dizzy camo' graphic design that pops, giving you a little bit of a design on the sleeves and hood of the jacket. It does more than looks excellent though, and this graphic gives you a decent amount of reflectivity so you can be sure to stay seen when you are heading out in low light conditions.

Maintenance

It is super easy to keep this jacket nice and clean. It is machine washable so you can pop it in the wash when it is dirty so you can keep it nice and fresh for your runs. As long as you are taking care of the coat, it will last you a while and will not need to be replaced. You'll want to make sure that you are washing it according to the tags.

Use

If you like to go outside and get your workouts in, then this might be a great jacket for you. It is designed for getting out in the cooler temperatures (between 40-55 degrees Fahrenheit). It can keep you dry thanks to the Dri-FIT technology, allowing the water to roll right off of you instead of soaking through. Of course, you will not want to wear this top if it is raining hard outside, as it will not be able to protect you from a downpour like that. It is, however, great for light rain, keeping the moisture off of you and keeping you comfortable.

Bottom Line

If you're an avid runner and love to be outside, you are not going to want a little chill or light rain to stop you from getting out and doing what you love. The Nike Essential Flash is a lightweight jacket that is designed for those who like to get out and revel in the fresh air while running, even in the rain and cold. It will keep you dry thanks to the water repellant finish and the long sleeves and hood can help keep you warm. There are air vents on the back so you can get a decent amount of air flow into the jacket so you can stay fresh inside the jacket without getting too cold. The wonderful fitting coat is comfortable and practical, making it a great addition to your running gear.