There’s no way around it, £350 is a sizeable spend for a lightweight running jacket. If you want a waterproof layer that won’t let you down, though, you won’t go far wrong with the Norvan LT (men’s and women’s sizes/colours available).
The jacket features Gore-Tex fabric with Gore C-Knit backing and we can honestly say that on drizzly runs and in one heavy downpour this jacket didn’t let a drop of water in it. That extended to the seams and zip area, too. We even resorted to standing under a power shower and still saw no water ingress!
Additional features include one zipped front pocket and an adjustable hood, plus the elastic cuffs and collar allowed movement without letting water in.
As you’d expect from a waterproof shell, the jacket is lightweight and easily packable and, although you don’t get loads of features such as multiple pockets, that all helps keep it portable.
We stashed this in our trail running pack and found it reassuring to have a high-performing layer on longer adventures – something that will undoubtedly appeal to those taking on ultras or multi-stage runs or hikes.
We also found it handy in cold winds, providing a good outer layer. Although it rustled a bit when moving, the articulation and breathability were good.
This pear-shaped female tester would have liked a little more room on the hips in the female fit, but it’s a minor quibble.
Verdict: Top performance, but the price point makes it a considered purchase.