Need a lightweight jacket

I’m always on the look out for an excuse to buy more gear for running. And for the Ultras I’ll be running this year I’m going to need a lightweight, waterproof outer layer. Something that can pack away small, is light to carry and with a hood if possible.
It needs to be warm too.

I currently own a Montane Featherlite Smock – nice piece of kit, very light. But it’s more of a windproof than waterproof layer. It will handle a light shower, but I don’t fancy relying on it if I’m stuck in a downpour.


Visiting my local Cotswold Outdoor shop a week ago I noticed a nice looking possibility.  It’s a new product out this year from Rab.

Introducing the Rab Spark

Rab Spark

At 260 grams it’s fairly lightweight.  Waterproof and has a hood.

I want one!

It’s currently selling for £130, so I’ll keep my eyes open and see if I can find it on sale anywhere.

In the meantime I’ve bought a disposable poncho from ebay for a quid!  It ticks most of the boxes, but doesn’t look quite as cool 🙂

If anyone can suggest a good lightweight jacket for running that can rival the Rab Spark then I’m really keen to hear.  Please leave a comment below.



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