Craft Storm Jacket Review
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When the temperatures drop below freezing and you have to get in your workout, it’s important to the have the proper gear to keep you warm while not impeding your movement. I’ve been testing out the Craft Storm Jacket which is a performance fleece jacket that works great in outdoor aerobic activities in colder temps. When the temperatures started to drop and the snow started to fall in the mountains of Colorado this season, I wanted to see if this jacket is worth all the hype Craft touts. That said, I went out for a trail run up Jones Pass near the Continental Divide where the snow and winds were strong at work and the wind chill was approximately 10 degrees Fahrenheit. At the beginning of the run, it was your standard Rocky Mountain trail run in the snow, but as I got higher in elevation, the winds picked up and the temperatures started to drop. With the windproof front in the Storm Jacket, I was able to maintain my core heat while allowing the excess heat to escape through the non windproof back. When it comes to high energy activities in the colder windy weather, I really like the jackets that are windproof in the front, yet are able to vent in the back because it prevents sweat buildup that can weight you down and chill you to the bone.
I have also been able to test this jacket out while hiking in temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As hiking typically doesn’t generate as much body heat as running, I typically wouldn’t use this jacket if the temperatures drop below 25.
Some of the features that we liked in the Storm Jacket by Craft include the reflective stripes, a drawstring around the waste, two fleece lined side pockets and as mentioned previously, the windproof front of the jacket. The Reflective stripes are nice for night running when you want to be seen, the draw string around the waste is nice to keep cold air from contacting the core, and the fleece lined pockets are nice in case you don’t have gloves or just want to stash some small goods. The fit of the Storm Jacket is fairly snug; I am 6’0 and 175lbs and a large fits me best. I think the Craft Storm jacket is fairly priced because it is able to be used in a number of activities and the jacket overall is well made. For more information, please visit www.craftsports.us or www.amazon.com/craftsports.