Arcteryx Incendo Jacket Review
With cooler weather around the corner for many of us runner’s, it’s time to check our closets and see if a new running jacket is in the cards. If the answer is yes, there are a lot of options out there, but remember that all running jackets are not created equal. While Arcteryx hasn’t always played in the running space, the products they are coming out with are solid, great quality and fit.
I’ve been testing out the Arcteryx Incendo Jacket on some of the cooler days here in the Front Range of Colorado. Temps have been hitting mid 40’s for the lows which is a great time to do running jacket testing. The Incendo Jacket by Arcteryx is made from a super lightweight material making it feel like you are wearing almost nothing at all. The material is more textured, so when you sweat, the material doesn’t stick to your skin. If you’ve ever run in a jacket where the nylon fabric sticks to your skin, you arms end up feeling as cold as if you weren’t wearing a jacket at all. Not so in the Incendo Jacket. If you end up running into rain or snow, the fabric is water resistant so you stay somewhat dry, but remember the mesh will welcome the precipitation in. The total weight of this jacket is 4.2 oz. which is super light compared to other jackets on the market. As you can imagine, the Incendo jacket smushes down to a tiny ball and is easy to store in a running pack or even in the palm of your hand if you heat up too much.
For ventilation, there is a mesh material that sits underneath the armpit and extends out to the elbow on the arm and it goes down about 12 inches on the side of the jacket. Typically I would warm up a little too much on 55 F degree days while running, but I found this ventilation to do the trick for temperature management. The cuffs of the Arcteryx Incendo are elastic except for on the top of the hand allowing for a nice fit, not too tight and not too loose. With the nights coming earlier, running in the dark is something we all have to face at one point or another. To help keep you visible, the designers put two pieces of reflective taping on the back, one piece of reflective taping on each arm near the hand, and the Arcteryx logo is reflective. For key and/or phone storage, there is a zippered pocket on the side of outside of the jacket that is big enough to fit an iPhone5. There is a small hole that goes from the pocket to to the inside of the jacket for headphones as well. If you get too much bounce or you want to get a more trim fit, there is a draw cord on the hem of the jacket to get a more precise fit.
The fit of the Arteryx Incendo jacket is semi-fitted, but I would not put it in the category of European sizing where most Americans have go up a size. I am 6’0 and 173lbs and a medium fit me perfect.
My overall impression of the Arcteryx Incendo jacket is excellent. This jacket rocked and it will definately go into my running jacket rotation as the temperatures start to fall.