Gear Review : Nike Aeroloft 800 running jacket
Well, in the UK it looks like winter has finally hit, with icy temperatures, arctic winds and those frigid days that follow clear nights.
Perfect timing then, as I was the lucky recipient of a Nike Aeroloft 800 running jacket for Christmas.
First off, it’s not actually a jacket. It doesn’t have sleeves or a hood. It’s designed as a ‘cool-weather’ layer for your core, and can be worn as an outer-layer in it’s own right, or under a shell jacket for when the conditions are really nasty. Also, the name sounds all ‘space-age’ but really its pretty simple – the jacket gets its name from the 800-fill ‘high lift’ goose down that is also responsible for giving the jacket it’s distinctive baffle look.
It’s also why it is so expensive. According to this article from Wikipedia, goose-down which has a ‘loft-rating’ higher than 750 is harvested BY HAND from the natural moulting of geese kept for breeding, rather than as a by-product from geese raised for commercial purposes. I guess you get what you pay for…
I’ve done a full review under my ‘Gear’ page, (follow this link), so below I’ve just summarised the key points:
- It’s lightweight, well tailored and has stretchy panels to fit your body well. There are added ventilation holes to help manage moisture, and the fabric is water-resistant and rip-stop so should be long wearing.
- It’s packable, just turn it inside out and compress it into the rear pocket, which also has a handy strap so you can wear it on your hand once you warm up.
- It’s very warm. In cold weather I wear a long-sleeve base-layer and a summer running shirt, but with this vest on I overheat on runs over 10C/50F unless they are slow runs. Add any hills or speedwork in there and you’ll want it to be 7C/45F if you don’t want to have to take it off.
- It’s pretty expensive for an outer-layer (£125/$180 RRP), but it is high quality and does perform well. I imagine we will see cheaper copies soon, but I doubt they will have the quality of down in them
Overall, I’m very impressed with my Nike Aeroloft 800 jackets (thanks Lovely Girlfriend!) and have been wearing it on all my runs recently, including a recent 2C/35F run in Milan. I know “Bernie gets to run in Milan while on work trips, how tough…”.
I’ve also worn it in light rain and not had a problem with the mesh bits, and most dirt/mud seems to come off with a damp cloth rather than needing a full wash. It’s a great jacket and I am really glad it is in my rotation of winter gear because it has made cold weather running really comfortable, however I am sure that the price is going to make a few people balk so I had to mark it down for that reason.
Nike Aeroloft 800 : Bernie’s Verdict – 8/10
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Posted on January 27, 2014, in Clothing, Gear and tagged cold weather running gear, nike aeroloft 800, nike running gear. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Gear Review : Nike Aeroloft 800 running jacket.