Fitbitch Reviews: Kamleika Women’s Race Jacket

The race jacket

With one of the wettest months in years, many of you have experienced a soaking while exercising outdoors or running recently. And even with a brief burst of sunshine now, in Spring it is always tricky knowing what to wear on a long run.

Wear too much and you get hot and have to carry your jacket around your waist. Not enough and you run the risk of getting cold, or more likely at the moment, bone-shiveringly soaking wet.

And then there is the whole issue of wearing something waterproof only to find yourself soaking because your jacket doesn’t wick away sweat. Even when it says it does.

Which is why this jacket, by the organisers of Snowdonia’s Original Mountain Marathon, is worth every penny.

Any rain, from a drizzle to a downright deluge, runs off this jacket like water off a duck’s back. But more importantly, you can run and even sprint wearing this and the inside of the jacket remains bone dry.

And that is a very, very rare property in a running jacket. And believe me, I’ve tried loads in my years during which I’ve skied, run, mountain biked and just plain hiked in them.

As you might expect of a company that puts on a race in the variable conditions of Snowdonia, where the elements can suddenly change in seconds, every little detail of this jacket has been brilliantly thought out.

With velcro fastenings at the cuffs to keep out the cold on the arms, a drawstring at the bottom, as well as a two way zip which means you can udo the jacket from the bottom for air circulation. And then there is the hood.

Anyone  who exercises or runs regularly will get what I’m saying here. There is nothing more irritating than putting your jacket hood up, only to turn your head and find yourself looking at the inside of your hood.

This hood moves with you, and it doesn’t even flop over your face as you run staying perfectly in place.

At £150, this jacket is more expensive, and then some, than your average running jacket. But then it is so superior in terms of quality and performance, it is not your average jacket.

I don’t think I’ll be trying any other running jacket brand for quite some time.