An amazing value jacket with a few less-well-designed features for wet weather runners, but the downsides are easy to overlook at this price.
Very low price
2 side pockets
NA little heavier than others
No storm flap behind main zip
Zip pulls a little small for grabbing with gloves on
No hood adjustment
No hem or cuff adjustment
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Evadict Trail Running Waterproof: first impressions
Wow, what a bargain! The Evadict Trail Running Waterproof Rain Long-Sleeved Jacket (to give it its full name) from Decathlon is only a tiny bit heavier and a little less well-featured than some of the other best lightweight running jackets we tested, but if you don’t mind that, and you’re on a budget, here’s your perfect match.
“Why such a low price tag?” you might wonder. “What is it missing compared to the others that cost twice the price?”
The main points to consider are the lack of a full storm flap behind the water-resistant zip. This zip will keep out light rain and drizzle for a good while, but faced with an oncoming heavy downpour high in the mountains, there’s a reason the more expensive jackets provide the increased weather protection of a storm flap. This one stops around the collarbone area which can catch on the jacket when you want to zip it right the way up; only a tiny thing, but it’s amazing what can get to you when you’re tired and your hands are frozen-fumbling in the cold.
Finally the main zip and two side pocket zippers are very short – it’s best to have a pull cord on them so you can use them easily with running gloves on. If you don’t mind these drawbacks, then this is an amazing value jacket.
• RRP: $92 (US) / £70 (UK)
• Weight (Men’s size L): 210g / 7.4oz
• Colors: Men’s: Black; Women’s: Yellow
• Hydrostatic Head: 10,000mm
• Breathability: 10,000 g/m2
• Compatibility: Budget waterproof for use in low-level hills not high, remote mountains
Evadict Trail Running Waterproof: on the trails
Actually running in this jacket we did notice it was a little rustly compared to the more expensive models which use softer, less crinkly fabrics, and the feel next to bare skin was slightly more plasticky so it was nicer wearing a long-sleeved top underneath.
However, it felt just as waterproof as other 10,000mm Hydrostatic Head jackets when used in the pouring rain, unless we were out for a very long time in which case the lack of storm flap meant some water ingress eventually through the water-resistant main zip, from the top at the chest area.
Also, when grabbing for the short zipper pulls with gloves on in the cold at the top of various Peak District summits and edges it became apparent that longer zip pulls are really really handy!
It was nice to have two pockets, but to save weight we could definitely sacrifice one. Long term it will be interesting to see how durable this much cheaper jacket will be. Will the stitching, fabric and durable water-repellent coating hold up to the test of time? Well, you could buy two jackets for the price of one more expensive one, but that’s not so good for the environment. The choice is yours…
The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films packed with trail- and ultra-running content. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, her first book The Ultimate Guide to Trail Running 5k to 50k is out in January 2021. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.
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