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Inov8 Stormshell running jacket review: high-performing kit with excellent features

A superb all-rounder, the Inov8 Stormshell running jacket is ideal for experienced or long-distance trail runners

Inov8 Stormshell
(Image: © Inov8)

Our Verdict

A serious investment, but one that really pays off if you regularly run in a range of conditions all year round. This jacket is a high-performing piece of kit with excellent features that will improve your run.

For

  • Great all-rounder
  • Breathable
  • Waterproof
  • Soft fabric

Against

  • Lacks reflective detail

Inov8 Stormshell: first impressions 

On initial inspection, the Inov8 Stormshell seems as close as it gets to an all-round running jacket. The well-considered design has extra features that make it handy for an array of climates throughout the year, but it really comes into its own in challenging conditions. 

The silky smooth jacket does come at a price, and for a new runner there are probably better entry options among our best running jackets buying guide selection. However an experienced, long-distance runner will certainly appreciate all the features that it offers.

Specifications

• RRP: $230 (US) / £180
• Gender specificity: Male / Female versions
• Weight (variable by size): 6.2oz / 175g
• Colors:
Men’s Black / Blue / Red Women’s Black / Blue / Red / Pink
• Compatibility: Trail running, waterproof, windproof, reflective, breathable, lightweight, soft fabric

Inov8 Stormshell: on the trails 

Inov8 Stormshell

The Inov8 Stormshell in action on the Scafell Corridor route (Image credit: Tom Room)

As we thought, on test this jacket turned out to be really good all-round performer, with a range of excellent features. 

Small thumb holes at the end of the sleeves mean you can easily pull the jacket down over your hand to help keep yourself warm on chilly mornings, and so that you don’t have to burden yourself with carrying gloves around in your pocket for most of your run. 

A well-fitted hood and high front zip means the jacket can quickly envelop you when the weather takes a turn for the worse, so only a small portion of your face is exposed to the elements. 

The lightweight and breathable fabric means this jacket is very easy to wear. The jacket comes in black as well as some brighter colors. The logos are all reflective but a couple of additional reflective strikes would make for a valuable addition. 

As well as being a great all-rounder and all-season running jacket, the Inov8 Stormshell also kept me dry during a lot of hikes in the Lake District. The lightweight and super breathable fabric were perfect as a thin extra layer when I reached the top of climbs or descents, whether I was running or walking; it’s perfect if you take a layering approach. (See also: why is layering important?)