Product Review: Brooks Running Nightlife Jacket


Fabric: Aireplex II (100% polyester with Teflon® DWR coating)


The restyled NightLife Jacket comes armed with 360 degrees of 3M™ Scotchlite™ 500 candle-power retroreflectivity and loads of features. It offers enhanced visibility and peace of mind for you—or someone you love.

• Fit: Semi-fitted
• Water- and wind-resistant
• 360 degrees of 3M™ Scotchlite™ retroreflectivity
• New Brooks retroreflective “See Me” logo on back
• Moisture-proof internal MP3 pocket
• Invisible chest pocket for lip care and I.D.
• Secure side zip pockets to stow essentials
• Full front zip with storm guard with zipper garage

Living in the Midwest, endurance athletes contend with extremes of weather, ranging from bone-chilling cold to hot, humid days and nights. One of the most difficult times are the shoulder seasons between Winter and Spring  and again between Fall and Winter. A run can begin in freezing temps, only to become toasty when (if) the sun peeks out. Layering is key, and the right jacket can make the difference between a pleasant and an uncomfortable experience. Recently, Brooks Running sent me a Nightlife Jacket to try out. This jacket does double duty for me, as a weather barrier as well as high visibility apparel for my many dark runs.

First Impressions: When I opened the box from Brooks, I was amazed at how bright this jacket was, definitely not for wallflowers or shy runners, this thing screams for attention. As mentioned, since most of my runs are in the dark, this is a very good thing.

I used the Nightlife for runs ranging from an easy taper run of several miles to my recent half-marathon, in dark, sun, wind, rain, and, almost, hail (just missed it!). This jacket withstood everything with aplomb, keeping me dry and warm through all of it. While perfect in the execution of its duties, this jacket is light enough to scrunch up and carry for several miles with no problem (as I had to do at the Monster, see below).

A minor complaint on the run became a much-appreciated positive on the bike. The forearms seem to have a more wind-repellent effect, without a consequent moisture removal. This is the one area that consistently got wet with sweat on the Nightlife (inside to out) and, while not uncomfortable, was a minor flaw. However, on the bike, along with the longer tail, the extra wind blocking became a much-appreciated benefit.

The ability to use the Nightlife Jacket for both running and cycling is one of the highlights. The fact that it is comfortable across a wide range of temperatures is another. Add in high visibility and a flattering cut and Brooks Running has a winner on their hands. I highly recommend this jacket if you have the need for a light, weatherproof shell for running and cycling.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog – courtesy of Brooks Running. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)

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