Saucony sent over this epic run jacket a couple months ago, but it took a while for the Florida weather to get cold enough to try it out. After a couple of night runs in Florida, it’s gotten a lot of use on my holiday trip to St. Louis.
While the incredible visibility of this jacket usually gets top billing, my favorite thing about it is the amount of control it gives me over my core temperature. Made from 100% woven polyester with a durable water repellent (DWR) coating, the Epic jacket is very light and when paired with a thin base layer is quite warm down to at least 20 degrees. I’ve yet to test it at a lower temperature, but with a thicker base layer or the addition of a middle layer, I’m certain this jacket makes a superb outer layer even in sub zero conditions. Small adjustments using the zipper result in fine control over air flow. This is exceptionally handy when switching from running into a head wind to running with a tail wind.
I won’t lie. The bright orange color is hard to miss and I took a little flak from my run buddies the first time I showed up to our regular Wednesday evening run wearing this jacket. I was the one laughing, however, when they had to slip their reflective vests on over their jackets. With reflective piping down the sleeves, along the zipper, and on mesh panels on the shoulders and back hem, this jacket just about completely replaces the need for any other reflective clothing while running at night.
As an added bonus, the jacket includes an LED light that fits snugly into a slot pocket on the sleeve. The LED light operates in both steady and blinking mode. It’s not quite bright enough to light your way along a dark road, but it does make you a heck of a lot more visible to anyone else sharing that road. The coolest thing about the LED light? It plugs into any standard USB port to recharge! Of course, it lasts so long that I haven’t had to use that feature yet.
Saucony’s line of ViZi-PRO gear is a great addition to the gear bag of any runner who runs at night. I’m very excited about having this jacket and the ViZi-PRO Drylete long sleeved sport top with me on the Ragnar Relay next week. You can also get ViZi-PRO gloves, arm warmers, tights, tops, hats, headbands and shoes. My only request is ViZi-PRO shorts. We Floridians have to run half naked in the dark during the summer!
***Disclaimer: The jacket was complimentary, but the opinions are solely mine. I sure do like it. If I didn’t, I’d tell you that.***