Anyone who has experienced the runner's high knows that come wind or rain, snow or sleet, there isn't much that can stop a runner from lacing up and heading out for their daily meditation.

There are debates as to whether the runner's high even exists, or whether it's due to endorphins, or rather endocannabinoids — biochemical substances similar to cannabis that are naturally produced by the body — but the bottom line remains: there's a reason many of us get addicted to running, even if it can't be explained. Yet.

That said, it's important to support your running habit in as many ways as you can. The elusive promise of the fabled runner's high hiding just around the bend doesn't negate the fact that running is, well, hard. Supporting your daily mile meter means stepping into the proper shoes, stretching your muscles, properly fueling and, of course, finding the right running jacket.

This guide provides all the information you'll need to pick the best one for you, including weight, breathability, material, comfort and more.

Best Overall

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Arc'teryx Incendo Hoody
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$139.00

Although created specifically for mountain training and marginal weather, the Incendo is highly capable and adaptable, and comfortable in a variety of conditions. Featuring ultra-lightweight Lumin fabric, paired with a DWR finish for waterproofing, this jacket is built to resist wind and rain while dumping heat and maintaining breathability. Composite mapping technology strategically places mesh and Lumin fabric where they'll be the most effective, and the ergonomic fit of the Incendo combines freedom of movement with minimal resistance. At just over four ounces, you'll forget you have it on.

Weight: 4.4 ounces
Waterproofing: DWR finish
Material: Lumin fabric and mesh inserts

Best Upgrade

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Salomon S/Lab Motionfit 360 Jacket
$299.95

Long-distance runners require gear that's tailored to the grueling nature of 30+ mile runs, with details that offer support and comfort. Built for ultrarunners, Salomon's S/Lab Motionfit Jacket is meant to go the distance. The proprietary Pertex Shield membrane keeps any amount of water at bay, from light showers to downpours, and the Smart Vent feature allows you to fully unzip the jacket without the sides flapping out behind you, thanks to special tabs that keep the sides of the jacket connected. The entire jacket can be stowed (on the go) in the bottom elastic waistband, minimizing the need to fumble around while trying to stash the jacket.

Weight: 5.5 ounces
Waterproofing: Pertex Shield membrane
Material: 72% nylon, 28% elastane

Best Budget Running Jacket

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Smartwool Merino Sport Ultra Light Jacket
$120.00

The Merino Sport Ultra Light Jacket is a super comfy, ultra light option for any runner, from those just getting into the sport to ultra-running pros. Body-mapped panels of Merino Sport 150 mesh keeps things cozy and antimicrobial, while the recycled nylon outer shell paired with the DWR coating provides weather and wind protection. Reflective details increase visibility in low light conditions, and the entire jacket packs down into its right hand pocket for maximum storage capability.

Weight: 4.73 ounces
Waterproofing: DWR finish
Material: Nylon, merino wool, polyester

Best Lightweight Jacket

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Montbell Tachyon Parka
$99.00

The new and improved Tachyon Parka received some major upgrades this season, including Montbell's new 7-denier nylon fabric, featuring a manipulated weave that balances the ability to release heat built up in the jacket, while maintaining superior warmth. At just 2.5 ounces, this parka is lightweight, waterproof, and stowable for adventures on the go, rain or shine.

Weight: 2.5 ounces
Waterproofing: Polkatex DWR treatment
Material: 7-denier Ballistic Airlight nylon ripstop

Best Recycled Jacket

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Patagonia Houdini Jacket
$68.99

Patagonia is know the world over for its commitment making less of an impact by using recycled and sustainable materials, and the Houdini Jacket is a prime example. The 100 percent recycled nylon, Fair Trade Certified running jacket features a slim fit for better movement, an adjustable hood, half-elastic cuffs and a drawcord hem for finding the perfect fit, reflective details for safety and a DWR finish to top it all off.

Weight: 3.7 ounces
Waterproofing: DWR finish
Material: 100% recycled ripstop nylon shell

Best Pull-On Style

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Montane Prism Ultra Pull-On
$160.00

Full zips have their perks, but we love a good pull-on. At 7.1 ounces, this option from Montbell is not only lightweight and breathable, but also it's got 70 percent recycled PrimaLoft Silver Insulation, making it a do-anything, go-anywhere workhorse. A close-fitting collar and elasticated cuffs reduce heat loss, and it stuffs into its external chest pocket for enhanced packability.

Weight: 7.1 ounces
Waterproofing: DWR finish
Material: Barrier Lite RS Primaloft Silver insulation

Best Multi-Sport Jacket

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La Sportiva Hail Jacket
$179.00

If you're anything like us, you have multiple outdoor hobbies. Running and snowsports enthusiasts, La Sportiva's Hail Jacket is for you. Although it's got a slightly bulkier silhouette than some of the other options on this list, the Hail weighs only 6.3 ounces, making it a great layering piece for colder days. The soft finish of the oversized hood and collar provide extra warmth and comfort, and the 20,000mm of waterproofing keep you dry. This piece is not as breathable as other options, and is best for cold days in alpine climes.

Weight: 6.3 ounces
Waterproofing: EctoShell Light
Material: Nylon

Best City Jacket

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The North Face Winter Warm Jacket
$129.00

Those of us living in city environments face the age-old conundrum of wanting technical apparel to keep us warm on cooler days, without sacrificing aesthetics. The North Face's Winter Warm Jacket is able to sit in both worlds, with style notes like playful colorblocking combined with tech elements like 40 grams of Heatseeker Eco 70 percent post-consumer recycled polyester and a DWR finish.

Weight: 13.4 ounces
Waterproofing: DWR finsh
Material: 40 grams Heatseeker Eco: 70 percent post-consumer recycled polyester

Best Everyday Jacket

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Adidas Terrex Multi Rain.Rdy Primegreen Jacket
$90.00

There are running jackets that come around every once in a while that you just don't want to take off — a confluence of factors come together in some inexplicable way, unique to each of us. This option from Adidas tops quite a few of our lists, for a few reasons. It's made with Primegreen, the company's high-performance recycled material, and boasts a two-layered lined design to enhance breathability and durability. It also uses Rain.Rdy to channel water away from the body, allowing you to stay focused on what counts: your run.

Weight: N/A
Waterproofing: Woven into polyester
Material: Waterproof 100% recycled polyester

Best Winter Puffy

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Saucony Snowdrift 2.0 Jacket
$165.00

Saucony's Snowdrift 2.0 is ideal for runners who want a main dish of warmth with a heaping side of coziness. Complete with Primaloft Black and Thermoplume insulation (which retains heat even while wet), this puffy will keep you running even when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Fleece stretch panels along the side of the body regulate heat retention, and zip hand pockets shield chilly fingers from the elements.

Weight: Approx. 11 ounces
Waterproofing: Non PFC DWR
Material: 87g/ms 93% Recycled Polyester / 7% Spandex