Last updated: 17-Aug-18
This style of insulated jackets incorporates areas of insulation and areas of stretch or fleece fabric. It creates a jacket that is lighter and thinner although, of course, they will not be as warm as fully-insulated jackets.
A hybrid jacket works well as an outer layer on warmer days and as a mid-layer on cold days. Hybrid insulated jackets are useful for ultra runners who are looking for a super lightweight layer before, during or after events.
It is also a jacket that can be worn when running on cold days. The fleece fabric allows for good breathability so sweat is less of an issue.
The Falke Hybrid jacket is insulated with synthethic Primaloft at the front, has arms and most of the back made of stretchy fleece-backed fabric and also incorporates a “Stretch Air” ventilation back panel.
Falke Hybrid insulated jacket – features
- Lightweight synthethic Primaloft insulation
- Insulation where needed at front and in high collar
- Fleece backed fabric on arms and back
- Stretch Air ventilation back panel
- Wind & water resistant
- Full front zip
- Slim fit
- Two zipped hand pockets
- Hi-viz detailing
- Male and female fit
- Price: £160
Photo credit: Falke.
Pros: What’s good about Falke Hybrid insulated jacket
This is a versatile and superbly lightweight jacket. I have worn it for running on cold days and as a layer of insulation after training. I find I get cold quickly after a run and need a layer to pop on to keep me warm until I get home.
The fit is nice and neat and as a UK10 I found the Small is the right size. Because it fits neatly it doesn’t flap around when wearing it and you can easily add an extra jacket layer over the top if conditions require that.
The jacket feels more like a fleece layer than a full-on insulated jacket and this makes it more wearable throughout the year.
The fleece fabric is soft on the skin and super stretchy so you have freedom of movement.
The Stretch Air ventilation back panel is a thoughtful addition. When working hard the first place to get sweaty is the back and this panel allows the sweat to quickly evaporate.
Likewise, the front insulation is a good design feature. This is where you will normally be buffeted by the wind so it keeps your body warm without need for extra insulation.
Primaloft is synthetic and this means that unlike traditional down it will keep you warm even when wet.
The zip can be comfortably zipped to the top because there is a patch of soft fabric to protect chin skin. I also like the high collar for days when it’s cool and blowy. Having a bit of weather protection around the vulnerable neck skin is such a good idea.
The two zipped hand pockets are useful for stowing bits and pieces, or for keeping your hands warm when you stop for a break or at the end of a chilly run.
Photo credit: Falke.
Cons: What’s not so good about Falke Hybrid insulated jacket
The jacket would be better with a hood. When running on a cold day it is the head that requires protection and I think this jacket is missing that essential feature.
Also, thumb loops would have added to the usefulness of the jacket for runners.
I am not entirely convinced that an insulated jacket is the right thing for running. I would normally wear a few baselayers and then a gilet but if you are looking for something that’s a bit different you might like to give it a try.
I think that £160 is a lot to pay for such a lightweight and minimalist jacket. I guess some of the cost is in the design but it is still pricey.
An innovative jacket that has been well designed and offers a light layer of weather protection and warmth. It can be worn as a lightweight, insulated jacket before of after training/races or as a warming layer for running on chilly days.
Other jackets you may want to consider:
Berghaus Ulvetanna hybrid hooded jacket
Jottnar mid-layer Alfar hooded jacket
Jack Wolfskin Thermosphere 11 jacket
The North Face Agave Mash-up Jacket
About the writer: Fiona is a keen runner, preferring off-road and hilly to flat and road. She lives in Scotland where the weather is fickle so needs to be prepared for all conditions.
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