Asics Lite-Show Jacket Review
As daylight fades away in winter, we are forced to spend more of our miles running in the dark. The Asics Lite-Show line was designed to create the ultimate in reflectivity from head to toe, without the gaudiness that comes with other “reflective” apparel. The line includes hats, shirts, jackets, pants, tights, shoes, and more. This review is specific to the Asics Lite-Show Jacket, which is surprisingly comfortable on cool weather days and nights. (See review of the Lite-Show Tight here.)
My favorite part of the Asics Lite-Show Jacket is the Stretch-Tech fabric. This fabric, along with the ergonomic design, allows for easy movement even with arms flailing on technical terrain. The fabric is made of 86% Nylon and 14% Spandex, with an inner brushed tricot lining for added comfort and warmth. The jacket also has a DWR coating to repel light moisture (Note: this is not your go-to jacket for heavy rainfall). I have found that this jacket is ideal in temperatures in the high 30s, low 40s with a light tee underneath.
The Lite-Show Jacket has 360 degrees of reflectivity through a flatlock thread that is sewn in to the jacket. The Lite-Show technology is designed so that light rays bounce directly back to the source from any angle. The thread is permanently reflective, so it will not wash out or fade over time. The thread lines are strategically placed for increased visibility while in motion.
Other Features of the Asics Lite-Show Jacket
The jacket has two front zipper pockets that are each about 6” by 8”. The Lite-Show Jacket is advertised as having a “media pouch” which just means that there is an interior hole in the top of one of the pockets so you can keep your headphone cord inside the jacket, and out of the way while running. The pockets run right down to the bottom of the full-length front zipper, which allows for ample storage; however, heavy objects have a tendency to bounce around. This may upset the iPhone wielding Strava lovers. The jacket also has a zipper garage to keep from rubbing against your neck when fully zipped.
This is a very comfortable jacket that performs well while running and still looks good off the track. It is reasonably priced (MSRP: $110) and is a solid pick for the late fall / early winter category.
For more information about the Asics Lite-Show Jacket, please visit AsicsAmerica.com.