Anyway, back to winter and running. You're right, the new generation of "soft-shell" garments may indeed prove useful to you. As I've mentioned in this column before, I rode my bike the past two winters in Seattle wearing a Cannondale jacket made with Polartec Power Shield. Basically it's completely windproof, sheds water well, and breathes nicely. Of course, Seattle winters aren't like Ottawa winters, but I find that I can wear a light T-shirt, the Cannondale jacket, and be good for a two-hour night ride down to the mid-30s. Adding more base layers would make the jacket that much warmer.
REI makes a lovely Power Shield piece called the One Jacket, which sells for $198 (www.rei.com). Its only downside as a cold-weather running jacket is that it comes in fairly muted colors, so you might want to add a reflective vest or something of that sort. Marmot's Super Hero Jacket uses Power Shield and Gore Windstopper to create a really nice all-conditions piece that sells for $225 (www.marmot.com). It's designed more with high-activity stuff in mind than REI's One, so might be a good choice. Pricey, I know, but I think you'd get good use out of it.
Meanwhile, don't forget to enjoy summer!
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