In the most recent ASICS FrontRunner kit drop I was gifted a LITE-SHOW VEST – best described as a gilet. As an initial disclaimer, I cannot recall ever owning a gilet in the past. In all honesty, I have never really seen the point in them. If the conditions were that bad, I would find it hard to justify wearing anything other than a waterproof jacket. That said, having tried and tested the ASICS LITE-SHOW VEST in some miserable weather, I have been converted to the benefits of this extra layer. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the best features of this product and convince you that this gilet is an essential winter piece of kit.
- The LITE-SHOW VEST has a good collar on it, including additional material that covers up the zip when fully done up. This may seem like a minor point, but on those wet and windy trail running afternoons the need for comfort often trumps all else. This collar protects your neck from the worst of the conditions, while the zip cover stops any kind of chaffing. A simple but effective design.
- There are several reflective strips on the LITE-SHOW VEST. This is a key feature for any item of winter running clothing. Being able to be seen out on the trails and/or roadside is important for everyone’s safety. But what ASICS have done well is to integrate these reflective strips into the overall design of the gilet. The colour and placement of these strips add to the visual aesthetic of this product, rather than detracting from it.
- This gilet is particularly light in weight, featuring a 3-layer softshell fabric on the chest. As a result, this product adds a layer of warmth and protects you against the elements without compromising your forward progress. This remains the case when saturated from a downpour. It also dries off quickly and is easy to stuff into a bag for a weekend of outdoor pursuits.
Why do you need a gilet?
In short, a gilet adds an extra layer that can keep you warm during those blustery winter miles. Given that the LITE-SHOW VEST is windproof (and somewhat water-resistant too), it allows you to keep warm and dry without having to overheat in a waterproof jacket. Despite many of the high-end running jackets being advertised as “breathable,” they tend to feel like you’re in the sauna when it’s warmer than predicted. What I have come to discover is that owning a gilet provides an unrivalled level of versatility when heading out for a winter run. Instead of being too cold in a long sleeve top or too hot in a waterproof jacket, you can achieve perfect balance by wearing a gilet. As a final point, the LITE-SHOW VEST can also be used effectively when out on the bike, making it a good addition to any triathlete’s winter wardrobe.
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow from Exeter
Club: South West Road Runners / Exeter Triathlon Club
Coach: Phil Wylie
Winter Run LS Hoodie Reviewby Robert Mann / Dec. 29, 2022
Part of being an ASICS FrontRunner means that I get sent kit at different points of the year (wahoo!). These kit drops tend to be seasonal, with the latest instalment being geared towards winter. In my opinion, the standout piece of kit in this instalment has been the ASICS Winter Run LS Hoodie. The aim of this review is to make you as excited/mad about this piece of kit as I am in the header image!