Odlo – PrimaLoft Loftone Jacket

The first thing I thought when I took it out of the package was: “Goodness. That’s very pink. And orange.”

Then I gave it a squeeze and lo! it was like the softest sleeping bag for my torso I’d ever felt. This jacket is ace. I wasn’t sure when I first saw it – or when I first tried it on – but I’m totally sold now.

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Let me start with its looks. It’s extremely flattering: very slim-fit and nipped in at the waist without being tight, cut slightly higher at the front than the back so your bottom is sort of covered, ish, and with a cute little turtle-neck that looks good and doesn’t interfere with your chin too much when you’re bobbing along the running track.

The only feature I’m not quite sure about is the flaps on the shoulders. It’s not that they look odd; they don’t. I’m just not sure what they’re for. There’s no cooling mesh underneath to create air flow; there’s just a flap at the top of each arm. Who knows?

Odlo has added some nice touches to this jacket, like the zip collar at the top of the neck. The zip hides in a little pocket so the wind and rain doesn’t get in.

The front of the jacket is shiny and downy, and isn’t waterproof but is definitely a little water resistant (my phone stayed dry in a downpour in my pocket). It’s windproof, so when you’re running into the wind you stay warm – too warm in many cases. I often unzip half-way because I hate being too hot when I’m running. Cold-blooded runners will love it though, it’s toasty.

And I’d imagine it’s perfect for skiing (it’s also aimed at skiers, but I’m not a skier so I can’t really comment).

The back is a stretchy fabric panel that lets air flow through and moves with you, so you’re not restricted when you’re running, twisting or turning. It’s very comfortable.

There are a couple of little reflective slashes on the front, but I can’t imagine they’re very visible – if pushed, I’d say Odlo could add more of these reflective pieces along the seams. I felt a bit invisible during a nigh time running session during a recent stay in Cork.

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There’s only one pocket on the right-hand side, but it’s roomy. Plenty of room for a phone, keys, wallet and a couple of energy bars – and a small map, I’d wager. Inside the pocket is also a little star-shaped rubber hole for your earphones, if running with music is your thing.

And finally, the sleeves. They’re a generous length – and then there’s an extra few inches of bright orange fabric with a thumb hole cut through them, so you can keep the meat of your hands warm. Ish. And on the left sleeve, there’s a watch slit too (although I wear a watch on my right hand, so it’s not much use to me).

The sleeves are a nice touch, but I did find that my fingers got very cold indeed. So if I had a request it would be that Odlo adds a mitten-esque flap that you could fold over all your fingers if you want – or just have the thumb hole if it’s not that cold.

Odlo says it gives ‘warmth without bulk’ – and it’s true. The jacket is really lightweight so it’s good for travelling. By my non-scientific and very rough reckoning, it weighs about as much as my iPhone 5s. So not much. It wasn’t quite as diminutive as I thought it would be, but it does fold down fairly small. When squished up, it just about fits into my dressing gown pocket.

Another bonus if you’re a treehugger like me is that it’s made of 70% recycled materials.

And the colours? I actually really like them. Bright pink and orange is kinda funky. The jacket also comes in charcoal grey, white and dull gold, and blue and dull gold… but they’re quite, well, dull really. Give me bright summery colours any day.

Verdict? At £150 this jacket is not cheap – but I reckon it’s worth the investment. I love it. And I didn’t expect to.

5-hammers Price:£150
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3 thoughts on “Odlo – PrimaLoft Loftone Jacket

  • March 16, 2015 at 9:08 am
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    Come on, £150 for a running jacket???? Get in the real world. Any running jacket is going to end up getting hot and sweaty, the best it can do is provide an extra layer. As your reviewer states above, it isnt actually waterproof which just about all lightweight running jackets arent, at best they offer a bit of wind protection and can be a bit shower proof.

    Go into Decathlon, Up and Running and you can get a decent running jacket for £20, £30 if you want to be really plush. For that type of money I could keep myself in six months of running trainers.

    Question for your reviewer, have you tried any other running jackets and was it really that superior and would you honestly spend £150 of your own cash on a running jacket?

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  • March 16, 2015 at 1:48 pm
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    It is on the expensive side of things, but it’s not priced too far above branded competitors for breathable winter running jackets.
    http://mensrunninguk.co.uk/gear/5-winter-running-jackets/

    You’re right that somewhere like Decathlon which sources and sells direct can charge less, and I’d say that their nearest equivalent would be this for £40:
    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/elioplay-3-in-1-rain-jacket-id_8311595.html

    So then it comes down to a matter of comfort. Perhaps we could look to do a compare and contrast between the branded and unbranded insulated breathable jackets, and determine if the extra spend is worth it.

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  • March 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm
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    Very difficult to judge, but I’d be willing to put my £15 Decathlon jacket which I’ve had for about 7 years to the test – bit late in the year now though, as obviously being all manly it is now spring in my world, so I am now running in a 1980s style string vest;).

    If it was a walking jacket, then yes, I get it, something windproof, breathable and preferably goretex is well worth the extra cost as there is nothing worse that getting sweaty when on a long walk. But the majority of runners do not run beyond an hour, or up to four hours if on a long run. And here is the thing, when you run you get very sweaty, so there is a load of moisture inside and unless the jacket works miracles it is not going to wick that amount of moisture away whilst still being waterproof and lightweight. My recommendation for running is to get a cheap lightweight jacket over a couple of thin layers; if you start to get cold then you’re not trying hard enough;)

    The only way I could see this type of expensive jacket being worth its while is for ultra trail runners, who are typically out training in excess of four hours and have to keep a deliberate steady pace, so warm and windproofing becomes an issue. I still think at that money then it should have a better level of waterproofing though.

    As for the actual review, I’m sure it does everything it says on the tin, but I’m equally sure cheaper jackets could as well.

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