New Balances’s new Ultra Hooded Jacket is really designed to stand up to the weather and this means all types. Whether it is rain, wind, sleet, or even snow the Ultra really stood its ground for me. Material-wise, its 100% anti-snag nylon and this cuts wind really well and deals with rain pretty effortlessly. This makes it a great option for trail or road and honestly, it looks good enough to wear with jeans.
The Ultra jacket comes in two colors, a blue with orange trim that we tested and then an all neon green version. The blue with orange feels almost stylish especially with the little diagonal accent trim over a chest pocket. The green is definitely a high-viz for runners. It has a nice deep back as well which is not only good looking, but effective for keeping water from splashing up on you.
Functionally, the jacket packs away nicely and has an adjustable hood and hem line so you can tailor it to your needs. High marks for this one, really solid combination of form and function.
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