Minimalist footwear brand Inov-8 looks to expand into all things run related with a new trail running apparel collection for Fall 2013. With a complete range of layers for both men and women, the line makes use of the latest in technical performance fabrics to create a minimalist yet highly functional design. The star piece in the collection is the Race Elite Thermoshell jacket for both men and women.
The Race Elite Thermoshell trail running jacket is filled with PrimaLoft Sport insulation to offer warmth with added water resistance while being highly compressible at the same time. The fine fibers of the PrimaLoft insulation form tiny air pockets that trap body heat and keep the cold out while also creating a tight surface tension that resists moisture penetration.
A Pertex Quantum shell offers superior wind resistance with a good balance of strength and durability to weight. The surface is treated with a DWR finish to enhance water resistance and help the running jacket to dry faster if it does happen to get wet.
The Thermoshell jacket is completely reversible thanks to Inov-8’s Revershell technology. On one side, a stitch-through construction is used to provide some air permeability for added breathability. On the other side, the stitch-through is removed for better wind resistance, providing 10% more warmth. This reversability gives you genuine resting and running options while out of the trail.
The men’s Race Elite 200 Thermoshell ($200) weighs 200g (7oz.), while the women’s Race Elite 180 Thermoshell ($200) running jacket weighs, you guessed it, 180g (6.5oz.). Both jackets come with a deep front center zip, chest pocket, thumb loops, and lycra bound hems and cuffs.