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Nike Windrunner Woven - Women's Review

A functional jacket that doesn't pack down but performs decently and has a sporty-chic vibe
Nike Windrunner Woven - Women's
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Price:  $100 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  Wide cuffs, large back vent, comfortable fabric, bold color options
Cons:  Doesn't pack into it's own pocket, short fit is harder to layer, sleeves on the short side
Manufacturer:   Nike
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 27, 2019
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RANKED
#10 of 15
  • Wind Resistance - 30% 7
  • Breathability - 30% 6
  • Weight and Packability - 20% 3
  • Versatility - 10% 5
  • Water Resistance - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Nike Windrunner is a classically sporty windbreaker that makes a great layer on your way to the gym or an addition to the wardrobe of an athleticwear junkie. It has a big back vent, wide, comfortable sleeve cuffs, and full-sized zippered hand pockets. With a short front and longer back, this jacket is a fashionable throwback that comes in bold colors. It lacks many of the techy features of its competitors - like the ability to pack into its own pocket, a versatile fit for layering, or an exceptionally light weight — but still retains a lot of features we enjoy and a look we love.

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Pros Wide cuffs, large back vent, comfortable fabric, bold color optionsHelmet compatible, lightweight, extremely packable, dries quicklyMany pockets, more waterproof, excellent wind protection, snap to allow unzipping during wearHuge vents, large hand pockets, very breathable, water resistantDecently wind resistant, moderate precipitation protection, lightweight, less expensive
Cons Doesn't pack into it's own pocket, short fit is harder to layer, sleeves on the short sideNot the most waterproof, can see through thin fabricElastic cuffs harsh, thin fabric can be seen through, large packed sizeLets in wind, doesn't pack into own pocketSleeves a bit short, small pockets, sloppy construction
Bottom Line A functional jacket that doesn't pack down but performs decently and has a sporty-chic vibeA true featherweight model that continues to impress, combining excellent performance with great valueA blend of minimalist design and technical features, this jacket offers solid protection from the elements at a reasonable priceA highly vented jacket with solid water protection that's easy to wearA simple, casual jacket that's best for mild days and small budgets
Rating Categories Windrunner Woven Patagonia Houdini -... Rab Vital Hoody - W... Active Pursuits Jacket Waterproof Hooded
Wind Resistance (30%)
7.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
Breathability (30%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
4.0
Weight And Packability (20%)
3.0
10.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
Versatility (10%)
5.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Water Resistance (10%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Specs Windrunner Woven Patagonia Houdini -... Rab Vital Hoody - W... Active Pursuits Jacket Waterproof Hooded
Weight (oz) 7.4 oz 3.1 oz 4.3 oz 6.1 oz 6.6 oz
Material 100% polyester 100% nylon ripstop with DWR (durable water repellent) treatment Hyperlite and nylon outer Nylon with polyester mesh 95% polyester, 5% spandex
Pockets 2 hand 1 chest 2 hand, 1 inner zip and 2 inner open-top 2 hand 2 hand
Hood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cuffs Elastic Half elastic Half elastic Half elastic Elastic
Stuffs Into Pocket No Yes Yes No No
Safety Reflective Material None Reflective logo on front and back Reflective logo on front and back Reflective logo, cuff stripes, and back vent stripe None
Fit High-rise fit Slim fit Regular fit Relaxed fit Relaxed fit

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Nike Windrunner is a full-zip, hooded windbreaker made of 100% polyester. It features full-sized zippered hand pockets, a hood drawstring, and a large back vent.

Performance Comparison


We like the look and functionality of this non-technical windbreaker...
We like the look and functionality of this non-technical windbreaker from Nike.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Wind Resistance


The Nike Windrunner provides pretty good wind resistance and a good ability to keep your extremities protected. The bottom hem is elastic on the front, which helps to keep this jacket secured against the wind. The hood is quite large but with a traditional string tie option to keep it on in a gale. The sleeve cuffs are wide and comfortable elastic bands, which protect against the wind while being more comfortable than most of the competition to push up when you're hot. Our 5 foot, 4-inch, 117-pound main tester tested the XS, which she says could have longer sleeves — though she also self-identifies as a woman with particularly long arms.

The super wide cuffs of the Windrunner are very comfortable, though...
The super wide cuffs of the Windrunner are very comfortable, though we think the sleeves could stand to be a bit longer.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Breathability


The entire top section of the Windrunner's back is mesh covered by a flap of fabric. This goes a long way toward adding breathability to this jacket with fairly closed hems. The wide sleeve cuffs are very appreciated for those moments in which pushing up your sleeves is needed. The fabric is also less plastic-feeling than many of the DWR-treated options we tested. The large hood helps to hold the top open wide for easy venting but also rests against part of the back vent, semi-restricting airflow.

The whole back pink section lifts up and is just mesh underneath.
The whole back pink section lifts up and is just mesh underneath.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Weight & Packability


At 7.4 ounces, the Windrunner is one of the heavier jackets we tested and simply can't compete with some of the light and ultralight models we tested. This jacket is one of only a few models we tested that doesn't pack into its own pocket, further decreasing its score in this metric. The wide elastic cuffs, while making this jacket more comfortable in our opinion, are also more difficult to compact when you're short on space. But it's not a huge jacket and is relatively simple to stuff into the bottom of your bag if it's hotter on your way home than it was on your way there.

Not our top choice for backpacking, but a short hike on a crisp day...
Not our top choice for backpacking, but a short hike on a crisp day isn't bad.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Versatility


The Windrunner gives the wearer a fairly specific look and isn't the easiest to layer over any longer or loose-fitting clothing. It's not our first choice for overly technical outdoor activities like climbing or backpacking, but it is decently versatile for less intense and urban activities. With two full-sized zippered hand pockets and a comfortable fit, we love throwing this jacket on for errands, dog walks, and even short hikes. We think it's a good everyday option and definitely has a certain style that we just love.

We enjoyed having everyday adventures in this classic look from Nike.
We enjoyed having everyday adventures in this classic look from Nike.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Water Resistance


This jacket doesn't have a DWR finish to help repel water, like many of the more technical options we tested, but it does decently in a brief shower. We found that in light rain, drops will bead on this jacket pretty well, though after too long or in a more intense shower, the Windrunner will eventually get wet. This isn't too surprising for a windbreaker, though, as any jacket with true water repellent properties tends to lose a lot of breathability and even some comfort. For what it is, the Nike Windrunner does an okay job in a pinch.

The water did make this jacket wet during our controlled testing...
The water did make this jacket wet during our controlled testing, but it still beaded even when it was wet, which we think is pretty good.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


The Nike Windrunner is about an average price among models we tested. If you love the style, we think its performance nearly matches its price. However, if you're after a more technical piece with increased durability or extreme packability, this one is unlikely to fit the bill.

Full-sized zippered hand pockets make this jacket handy for everyday...
Full-sized zippered hand pockets make this jacket handy for everyday use, though a bit heavier and less technical than some others.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


This windbreaker is a fun new take on a classic look. It works decently well, though it doesn't blow us away with its functionality. It is superbly comfortable, though, and we think it makes a great addition to the everyday garb of the gym rat or activewear junkie.

The Windrunner is great for adventures outside your city.
The Windrunner is great for adventures outside your city.
Photo: Kats Kitagawa

Maggie Brandenburg