Piece of Flair
The Brooks Silver Bullet comes in 5 flavors: Black, Nightlife Yellow, Nightlife Green, a sea-blue/green, and a deep purple. Add to that, the contoured design that follows your every curve, this jacket is definitely here to stay!
Hourglass, Spoon, Pear, or Ruler?
This jacket is fairly true-to-size. However, if you’re like me and broad in the shoulders, you should consider ordering a size up, so that you have enough freedom to stretch your arms to the back. It is semi-fitted and gently follows your curves, avoiding the “boxy” look that many jackets lend themselves.
Let’s Get Technical, Technical!
For such a light-weight jacket, this jacket really does “bite the bullet!” I’ve worn this jacket in temps as low as mid-20’s to as high as low to mid-40’s, so if you’re looking for a “TRUE” winter jacket to keep you toasty on the road or on the trail, this aluminum-lined bullet is for you! It’s truly built for the cold! One note that I need to add is that when worn in temps around 40, I strongly suggest wearing a very light layer underneath or a short-sleeved shirt, or you will become too toasty!
A neat thumb-hole keeps the jacket from moving around and allows you the freedom to move as you please. Forgot your gloves? No worries! The cuffs fold down to cover the hands, providing a mitten-like warmth that works perfectly down to the low-mid 40′s. Lower than that, and I prefer my Utopia mitts, which will be the apple of my eye in the next post!
Thumb hole keeps the arms snugly in place
Cuff folded over to make a mitt
Did I mention that it’s COMPLETELY windproof and water-resistant? I wore it to a race where the winds literally brought the temps down to what felt like the teens! While that may not sound like much for the Northern folks, it’s downright cold in the South! Brrrrr… I thought my face would freeze and break like glass; however, my mid-section did indeed stay toasty warm. As far as water-resistance goes, it holds up to a light mist/light sprinkles, so it is water-resistant; however, if you’re on a long run or dealing with heavier rain, you will get wet. That’s just a fact of matter.
close-up for back venting
The vent opening on the back around the upper back allows for air circulation, and it still keeps the elements out! No over-heating!
back view of jacket and venting
There is a chafe-free neck lining as well, so no matter how you move, chafing won’t be an issue! And for pocket lovers, there are PLENTY to choose from and quite deep too. The outside pockets are of normal depth and with sturdy zippers. I use the two pouches on the inside as pockets as well, which are quite deep and VERY useful.
chafe-free lining on the collar
inside panels as pockets too! Pardon the empty Marathon bar wrapping. :P
And for those that like to listen to music on runs, there is a moisture-proof media pocket on the inside as well. I like the little loop up near the inside of the collar, allowing you to string your cord through there. No more jostling or tangling!
moisture-proof media pocket with velcro tab
media cord loop
While the weather is getting nippy, Jack Frost isn’t quite here yet! You still have time to catch the bullet! If you’re looking for that one jacket that will take you through the winter months, the Silver Bullet is definitely for you!