Is the Polar Pace Run Jacket worth it?
Let’s be honest, I love the Polar Pace Run Jacket for the aesthetics. The look and fit is really beautiful. It’s especially beautiful in this stunning tonal colorway which is Pelt, Lunar Rock and Iced Iris. I love the tonal and textural combinations of satin against the textured glyde. I can definitely see right away that this was a costly jacket for lululemon to produce. It’s cost is in line with the aesthetic design elements featured. It’s a bougie lux run jacket for sure.
There is a lot of construction work that went into this design thanks to the variety of materials used in a quilting manner, and with the finishing details. There are three different colors of water repellant glyde with primaloft used; the satiny lunar rock, the matte textured pelt and the matte and smooth iced iris. In addition to the insulated panels there are glyde panels which are ventilated, sueded nulux in the arms and back as well as in an extra large zipper guard that runs the length of the jacket, and the cuffed hem (love!) which has a wide stripe of grippy material. You also get large mesh stash pockets in the back.
The finishing detail on this jacket is a step up from the typical run jacket. I love that the collar and zipper has an inner rolled seam in the contrasting iced iris. The pockets also have little designer touches with zipper pulls.
This is a light weight breathable and insulated layer. It’s not as hot as the Another Mile Jacket, which I find way too hot for long runs, and it doesn’t trap heat. For me It’s the perfect weight to layer over a swiftly without adding bulk. If you are looking for a lot of warmth, the Another Mile Jacket is warmer and a lower price point.
I love this jacket and I can appreciate the added design features and the construction. It’s finished really beautifully. I think the function is fantastic if you are an outdoor runner, but so are a lot of other lululemon run jacket options.
If you can get past the price point, or if the cost was not an issue for you I do think this is an exceptional jacket in their run lineup.