Runners in the know understand the importance of a great quality Gilet. Any athletes taking on the daunting Cape Wrath Challenge in May, which traverses some of Scotland’s most exposed spots, will certainly vouch for that. In such blustery conditions, it is critical to keep your core temperature regulated. With a highly windproof and water resistant front fabric and optimal breathability at the rear, the ashmei Gilet has been designed for exactly such environments. Think of it as a jacket without the bulk.
Features include front and shoulder wind and water resistant panels, where you need it most. At the rear of the Gilet, Merino wool panels provide optimum thermo regulation. The beauty of Merino is that it keeps you warm, but allows moisture to dissipate once your body is creating its own heat. Speaking of heating up, there are side seam zippers near the arm opening that will increase ventilation, should you need it.
Like all of our products, the fit of the Gilet is an athletic, yet true sizing. This race fit means that you will never feel material flapping in the wind and consequently cut a more aerodynamic figure. While the styling is timeless and subtle, the functionality is overt – with two discrete zipped pockets for a key, credit card, gels or cash, silicon grippers positioned at the bottom of the Gilet to keep it in position and seal in the warmth, plus rear and chest reflective stripes to make sure you are seen out on the run in low light visibility.
Ambassador and ultra runner Jess Gray says: “The Gilet was the first ashmei product that I owned. Initially I was drawn to its modest, flattering style but it quickly became my favourite piece of kit. I literally wear it all year round. In winter, I layer it up and it does a great job of keeping me warm on cold, long runs. In spring when the mornings can still be a little fresh I team it with the ashmei short sleeve jersey and it keeps out the chill but I never overheat in it. On slightly warmer days I will wear it on its own. I love the slightly off centre zip and that when it is done up fully it provides comfort under my chin and I really like the shape as although it is fitted, the material moves with me as I run. It is definitely my go to piece of kit even on my non-running days!”