Product Review: Nike Shield Max Jacket

I first wrote about the Nike Shield Max Jacket on our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide post where I subtly begged for it for Christmas from my mother. God bless woman because she reads the blog, listens and I was able to take on winter running in style.

As I mentioned in the holiday post, it’s everything you’ll ever need in a jacket: lightweight, moisture wicking, water resistant, thumb holes (YES – THUMB HOLES) to keep your sleeves down so you can wear gloves without worrying about your skin ever being exposed to the outdoor elements, three zip pockets (including one in the back), a hood with a drawstring so it’s the perfect fit, AND a built in face mask. Here’s my breakdown of each of these features:

Lightweight, moisture wicking, water resistant fabric: it pulls moisture away from your body while keeping you warm, and you can wear it in the snow without fear of getting soaked through.

Wicked my sweat away and then it froze. Who knew that was a thing?

Thumb holes (YES – THUMB HOLES) to keep your sleeves down so you can wear gloves without worrying about your skin ever being exposed to the outdoor elements:

Three zip pockets (including one in the back) which is the size for your keys. The front pockets also feature an interior pocket that fits your phone and keeps it from bobbing around while you move.


Hood with a drawstring so it’s the perfect fit: this is the first time I’ve seen this on a jacket and it’s absolutely brilliant. I’ve tried to wear hoods on other jackets, but the wind tears it off my head. The drawstring makes it right around your head so your hood stays put until you’re ready to remove it.


Built in face mask: it’s tucked into the hood and can be brought over your face. I don’t use it because I don’t have breathing issues that most do in the cold, but it’s good to have the option.

This specific jacket isn’t available on the Nike site, but you can purchase it on Amazon. Nike also has similar versions here and here. I highly recommend this jacket for anyone who’s running in cold weather. It’s the best I’ve found.

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