Oiselle Wednesday: Vim Jacket

I might be a member of the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 135 pound Mommy-body!

Let's skip the part where I haven't blogged since July, shall we? Good. Diving right in now...Today I'm reviewing one of my favorite recent purchases, the Vim Jacket.  I actually bought this jacket pretty much the instant it came up on the site, but only recently have I gotten to wear test it due to The South.  And now I've worn it almost non-stop because guess what, it's fantastic. I recently read a post on the Oiselle Blog where HBIC (Head Bird In Charge), Sally, talked about wanting Oiselle to become an outerwear apparel company, and I have to say, I feel like they are there. Every piece of outerwear I have from Oiselle is functional yet stylish, and the Vim Jacket falls right in line with the rest of my gear.

The details from the Oiselle site say that the goal of the Vim Jacket is to be the best running jacket, period. I feel like the goal was definitely hit here, as I have run in this jacket in temperatures varying from the 30's to the 50's, and it has been perfection. I've worn the Vim with only a sports bra underneath, and I've worn it with a Winona tank and Lux long sleeve layer underneath. Not only that, my running bestie and teammate, Jana, has worn it for a half marathon! At the risk of sounding like a broken record, in each instance, it has been perfection, no matter the layers. 

The Vim Jacket is incredibly light and breathable, and yet it can take a punch in the windiest of conditions. Per Oiselle (I haven't tested it in rain yet), it is water repellent. Despite not rain testing it, I did notice it repelled my sweat when I wore it on a day that I probably didn't need to wear it because it was warmer than I had thought. Literally, the sweat was beading up inside the sleeves. I can take that knowledge and attest to the fact that it would repel rain well. Plus it has a hood y'all. A hood that can cinch and become tight around your melon so that your head does not get wet. They have seriously thought of everything here.

That is my sweat. Look at it just clinging to the material. Water repellent y'all.

That is my sweat. Look at it just clinging to the material. Water repellent y'all.

Speaking of thinking of everything, have I mentioned that you can tuck it up into the pocket and carry it with a handy dandy strap? Or that the sweet hood that I just mentioned can be tucked in and enclosed if you don't need it? Yes Sally, you are an outerwear apparel company when you consider details like that. 

As far as sizing, I got a medium and I am very pleased with the fit. It's not necessarily a fitted jacket, but it also is not too boxy so you feel like you're wearing an old yellow rubber rain jacket. The medium gives me plenty of room to layer underneath if it's a cold day. In the front, it hits me right around the hips, and it is slightly longer in the back to give your booty a little coverage. 

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One of the complaints I have seen about the Vim Jacket is that there is no reflectivity to it. I get that. That's a legitimate concern, and that's part of the reason why I chose the Fog color. However, I did read that to add reflection, it would have taken away from the quality material used. So please, if you purchase a Vim Jacket, and I can't recommend that you do enough, top it with a reflection vest if you will be running in the dark! 

The Vim Jacket is priced at $120, and based on how much use I believe I will get out of it, I think it is worth every penny. Make sure you are subscribing to Oiselle emails, because recently all outerwear was on sale. However, I feel like outerwear is an area where you should invest some bucks. Buy a few good pieces that you can wear constantly and it will be worth it. You know with Oiselle you are getting high quality that will last through season after season. But don't be crazy and buy the Vim Jacket in all three colors, even though the Rio Red and Midnight are also amazing. Maybe look at the Vigor Vest and pick it up in a different color.  Or the Call Her Vest.  Oh goodness, now I want those too.  Okay, I'm done. 

Check out my previous Oiselle Wednesday posts here:

Do you invest in good running outerwear? Why or why not?

Now that I'm back, are there any Oiselle Wednesday requests?