First Impressions

Beautifully constructed and nicely detailed defines the Saucony Nomad Jacket. I’m continually impressed with the quality of Saucony products and their running attire doesn’t disappoint. Out of the box, our racer red jacket looked both elegant and ready for the elements.


The Saucony Nomad can handle a variety of cold weather conditions. We found it more than sufficient for running in temps as low as the mid-30s.

The stretch Viperlite provides decent wind resistance and the Drylete rear panels deliver good ventilation.

Keep the Nomad dry, however, as it’s not nearly as water resistant as others.

Fabric: Viperlite front and Drylete rear polyester/spandex blend
Weight: 14 oz

There are three pockets on the exterior including two zippered handwarmers and a napoleon pocket on the upper chest. There are no interior pockets so don’t be fooled by what look like mesh drop-ins or your iPod or phone will end up on the ground. Reflective accents can be found on the front and rear of the jacket.


The Saucony Nomad is designed to fit snuggly to the body and that it does. A running shirt is about all that fits underneath. The jacket provides sufficient stretch however to never feel constricting.

Final Verdict

The Saucony Nomad delivers great cold weather performance and solid wind resistance. The detailing is exactly what you’d expect from one of the top specialty running brands. If you’re running in dry climes in temps down to the 30s, the Saucony Nomad could be your ideal companion.

Thanks for reading another outdoor gear review from GearGuide. And thanks to Saucony and Mullen PR for providing product for this review. Written by Matt K.