The wind-stopping capabilities. The fabric. Superb functionality.
This jacket has been given an incredibly thorough test – climbing at the crag, in winter mountaineering conditions, for running, at the climbing wall and day-to-day. It has coped very well indeed. All * ratings out of 5
This jacket has a slightly retro feel to it, but with all the things you need in all the right places. The pockets are a good size and in the right places. It’s a perfect marriage of form and function. The colour is good – a change from the tedious pinks and purples with which we women are ordinarily presented. The new season colour is the blue/yellow combination you can see on the pictures, whereas the sample we were sent is green. Pockets are in the right places too – with a small breast pocket big enough for a smartphone in a case and a compass. One of the great features is a super lightweight hood which fits into the back of the collar in a zip pocket.
Adidas have used their Formotion technology to influence the design and shape of this jacket. What this means for me is the fit is great and it works well in a variety of settings. For running it isn’t too tight in any places (over the bust for example) and it also fits over a base layer comfortably (for winter mountaineering), to act as a flexible midlayer in any conditions or outerlayer in warmer and dryer conditions. It has excellent draw string waist elastic if you need to keep the waist in place.
This jacket is made of Gore Windstopper fabric. During a recent Winter Mountaineering day out my regular waterproof died – the zip broke. As a replacement all I had was this windstopper along with the Adidas Performance Waterproof jacket. As a duo they were really good – I was quite surprised. I would never have put these two items in my standard winter gear pack, but now I definitely would, as a back up if my other gear goes wrong.
It worked really well at wicking away the water from perspiration. The dampness from melting snow never became a problem, because the two layers worked together keeping me virtually completely dry for the whole day.
For running, which I’m doing a bit of at the moment, it’s really good. It keeps me warm, but amazingly, as soon as I start to heat up, the heat dissipates and I never overheat. I’m not sure how they do it, but Adidas have created something quite groovy with this fabric. I rate it really highly.
It has been washed and worn a lot and still looks and feels as good as the day I got it. The properties, particularly wind-stopping, remain the same and the ability to wick away moisture is excellent.
To look at it, the jacket doesn’t necessarily look like 145 pounds worth of gear, but having tried it out and knowing how versatile it is, I think it will last a long time, function well and look good. My gear gets trashed quite easily as it gets a lot of use and this jacket still looks like new.
The Verdict *****
Outstandingly versatile and well-designed windstopper with wicking properties that is great for a vast array of functions. We love it.
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