This is a 2 stage review. The 1st stage is written on the first day of testing, the 2nd stage after a month of use.
They Say -Â Dominate fast, technical routes in this menâ€™s adidas Terrex Cocona 2.5-Layer Jacket, built with CoconaÂ® technology for excellent moisture management and a dry-touch interior for full weather protection against wind and rain. This jacket is cut with an outdoor-specific FORMOTIONÂ® fit and features a fully adjustable hood.
- FORMOTIONÂ® follows the natural movement of sport for a better fit and greater comfort in motion
- Front zip pockets with mesh lining
- Full zip with inner storm flap; Helmet-compatible hood with drawcord for adjustable fit
- Raglan sleeves for freedom of movement; Ventilation zips; Hook-and-loop adjustable wrist straps; All seams taped
- CoconaÂ® fabric technology uses activated carbon for moisture-releasing cooling, odour resistance and 50+ SPF UV protection
- 100% polyester dobby
FORMOTIONÂ®Â garments use pre-shaped 3D silhouettes that allow great freedom of movement while you exercise. Many features such as sculpted openings at collar, waistband, hem, arm openings, cuffs & leg openings combined with specific fabrics, constructions and ideal seam placement result in optimized fit and comfort.
We Say – Stage 1 – I pulled this jacket out of the packaging and thought, yes, this is a smart jacket. It felt right, it looked right, I put it on straight away and walked down the beach to check it out. There was a storm blowing, the newscasters were saying it was the fiercest one since the big storm of 1987. They always seem to say that sort of thing so I don’t put much faith in them. It was pretty windy though, between 45 and 60mph I guess, and underneath this Terrex jacket I had just a t-shirt and a mid layer fleece.Â I walked for an hour and felt fine. The wind got in a little, I guess from under the hem or down the neck, but not enough to make me abort the walk. I turned around and walked into the wind for another half hour and the hood stayed in place, quite a feat. I had the zipper done right up but still, most hoods would have blown down in such wind. This one has been well designed though; sits in place nicely, in what was as fierce a wind as most users are likely to face.
I liked the pockets – big enough to put your hands in as you walk and with firm zippers on them – and the way the neck area is well covered with plenty of space for a scarf to be worn inside.
Stage 2 -Â Then I tried it out in the rain. I walked for an hour in a very, very heavy storm and at the end of it, when I took the jacket off, there was no moisture showing inside.
Yesterday I wore it over a thermal base layer on an 8 hour hike. The day was sunny, about 8 degrees, with some wind. I never got cold , or sweaty, during that 8 hours, the jacket did a good job of keeping out the wind and allowing me to control sweat build up using the main zip and also the 2 zips that run down the body under the arms. I found these really useful when I had a hill ahead of me. By unzipping these side zips before ascending I went quite some way to keeping myself from overheating during the climb. For those unsure of the benefit of this, the next time youâ€™re standing on top of a hill, sweating from the ascent, see how long is takes for your hot sweat to turn cold and for you to feel the onset of mild hypothermiaâ€¦
I do find this Terrex jacket very comfy to wear â€“ it doesnâ€™t obstruct you from doing whatever you want â€“ and also, itâ€™s got the right look that allows it to be at home in the country or the city. I havenâ€™t tried it out on any climbs and wonâ€™t do before the end of this testing period, just day hikes, but I do feel it would be good for that thanks to the movement it allows you in your arms and shoulders and Iâ€™m going to take it with me when I go to the Alpujarra Valley and Spanish Sierra Nevada Mountains next year. I already have faith in itâ€™s ability to protect me against severe weather, and itâ€™s got plenty of space in the shoulders to allow the sort of movements youâ€™d use whilst scrambling. I reckon itâ€™s ideal for a trip to any European mountain range; itâ€™ll protect you whilst up high, and itâ€™ll look well smart when down in the towns.
It’s the best jacket I’ve tried out all year – looks and performance wise – no doubt about it.
If you’d like to check the jacket out online, please seeÂ http://www.adidas.co.uk/mens-terrex-gore-tex-active-shell-jacket/EQ442.html