ADIDAS Men’s Terrex Cocona 2.5-Layer Jacket

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 - Dominate fast, technical routes in this men’s adidas Terrex Cocona 2.5-Layer Jacket, built with Cocona® 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 FORMOTION® fit and features a fully adjustable hood.

  • FORMOTION® 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
  • Cocona® fabric technology uses activated carbon for moisture-releasing cooling, odour resistance and 50+ SPF UV protection
  • 100% polyester dobby

FORMOTION® 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. 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.

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Stage 2 - 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.

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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 you’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 hypothermia…

I do find this Terrex jacket very comfy to wear – it doesn’t obstruct you from doing whatever you want – and also, it’s got the right look that allows it to be at home in the country or the city. I haven’t tried it out on any climbs and won’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 I’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 it’s ability to protect me against severe weather, and it’s got plenty of space in the shoulders to allow the sort of movements you’d use whilst scrambling. I reckon it’s ideal for a trip to any European mountain range; it’ll protect you whilst up high, and it’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 see http://www.adidas.co.uk/mens-terrex-gore-tex-active-shell-jacket/EQ442.html

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