This jacket has been in the Adidas Terrex catalog for five seasons, and is returning in white this year. We tested it over two years, downhill skiing, ski touring, summer mountaineering, ice climbing and trekking.
In other words, we tested it in all seasons, in all temperatures, between – 40°C in Siberia and + 20°C in the Alps, between the dry summer in the Ecrins park (France) and the winter humidity in the big powder days on skis.
At first glance, it’s troubling and even disturbing, this slightly transparent jacket looks like a very basic windbreaker for running. But, when you look more closely, you can see an interesting mix of materials: ultra-thin sleeves with a papery look, a thin but stretchy back and slightly rough to the touch, thicker at the shoulders and at the front. This jacket is modern and versatile. The Polartec® Alpha and Pertex Quantum® GL are combined with an extremely well-designed cut, making it a jack-of-all-trades jacket even though it’s originally designed for running, hiking and Nordic skiing.
Ultra-light, the Adidas Terrex Agravic Shield is quickly forgotten, whether in your bag or when wearing it.
Very breathable, even worn in a steep snowy slope at altitude in full sun, it protects you from the wind without keeping you too hot and dries very quickly.
The front section is lined with Polartec® Alpha and gives it slight insulation, variable insulation by opening the main zip. This distribution of materials and insulation enables really interesting adaptability in endurance sports.
It is also an excellent asset for coping with temperature variations during a mountain race, between cool mornings and hot afternoons, between sheltered valleys and windy plateaus, between south and north faces.
Despite being so lightweight, and after three big backpacking seasons, the shoulders show absolutely no signs of wear and tear. On something so light, it’s very impressive.
We can summarize the good points of this Adidas Terrex Agravic Shield jkt: it has an ultra-thin hood to protect you from a light wind instead of wearing a hat or a buff that is too warm. It also slips easily under a helmet and does not interfere with head movements.
The jacket has thin elastic cuffs, which holds them in place so they don’t slide over your hands. This also means you can place them over gloves without them rising up.
Adidas Terrex has an elasticated waistband to suit any morphology. Two zipped pockets, to store bits and pieces, ventilate a bit more or to store the jacket.
The downsides to the Adidas Terrex Agravic Shield: its ultra-light materials are also relatively fragile, sensitive to snags. Watch out rock climbing, keep the ice axe clear from your shoulder, watch out for cacti and flames (but what lightweight jacket isn’t in danger).
The back is very thin and depending on your the morphology and/or your pack’s material, sometimes it has a tendency to rise up your back.
This Adidas Terrex Agravic Shield jacket can be used beyond its originally planned program provided that you take into account its fragility. But its lightness/protection ratio makes it a superb choice for outdoor trips requiring as little weight as possible.
We used this equipment over a long period of time
These are our thoughts after intensive use:
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