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Reviews > Clothing > Jackets and Vests > Adidas Outdoors Terrex SkyClimb Jacket > Test Report by Kurt Papke
Adidas Terrex Skyclimb Jacket
|Height:||6' 4" (193 cm)|
|Weight:||225 lbs (102 kg)|
|Email address:||kwpapke at gmail dot com|
|City, State, Country:||Tucson, Arizona USA|
What I expect from a light fleece jacket is: keep the wind off,
provide a fair amount of warmth for hiking on cool days (though I
always wear base/mid-layers beneath in the evenings), and be as
light and compact as possible. I expect some protection from
brief rain or snow showers, the more the better, but I don't
expect this to be a rain jacket.
I will refer in the rest of this report to the Adidas Terrex
Skyclimb as "the jacket". It is a lightweight, zippered
front, hooded garment with a thin layer of "waffle" fleece
insulation, and Pertex Equilibrium face fabric in the front.
The materials of the jacket are quite high-tech: Pertex
Equilibrium has very good water resistance for its weight, and
|Year of manufacture:||2017
|Country of origin:
||"Clear Onix": off-white/light grey
Also available in "Energy" (orange), and "Green Night"
||Listed: 13.5 oz (383
Measured: 12.9 oz (366 g) with the hang tags and care instructions label removed
||XL (tested), also
available in S, M, L, 2XL
||30 days from purchase
||Main material: 94%
recycled polyester, 6% elastane
Overlay: 100% polyester
Other observed features:
|November 10-13, 2017
||Gila Wilderness, New Mexico
|Sunny and unseasonably warm, highs around 70F
(21 C), nightly lows to 25F (-4 C)
|December 10-13, 2017
||Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
|Highs around 60 F (15 C), lows near 25 F (-4
C), sunny with light winds
Four-day hike up the West Fork of the Gila, over the mountains and down the other side, then back up the Middle Fork to Little Bear Canyon where I crossed back to my starting point. Night two was the coldest, as I was camped up on top of the canyon rim where the elevation dropped the temperatures, and there was a pretty good breeze blowing all night.
I wore the Skyclimb jacket to bed with me on nights two and three. I liked having the insulated hood - I sleep in quilts, and it can be difficult to keep my head and neck warm. It also allowed my head to slide better on my makeshift pillow.
I wore the jacket each morning when starting off for the first hour or so of hiking. I get an early start, around 7AM, and it is a little dark and very chilly at that time. The photo at left is on the second morning, just before removing the jacket due to overheating.
While hiking, I find the ideal conditions for the Skyclimb jacket to be around the freezing point, with a light merino wool baselayer underneath. As soon as the sun gets a little strength, I overheated and had to take the jacket off.
One thing I noticed is that the hood is very snug, and the bottom comes up quite high around my chin. In fact, I found I could cover my chin in the nighttime hours and keep it warm too! The only downside was if I wore a beanie hat beneath for extra warmth, the hood was too snug and I had to leave it partially unzipped.
Overall, a very successful first outing with the Skyclimb jacket. It kept me warm when I needed it, and took up very little bulk in my pack.
|Feb 1-5, 2018||Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona||Tonto and
|Highs around 70 F (15 C), lows near 32 F (0 C), sunny with light winds|
This was a "check the box" hike of five days and four nights, designed to complete the last of the major Grand Canyon trails I had yet to tread. I descended from the South Rim along the South Kaibab, and cut over along the Tonto trail all the way to Boucher Creek. From there I ascended on the Boucher and Hermit trails. I have now completed all the Grand Canyon trails from the Little Colorado confluence to the Boucher Creek area with the exception of New Hance.
The weather cooperated with my plans, I had near perfect conditions with daytime temperatures warm enough to hike in short sleeves, and nighttime temperatures hovering just above or at the freezing point. The Skyclimb jacket went on as soon as the sun dipped below the canyon rim in the late afternoon, and stayed on until I went to bed. I had some pretty good winds the last couple of days of the trip, and the jacket did a great job of shedding the wind. During the night it was packed into a dry bag to use as pillow cushioning. I put it on first thing every morning when I emerged from my tent, and typically wore it until the morning sun popped over the canyon rim once again. The photo below shows me hiking with the jacket on in the early morning hours just as the sky was starting to lighten along the Boucher trail:
I run 4-5 miles every other day, and during the winter it gets
surprisingly cold in Tucson at night. I run early in the
morning, right at daybreak. I have used the Skyclimb jacket
at least twenty times to stay warm on my morning run. I
start out with the hood up, then lower the hood once I'm warmed
up, then unzip it as the temperatures start to climb with
sunrise. Running also gave me an appreciation for the
jacket's pockets - they are handy for my cell phone, gloves,
etc. I didn't really use the pockets when backpacking
because they are trapped by my pack hipbelt, but I definitely
gained an appreciation for them when running.
I continue to have issues with the jacket insulation sticking on my clothing underneath when I put it on or take it off. I was a little surprised on this trip when I wore a nylon hiking shirt that the sleeves would stick to the jacket - I wouldn't have expected that with nylon. I continue to be pleased with the warmth provided by the jacket; just that little bit of insulation makes it a very versatile garment that can be used across a wide variety of conditions. The jacket has proven to be remarkably durable - it looks almost as good as the day it arrived despite many cycles through laundering.
The Skyclimb jacket is so attractive, that after the test period
I will continue to use it around town, for running and morning
walks, etc. I will likely use it on winter backpacking trips
where anticipate blustery conditions that call for a little extra
warmth and wind resistance.
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