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Terrex Skyclimb Fleece Jacket
Test Series by: Gail Staisil, Marquette, Michigan
Initial Report - November 7, 2017
November 7, 2017
Name: Gail Staisil
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
Weight: 160 lb (73 kg)
Location: Marquette, Michigan USA
Email: woodswoman 2001 AT yahoo DOT com
For the last 20 years, backpacking has become a passion. I am a four-season backpacker and an off-trail navigator. Although I do take yearly trips to the American West or Southwest, the majority of my trips are in Michigan. My pack weight varies considerably but my base weight is below 18 lb (8 kg). I am primarily a tarp camper who averages more than 50 nights a year backpacking in a huge variety of weather conditions including relentless rain, wet snow and sub-zero temps.
Initial Impressions and Product Description
The Terrex Skyclimb Fleece Jacket arrived in the color Grey Five and in the correct size of XL. Workmanship is very neat and I couldn't find any hanging threads or other imperfections. I would consider the jacket a trim fit but I can certainly wear a light base layer under it. Overall there are no areas in the jacket that I feel restriction while wearing it. The jacket is fabricated with a couple of different materials making it a hybrid of sorts. The front of the jacket and the top of each sleeve about three quarters of the way to each wrist, is fabricated with a reportedly windproof but breathable fabric called Pertex Equilibrium. It also is reported to be water repellant. According to the manufacturer "during high aerobic activity, moisture is transported away from the skin to the outside of the jacket". The rest of the jacket is a waffle-type stretch fleece including a separate layer of it underneath the Pertex areas. The hood, lower sleeves and the back of jacket are just the single layer of fleece.
The front of the jacket features a full-length zipper which tops out at the base of the hood providing full neck coverage if desired. Fabric is slightly folded over the top edge of the zipper to likely prevent catching on my skin! The hood is form fitting shaped to my head. There is a hang loop inside the back neck area of jacket. Two roomy handwarmer pockets inserted into the side seams are zippered and could easily hold a pair of gloves, phone or other large objects. The face of the inside of each pocket is waffle fleece while the back of the pockets are made with light mesh reducing bulk and likely providing more ventilation.
Sleeves are inserted into the jacket in a raglan style and the underarm measurement to sleeve edge is approximately 25.5 in (65 cm). Sleeve edges are finished with a stretch binding as is the bottom edge. The length of the side seam from each underarm to the lower edge is 17.5 in (44.5 cm).
Care instructions were inserted into six layered tags inside the jacket side seam in more languages than I have ever seen on a care tag before. The jacket (with all zippers closed) can be machine washed with cold water on a delicate cycle with like colors. Mild detergent and no fabric softener should be used. However an "anti-static cloth" can be added to tumbler.
I would consider the Terrex Skyclimb Jacket to be trim fitting and sleek in appearance. High tech fabrics are used to make the jacket high performance.
Thanks to Adidas and BackpackGearTest.org for this opportunity to test the Terrex Skyclimb Jacket. This concludes my Initial Report. The Field Report will be ready in about two months.
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