Adidas Terrex Skyclimb Jacket
Test Series by Kurt Papke
|| Kurt Papke
|| 6' 4" (193 cm)
|| 225 lbs (102 kg)
|| kwpapke at gmail dot com
|City, State, Country:
||Tucson, Arizona USA
My backpacking venues have mostly been a combination of Minnesota,
where I have lived most of my adult life, and Arizona since
2009. I have always been a "comfort-weight" backpacker, never
counting grams, but still keeping my pack as light as easily
attained. Since moving to Arizona, I find a lightweight fleece
to be a must-carry item, particularly during the shoulder seasons.
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
In the photo at left, I held the jacket up in the
sunlight to see the difference between the Pertex and non-Pertex
protected parts of the jacket. The lighter panels on the left
are non-Pertex, the darker panels on the right are Pertex. The
protected portions include the chest, shoulders and sleeves.
The hood is not protected. Note that the same waffle
insulation carries throughout the jacket, it is only the outer shell
photo at left the detail of the waffle insulation is clearly
visible. This fleece is soft to the touch, and the pattern
should do a good job of wicking moisture.
|Year of manufacture:
|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
The features listed by the manufacturer include:
- Two front zip hand pockets.
- Fitted hood
- DWR finish
- Elastic hem
- Stretch: there is elastane in the hood and sleeves, which
makes them stretchy
Other observed features:
- Full zip; High collar for coverage.
- Elastic cuffs
removal from the packaging I visually inspected the garment for
manufacturing defects and found none. The fabric caught my
attention with its softness as soon as I picked it up, and I thought
it was an extremely attractive garment. It has a very light
I tried it on and it fit perfectly, a challenge for me as I have a
very long torso. All the zippers worked easily. I was
surprised at the immediate feeling of warmth with the jacket on -
the fleece insulation is not very thick, but adds a surprising
amount of warmth.
The fit is not bulky for an XL, as can be seen in the photo at
left. When garments area available in Tall sizes, I will
typically buy a LT (large tall), but this jacket seems to be sized
for reasonably fit people, so the XL fits me perfectly. Even
the sleeve length is spot on.
I am looking forward to getting the garment into the backcountry and
seeing how it performs under field conditions. I tested the
Adidas Terrex Windshirt last summer, and this garment looks very
similar, but has quite a bit more insulation. I'll be
interested to see if the jacket provides enough insulation/warmth to
be able to leave an insulation layer behind. It weighs more
than a wind shirt/shell, and I'd like to leave something out of my
pack to compensate for the extra weight.
Things I Like So Far:
- Great fit.
- Feels good against my skin.
- Seems to provide a fair amount of warmth.
- Insulated hood - should allow me to leave my beanie behind for
keeping my head warm at night.
Things That Concern Me Upfront:
- The zippers were a real issue with the Adidas Windshirt - I
will be noting how often these catch on the trim to see if the
Skyclimb has a similar problem.
Thanks to BackpackGearTest.org and Adidas
for the opportunity to contribute to this test.
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