Adidas Terrex Advanced (2013)

The Adidas Terrex Advanced is made from Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of Gore-Tex fabric, which is their most breathable to date. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets and a hood, which makes this price tag appear pretty high compared with the price of other jackets made from the same material and with the same or more features. The jacket weighs in at a good 478g (size L) and it is also longer than many lighter jackets, with the hem covering my bottom and groin. However the fit of the jacket around the hem and hip area is far too tight; and I have never experienced a jacket so close-fitting in this area, so I don’t think it was my body shape that was odd.  The two chest pockets are not placed as high as other jackets and the result is the pocket bag extends down to where rucksack straps will be, making this far from ideal for use with a rucksack. The hood has a huge peak with a wire stiffener, and while I love big peaks this one was too big in my view as it always obscured vision a little too much. But the hood fit and movement were great. The sleeve movement was also great, making this jacket good for scrambling. A nice addition is a chinguard with small holes in it to allow face protection without impeding your breathing. However this was not enough to save the Adidas Terrex Advanced, as the price, pockets and hood peak let it down. There are much better jackets at around £280 to £350.

Weight 478g (L)

Fabric 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro

Lining none

Men’s sizes 42-46

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Can hood be rolled down? no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.adidas.com

Verdict

The Adidas Terrex Advanced has a longer body than average, but the pockets and hood are not ideal and there are better jackets at lower prices.

Review by Graham Thompson

Just missed out on being in Trail magazine November 2013

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