Adidas may not be the first brand that springs to mind when thinking about waterproof jackets for walkers, but there is no denying that this product is well-designed for the hills. It weighs in at just 325g (size 38) so it’s great for stashing in a rucksack. The fabric is a 2.5-layer material, so there is no lining and it does feel slightly clammier than 3-layer fabrics or jackets with linings of course. The style is short and very close-fitting on the body; indeed, I would have to go up a size from normal if I was wearing this jacket regularly. The jacket is short, but it does have a scooped tail for more protection. The sleeves have good movement in them too without riding up at the cuffs. The front zips is exposed and it is not one of the more water-resistant designs, so as leaks here are possible there is an internal flap to drain water away. The two pockets are easily accessed while wearing a rucksack and they easily take a map too. They are mesh-lined, though, so not totally waterproof. The hood is excellent as it fits well and moves superbly with the head. If the body was a little looser the Adidas Terrex Swift Light 2.5-layer Climaproof Storm would be a great lightweight jacket for me, but if you are wearing a fleece underneath you may struggle to get it on. Great over a base layer though.
Weight 325g (size 38)
Fabric 2.5-layer Climaproof Storm
Men’s sizes 32-48
Women’s sizes 6-16
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? no
Side/pit zips? no
The Adidas Terrex Swift Light 2.5-layer Climaproof Storm is a very lightweight jacket with a close-fitting body, which may mean you may not find it fits over mid layers easily, so check the size before buying.
(This jacket is very similar to the Montane Atomic at £110 although the fit is a little more forgiving in that jacket and the hood is slightly better, but otherwise there is very little in it.)
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014