The Adidas Terrex Windstopper made it into our top eight by offering a little more than some of the other soft shell jackets we considered. First, it’s made from an unbranded windstopper fabric with a microporous membrane, so it’s great for keeping out wind and water, but not as breathable as non-membrane materials.
It does feel quite soft, though: the brushed lining gives it some insulating ability that all adds up to a good level of comfort. There are pit zips for extra ventilation, and mesh pocket linings that also improve airflow if you leave the zips open.
The feature set is pretty good as you get a hood and two Napoleon chest pockets. The chest pockets are unfortunately quite small so they can only be used for storage of smaller items such as a guidebook or GPS. I’m personally not a fan as they’re too small to take an OS map and not big enough for warming hands. That’s a real pity: if those pockets were better this would be a great jacket as the hood has a wired peak, and fits and moves well.
At this price there are better jackets out there than the Adidas Terrex Windstopper, so it’s not the best way to spend your cash.
Weight 584g (size men’s L)
External pockets 2
Internal pockets 2
Pit zips yes
Men’s sizes 32-54
Women’s sizes none
The hood, pit zips and fabric are good, but the Adidas Terrex Windstopper’s Napoleon pockets are small and can’t be used for maps or hand warming.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2011