The Adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Active Shell is the lightest jacket in our test, thanks to the use of Gore-Tex Active Shell, which is not the most durable Gore-Tex fabric but is ideal for fast and light performance. As with all jackets made from this fabric, the Terrex is stripped down to the essentials to ensure the jacket is as light as possible (366g, size 44). So you get a front zip and two chest pockets with a rather shorter length in the body than is perhaps ideal for general hillwalking.
The two pockets are accessible while wearing a rucksack and have mesh linings to increase airflow and minimise weight. But those mesh linings mean that if water gets into the pockets then you may get wet inside the jacket. There is an external stormflap on the pockets though to help keep rain out. The front zip does not get an external stormflap, so it may not be as watertight as others. The hood is very good thanks to a wired peak, a great fit and good adjustment that allows the hood to move well when you turn your head.
There is no women’s version of this jacket.
Weight 366g (size 44)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Sizes men’s 32-54
External pockets 2
Wired hood yes
Side vents no
The Adidas Terrex Gore-Tex Active Shell is the lightest jacket on test, but it’s also the skimpiest in terms of design, so it’s ideal for fast and light mountain travel, but some may prefer more from a jacket.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011