Keep the outdoors #openallwinter with Adidas’ new Climaheat range of insulated layers and down jackets, designed to keep you warm in extreme conditions. I’ve been testing out this day-glo orange stunner, the Terrex Ice Jacket, £110.
Product Description: “Stay fast in extreme conditions in this, the Adidas Terrex Climaheat Ice Jacket. PrimaLoft Down Blend Gold combines the warmth of premium goose down with the water resistance of PrimaLoft synthetic insulation to keep you warm, even when wet. An athletic FORMOTION cut maximizes freedom of movement. Partial Cocona lining manages moisture, so you stay even drier while on the move.”
Down jackets, for the uninitiated, offer a mid or outer layer of very warm insulation for moments when you aren’t moving much in cold weather – belaying, gentle walking, horseriding or just sorting out your campsite. They also make you feel like you’re wearing a puffy sleeping bag, which is a nice plus.
Snow days: The Terrex Ice is stuffed with Adidas’ Primaloft Down Gold Down Blend Insulation, squishy warm stuff that is also water-repellent, unlike many down jackets. It’d still be a good idea to stick on a waterproof in a deluge, but the jacket has taken the odd shower and snowfall well. It’s also a lot more breathable and cool to wear than other down jackets I’ve tried – if you do put in a sudden spurt of effort you won’t overheat. The Terrex Ice is incredibly comfortable, fitting well at the cuffs and waist, and there’s plenty of room for layering underneath the jacket, which I’d definitely recommend to help keep you warm. Two zippable outer pockets and an inner compartment will hold gloves and a phone. The hood is pretty voluminous even when adjusted but when it’s this cosy, who cares what you look like?
The only downsides I’ve found to the Terrex Ice is that it doesn’t compress down that small – it’d be tough to stuff into a daypack, and is too big to work as a mid-layer. It’s also easy to get the cotton-like outer layer dirty, if that’s something that bothers you.
Verdict: Warm, light (at one pound) and reliably moisture-wicking, the Terrex Ice delivers everything you’d want from a down jacket. It doesn’t pack down super small, so is better suited to day adventures or big trips rather than lightweight hiking. Oh and if day-glo orange isn’t your thing it also comes in a soft grey or a mint version.