Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket Review
For confidence that you’ll stay warm in winter weather, it’s hard to do better than a down jacket. Great at keeping body heat intact, while offering low weight and high compressibility, the down jacket is a staple of winter outerwear.
Adidas offers a lineup of down jackets for varying levels of temperature tolerance. One from that lineup, the Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket, has been keeping me warm the past few weeks.
The jacket is a solid performer for the cooler days of autumn and spring. It places emphasis on great fit and lightweight design. However, on truly cold winter days, a bulkier coat would be preferred.
Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket Fit
The foremost thing I like about this piece is its fit. The Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down jacket cuts an angular, athletic silhouette. It offers plenty of room in the upper arms and shoulders and a snug fit at the hips and tailbone.
The fit accommodates layering, which is recommended for this jacket. Since the piece is lightweight, it offers limited protection from extreme cold. Adding layers underneath is advisable for very low temps. I’ve worn the jacket over a sweater and a fleece pullover without discomfort or mobility loss.
In sum, this jacket fits great, with well-defined shoulders and a relatively long torso (to keep cold air from creeping in at the waist). It also has enough room in the arms and body to allow for layering, but it doesn’t hang loose at the hips. The fit is enough to give this jacket consideration for winter wear.
Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket Design
I like the design overall. There are underarm panels that allow for enhanced mobility. They also allow the garment to breathe. This paneling is a nice feature since it reduces the mass of the coat under the arms. My arms can hang at my sides naturally in this coat, unlike in bulkier jackets, where the coat can get in the way of natural positioning.
The high collar is a very nice and stylish touch. It gives the coat a “finished” appearance. I prefer this sort of look to jackets with hoods or shorter, stockier collars as it appears more formal. The functional benefit is that this tall collar keeps out unwanted cold.
The jacket has a zippered chest pocket and zippered hand pockets. The waist features an elastic bungee for tightening the hem if needed. These are thoughtful touches that add utility.
The polyester exterior material has a matte finish that feels durable to the touch. The material is a ripstop weave to minimize tearing.
The jacket’s stitching scheme is pleasant enough to look at. However, its true value is functional. The stitching is used to keep the down blend (80% down and 20% feather) in place, distributed properly for warmth retention.
Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket Warmth
The Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket features a polyester exterior and a 700 fill power down blend. A fill power of 700 means the jacket is filled with down harvested from mature birds. This down retains heat better than that of younger birds. So, for a given level of heat retention, the jacket made from mature bird down can be lighter.
This jacket is quite light; in fact, the lightness is something that initially surprised me about this coat. I was worried about its warmth capabilities. However, for its weight, the heat retention properties are very good.
This jacket performs best on the “transitional” days of autumn and spring. It’s also ideal for layering. Because of its lightweight fill and compressibility, it is a good candidate for day hiking. I took this coat on a hike that began in the early morning with temperatures in the mid-40s. Later on, as the mercury climbed, the jacket folded easily into my backpack. It did not add any noticeable bulk or weight to my pack.
This jacket is not well suited for the truly bitter days of winter. With sufficient layering, it would stand up to a good chill, but a heavier jacket would be preferable on the coldest days.
Who Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket Is For
As its name suggests, the Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket is built for activity when body heat will be generated on its own and when mobility is a priority. It’s a great coat for hiking or strolling around town. The jacket offers nice styling notes and a very athletic cut for a down coat. It’s fashionable enough to suit a variety of needs.
This jacket is for people who intend to be out and about during the “in-between” days of late fall and early spring. The piece of apparel is also for people in the southern third of the U.S. who would like the statement of a down coat in an athletic package but who do not have to deal with the really cold days of winter.
The Adidas Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket fits true to size.
This jacket is available in a variety of colors. The one I’ve been testing is Blue Beauty. The following colors are also available: Dark Orange, Earth Green, and Black.
MSRP: $175.00 For more information on the Hiking Hybrid Light Down Jacket and other Adidas gear visit www.adidas.com