Friday, 22 May 2015 12:10

Adidas Terrex DownBlaze Jacket tested and reviewed

Written by James MacKeddie

Adidas Terrex DownBlaze Jacket

The Terrex DownBlaze Jacket is a lightweight down jacket which can be used either as a stand alone jacket, or a mid layer. Incorporating Primaloft ®Down Blend Gold, insulation made from a mixture of hydrophobic goose down with PrimaLoft® ultra-fine denier fibers, marries the warm to weight of down, with the water resistant and compressible characteristics of synthetic fibers.

 

What the manufacturers say:

The Terrex Downblaze jacket is cut for comfort and designed for warmth. The Downblaze features Pertex® Microlight fabric with special heat guards in the neck and sleeves to eliminate drafts. Combined with Primaloft® down Gold insulation and unique differential baffling on the interior its your best protection from winter's chill.

Price £185

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  • climaheat™ insulation uses hollow-core fibers inspired by natural fur to trap more heat and keep feet warm; FORMOTION® follows the natural movement of sport for a better fit and greater comfort in motion
  • Side seam zip pockets
  • Full zip with stand-up collar; Overlapping down segments for improved insulation; Heat guards for added heat retention on neck, sleeves and waist
  • 90/10 Goose Down, 750+ fillpower
  • Pertex® Microlight fabric for light weight, durability and abrasion resistance
  • Shell: 100% nylon ripstop; filling: 100g 90/10 goose down

Adidas Terrex DownBlaze Jacket tested and reviewed by James MacKeddie

I was lucky enough to get sent the DownBlaze down jacket.  Along with the established key products, the Terrex range will be completed with several new technical pieces.

Now I’ve been keeping an eye on Adidas Outdoor at Outdoor in Friedrichshafen for the past couple of years, and the Terrex range has stood out from many. Bright, bold and technical. When many follow the same path of muted pastels, the designers have chosen to be noticed with bold patterns, bright tones and technical details.

 

The Terrex DownBlaze Jacket is a lightweight down jacket which can be used either as a stand alone jacket, or a mid layer. Incorporating Primaloft ®Down Blend Gold, insulation made from a mixture of hydrophobic goose down with PrimaLoft® ultra-fine denier fibers, marries the warm to weight of down, with the water resistant and compressible characteristics of synthetic fibers. Thus, providing a high warmth rating, whilst able to with stand water and being stuffed in a rucksack more then solely down. All this is wrapped up in Pertex® Microlight outer, providing incredible strength and durability, with minimal weight.

 

Lightweight down jackets have seen a boom in recent years, with high streets full of outdoor favourites or cheaper copies. The versatility they offer, throughout the year, makes them for many a more viable option than their thicker counterparts. Add to this how small they can be stuffed into a pack, many winter runners now have the option of incredible warmth for the little extra weight they carry.

The first thing that stood out to me was the fit. It’s athletic. Whereas many sit on you, the DownBlaze hugs you, especially around the ribs. This provides an immediate feeling of warmth and will aid use as a midlayer under a hardshell. With this fit comes advice, where possible try in store first, as you may find yourself potentially upsizing. The length of the body and arms were just right.

Baffles – boxed or stitched, these are always a fundamental part of any successful insulated jacket. Adidas Outdoor describe their use of differential baffling as

“Differential baffling: reduces thermal bridges generated by stitch lines without adding weight through an H-baffle construction as every other baffle on the inside is wider, overlapping the stitching lines, increasing the heat retention value significantly”

 

Now, as you can imagine, this is a tricky one to test. However, what I can report is that I was never left wanting more heat. The jacket is deceptively warm and retains heat well.

More than anything, the stand out feature were the heat guards. The  jacket uses lycra cuffs on the neck, wrists and waist, which fit snuggly and retain heat. These cuffs are strategically placed to vastly reduce heat loss at key areas. Although we have become accustomed in recent years to lycra cuffs, the neck cuff works wonders. I can report no drafts. The waist is similar, with no adjustable draw cord, fumbling around with gloves is a thing of the past. Zip the jacket up and the athletic fit matches the contours of your body, with the guard closing off the bottom of the jacket.

Two hand warmer pockets provide ample storage, with one doubling up as a built in stuff sack.

Since I first put on the DownBlaze, it has steadily grown on me, to a jacket which accompanies me to races, camps and even sat around the house.  The fit isn’t for everyone, but in doing so it sets itself out from the crowd. With an abundance of technical features, the Adidas Terrex DownBlaze bodes well for the rest of the new Terrex range.