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Adidas Outdoor Agravic Alpha Shield Hoodie - Women's Review

Our Top Pick for Cold Days, the Shield has added Polartec padding in key areas to keep you warmer, even when wet.
Top Pick Award
Price:  $159 List | $159.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Targeted insulation, low-profile hood
Cons:  No chest pocket, heavier than most models
Manufacturer:   Adidas Outdoor
By Shey Kiester ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 27, 2018
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RANKED
#4 of 8
  • Wind Resistance - 20% 7
  • Breathability - 20% 7
  • Durability - 20% 7
  • Weight and Packability - 20% 8
  • Versatility - 10% 8
  • Water Resistance - 10% 6

The Skinny

Although the choice for our Editors' Choice winner was clearcut (the Patagonia Houdini easily stole the title), the race for Top Pick was tight, with several models receiving neck-in-neck scores. However, the Adidas Shield stood out from the other models, thanks to its unique targeted insulation. This model features Polartec padding on the front panels and shoulders, which our testers found to be an incredible addition for slightly chillier days. This addition does add to the product's overall weight, but, unlike the other padded model in our review (the Marmot Ether), the Shield maintains its packability impeccably well, making it an excellent choice for a wind layer that adds just a touch of insulation.

Color Updates

The peachy orange color we tested is no longer offered, but this wind jacket is still offered in some other colors, like the berry shade shown in the photo above.

October 2018


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Adidas Shield combines the wind-stopping benefits of nylon ripstop with opportunely placed Polartec padding that provides just the right amount of insulation to keep you warm on chillier days. With these traits, it snagged our Top Pick for Cold Days.

Value


At $159, the Shield is one of the most expensive models in our review, alongside the Arc'teryx Squamish. However, because this model brings another level to the classic windbreaker with its added insulation in key zones, we feel that the price is justified.

Performance Comparison


Although the Shield was not an overall top scorer, it matches up to several other models who performed decently across all of our scoring metrics. If you're looking for a similarly performing model, but you don't want added insulation, consider checking out other high scorers, like the Eddie Bauer Uplift or Rab Windveil.

With the selective insulation of the Adidas Agravic  we were able to stay warm while we planned our routes and cool while we executed the moves.
With the selective insulation of the Adidas Agravic, we were able to stay warm while we planned our routes and cool while we executed the moves.

Wind Resistance


When it came to wind resistance, the Shield was not the strongest-performing model in our review. Because of this model's relatively thin fabric, reviewers found that in gale-force winds, it was possible to get chilled, whereas other models, like the Patagonia Houdini or Arc'teryx Squamish, were more capable of handling strong and unrelenting winds.


However, our reviewers felt that the insulation of the Shield was enough to offset the damaging effects of its thinner fabric.

The insulation only in key areas of the Adidas Agravic helps to block some extra wind that its thin fabric just isn't quite up to.
The insulation only in key areas of the Adidas Agravic helps to block some extra wind that its thin fabric just isn't quite up to.

Of course, this calls the age-old debate of breathability versus wind resistance into the spotlight. What the shield lacks in total wind protection, it makes up for in breathability. If you're looking for a piece that will have you fully protected (and you don't mind if it breathes like a garbage bag), the Shield might not be for you.

The Adidas Agravic Shield pairs insulation to keep your core warm with a reasonably wind resistant and relatively breathable outer layer to let off the steam from all your outdoor adventures.
The Adidas Agravic Shield pairs insulation to keep your core warm with a reasonably wind resistant and relatively breathable outer layer to let off the steam from all your outdoor adventures.

Breathability


Because of the Shield's relatively thin fabric, we found that it was a bit more breathable than models like the Patagonia Houdini or Arc'teryx Squamish, which were excellent at keeping the wind out but did a pretty unimpressive job of letting perspiration out. Because of the Shield's unique combination of lightweight material, wind blocking benefits, and a bit of added insulation, it was our testers' favorite model to take out for a brisk run. (Especially because it only requires a full base layer underneath when conditions are fully brutal.)


Several other models in the test were comparable to the Shield when it came to breathability. The Eddie Bauer Uplift, Outdoor Research Tantrum, and the Rab Windveil received similar scores in this category. If you're looking for a decent balance between breathability and wind protection, any of these models would be a good choice for you.

Thanks to added insulation in targeted ones  the Adidas Agravic Shield was a favorite for high-output activities  in cold weather.
Thanks to added insulation in targeted ones, the Adidas Agravic Shield was a favorite for high-output activities in cold weather.

Durability


Throughout our tests, the models in our review were exposed to pretty burly conditions, whether it was at the crag enduring brushes with abrasive rock, shoved in the bottom of our packs, or battling the elements. While no model showed significant wear at the end of the three-month testing period, our testers identified several traits in some of the models that were red flags regarding overall durability. The Shield was identified as a model that, because of its relatively thin fabric, has a higher likelihood of wearing down over time.


With that said, the Shield has very few extra features with a high likelihood of breaking down. It lacks wrist cuffs or a bulky and breakable hood adjuster and both the main zipper and the two hand pocket zippers are beefy and don't seem likely to fail anytime soon. One tester did note that the fabric was apt to get caught in the pocket zipper when opening or closing it; a flaw that could lead to rips in the material. If you're planning on being super tough on your jacket and need a tougher model, we'd recommend the Eddie Bauer Uplift or Patagonia Houdini.

Our reviewers loved using this model for activity in cold temps  as it is relatively breathable for a wind breaker.
Our reviewers loved using this model for activity in cold temps, as it is relatively breathable for a wind breaker.

Weight and Packability


The Shield is one of the heavier models in our review, weighing in at 5.8 ounces; a full 2.4 ounces heavier than our lightest and most packable contender, the Patagonia Houdini. This weight difference is accounted for by the added insulation present in the front panels and shoulders of the jacket, which, for most of our reviewers, was worth the extra weight. If you are a real ounce counter, consider the Patagonia model or the equally light but slightly less packable Eddie Bauer Uplift.


If you aren't turned off by the relatively negligible 2.4 ounces added by the Shield's insulation profile, this piece packs down efficiently and easily into a tight package. Our reviewers were surprised by how well Adidas designed the Shield's pocket packability, as it is nearly as tight of a package as lighter models (with less material).

The Shield stuffs into it's own pocket and features a clip loop so you can easily attach it to whatever you're carrying or wearing.
The Shield stuffs into it's own pocket and features a clip loop so you can easily attach it to whatever you're carrying or wearing.

Versatility


Regarding versatility, the Shield was one of the more versatile models in our test, mostly due to its unique insulation profile and easy packability. This model transitions well from a chilly run to an alpine climb in windy conditions.


Although the Outdoor Research Tantrum was our reviewers' favorite for running, thanks to its innovative strap system, the Shield was a close second because it allowed the runner to forgo a base layer in most conditions. Plus, our reviewers loved taking this piece on mountain bike rides, as it offered more breathability than other models, while still protecting against breezes on the way down.

Our testers liked how easily the Adidas was able to handle both cool weather and sweaty activities.
Our testers liked how easily the Adidas was able to handle both cool weather and sweaty activities.

Water Resistance


This model, unlike many others in the review, lacks a DWR finish, and it shows. Reviewers noticed that the Shield was quick to become saturated with light precipitation. However, despite this, this model (once again) shines thanks to its insulation. Where other models might last a little longer before becoming saturated, this model provides a little extra protection against wet conditions. Because of the Polartec padding, testers found that once saturated, the Shield could be compared with another model that was equally saturated, and the Shield would be warmer.


The bottom line is that if you're packing a wind layer, you probably aren't too concerned about prolonged precipitation. If it occurs, it will likely be something that quickly passes by, allowing you to dry out afterward. In these cases, the Shield will keep you warmer than models like the Rab Windveil or Outdoor Research Tantrum that lack insulation.

The Agravic lacks a DWR finish  and doesn't handle light precipitation as well as many other jackets in this review that do boast DWR treatment.
The Agravic lacks a DWR finish, and doesn't handle light precipitation as well as many other jackets in this review that do boast DWR treatment.

Best Applications


The Shield is best-suited for a wide range of activities in colder weather when you need an added layer of warmth.

The Shield moves well regardless of what you're doing.
The Shield moves well regardless of what you're doing.

Conclusion


This piece is a classic do-it-all windbreaker that can protect you on an exposed ridgeline just as well as it does when you're getting miles on a trail run or crushing the local single track.

Climb  run  hike  bike or just enjoy the day in this unique windbreaker from Adidas.
Climb, run, hike, bike or just enjoy the day in this unique windbreaker from Adidas.


Shey Kiester