The Adidas Shield stands out from the other windbreakers in this review due to its unique targeted insulation. This jacket features Polartec padding on the front panels and shoulders, which our testers found to be an incredible addition for slightly chillier days, without taking too much away from breathability.
Though the available colors continue to change over time, the features of this jacket remain the same. So while you may no longer be able to find the color we tested, our performance findings are still true of the updated colors, one of which is the black shown above.
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Adidas Agravic Alpha Shield is a full-zip, hooded jacket made of 100% ripstop nylon. It features two zippered hand pockets and weighs 5.8 ounces.
When it comes to wind resistance, the Shield is not the strongest-performing model in our review. In stiff winds, the thin fabric didn't do an outstanding job keeping the breeze out. Better performing thin models include the Patagonia Houdini and Rab Vital Hooded Windshell. However, we feel that the insulation is enough to offset some of the detriments of its thinner fabric.
Because of the Adidas' relatively thin fabric, it is a bit more breathable than more wind and water resistant models. Because of the Shield's unique combination of lightweight material, wind blocking benefits, and a bit of added insulation, it was one of our testers' favorite models to take out for a run on a brisk morning.
Weight and Packability
The Shield is about an average weight for windbreakers in this review, weighing in at 5.8 ounces. Considering the added insulation value you get for this weight, we feel it's a pretty excellent trade-off. If you expect to experience changing weather conditions, we think the extra weight of the Adidas is worth it.
The Agravic Shield is one of the more versatile models in our review, due to its unique combination of targetted insulation, breathability, and compactness. This jacket performed well in many different high output activities, from running to mountain biking to climbing. This jacket easily transitions from chilly mornings to windy days.
This windbreaker, unlike many other technical models in this review, lacks a DWR finish and it shows. We noticed this jacket is quick to become saturated with light precipitation. However, despite this, it (once again) shines thanks to its insulation. Though many of the other jackets lasted a little longer before becoming saturated, the insulation of the Adidas provides a little extra protection against wet conditions. Because of the Polartec padding, we found that once saturated, the Shield keeps us warmer than other, uninsulated models that are equally as saturated.
The Shield is one of the most expensive models in this review. However, it combines a unique set of traits with its targeted insulation and a breathable outer layer that just might be the right suite of features for the activities you fill your life with.
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. This piece is a classic do-it-all windbreaker that can protect you on an exposed ridgeline as well as it does when you're getting miles on a trail run or crushing the local single track.
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