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Adidas Terrex Myshelter Waterproof Jacket | Review

Adidas has struck a great balance between weight and features with the all-new Terrex Myshelter Waterproof Jacket

Why We Chose It: Breathable, versatile, feature-packed


It’s fair to say that Adidas have really burst onto the hiking and trail running scene in recent years. A combination of a large R&D budget and in-house design teams means the brand is constantly coming up with novel ways around traditional designs.

We’ve been consistently impressed with the Terrex running shoe range – the Free Hiker Parley comes to mind – and we’re happy to say that the same goes for their rainwear collection with this, the Terrex Myshelter Waterproof Jacket.

Photo: Chris Johnson

Who Is The Adidas Terrex Myshelter Gore-Active Waterproof Jacket For?

Given that mix of low weight and features, this jacket is ideal for fast and light adventures like, say, a long-distance fast-packing trips around the UK where you require full weather protection. While many lighter waterproof jackets will be lacking in the essential features for long distance trips, the Adidas Terrex Myshelter is more than capable of keeping you going after hours on the trail.

Materials and Construction

As the name suggests, this waterproof jacket is made using a Gore-Tex Active membrane. For those unaware, Active represents the lightest and most breathable 3-layer technology in Gore-Tex’s evolving lineup. It involves a thin face fabric, lightweight membrane and an equally thin c-knit backer material in an effort to keep the weight as low as possible.

“The Adidas Terrex Myshelter is more than capable of keeping you going after hours on the trail.”

Although we’d stop short of calling this a particularly durable waterproof jacket, Gore-Tex has improved their Active technology in recent years to make sure that the material can survive a life in the outdoors. While previous iterations of Gore-Tex Active could wear out from frequent use with a heavy backpack, this new Active achieves a touch more durability, all with the breathable qualities we’ve come to know and love from this membrane technology.

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson


Something this jacket has that sets it apart, from the sometimes confusing amount of waterproof jackets on the market right now, is the use of Gore-Tex Active alongside a packed feature set. With many brands using heavy fabrics for feature-heavy designs and lightweight fabrics with minimal designs, it’s refreshing to see this approach from Adidas.

Features include two pockets at the hip, a large helmet-compatible hood, pit zips and oversized zipper pulls that can be used with gloves. There are also beefed up adjustable velcro cuffs to help seal out any incoming harsh weather and on the inside of the jacket you’ll find an inner chest pocket. The whole thing is then wrapped up with reflective detailing to keep you visible during dark evenings on the hill.

This combination of lightweight materials and impressive level of features brings the jacket up to a weight of 360 grams. Nothing too shabby at all.

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“I’ve tested this through a mix of trail running and hiking in Snowdonia and I’ve been really impressed. For me, it strikes the perfect balance between weight, durability and features and it comes across as a real all-rounder jacket that I could see myself using for all kinds of things.”

James Forrest testing the Myshelter at the Outdoor 100 Test Team Weekend. Photo: Jamie Barnes

“I’ve come across plenty of lightweight jackets in the past which, in reality, really aren’t going to bring you much protection when you’re out running or hiking through heavy wind and rain, but I’d count on this to do the job through some very, very harsh stuff. You can really knuckle down in it.

“One thing to bear in mind is that it has a surprisingly baggy fit. I’m 5 foot 10 and of an average build and I had this a medium, which is my usual size, but I found the cut very loose on me. It gives plenty of room underneath for a warm layer (or two) but does also feel a little bit flappy for a ‘fast and light’ jacket. However, given the trend for these jackets to be very close-fitting and ‘athletic’, almost to the point of being impractical, I actually quite like that it’s cut differently.”


Photo: Chris Johnson

Adidas Terrex Myshelter Waterproof Jacket

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