When shopping for the proper clothing to accompany me on my travels, I usually look for some very specific qualities. I want gear that is lightweight, highly packable, and performs well, even when weather conditions take a turn for the worse. I appreciate durability and versatility of course, and if it happens to look good, and have an affordable price, than all the better. That happens to be a more than apt description of the Wandertag Jacket from Adidas, a comfortable outer shell designed specifically for outdoor and travel pursuits.
Adidas is a brand that is closely associated with sports like soccer, basketball, tennis, or running. But over the past few years, the company has been quietly building an outstanding outdoor brand as well. The outdoor and adventure travel gear that make up this line feature a number of excellent products for hiking, backpacking, and trail running. Much of that gear features innovative designs, technical materials, and well thought out features that help make it versatile enough for use while traveling too. The Wandertag jacket falls squarely into that category, giving adventure travelers an extra layer that will keep them warm and dry in a variety of climates.
Made from a proprietary material called Climaproof, the Wandertag is built to perform well in inclement weather. Those fabrics were designed by Adidas to both repel moisture, and breathe efficiently, venting out warm air, while keeping the body from getting too hot or too cool depending on the conditions.
The Climaproof fabrics are put to good use in this jacket, and as a result, it is very comfortable to wear on active excursions when cool temperatures, wind, rain, or light snow are in the forecast.
The designers at Adidas also had the forethought to include a comfortable stand-up collar to add further protection from the wind, and a stow-away hood that can be cleverly hidden inside that collar when not in use.
A mesh-lined interior also helps to vent moisture away from the body, which aids greatly in keeping the wearer comfortable in damp environments. These small touches give the impression that this jacket wasn't just thrown to together haphazardly, but was crafted with outdoor enthusiasts and travelers in mind.
The Wandertag's excellent performance in bad weather is just one feature that makes it a good choice for active travelers however. It also features zipped external pockets that are great for keeping important items secure, including small cameras, a cell phone, or even some cash. A hidden internal pocket is a welcome addition too, giving the wearer a place to conveniently stow a wallet or passport far from the prying eyes of would-be thieves.
I especially appreciated that the Wandertag delivered such outstanding performance while still managing to remain incredibly lightweight. It also compresses down to a size that makes it very easy to pack too, allowing travelers to take it with them wherever they go. As someone who likes to travel as light as possible, I expect my gear to perform at a high level, without adding undue bulk to my bags. This jacket was comfortable to wear and provided good protection from the weather, but when it wasn't in use I could easily stuff it into my daypack and forget that I was even carrying it with me.
It was always good to know it was there if I needed it, but it didn't slow me down any either.
The jacket also happens to have a very stylish look that adds to its overall versatility too. Often times, clothing designed for the use in the outdoors have an overly technical design that looks like it was meant for use on a trail. But the Wandertag will be right at home in the backcountry, wandering around town, or heading out for dinner with friends. That is something travelers can appreciate as well, as means having to carry fewer items with us when we hit the road.
Perhaps the best feature of the Wandertag is the price. Adidas sells this jacket for just $84, which is an outstanding value for a piece of outdoor gear that performs this well. While it won't compete with some of the high end jackets designed for alpine trekking or climbing, it is an exceptional value for those who don't need that level of performance out of their gear.
That said, with its ability to resist wear and tear, the Wandertag is a high enough quality product that it will accompanying you on many adventures for years to come.
One word of caution for those considering purchasing this jacket however. The Wandertag's design is built to be form fitting, and as such, it runs a bit on the smaller size. If you prefer your jackets to offer a more spacious fit, you may want to consider moving up a size to gain more room. The same holds true if you plan to use this jacket as part of a layering system, with the potential of adding a base layer or a fleece pullover underneath. You'll be glad that you have the extra space, as the Wandertag's cut can be a bit confining otherwise.
Other than that one word of warning, this jacket is a product that is easy to recommend. It looks great, it's lightweight, and it performs and an incredibly high level. Factor in the very competitive price, and Adidas has a real winner on its hands. You can even pair it with the Wandertag pants for more protection from the elements.