The Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY jacket is part of the brand’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection. It is designed to be an entry level raincoat for general use, as well as for hiking and walking if needed. You can pick it up in one of five colorways (blue, black, olive, lime and grey) at a UK RRP of £100.
Adidas’ Terrex range tops our ranking of the best waterproof jackets, with the Adidas Terrex MYSHELTER Gore-Tex Active Jacket earning five stars in our review. But this jacket is a considerably more expensive option than the one I’m reviewing here. So how does this budget jacket compare? Here is my review of the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY jacket.
Test of the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY jacket: design and manufacture
The first and most obvious thing that strikes you when picking up the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY Jacket is the soft-touch fabric, a key clue that comfort and breathability rather than outright technical performance are the order of the day. day here. The shell is a waterproof 100% recycled polyester plain weave, while the liner is a similar blend of 100% recycled polyester plain weave and mesh in the back and hood. Obviously, the use of recycled materials is a big deal here, and there’s no indication that quality has been compromised – indeed, if Adidas hadn’t made a point of telling you about it, you really wouldn’t know anything different. . As it should be.
The hood is an interesting design, with no drawstring or any kind, but an elastic ring inside to hold it in place. There’s a slight stiffening in the visor, and the whole thing rolls up for storage in the high collar, with two snaps to secure it. Two zippered hand pockets provide a place to put your hands or snacks, but not much else, as they’re relatively comfortable. The bottom hem is adjustable, thanks to a standard drawstring and smarter adjusters than the ‘tighten to unlock’ standard.
Elsewhere the Velcro fastenings on the cuffs are present and correct, and the main zipper has a good storm flap and a soft beard guard at the top. Overall the build quality is good, with plenty of detail such as bartacks in the corners of the pockets and good, large fabric loops on the YKK zippers for ease of use.
Test of the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY jacket: comfort and performance
The big thing you get with an unorthodox case like this is extra comfort, with the material feeling soft to the touch and, well, really like polyester. The mesh back and front lining combine to increase that feeling of comfort, making it feel like a street jacket rather than a technical shell. The hem adjusters and cuff adjusters work as shown, and the hand pockets are well placed and provide natural lodgings for your mittens.
The hood is a bit of a weak point. While it’s roomy enough to (just) take a helmet, the lack of adjustability means the extra space is bulky and ample. While the elastic helps a bit, it’s not enough to hold things in place, and certainly not enough to deal with crosswinds or anything exposed at a distance.
The polyester weave is slightly breathable, albeit slightly, so comfort when moving is good, and there’s plenty of windproof capability too. While our sample performed well in wind and rain, this breathability indicates that once the DWR wears off the jacket might get wet more easily, but that’s pure speculation. One odd thing that stood out was the fabric’s surprisingly forceful stain absorption. Even treated relatively carefully, the test jacket picked up many small black spots very quickly, although this may well be tester incompetence.
Test of the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY jacket: verdict
Overall, performance is quite reasonable for an entry-level jacket, and the improved comfort of the softer fabric makes the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY Jacket much more of a jacket than a technical shell. It’s also quiet in use, which is nice. The packable hood is a weak point from a rigorous outdoor perspective, but a plus if you plan to stick mostly to good weather and short walks, as it can be stowed out of the way when not not used.
It’s pretty critical to keep the price in mind here too, as jackets with a much lower RRP than that will be pretty mediocre, and comparing it to technical shells at double or triple the price is no fight fair. As it stands, the Adidas Terrex Multi RAIN.RDY Jacket offers a solid entry point for outdoor jackets in need of a versatile street/off-road flavor.
Be sure to check out our Adidas discount codes page to see if you can cut the cost.