The Terrex Agravic Primaloft Jacket is, simply put, a really nice jacket. The name is a bit of a mouthful though so I’ll refer to as the TAP jacket for the rest of the review. Since getting a sample to test I have taken this jacket with me everywhere, used it rock climbing in the desert, ice climbing in the Rockies, skiing on the north coast, out to the pub and walking for groceries. It feels amazing to wear as it hugs the body with a very soft and warm embrace. Equally at home in an urban as alpine environment the TAP jacket is, to repeat myself, just a really nice, soft and comfortable jacket and it has become my go-to for just about everything.
As the name would suggest the TAP is a synthetic jacket. It has Pertex Quantum GL outer fabric with Primaloft Gold insulation (80gr). The Quantum GL offers the best strength to weight ratio of any Pertex fabric is very soft to the touch making it feel great to wear. The Primaloft Gold insulation really complements the Pertex outer. It’s a high performance insulating material that is water resistant, breathable, lightweight and very soft. The fabrics work well together and I was pleasantly surprised to find, when I got caught in a sudden downpour, that the jacket is quite water resistant and kept me dry through the short storm. Now it’s not a hardshell mind you but it holds its own which is more than I can say for many of my insulated jackets.
Now that we’ve covered the materials let look into the pocket configuration. The TAP sports a measly 3 pockets, two hand pockets and a left side external breast pocket. The hand pockets are low profile and streamlined while still being roomy and comfortable to use. The breast pocket is accessed from the outside of the jacket and is quite large. I found that I was often mistaking the breast pocket zipper for the main zipper and so removed the zipper pull string. Unfortunately there are no inside pockets which can be nice for a phone, bars and other things that you want to keep warm and dry.
The main zipper on the jacket has a tendency to get caught in the underlying fabric when the jacket is damp. While this is easy to undue it can be annoying at times and lead ultimately lead to the demise of the zipper on the test jacket.
One feature that I absolutely love about this jacket is that it keeps the wind out. This is accomplished by a thin layer of stretchy fabric that runs along the bottom of the jackets that, almost imperceptibly, maintains contact with my waist/upper legs sealing in the warmth.
I’ve taken this jacket just about everywhere with me since getting a sample to test out because it’s warm and feels great to wear, what more can you ask. While it’s not available until January 2016 this jacket’s worth looking out for.
Pros: Great fit, very soft & warm and it keeps the wind out.
Cons: No inside pockets, main zipper can get caught on the fabric when the jacket is damp.
Overall: I really love it, one of my all-time favourite pieces. Once I started wearing it the Terrex Agravic Primaloft jacket it quickly became my go-to for almost everything. I wear it around the house, out for dinner, skiing, ice climbing, etc. and really that says it all.
A test sample was provided by Adidas but this of course does not affect the review. Photos by Raf.