There’s a lot to consider when choosing the best men’s jacket for technical sport-performance, weather protection, or simply what speaks to your own style. Do your homework without spending all your time on research or getting lost in technical terms. Use this quick reference guide to figure out what men’s jacket elevates your look for nights in the city or to break your PR on a windy run.
Weather protected men’s coats & jackets
Be super-human and repel moisture and block the wind. Lightweight jackets like water-resistant men’s hooded windbreakers will weather the breeze in light rain and mist. Modern windbreakers typically improve breathability with back ventilation and adjustable drawcord hems to help keep you comfortable during mild-weather runs. For the most reliable protection, wind and waterproof technologies go hand in hand. You might not be able to predict extreme weather changes, but control what you can with outerwear made of technical fabrics like climaproof® or climastorm which will wind and waterproof you in seriously stormy weather.
Most rainwear is treated with a durable water-repellent (DWR) finish. DWR coating won’t impair breathability because it protects the individual fibers of the jacket, rather than covering the entire shell. If water sits on your rain jacket’s surface, it’s doing its job. If you notice darkness or dampness where water sat, then it means your DWR application has been compromised. This could be from repeated washings, or outdoor soils and body oils.
Expert tip: Some DWR performance coating can be renewed after washing the parka and placing in the dryer on low or medium heat. If that doesn’t do the trick then use a spray-on product to restore the water-repellent technology.
Performance inspired men’s vests & jackets
Breathability has been a game-changer for outdoor practice on the pitch. Technologies like climacool® move sweat vapor from your body through the shell of a jacket. Lighter moisture-wicking fabrics like climalite® built into many vests and track jackets can make the difference between pushing through cold and clammy sweat that bogs you down, or sustained momentum as you stay fresh and dry during daily doubles. For odor resistance and UV protection look for a men’s jacket made with 37.5® technology typically found in a soft outer layer that provides lightweight insulation and brushed lining for warmth during chilly power sessions.
Determine which special features you need and when
The construction of a men’s jacket is as important as the technologies it’s designed with. Look for these special features to meet your needs:
Look good, feel good jackets
Try on men’s jackets in various cuts and fabrics in different sizes to see how they feel and look on you. You might be surprised at what you see. If you are trying to create a specific look, search the store online first. Or head into the store to have a team member help you achieve that style. For those looking for inspiration try a fresh combination of a classic track jacket silhouette in a simple slim fit to go from street to field for polished style and a comfortable feel. Distinguish yourself in casual adidas, athletic –luxe looks inspired by Tokyo Street style that feature soft textures, and unexpected details for a modern twist of fashion and sport.