Adidas has gone back to the drawing board for 2008, and its US$130 adiStar CP Rain jacket reflects the German company's focus on dedicated fabrics and functionality so you and I can stay warm, stay dry and enjoy the ride longer this time of year.
It wasn't long ago where there were two options with staying dry while riding a bike: the cheap translucent shower-curtain rain cape used for ages in the pro peloton, or the spendy GoreTex jacket that left you drenched with sweat after 10 minutes in the saddle.
Adidas uses an asymmetrical zip with fabric flap to protect the neck and chin, while providing a generous rear flap to keep the bum dry, something other companies have been quick to mimic.
The company chose ClimaProof Formotion material to keep the weight down to a paltry 4.5oz/128g and when coupled with a wind-proof vest of longsleeve jersey, this is all the jacket you'll need above 45 degrees F. There are reflective yet subtle highlights throughout the fully seam-sealed garment while the rear pocket is both easily accessible and useful, and includes a backlight loop for a blinky if needed. Handwashing in cold water is best (you'll need it after every ride), and remember to drip dry - NEVER put ultra-thin clothing into the dryer.
Layering is key when road riding, and a thin, membrane-like shell that can be balled up and stuffed into a jersey pocket is indispensible. At US$130, there's lots to love about the adidas adiStar CP Rain jacket, and after several rides (and subsequent washings), the jacket has become a winter favourite, offering excellent breathability, and wonderful value.
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