adidas ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket
By Kickntrue on 11/25/08
Reviewed by Andrew Brown

The adidas ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket provides a little bit of everything for golf rain protection. The jacket can be worn three ways- with long sleeves, with short sleeves, and with no sleeves as a vest. That's pretty cool considering my number one beef with most rain gear is that it is just too hat to wear in the summer. Even short sleeve rain gear- on a steamy summer day makes you want to take every drop of water you can get- just to cool off. Problem solved.

From adidas:
"Our ambition was to reinvent the rain jacket to make it more versatile, so it can be worn in a variety of conditions, and to make it less restrictive, so that every type of shot can be executed with absolute freedom," said Tiss Dahan, adidas Golf's senior director of apparel. "Judging by the positive feedback we've received from our Tour Staff professionals and the many other players we worked with to develop this jacket, we succeeded."

The ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket unites advanced structural design and modern four-way stretch properties to eliminate excess material that would otherwise get in the way of the swing. That includes a thin-yet-warm removable 360-¦ compression wrap inner layer that also delivers increased support and precludes the need for a liner, eliminating bulk. An athlete can make a full swing with complete freedom while wearing this jacket, and can also chip and putt without the distraction of excess material impeding the motion of the arms and hands.

* Convertible sleeves with stretch-elbow articulation for easy movement
* Shaped and adjustable cuffs for snug, comfortable fit
* Inner collar that flips up for added protection from the elements
* Bonded paneling in critical comfort zones to eliminate seams that can rub, chafe and irritate
* Waterproof zipper that makes a storm flap unnecessary
* Innovative silicone grippers on each shoulder that prevent bag-strap slippage
* Concealed venting for excellent breathability
* Concealed internal right pocket
* Waterproof to 20,000 mm
* Breathable to 15,000g/m2/24hrs
Basically what that all means is that a heck of a lot of technology goes into something a lot of people simply see as stylish.

So does it work? Sure does. I tried to get wet while wearing it and couldn't get it done. Removing the sleeves and re-attaching is a simple process that could be done on the course as needed. My version of the ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket is black and my wife thought I looked pretty darn good it in- I'm not going to lie.

No product is perfect and the ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket is no exception. One of the features adidas boasts is "a thin-yet-warm removable 360-¦ compression wrap inner layer that also delivers increased support and precludes the need for a liner, eliminating bulk." I didn't find the "no bulk" claim to hold up. Anyone with even a little gut will take this out after trying on the jacket one time. It may not add a lot of bulk to the outside appearance (though it does add some), but it does feel very uncomfortable. The good news is that it zips right out and unless you're playing in 35 degree temperatures you'll be just fine by bundling up a bit under the jacket.

The other potential is the cost. I'm all for paying for quality but the MSRP for the adidas ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket is $275. Toss in another $170 for the pants and you're wearing a pretty expensive rain suit, in any economy. For that cost- I may just choose to avoid playing in the rain or accepting the fact that I may get wet.

If you have the dough and want to stay dry the adidas ClimaProof Storm 3-Way Convertible Jacket will do the trick. You'll look great and be the envy of your soaked playing partners. You can learn more about the product from adidas HERE.

If the jacket is a little out of your price range but you'd love to have one... you could always get lucky... HINT HINT.


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