La Sportiva Adjuster Jacket ReviewMarch 28, 2014
- Tough face fabric
- Super-clean finish
- Dedicated media pocket
- Excellent adjustments and closures
- Hood wasn’t happy over or under a helmet
With distinctly Euro-inspired styling, the Adjuster is a sweet ski-touring jacket for the fashion-conscious randonneer. Its beautiful detailing and solid build made it our go-to around-town jacket for crummy weather, though some of its unique features limited its utility for other mountain sports.
Even though the non-Windstopper panels on this jacket stood up to harsh conditions as well as any non-membrane softshell fabric we’ve tested, we would have liked to see the Gore Windstopper fabric on the hood of the Adjuster. And while the abundance of exposed stitching on the jacket’s exterior seemed to accelerate the absorption of moisture in wet weather, it was a minor liability.
The non-Windstopper back-panel and pitzips kept our humidity levels from getting out of control while hiking in cold weather, but the Adjuster was too warm and windproof for much aerobic exertion in temps above 35F.
Casual mobility was quite good, but the square-shouldered patterning limited our range of motion when reaching high or when crossing our arms.
A tailored fit, decent stretch, and delightful lining fleeces made this softy exceedingly comfortable; little finishing touches of microfleece at the hem and cuffs were unexpected pleasures.
Attention to Detail
The Sportiva designers got in their own way here: the one-way pitzips were nearly useless with a pack on, the hood was the least weatherproof part of the jacket (no Windstopper), and most of the accent-stitching served only to wick moisture toward the inside. Make no mistake—attention was certainly paid to every detail. Unfortunately, it seemed that the function of some features was subordinated to the form.
Despite its lovely construction and comfortable burliness, the Adjuster’s premium price tag seemed unnecessarily steep.