Pared-down and packable, the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is an H2No® Performance Standard 2.5-layer nylon waterproof/breathable hard shell for seriously wet weather.
Aside from stunning landscapes, Southern Patagonia is known for one thing: wet weather. For trekking and hiking in drenching conditions, our Torrentshell Jacket provides H2No® Performance Standard protection that's durable, lightweight and versatile. The 2.5-layer nylon jacket has a waterproof/breathable barrier, a DWR (durable water repellent) finish and stuffs into one of two zippered handwarmer pockets (with a carabiner clip-in loop). The hood rolls down, stows away, and has a laminated visor, the center zipper has minimal welt exterior and interior storm flaps and the ventilating pit zips have storm flaps and DWR-treated zippers. With a microfleece-lined neck, hook-and-loop cuff closures and a drawcord hem.
I was looking for a jacket that was robust and waterproof enough to keep dry when its raining hard, yet something that was light enough to comfortably run, as well as being compact enough to stuff it in my pack without it taking up too much room, or adding too much weight.
The Patagonia TorrentShell came very highly recommended by a good friend of mine, who works in an outdoors store during the week, and explores the extremes of Tasmania’s wilderness on the weekends. If there's any recommendations to take, its hers! She said “Richelle, this jacket keeps you dry in the toughest conditions, looks great, and best of all, it never rides up at the back when you are hiking or running with a backpack!”. I was sold. I then passed on specific purchase instructions to Shane, who was buying it for me as a “secret” birthday present!
Adventures So Far:
Excellent – so far I haven’t had any water permeate through the jacket, so I can’t fault it to date. I haven’t worn it in torrential rain just yet, but if my experience thus far is anything to go by, I'll be trusting it 100%.
Breathes pretty well, on warmer days when walking/running uphills and heating up Ive opened the underarm vents, which seems to help with getting too warm. At no point thus far have I sweated more than just a little bit when working hard. . On warmer days, I tend to get damp in my forearm/wrist area, but I put that down to sweat.
I love the microfleece neck cuff, very smooth and silky fabric against my neck. The underarm vents are very practical, the velcro cuff fasteners are functional and the stuff pack pocket very convenient. But my favourite parts by far are the hood that just sits on your head perfectly, without decreasing your peripheral vision, and the longer back on the jacket to ensure greatest coverage.
Comfort and Mobility
In terms of comfort and mobility, when im hiking and running, I don’t even notice I have this jacket on. And the true test was the XC Skiing, and again, didn’t even notice I had it on! The awesome thing about this jacket is that it doesn’t ride up even with a backpack on!
I bought 1 size bigger than my usual size to allow for the possibility of wearing my puffy jacket underneath.
Weight and bulk
At 320g it’s a lightweight jacket. I'm sure there are plenty lighter, but this was the lightest I found with multiple waterproof layers.
At $159.00 (AUD), I think for such a high quality lightweight jacket, this is great value for money. As an added bonus, its a Patagonia product, which I've always associated with great quality!
This jacket was purchased for me from Paddy Pallin in Launceston, Tasmania, in April 2014.
Colour: Tobago Blue
Size: Size XL