Patagonia Alpine Wind Jacket
Price Paid: Half price in sale.
I wanted to try this type of lined windproof as my partner wears a Marmot one (the company that started it all off years ago). I have had wind shells in a similar fabric before and found that they didn't hold up very well to abrasion but this time I thought that if I took care of it, it should last.
Unfortunately, it isn't very tough. The outer material feels nice and looks fine but just doesn't resist tearing that well.
Fit is ok, typical Patagonia for shells (insulated pieces can be baggy): slim torso/chest and longish arms.
Pockets are also typical Patagonia: not in the right place for a technical jacket, which means they are covered by a hip belt.
The arms are not articulated enough and the material can drag just using trekking poles.
There is a newer fabric being made which has a kind of textured feel and a slight stretch. I would say look out for something made in this material as it is much tougher. If you get something in the regular windproof (smooth face, no stretch) then go for something heavier as used by Paramo UK, for example.
That being said, I now think lined windproofs are wonderful, especially over short sleeved baselayers, so I will be getting a better design once I fully destroy this.
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The Patagonia Men's Alpine Wind Jacket is a versatile, lightweight windshirt built for blustery alpine conditions. Wear it alone on breezy multi-pitch rock routes, or layer under your shell when you click into your skis for a tour. The brushed mesh lining adds a touch of warmth and helps wick moisture, while the stretch-woven underarm panels increase air flow on strenuous pitches or steep skin tracks. A DWR coating on the ripstop shell sheds light rain and snow when the clouds roll in.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
From shielding your core from brisk morning winds, to providing an insulating layer during high-mountain exploits, the Alpine Wind Jacket from Patagonia is a do-it-all windshirt combining layering versatility with weather-resisting performance. Wear it as a wind- and water-resisting outer layer on predawn bike rides, and layer it under an outer layer during your on-mountain pursuits for increased warmth via the breathable brushed polyester lining.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Alpine Wind Jacket (Spring 2010) FEATURES of the Men's Alpine Wind Jacket by Patagonia Lightweight, breathable polyester ripstop fabric with Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish Slightly brushed polyester-mesh liner wicks moisture and dries fast Stretch-woven underarm panels provide breathability, stretch for unimpeded range of motion DWR finish on center-front zipper Elastic cuffs Pockets: exterior chest, zippered handwarmers Drawcord hem Reflective heat-transfer logo Slim fit SPECIFICATIONS: Weight: (11.5 oz) 326 g Fabric: Shell: 1.3-oz 20-denier 100% polyester ripstop. Panels: 4.6-oz 75-denier 90% all-recycled polyester/10% spandex. Shell and panels have Deluge DWR finish. Lining: 100% polyester brushed tricot mesh. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
A super lightweight, lined windshirt for alpine pursuits, Patagonia's Alpine Wind jacket excels as a stand-alone shell for blustery rock climbs, cool-weather trail runs, and high-output ski tours.
- EMS refers to the men's version