Patagonia Guide Jacket

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Weight 18.5 oz / 524 g
Fabric 7.6 oz 70-Denier Stretch Woven 92% Polyester, 47% Recycled / 8% Spandex, 4-Way Stretch / DelugeĀ® DWR Finish
Collar Fabric 5.5 oz 100% Polyester Brushed Microfleece



It's a great jacket for medium output hikes and climbs;…

Rating: rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $165


It's a great jacket for medium output hikes and climbs; not very warm for casual wear. If you will use it for being active, I would recommend this jacket, but not for around town. Durable, strong jacket.


  • Durable
  • Moves well
  • Hook and Loop wrist adjustments are quick and durable


  • High collar. Can have a cooling effect on cold days if innactive.

I bought this jacket based on online reviews. It's a good jacket, relatively breathable, simple and tough. It's water resistant, but take a shell if you'll be in more than a drizzle for very long; handles snow fine. Sleeves are a little longer, which is great for reaching and leaning without getting too exposed. I've mountain biked and gone running in this jacket, taken it to the mountains and worn it around town.

I'm 5'10" 165lbs and I bought the large. It was a little big but it was a little tight in the medium; even in the large, layering was a little challenging beyond a Capilene. I tried wearing my R-1 Pullover under it, but it limited movement and the jacket seemed to pull on the R-1. It just didn't fit well under the jacket.

I found that the jacket made me cold in the shoulders and back when I wore it on medium, cool days if I wasn't active. It has a thin fleece liner but it isn't for insulating as much as wicking.

I bought the Guide thinking I would climb in it but I don't end up going out on rainy days. I would still recommend it, but to people who need that kind of jacket.

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Patagonia's Guide Jacket page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Sharp granite, sticky verglas, untracked lines - enjoy them all in this all-around workhorse soft shell. Extremely durable and breathable, the jacket's 4-way-stretch polyester double weave allows for an excellent, updated fit (including slightly roomier at the bottom for layering ease) while resisting wind, water and snow. A microflleece lining on the collar, chin guard and wind flap complements the soft, brushed interior for next-to-skin comfort. A regular-coil, center-front zipper, three external pockets, articulated sleeves, a drawcord hem and simple, stretchy self-fabric cuffs round out the details.


Highly breathable, wind-resistant, stretch-woven recycled polyester with 4-way stretch is treated with a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish for wet-weather protectionBrushed interior for next-to-skin comfort and moisture managementMicrofleece-lined collar, chin guard and wind flapPockets: Two handwarmers with zipper garages, one left chest; Deluge DWR-treated zippers on all pocketsArticulated sleeves for enhanced mobility and full coverage during long reachesSleek, low-profile cuffsDual-adjust drawcord hem7.6-oz 70-denier stretch-woven 92% polyester (47% recycled)/8% spandex with 4-way stretch and Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Collar, chin guard, and wind flap: 5.5-oz 100% polyester brushed microfleece524 g (18.5 oz)Made in Vietnam Material: Recycled Polyester We recycle used soda bottles, unusable second quality fabrics and worn out garments into polyester fibers to produce many of our clothes.

- River Sports Outfitters

Description of Patagonia Guide JacketPatagonias most popular stretch-woven soft shell, the Guide Jacket combines stretch, wind-resistance and high levels of breathability with a moisture-wicking brushed interior.FeaturesBurly, highly breathable, wind-resistant, recycled polyester double-weave fabric with 4-way stretch is treated with a Deluge DWR durable water repellent finish for wet weather protectionBrushed interior for next-to-skin comfort and moisture managementChamois-lined collar, chin guard, and wind flapPockets two handwarmers with zipper garages, one left chestUpdated fit. Plus articulated sleeves for enhanced mobility and full coverage during long reachesSleek, low profile cuffsDual-adjust drawcord hem7.6-oz 70-denier 92 polyester 47 recycled double weave with 4-way stretch8 spandex, with a Deluge DWR durable water repellent finish. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program586 g 1 lb 4.7 ozMade in Vietnam

- US Outdoor Store

Patagonia's most popular polyester stretch-woven soft shell for climbs that demand durability and protection is a great combination of stretch, water-resistance, breathability and moisture management.