Patagonia M10 Jacket
Price Paid: $329
I have long owned a Patagonia wind shell, and recently had the pleasure of getting a second jacket from Patagonia - the M10 Rain Jacket.
I love this jacket for a few simple reasons:
- it fits close to the body, leaving you free to move as you want (and not feel like the Michelin Man or like you're wearing a tent...)
- it is SUPER light weight — there's little more to it than an outside shell and a few zippers.
- it's robust - I haven't taken it climbing yet, but the material makes a very solid impression, especially considering its light weight
- it's nothing more than it should (or needs to) be: elastic cord pulls, sealed zippers, one pocket (and two under-arm vents that double as reserve pockets), a thin visor (just enough to give the hood some shape) and a teeny bit of fleece just where you need it.
I looked a few alternatives from Jack Wolfskin, Sierra Designs, Mountain Hardwear and even Arc'teryx - and only Arc'teryx came close in terms of the total solution. But they were a bit more expensive, and the fit wasn't as close-cut. I'm a slender guy, so this was a key selling point for me. That means there's not much room underneath, but enough for a down sweater or a light insulating layer.
I wear the jacket with a wool T-Shirt, and that's usually enough in spring/fall. In summer the jacket can get a bit sticky, particularly if you're working hard. But it dries out fast, too. Wearing a full-length thin layer (like Nike's compression underwear (4 stars) or Icebreaker's lightest shirts (5 stars)) prevents this, though, and lets the jacket do its job better.
Yes, it's expensive, but it's well made (Patagonia, right?!) well thought through and looks good in addition!
Price Paid: $399
Owned the M10 for a couple of months and have used it canoeing, trekking and cycling. Very satisfied with breathability, and it keeps heavy rains outside.
Only drawback is that the armpit vents are a bit too difficult to pull down using only one hand, but that's pretty common I guess.
Looking forward to testing it on some rough climbs and powder skiing in winter.
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The Patagonia M10 Jacket is the lightest H2No Performance Standard hard shell we make, the 3-layer waterproof/breathable M10 Jacket is a study in minimalism and performance.
Alpine dash essentials: rope, skeleton rack, M10 Jacket on your back It's an alpine climbing jacket made for those who thrive on thin and technical climbs infull alpine conditions A study in minimalism, and the lightest H2No Performance Standard hard shell we make, the 3-layer waterproof/breathable M10 Jacket is a must-have for both our alpine and rock climbing ambassadors The soft, pliable waterproof/breathable nylon ripstop fabric yields surprising durability for its weight and protects against monsoon-season precip and summit ridge gusts Patagonia simplified the design, eliminated the pit-zips and handwarmer pockets - the ambassadors didn't want 'em - and gave it a single exterior zippered chest pocket that doubles as a stuffsack (with reinforced clip-in loop) Details include sonically welded seams with the narrowest possible tape, watertight zippers, a microfleece-lined neck and chin and cuffs that adjust withminimalist hook-and-loop closures A single pull adjusts the helmet-compatible hood (with laminated visor) and a drawcord hem blocks out spindrift backdraft Slim fit for technical use over light-to-medium layers
Moving fast in full-on alpine conditions requires a balance of low weight and durable protection--in other words, it requires the Patagonia Men's M10 Jacket. Three layers of H2No Performance waterproof, windproof, and breathable nylon ripstop with a DWR finish fend off nasty weather while keeping a low-profile, slim silhouette for efficient climbing. Sonically welded seams with super-narrow tape and watertight zips ensure against drafts and leaks; and a single-pull adjustable hood with laminated visor keeps your head protected and your vision clear.
Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's M10 Jacket DECENT FEATURES of the Patagonia Men's M10 Jacket H2No Performance Standard shell is built with 3-layer waterproof/ breathable nylon ripstop with a Deluge DWR finish Full-zip jacket has watertight, coated zipper with Deluge DWR finish and single-pull, adjustable helmet-compatible hood with laminated visor Microfleece-lined neck and chin for comfort Single, exterior zippered left chest pocket has watertight, coated zipper with Deluge DWR finish for wet-weather protection Garment self stuffs into chest pocket with sturdy carabiner clip-in loop Self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures Drawcord hem The SPECS of the Patagonia Men's M10 Jacket Slim fit Weight: 7.9 oz / 224 g H2No Performance Standard Shell: 3-layer, 2.2-oz 15-denier 100% nylon ripstop with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.