Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150
It was a great rain coat while it lasted, but I was disappointed with how the waterproofing held up over a few years.
- Great colors
- Smooth zippers
- The hood tightens nicely during high winds
- Lost waterproofing after a year
I've had the Rain Shadow for a few years and loved it for the first year. After about a year it completely lost its waterproof quality and the inner layer started shedding. It started to feel sort of like a moist baggy, holding in moisture instead of keeping it out.
I wish the waterproofing had lasted longer because it was great while it lasted. You can cinch it down on the hood and waist really well during high winds.
Price Paid: gift
If used for the intended purpose, this is a very fine rain/foul weather jacket if properly maintained. In my mind, this jacket is a lightweight windproof, waterproof, and reasonably breathable shell with some features that make it appropriate for three-season hiking and sports, and moderate winter conditions.
I would feel some hesitation using this in the worst four-season weather or hardcore mountaineering, but I don't think it was intended for that. I have owned this jacket for a few years and rotate it with a more robust North Face shell that I use for hard winter conditions.
This is an un-insulated shell made from Patagonia's H2No fabric, a coated polyurethane with tiny pores that allow condensation to escape. I have found this works pretty well so long as you treat the jacket occasionally with a wash-in DWR coating like Nikwax, so rain beads on the outside of the fabric. The jacket is extremely lightweight, a plus in most conditions. It sizes large, so it might be vulnerable to extreme conditions and tends to flap hard in strong winds, one of my reasons for disliking it for extreme cold and high winds.
It is not reinforced in areas that tend to wear like elbows and shoulders. In a few years of use, no seam tape delamination, no loose stitches, no tears despite a lot of hiking - it's pretty well constructed, and the quality is very good. without the Nikwax, it doesn't breath nearly as well and tends to feel a little like a wet baggie.
The front zipper is waterproof and backed by fabric but leaks air in high winds. The jacket has two large front pockets which are very handy, and two substantial pit zips. The zippers are initially quite stiff and a little hard to open, but they tend to work more easily with some use.
In terms of features, it has some nice touches but does not have a lot of bells and whistles, which I think is a good thing. There is an adjustable elastic shock-cord along the bottom hem, and the hood is adjustable with elastic cords on either side and around the back.
I particularly like the hood pull setup, which allows the hood to be tightened by simply pulling down. The hood is very adjustable, and when pulled in, works in a downpour and provides good visibility. The cuffs of the sleeves are very loose but close with a plastic velcro strip. It took me a while to get accustomed to this, but i have grown to like the simplicity of it.
In addition to some of the shortcomings identified above, I think there are fabrics that breath better, and this fabric doesn't have the best 'feel,' it's kind of slick.
Then again, this is a bargain compared to high-end shells.
Price Paid: GBP 100.00
Fit is relaxed, not athletic like Patagonia's climbing stuff, so it will layer well over almost anything but tends to feel baggy and is not long enough in the hem.
Nice light weight but this doesn't help when you want to use the stiff waterproof zips and end up using two hands to open a pocket or the pits.
Plastic cuffs do not work very well in closing and staying open and should open a bit wider.
Hood is ok, visibility is ok, drawcords for the hood front are not so great, being a Patagonia special foam design using friction.
Front zip is starting to peal away at the waterproof cover, and again is too stiff for one handed use. It could use a breast pocket on the outside but then the idea of lightweight design would begin to be compromised.
Good for around town or carrying in a pack on a summer mountain hike.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
The Patagonia Rain Shadow Jacket is the ultimate rain jacket. Completely water and windproof, extremely durable, and stylish to boot, this jacket offers optimal protection without all the bells and whistles of pricier pieces. H2No(R) waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer tear-resistant fabric Interior surface texture channels moisture away from skin, protects the waterproof barrier from abrasion and slides easily over layers Helmet-compatible roll-down, 2-way-adjustable hood Polyurethane-coated center-front zipper is offset at chin External pockets: two hand warmer w/ Polyurethane-coated zippers Internal pockets: one security Polyurethane-coated pit zips; partially elasticized, self-fabric cuff tabs; drawcord hem
- OMCgear refers to the men's version
The best wet-weather insurance policy for your next alpine trek is to head out with a quality rain shell like the Patagonia Men's Rain Shadow Jacket. This packable shell features a waterproof breathable H2No membrane to shed wet weather and allow internal heat and water vapor to escape so you stay dry and comfortable.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version
Alaska, Canada, Seattle, South America: one jacket. Our lightweight and stormproof Rain Shadow keeps you dry and mobile through all wet climates. Its unique raised pattern on the inside diffuses and channels moisture away from skin, aids in hassle-free layering, and enhances long-term durability. The tear-resistant, lightweight 2.5-layer H2No(R) Performance Standard nylon fabric has a waterproof/breathable barrier and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Details include: PU-coated zippers to eliminate the need for storm flaps; microfleece lining on the neck and chin; waterproof hand warmer pockets (no longer mesh-lined) with zipper garages; a roll-down, 2-way-adjustable helmet-compatible hood; self-fabric cuff tabs and drawcord hem.Details Lightweight, 2.5-layer tear-resistant H2No(R) Performance Standard nylon fabric is highly breathable and repels moisture Highly engineered interior surface moves moisture away from skin, protects the waterproof/breathable barrier from abrasion, and slides easily over layers Roll-down, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor provides good visibility in poor conditions Microfleece-lined neck and chin for comfort All exterior zippers and pit zips are watertight-coated and treated with a Deluge DWR finish Unidirectional, watertight PU-coated zipper for ease of use in the field Unlined, waterproof handwarmer pockets with custom zipper pulls H2No(R) Performance Standard shell: 2.5-layer, 2.5-oz 100% nylon with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish 362 g (12.8 oz) Materials 2.5-layer H2No(R) Performance Standard shell fabrics are waterproof, windproof, breathable and highly packable. They combine a water-repellent shell fabric with a waterproof barrier and a raised pattern on the inside, instead of the interior scrim used in 3-layer fabrics. The raised pattern makes 2.5-layer fabric light and compressible, while still protecting the waterproof barrier.
- Mountains Plus refers to the men's version
Patagonia Mens Rain Shadow Jacket - Closeout - Alaska, Canada, Seattle, South America: one jacket. Our lightweight and storm-proof Rain Shadow keeps you dry and mobile through all wet climates. Its unique raised pattern on the inside diffuses and channels moisture away from skin, aids in hassle-free layering, and enhances long-term durability. The tear-resistant, lightweight 2.5-layer 100% nylon fabric also has a waterproof/breathable H2No(R) barrier and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Details include: Deluge PU-coated zippers to eliminate the need for storm flaps; a one-way front zip; microfleece lining on the neck and chin; waterproof handwarmer pockets (no longer mesh-lined) with zipper garages; a roll-down, 2-way-adjustable helmet-compatible hood, self-fabric cuff tabs and a drawcord hem. Details Lightweight, 2.5-layer tear-resistant nylon shell with a waterproof/breathable H2No barrier and Deluge DWR finish Highly engineered interior surface texture channels moisture away from skin, protects the waterproof/breathable barrier from abrasion and slides easily over layers Roll-down, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for improved hood structure and visibility Microfleece-lined neck and chin for comfort All exterior zippers and pit zips are watertight, coated and treated with a Deluge DWR finish Unlined, waterproof handwarmer pockets; custom zipper pulls Updated this season with a unidirectional watertight PU coated zipper for ease of use in the field 2.5-layer, 2.5-oz 100% nylon with a waterproof/breathable H2No(R) barrier and a Deluge(R) DWR (durable water repellent) finish 362 g (12.8 oz) Made in Vietnam.
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version