Patagonia Spraymaster Jacket
A lot of money for a jacket that is not worth it.
Very comfortable, against wind and driving. Bad water repellent fabric and transfers not only the traspiracion use 5 minutes in the rain and has no weatherproof as the manufacturer says ...
Beware of using it for climbing, can be deadly, the manufacturer says that this proven lie and peer
not recommended, I had to return the money.
I buy a Mountain Hardwear Xenon.
Fabric: W/B laminated to stretch knit nylon
Price Paid: $125
The Spraymaster (SM) is excellent if you understand that it is a hard shell jacket, which means that it transports moisture but not air, and cannot keep up with sweat output during warmer weather and higher output adventures. That being said - the Spraymaster is as close to soft shell performance as a hard shell jacket can get. It's very lightweight, comfortably stretchy, nicely detailed, meticulously made, and fully waterproof.
My SM has gotten plenty of hiking, backpacking, job site, and around town use over the past 6 months or so. It kept me fully dry and worked wonderfully during what turned into most of a day walking around Bull Island in the rain. I've also worn it running in freezing rain, and can report that even under those cold conditions it couldn't keep up with my sweat output.
Conclusion? The SM has become my go-to rain and wind gear for everything except really high output endeavors. For those times my favorite shell is a Wildthings Gear Half-Zip Epic Windshirt.
One last caution: Do not count on the SM to add much warmth when the weather is really cold. It stops wind and holds in some heat, but is quite thin/light and does not cover your hips.
Price Paid: $130
Does not breathe as well as others have claim, but it is waterproof. I sweat in 70 degree weather both in rain and when it doesn't rain. It doesn't feel very comfortable.
Though it's not completely waterproof but merely water resistant, the Mountain Hardwear Torch Jacket is a much more comfy jacket in a wider range of temperatures. Yeah I know I'm comparing apples to oranges, but I really like the Hardwear Torch Jacket. I've had an old Gore-tex jacket with mesh lining that feels more comfy than this Spraymaster Jacket.
Price Paid: $124.08
It does what Outside Mag says it does, it breathes enough that you can run in it. Great jacket. The only thing to keep in mind is that it fits tight on purpose. It is designed to stretch over you a lot, which is nice but not really a jacket to put on a drive to get milk. Worth the money if u need a sports jacket for sports. Worth my 124 dollars.
Price Paid: $120 (Labor Day sale)
This is a wonderful jacket, and does everything that the above reviews mention admirably. However, I have one major caveat: it has no hood stowage system. Thus, if you engage in any sports that involve moving fast over land (in my case, cycling), it will unroll, inflate, and hover behind your head like a parachute. Quite annoying.
Fabric: H2NO fabric from Patagonia
Price Paid: $149
Great jacket for all-around backpacking, the stretch material lets me layer underneath it at camp. When moving around, it does not bind. I do not mind the elastic cuffs since I do not climb though some might. This is a definite "10".
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