User Review: Patagonia Men's Spraymaster Jacket
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.
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