Patagonia Stretch Ascent Jacket
Price Paid: $170
A great jacket! The proprietary Patagonia 2.5 layer H2No is an amazing waterproof fabric that easily rivals Gore-tex Paclite. It is an amazingly breathable jacket, and helped by the pit-zips and venting pockets on the chest. I also love the inner mesh pocket which is great for keeping bottles close to our body and out of the cold during chilly summit attempts.
The reason I only gave this 4.5 stars is that the fit is a little funky. At 6'2", 170lbs, a medium jacket fits perfectly around the body with the appropriate layers underneath. But strangely the arms are really long and baggy. I would prefer and tighter arms and shoulder cut like those on Arc'teryx brand jackets, but honestly, I would not let this diminish the quality of what Patagonia has made.
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Our most versatile alpine climbing hard shell is lightweight, has dynamic stretch and 2.5-layer waterproof/breathable protection in a recycled/recyclable polyester fabric. The Patagonia Stretch Ascent Jacket has a Slim Fit. Deluge cycles sweep the
- Teton Village Sports refers to the men's version
Both stretch and storm protection are yours with Patagonia's Stretch Ascent Jacket, a storm-worthy alpine jacket that provides waterproof protection in a slim fit. Keep the weather out by pulling up the helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood, cinching up the drawcord, and fastening the die-cut cuff tabs while the waterproof and breathable H2No fabric sheds moisture with the help of a Deluge DWR finish.
- Mountain Gear refers to the men's version
Deluge cycles sweep the Coast Range, afternoon storms strike the Rockies and low-pressure pounds Patagonia, but the enchantment of the high alpine keeps climbers coming back. The smart ones go with full-on protection that lets you stay flexible. Our Stretch Ascent combines a stretch-woven polyester (100% recycled) and a waterproof/breathable H2No(R) barrier into a pliable 2.5-layer fabric package that enables you to reveal your most limber moves in the worst conditions. The roll-down, helmet-compatible hood adjusts in two ways with an easy-to-use single-pull system. The watertight, center-front ririAQUAzip(R) is easy to open and close, the water-resistant external pocket zippers have zipper garages and the third pocket is an internal drop-in. Watertight pit zips allow for easy venting. Cuffs secure with self-fabric tabs, and the hem's drawcord routes through the pockets. The hood's structured visor improves visibility in poor conditions, so you can keep forging ahead. Recyclable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
The more times you plan on using the word 'epic' to describe your next alpine adventure to your friends, the more likely it is that Patagonia's Stretch Ascent Jacket needs to be part of your expedition kit. Whether you're tackling Aconcagua in the Andes or Chaukhamba I in the Himalayas, Patagonia made this versatile alpine climbing jacket to be both lightweight and to stand up to the most brutal high-alpine conditions.
- Backcountry.com refers to the men's version