Patagonia Stretch Latitude Jacket
Fabric: Nylon H2No
This is as much a review of Patagonia and their incredible customer service as it is the Stretch Latitude.
After about 9 years of hard use, the interior laminate in my Patagonia Storm simply turned to flakes and dust after a wash. This jacket had protected me from the Appalachian Trail to the interior of the Amazon region. It had been used in just about every weather condition imaginable, worn probably 150 days each year for 9 years and stuffed in a backpack for many many more.
On a whim, I called Patagonia and told them that my jacket had finally failed and asked if there was anything to do to repair it. As I now live in England, the support employee asked to contact the Patagonia people in France, which I did. Patagonia's Stephanie in customer support told me to mail them the jacket for inspection.
Once Stephanie received the jacket, she informed that it was "very old" and she could not explain the de-lamination problem. She then said that I should look at the current offerings on the website and she would send me what I want to replace my Storm. What? I said. Her English was only fair so I thought she must have misspoken. Sure enough, she then recommended that I look at the site or take her recommendation of the Stretch Latitude as a replacement. I did choose the Latitude and she proceeded to send me one free of charge, post paid. I received it three days later. Needless to say, if Patagonia provides a suitable product for any aspect of my adventure or civilian life, I will happily pay the price.
OK. The jacket. When I first took it out of the box, I was struck by how stiff it felt. Because I ordered one in black and the seams are welded instead of stitched, it reminded me of a drysuit. Upon further inspection, the precision of the construction was apparent as was the apparent durability. Of course, the hood is large enough for a helmet, the pockets are well placed, the zippers are super tight and the drawcords are in the right spots. The armpit zips are really long and I could see how the wearer would benefit during anything strenuous.
Although I've only had it for a few weeks now, it has kept me bone dry in serious rain. I have also scraped it across a fair bit of granite while scrambling and it shows no signs of wear. Overall I would bet that I will be very happy with this jacket.
If I can find any fault at all it would be how stiff it feels and the associated noise it makes. I suspect that it will improve over the very near future. It is already a bit softer than when I first took it out of the packaging. I give it 4.5 due to the stiffness with an extra .5 point for the excellent customer support and the price tag of a 9-year-old Storm jacket, post to France and a phone call.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Spring flings for the alpinist: predawn turns, shaded verglas corners and high alpine storms. The Stretch Latitude's unwavering waterproof/breathable performance pairs with stretch reinforcements to keep you going in all conditions, while its soft interior glides over layers and wicks moisture. A helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood protects without hindering your vision, and the front water-resistant zipper has a brushed, offset chin to offset chafing. Other details include low-profile pit zips, an internal storage pocket, a zippered chest pocket and zippered handwarmer pockets that stay clear of a harness. Regular fit.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
Description of Patagonia Stretch Latitude JacketDurable, 3-layer waterproof/breathable, hard shell with stretch reinforcements for all facets of mountaineering and alpine climbing.Though climbing in Chamonix and the Cascades might seem like disparate experiences, the threat of getting storm-blasted on a tough route is the same for both. The Stretch Latitude’s unwavering waterproof/breathable performance pairs with stretch reinforcements for energetic moves in any condition, and its soft interior glides over layers and wicks moisture during high-output climbing. The offset design of the front waterproof zipper keeps chafing seams away from vulnerable skin. Details: low-profile pit zips that vent excess heat; zippered hand pockets that are accessible under a pack; two internal storage pockets; and an adjustable helmet-compatible hood. The regular fit accommodates thick underlayers. Features:3-layer, all-mountain shell is durable and storm proof, lightweight and compres
- US Outdoor Store refers to the men's version
The Patagonia Men's Stretch Latitude Jacket's waterproof breathable H2No nylon shell includes stretch panels to increase freedom of movement while you climb or ski. In addition to complete weather protection, the Stretch Latitude Jacket includes pitzips to help you stay cool when you break trail or take on a tough pitch. Patagonia included a helmet-compatible hood and harness-friendly hem to make the Stretch Latitude a great jacket for winter climbers.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
Though climbing in Chamonix and the Cascades might seem like disparate experiences, the threat of getting storm-blasted on a tough route is the same for both. The Stretch Latitude s unwavering waterproofbreathable performance pairs with stretch reinforcements for energetic moves in any condition, and its soft interior glides over layers and wicks moisture during high-output climbing. The offset design of the front waterproof zipper keeps chafing seams away from vulnerable skin. Details: low-profile pit zips that vent excess heat; zippered hand pockets that are accessible under a pack; two internal storage pockets; and an adjustable helmet-compatible hood. The regular fit accommodates thick underlayers.
- Massey's Outfitters refers to the men's version