User Review: Patagonia Men's Torrentshell
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $95
I used this jacket on the Appalachian Trail last spring and when it rained for days at a time this jacket was always keeping me dry. When I would start to sweat all I had to do was unzip the armpit zipper for more ventilation.
I carry this jacket every time there is rain in the forecast because I would hate to be caught in a storm without it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality product that lives up to the big name hype.
- Breathes well
- Protects well from wind
- Extremely lightweight
- Drys really quickly
- Long in the sleeves and torso
The fit is a bit big in the arms and torso, worn over a couple layers erases that problem. The jacket can be adjusted through multiple cords around the waist, the hood and there are Velcro straps around the cuffs.
The jacket is definitely waterproof and will keep you dry in the wettest of environments. With all the zippers closed you can effectively trap all the heat in, when you open the zippers during physical activities it helps expel some of the excess heat, not all of it though.
This jacket was not made to keep you warm by itself, for warmth use layers. Using a long sleeve underneath this jacket is 70% warmer in my opinion. I find that the pockets, zippers, draw-cords and hood work well and I have never had a problem with the functionality of the jacket.
I have used this jacket camping for 12 trips so far and every time it rains when I bike to class; everything works like new and still repels the exterior moisture. I live in Nebraska, but have taken this to the Rockies, the Appalachian trail, and Hawaii. I bought this jacket about a year ago and will never go hiking or biking without it.