Patagonia Winter Guide Jacket
To put it simply: the jacket is awesome. After almost 9 months of use it fits well, it moves well, it insulates when you need it, it breathes when you need it. I can lift my arms up above my head without the jacket pulling up (a must in cold weather climbing). The construction is top notch.
The only reason I gave a 4.5 instead of a 5 is the hood is a bit bulky. I wish there was some way to stow it gracefully, rather than letting it dangle like some half attached appendage when not in use. It can collect rain/snow because of this design issue. But, I like having a hood so I've lived with it because the rest of jacket far outweighs this negative.
I've used it both as a stand-alone softshell, underneath Gore-tex hard shell, and with a fleecy top underneath. Never once did I feel the need to complain about it's performance. Important note: this isn't a lightweight semi-warm weather softshell. I've never used it while exercising at temperatures above 55 degrees Fahrenheit, I believe that would be too warm for this. It's clearly design to be a cold weather performance jacket. If you want super light then look elsewhere.
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For full-on, Talus-blasted alpine conditions, our warmest fully featured soft-shell jacket breathes, protects, and allows unimpaired mobility. The stretchy, densely woven face blocks wind and sheds moisture, while the soft, multi-directional fleece liner warms and wicks. A fleece-lined, 2-way-adjustable hood allows mobility and vision from wind-scoured summit ridges to backcountry bowls. Details include water-resistant external zippers, drawcords for hood and hem (accessed through the pockets), articulated sleeves, a glued-in chest pocket, two roomy handwarmer pockets (placed above the harness-line and big enough for folded skins) and an internal security pocket.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
The bombproof Patagonia Men's Winter Guide Jacket is the ideal mixed-discipline cold-weather softshell. Fully fleece-lined, with a trim unlined hood that will fit under a climbing helmet, the Winter Guide Jacket is suited perfectly to its namesake user. The stretchy, tough, woven nylon shell has precurved arms for natural mobility and its seam-free in key abrasion areas. Shoulder your skis or swing an ice axe without a snag and without drenching yourself in sweat-the membrane-free fabric breathes like a champ while the tight weave and Deluge DWR coating repel anything short of a downpour. Lofty fleece inside the Winter Guide wicks moisture and keeps the wind off your back, but packs down easily and won't interfere with the fit of a harness.
- Backcountry Outlet refers to the men's version
On Sale. Free Shipping. Patagonia Men's Winter Guide Jacket (Fall 2008) A warm, fully fleece-lined hooded soft shell providing mobility, windproof weather-resistance and breathability to alpine climbers and skiers Specifications: Shell: 9.2-oz 4-way stretch-woven polyester Deluge DWR finish bonded to multi-directional polyester pile interior Pockets: 8.9-oz, 90-denier 47% nylon, 45% polyester, 8% spandex double-weave construction Weight: 27.9 oz / 791 g Features: Durable stretch-woven polyester is highly wind-resistant, water-resistant and breathable Lined with warm, multi-directional fleece for moisture transport and easy layering Helmet-compatible, fleece-lined 2-way-adjustable hood with drawcords routed through pockets External pockets: two handwarmers sized to hold skins, one glued-in left chest; all with DWR-coated zippers Internal pocket: one mesh security Articulated arms Self-fabric cuff tabs Hem drawcord routed through pockets Regular fit We are not able to ship Patagonia products outside the US because of that other thing.
- Moosejaw refers to the men's version
Our warmest, fully insulated soft shell providing mobility, weather-resistance and great breathability to alpine climbers and skiers.When the day?s gear list includes ice tools and crampons, plus skis or a board, the new Winter Guide is ready. Our warmest, fully insulated soft-shell jacket sheds snow and moisture, while the stretchy, densely woven face blocks wind yet maintains superb breathability. A soft, multi-directional fleece liner warms and wicks moisture, and the unlined, two-way-adjustable hood allows mobility and vision. Details include: a water-resistant front zip, drawcords for hood and hem that are accessed through the hand pockets, articulated sleeves, a welded chest pocket, two roomy handwarmer pockets (sized to hold folded skins and located above the harness-line) and an internal security pocket. The regular fit accommodates medium underlayers.
- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version