Patagonia Winter Sun Jacket
This is really a fantastic jacket... except it's not…
Fabric: Insulated stretch soft shell
Fill: "climashield green" high-loft insulation
Price Paid: on sale for approx $200
This is really a fantastic jacket... except it's not quite as warm as I hoped it would be.
It's beautifully designed and really well made. Tons of great features. It's a soft shell jacket with insulation. The insulation is something comparable to Primaloft but it's called something else ("climashield green"). I assume it's a more eco-friendly product. Great. I'm all for eco-friendly!
It uses welded construction instead of sewn seams. Very high-tech. The outer fabric is a bit stretchy and is nicely water resistant (not fully waterproof but close). Obviously, it is very good as wind protection as well. The inner fabric is smooth nylon that slips easily over whatever else you're wearing underneath. The fit is what I'd call a standard fit. It's got a bit of roominess to it but not too much. Not a tight fit, but not a baggy fit either. Just the way I like it.
There are enough pockets to satisfy anyone's requirements. Two big handwarmer pockets at the waist (lined with fleece), two napoleon pockets at the chest (one on each side) and a couple of internal pockets as well.
My two minor gripes:
It's really not as warm as I'd hoped it would be. With a regular shirt on underneath, I'm cold in this jacket when the thermometer reads 40 degrees F outside (unless I'm really active...). To be warm on colder days, I need to put on a heavy fleece shirt (exped-weight underwear or a R1 pullover). OK, I can do that. But I was expecting more warmth from this jacket based on the original product descriptions. I believe patagonia refers to this jacket as their 'warmest soft shell.' hmmnn...
Second (on the same theme), the collar has very little insulation in it. On cold windy days, I like to be able to snuggle my chin/lower face down into the high collar for warmth. This collar is high enough, but the collar has almost no insulation in it, so it is not as warm as it should be. A minor gripe, for sure. Not a big deal.
Overall, I highly recommend this jacket if you can find one on sale. It's a really nice and versatile piece of gear! But be aware, it's not a stand-alone winter jacket for the coldest days. I need significant layers on under this jacket for really frigid weather.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
Winter winds, lake-effect snowstorms and vicious nor'easters: did we get optimistic calling this hoody the Winter Sun? You decide. A highly breathable Gore WINDSTOPPER(R) shell blocks wind and manages moisture while 100-g PrimaLoft(R) Eco synthetic insulation (70% recycled) optimizes warmth. Details include a helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor, Touch Point System? embedded cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustment without opening the jacket, two zippered handwarmer pockets (above the harness line), an internal zippered security pocket, low-profile cuff closures and full-reach gusseted underarm panels for mobility.
- Patagonia.com refers to the men's version
Toasty, windproof warmth with extra coverage - this hooded jacket combines lightweight and supple nylon Gore WINDSTOPPER(R) shell fabric with 100-g PrimaLoft(R) Eco insulation for superior cold-weather protection. Regular fit Winter winds, lake-effect snowstorms, vicious nor'easters - okay, maybe we got optimistic calling it the Winter Sun. But it does block the wind and keep you warm. A Gore WINDSTOPPER(R) shell encases 100-g PrimaLoft(R) Eco synthetic insulation (50% recycled), and the helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor seals out the elements. Details include Touch Point System" embedded cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustment without opening the jacket, two zippered handwarmer pockets (above harness-line), an internal zippered security pocket, low-profile cuff closures and full-reach gusseted underarm panels for mobility. WINDSTOPPER Insulated Shell fabric combined with PrimaLoft insulation is warm, light, compressible and highly weather-resistant Interior quilting stabilizes insulation Helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions. Pockets: Harness- and pack-compatible chest pocket configuration with reverse-coil zippers; internal zippered security pocket Touch Point System embeds cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustments to seal out rain and snow (patented) Cuffs have a low-profile closure and pleated gusset Shell: 2.8-oz Gore WINDSTOPPER(R) 100% nylon. Insulation: 100-g PrimaLoft(R) Eco 100% polyester (50% recycled). Lining: 1.4-oz 20-denier 100% polyester ripstop 680 g (24 oz) Material: Windstopper Provides soft and lightweight warmth by combining total windproofness, maximum breathability and water resistance. WINDSTOPPER(R) insulated shells are designed to keep the warm air in and the cold wind out, while allowing perspiration to easily escape. They are ideal for cold and windy conditions. Technology: Primaloft The human body uses energy to keep warm. PrimaLoft(R) uses a patented microfiber structure to help the body retain warmth and conserve energy. Available as PrimaLoft Eco or PrimaLoft One.
- Rocky Mountain Trail refers to the men's version