I am wearing Patagonia’s M10 jacket. It is a waterproof breathable rain shell, kind of a study in minimalism as Patagonia was asked to build it by their very own ambassadors. Certainly will keep out the elements with its three layer design, but has done away with a lot of extraneous pocketing, focusing, again, on protection and light weight design.
Patagonia’s proprietary H2 No fabrication, again, makes this waterproof, breathable, also wind proof. It is a three layer fabrication that allows this jacket to weigh all of eight ounces. The exterior shell fabric is highly water resistant. Beneath it is a truly water proof barrier and then there is a scrim fabrication underneath which gives the jacket nice next to skin feel and also allows the jacket to move comfortably over top of layers beneath it.
Despite that eight ounce weight, it is a full length zipper on the jacket, so easy on, easy off. You don’t have to sneak it on over your head like an Anorak or a half zip style jack-et. Fully waterproof zipper, fully waterproof zipper on the single chest pocket as well. That pocket also doubles as a stuff sack for the jacket which is really convenient, again, for just throwing it in a pack, keeping it at the ready without taking up all kinds of room inside your backpack.
As far as fit features are concerned, it is pretty comfortable fit. Again, I have got layers beneath it and certainly room for more as well. Fairly long sleeves, again, a protective design. Velcro cuffs, again, pretty minimalist, pretty stream lined design there. There is a single pull hem adjustment. You do have a hood, again, with a single pull adjustment behind the head to get that fit where you need it to be. There is a small shaped brim as well.
Again, nothing extra on this jacket, but a lot of confidence in the build waterproof, breathable, wind proof, great for alpine climbing, for back packing, for hiking, basically any time in a pinch that you need protection from the elements.
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