A fully waterproof and breathable 2.5 layer hard shell, the Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Jacket is an excellent lightweight option for hikers and backpackers seeking reliable protection from wet or windy weather.
Providing reliable protection from the elements, the Women’s Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is the perfect travel piece where you might be in towns and you might be in the back country. It would be great for hiking and back packing and just every day use.
The first thing to talk about with any rain jacket is the fabric and how it protects you from the rain. So Patagonia uses a two and a half layered H2No fabric which is a proprietary Patagonia fabric that allows you to breathe as you are moving so in warmer temperatures this is a breathable, fully waterproof piece. It is seam taped so you don’t have to worry about water sneaking though the seams and the H2No fabric keeps you dry from the in-side by being breathable. And it keeps you dry from the outside from the rain.
It is 100 percent nylon rip stop material. And something else that just keeps you a little bit more dry from the inside and more breathable is the integrated pit zips in this piece. So the pit zips just allow warm air to escape. It is underneath of your arm, so you are still protected from the rain, but it is just going to allow you to be a little bit more comfortable as you are moving and as you are hiking.
This is a fully featured rain jacket. So starting with the full length zipper, you have two layers of protection in front of that zipper. You also have a storm flap behind the zipper, so that is really going to protect water from sneaking in through the zipper.
Down at the bottom of the jacket around the hem you have points of adjustability on both sides. So you can really cinch that down. If you are wearing a back pack with a hip belt or you are wearing a climbing harness, this is definitely going to keep the bottom of the jacket cinched down around you.
There are two hand level pockets on this piece and one of the pockets you can actually stuff the jacket down into that pocket. But these are really comfortable hand level pockets. So they are set up height enough that if you are wearing a back pack or a harness you can still access the top of the pocket. They are not set up too high that it is uncomfortable for every day use.
Again, you do have pit zips under your arms and right here on the cuff you just have an adjustable Velcro cuff on either side. Moving up to the collar and the hood you have a lot of adjustability there. So the hood is big enough you could wear a helmet underneath of it. But it is not so big and bulky with all of the adjustability you have there that if you are wearing it for every day use you can cinch it down and it is... it doesn’t feel too big.
The jacket actually has an area where you can roll up the hood. So if you aren’t wearing this jacket in the rain, if you are just wearing it as a windbreaker, you can roll down that hood so that it is out of the way and it is not bulky.
The fit of this jacket is exactly what I would expect from Patagonia in their more relaxed fit, in their rain pieces. I am wearing a small right now and I normally wear smalls in Patagonia in most of their other women’s outerwear pieces. I have enough room to move. I don’t feel confined wearing this size small. And I am wearing a light weight fleece piece underneath of this and a light weight t-shirt. So there is definitely room to layer up underneath. If you like to wear your jackets a little bit tighter, I might size down, but all in all this fits really well. I feel like I can move in this and there is enough room in the shoulders that if I am moving around I don’t feel like the jacket is going to ride up on me.
All in all this is the perfect all around rain jacket. You are going to be completely protect-ed from the elements with that H2No fabric. And it comes in fun colors, fun style lines. So it is going to be just as at home downtown as it is in the backcountry.
It is the Women’s Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket.