"Very versatile jacket and a great value."
I am very pleased with this jacket. I picked up the Viking Blue version and it is really cool color, nice and vibrant without being too bright. I am 5’8” and about 187lbs and I bought a large. It fits great over a light layer with plenty of mobility but not too baggy. I wore it over a light down jacket and it fit but was a little cramped in the armpit. I have pretty broad shoulders so I don’t know if that would be a problem for everyone. The hood can be cinched down so it stays in place and doesn’t blow away. Although I haven’t taken this jacket on any major adventures yet, it definitely handles the day to day wind and rain I have been exposing it to here in Michigan. I really like the added stretch in the back, having broad shoulders the extra flex is a bonus. So far this has kept me dry and warm in some pretty nasty conditions and with the right layering this jacket will get use year round. For me this was the perfect combination of features, style, and price.
"Great brand, great product, kept me dry in flood conditions"
We've been having epic rains in Maryland this past week. I have 2 rain jackets-- one made by a well know local brand and my new Patagonia Stretch Torrentshell. The former sucked-- I got cold and the stuff in my pockets got wet. The Patagonia kept me and my stuff dry. Plus, it was warmer and more comfortable (love the subtle material placed behind the neck for comfort). The hood is the perfect size. And the jacket looks good and compacts nicely. The stretch feature is worth the extra $$$ over the regular Torrentshell. All in all, a great jacket. That local brand one? Yeah, it goes in the donation bin tomorrow.
I'm 5'5" 130 lbs. and the XS fits me almost perfectly. Pleasantly surprised it's actually offered in an XS, as most brands don't bother going that small. It does seem a little tight around the chest. Overall, really happy with it.
I bought this jacket a few months ago and it has been great as a casual rain jacket. I'm 6' 195 and the large fits pretty well. There isn't much room for layering, but then again I have broad shoulders which stretches the jacket out a little bit. Does a solid job of shielding rain and the hood is great (adjustable and sits/holds well even in the wind). Only drawback are the shallow hand pockets. I would definitely bring this on shorting hiking trips, but if you're going to run into any nasty weather be sure to get something a little more heavy duty.
I bought this torrentshell to cover all the duties I could use it for - hiking in a downpour, foul weather on the film set, walking the dog in a pour when my winter jacket shell would get soaked through... It's certainly waterproof but the selling point for me is the mobility it offers. Great if you need maneuverability, twisting turning sprinting lifting reaching. Doesn't feel constricting like some rain jackets. It also doesn't get heavy when wet, is super light and easily stowable. Fully adjustable everywhere. Looks good to boot. Really nothing to complain about - everything you'd expect from a good torrentshell plus the confidence to move around and the quality of Patagonia. Buy it.