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The Patagonia Women's Torrentshell Jacket is probably the best jacket ever if you're going to be in the rainforest or a surprise thunderstorm. It's waterproof yet breathable with a laminated visor and storm flaps. Just like a tent but not really. The Torrentshell also has lots of pockets to put all your stuff in. It's guaranteed to keep you dry. Because nobody likes to sit in moisture, all smelly like a wet dog.
FEATURES of the Patagonia Women's Torrentshell Jacket
H2No Performance Standard shell with waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer nylon ripstop
2-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows
Microfleece-lined neck provides comfort and protects waterproof/breathable barrier
Center-front zipper features minimal welt exterior and interior storm flaps that create a zipper-garage chin guard
Two zippered handwarmer pockets and venting pit zips; all with welted exterior storm flaps and DWR (durable water repellent)-treated zippers
Self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and adjustable drawcord hem seal out weather
Self-stuff handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Women's Torrentshell Jacket
Weight: 11.3 oz / 320 g
H2No Performance Standard Shell: 2.5-layer, 2.6-oz 50-denier 100% nylon ripstop, with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish
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This is a good jacket for hiking and backpacking. There are much nicer ones out there, but they are much more expensive. So, if you want a good jacket without blowing up your bank account, this may be the one. Likes: fit is comfortable (true to size or slightly small In my opinion), pretty durable, pit zips, good hood adjustability. Dislikes: a bit clammy when moving fast, delaminated quickly all at once after about a year (but had some mileage on it by then, to be fair), would like to see some bigger sizes - bigger women may have to buy the men's version. Overall, a really good outdoor activity or casual rain jacket for the price.
My Patagonia fleeces (better sweater, R2) are size S and on the snug side (5'5'', 130) so I ordered a M in this jacket. It's a bit larger than I had expected. I am going to keep it assuming I will layer a fleece underneath in anything below 55 degrees or so, and even then it will be a bit roomy. If you like a very fitted look, go with what you wear in other Patagonia items and don't size up. Quality wise I was really happy with it, lightly lined, true to color. I have not tested it in the rain yet but will be taking it backpacking in China in a few weeks and feel pretty comfortable that it has good rain resistance given the Patagonia brand, seams and construction.
I bought this jacket after losing my similar Columbia rain jacket. At first I was not sure if it was worth the extra money, but after having it for about a month through monsoon season I have no regrets. My previous rain jacket would begin to get damp on the inside, from being so soaked from rain, I have yet to run in to this problem with the Torentshell, and I have made it through some of monsoon season. I am 5'5 and 115 lbs and the medium is a really nice fit. I tried on a small in a store just to see what I preferred, but ended up going with the medium for a little extra coverage at the bottom and so I can put a base layer under this. I chose the pineapple color, and I adore it. It is a classic yellow rain jacket. It is a little loud as any rain jacket will be. I am beyond happy with this purchase, it is worth every cent, and you will not find it cheaper anywhere else.
"Purchased for daughter who is headed for Thailand. Fits well...we'll have see if it's dry."
I bought this rain shell for my daughter who is on her way to rainy Thailand for 6 months. I've owned one for years and it keeps you dry, but can be clammy, even with the pit zips open. It fit her well, with room for mid layer beneath (size small, she is 5'4" and 110#). I know in men's, patagonia can run a little big and baggy when you don't want it to, but it's pretty functional at any rate. Purchased on sale (maybe last seasons color?) ......good value, not sure I'd pay full price though. My jacket's inner membrane is 'crumbling' around the neckline, hoping patagonia fixed this and this jacket won't have the same issue. Not a deal breaker though.....I subscribe to the idea that you buy good stuff, use it hard, wear it out, and get a new one if you need it. Okay....out here.
Just what I wanted in a rain jacket. Very light. Optional vents in the sides (read arm pits). And most of all - will keep me dry. Ladies, try one on to check the fit. I needed to go up a size to fit over my child bearing hips. It is a little loud. You won't be sneaking up on anyone in the jungle.
I wanted a great rain jacket for London. I just received it, much sooner than expected (thinking I should have just gone with the free shipping). My issue with the jacket is more about color. I bought the Leaden Blue - and even though I know things don't always look the same online as they do in person - I was surprised by how "off" the color is. Online, it looks like a slate blue. In person, more of a dusty light blue. Not bright, but not greyish. Disappointed with color. I bought a medium because I wanted to be sure it fit hips. Knew that the sleeves and shoulders might be big. I am a small person. The jacket is not generous in fit at all. That being said, I still may keep it. Looks very high quality and got terrific reviews. Just wish the color was more in keeping with my expectations.
I've only had this jacket for about a week now but it's already been successful in keeping me completely dry while walking around a rainy college campus. I'm 5'4" 125 pounds and I got a medium because I wanted to be able to layer underneath, I probably could have gotten away with a small but the medium isn't bad. My only complaint is that it is a little noisy but still a great jacket for bad weather.
I love this jacket!! I'm a college student and do a lot of walking around an extremely humid and often rainy campus. The zipable venting slits are incredibly convenient! This jacket has kept me dry on the rainiest days.
"Great jacket, but I only have one criticism..."
I love this jacket. I bought it in the Aloe Green color which is beautiful, bright and basically the best shade of green ever. I ordered a small in this jacket, but I wish I had ordered a medium. I'm pretty short, but was also blessed with some curvy hips. I'm 5'0" and about 130, normally wear a small or medium, depending on the garment. This jacket simply doesn't fit around my womanly curves. There is plenty of room in the arms and up top to layer, but the jacket is cut super straight. Otherwise, the ability to compact this piece into the pocket is awesome for camping, hiking or even treks on college campus. But my biggest piece of advice is if you are also blessed with some hips and curves, think about going up a size if you want the jacket to cover your bum-bum.
I bought this jacket a year or so ago in anticipation of taking it with me when I hike part of the AT this spring. I've had plenty of time to wear it and try it out and I love it! It fits great, the arm vents are awesome if you're a little toasty from hiking around or whatever. I actually wear this jacket into my office pretty often and everyone is hella jealous of it. I bought it in white, even though I was a little afraid it would get dirty really quickly, but it cleans up nicely. I can be a little tough on my hiking clothing and this jacket really holds up. Great product.
This jacket lives up to it's name, in a torrential downpour you will be dry. Love the arm vent holes (they open with a zipper) so I don't become a sauna when vigorously walking the dog in the rain.My only criticism: it's cut very straight through to the hip, so for those of us with, ahem, larger hip regions, might want to get a larger size than normal, so it covers the tushie when zipped up.