The Patagonia Torrentshell is a very popular rain jacket that will tick most of your hiking needs, boxes as well as a few other day-to-day ones. I originally came across this jacket, the male version of the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket, while visiting a friend some time back.
He thought it was a great jacket and perfect for hiking in so when I got time, I started to do more research into it. Sure enough, I found a lot of good stuff on it. So with that in mind let's take a closer look. To see the Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket for men, click here.
Brand and Model
The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket for Men
Waterproof and breathable, pit zips for quick venting, laminated visor on rollable and strowable hood
More pocket storage would be good
Day hiking, backpacking, day-to-day casual use
I'm going to start exactly where I started when I reviewed the men's Patagonia jacket and that is with how it looks. Having seen my friends one in action in the field, I did like the look of it, it was not only very functional but stylish too. His was black. When looking at the Patagonia Torrentshell rain jacket for women, I get the same impression. It's a good looking rain jacket!
I am a fan of simple coloring too and the jacket options I have seen for this fit the bill. Ideal for layering on the trail, the Moving on to some core functionality of a rain jacket, the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is a 2.5-layer waterproof and breathable jacket with a DWR finish. It's waterproof-ness level is measured at 20,000 mm, check this post here for more information on understanding waterproof fabric.
To further add to it's protection from the elements capabilities, the Torrentshell can be sealed up by using the interior and exterior storm flaps which run over a full length zip that runs up the center of the jacket.
The zips are DWR treated and in conjunction with the storm flaps, they also act as a chin guard when the Torrentshell is fully closed up. The jacket, of course, also comes with a hood which is two way adjustable featuring a laminated visor that rolls down to keep water of your face.
Storage wise there are adequate pockets in this jacket, two zipped deep hand warmer pockets and an internal mesh drop pocket. I do like my pockets though so a Napoleon breast or side arm pocket could be a nice addition.
When it comes to any rain jacket, you of course need flexibility when it comes to adjusting the jacket to fit, especially as a hiker as you will be layering a lot out on the trail. Therefore the jacket needs to be able to allow for extra layers when it's colder and still be adjusted to fit snugly when it's warm.
The Torrentshell has plenty of room for extra layers underneath and the fit can be adjusted at the waist using the drawcord hem.The cuffs can also be adjusted for a tighter and snugger fit using the Velcro fittings on them.
The jacket is stowable in it's own pocket. For extra ventilation, the Torrentshell utilizes pit zips which are good to have on any hiking jacket and so can be used for quick and easy ventilation if it gets too muggy on the inside.
This jacket is a perfect companion for the trail and is up there with the best of them. not only will it do you well while out hiking, it has enough good looks and shape about it that you can easily utilize it for standard day-to-day use too. So you can have The best of both worlds, and why not! 😉
The average user rating for the Patagonia Torrentshell jacket for women, is 4.5+, across multiple retailers, so excellent scoring.
Our Rating 4.5 (Out of 5)
Pros and Cons
- Waterproof and breathable
- Pit zips for quick venting
- Laminated visor on rollable and strowable hood
- More pocket storage would be good
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket For Women Features Summary
- 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
I have to say that from the first time I saw the Patagonia women's Torrentshell rain jacket, I liked it. I was pleased to find out then that not only did it look great but it ticked all the functional boxes for a good year round rain shell jacket.
It pretty much has everything you need for the trail and will move effortlessly onto any city street. Based on that and the amount of really good feedback the jacket has, I think if you're looking for a rain shell, this is definitely one to consider!
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