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Patagonia waterproof jackets: The Good, the Better and the Best

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 26/01/2021 14:35:39

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Patagonia Waterproof Jackets: The Good, The Better and the Best

With such unpredictable weather, a waterproof jacket really is essential in the UK. Our most beautiful outdoor spaces such as the British national parks, peaks, and coastlines are at the top of this list as often some of the most alterable environments. We’re not the sort to let a little soggy weather prevent us from getting out on the hill and trail and firmly believe that the right jacket for you and your intended activities can turn even the most torrential days into some of the very best. Unfortunately during this time with our stores closed, it is very difficult to get an idea of the key differences within our range so we are going to take some time this week to discuss the waterproof jackets within some of our most popular brands, today we will be highlighting Patagonia, an innovative, game-changing gear maker whose expertise in outdoor pursuit and passion for the environment steer the way in all of their superb products.
Amongst all of our Patagonia jackets in the range, you will find hard-working wonderful materials which really push the possibilities of what recycled garments are capable of, in the next few years, many of our garments will be primarily made up of recycled materials whatever the brand and Patagonia are more than worthy of being credited as one of the main driving forces in this game-changing pursuit. These really are near fully recycled materials in garments which perform exactly as well as some of the world's very best outdoor technologies.
In truth, despite the title, there is no absolute good, better, or best for every chosen activity. What we’re looking to accomplish is to help you make your mind up on what is best for your needs. If you are looking for a new waterproof coat, think carefully about where you’ll be taking it and what you’ll be doing in it. An ultra-lightweight and packable jacket may not stand up well to many years climbing mountains but similarly, an alpine optimised high denier technical jacket may prove unnecessary and perhaps even cumbersome when faced with daily strolls along woodland pathways or up the local footpath with the jolly cockerpoo in tow.


Torrentshell
Good: The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket and Women’s City Coat

We’re starting things off with an absolutely superb entry level coat, available in both standard lengths for both women and men plus a longer city coat for women. These jackets are comfortable, well cut and beautifully finished. Very practical for day walks over the hills as well as simply into town.

The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L provides comfort and protection in soaking storms and steady drizzles.

The nylon stretch outer is made using ECONYL recycled yarns built from sources including discarded fishing nets. Paired with Patagonia renowned and durable 3-layer H2No membrane construction to ensure the highest level of comfort, performance and long-term waterproof durability. A tricot backer and a micro fleeced lined neck offers next to skin comfort for those warm summer downpours. An adjustable hood with laminated visor can easily roll up and stow with a simplified cord-and-hook design and pit zips offer ventilation without comprising on protection. Two hand warmer pockets are finished off with water resistant zips and this jacket even stows into the left-hand pocket for easy storage and transportation. Hook and loop cuffs and a drawcord hem help to seal out the weather.

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Rainshadow

Better: The Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket

Moving further up the intended use scale, the rainshadow is a trek optimised jacket, ready to take on the rough outdoors.

The Patagonia Men's Rainshadow is a three-layer waterproof jacket that offers comfort and stretch for long days on the trail.
The nylon stretch outer is made using ECONYL recycled yarns built from sources including discarded fishing nets. Paired with Patagonia renowned and durable 3-layer H2No membrane construction to ensure the highest level of comfort, performance and long-term waterproof durability.
The adjustable, alpine, helmet-compatible hood is paired with a laminated visor for unrestricted vision. Two handwarmer pockets and an exterior chest pockets are finished with watertight zippers and this jacket even stows into the left-hand pocket for easy storage and transportation. Minimal hook and loop cuffs and a dual-adjustable drawcord hem seals out the weather.

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Calcite

Best: The Patagonia Calcite Jacket

Now we head up the scale to a superb jacket optimised in both durability and weight, superb for technical outings in rough conditions.

This fully featured shell will keep you equipped and dry from summer thunderstorms, to full winter conditions.
The 100% recycled polyester face fabric is backed by a GORE-TEX Paclite Plus membrane - creating a ultralight, compact and packable shell that provides proper protection against the elements. Offering guaranteed and durable protection against rain, this membrane is also totally windproof to help keep your body warmer during recovering while remaining extremely breathable, ensuring you stay dry and comfortable even during intense activities. A textured backer provides next to skin comfort, allowing you to stay comfortable all year round.
The alpine, helmet-compatible hood features a laminated visor for unrestricted vision and a single-pull adjustment, enabling you to get the right fit on the go. Two welted hand warmer pockets, an exterior left-chest pocket and venting pit-zips are finished with coated, watertight zips and the minimal self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and dual-adjust drawcord hem help to seal out the weather.

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