Gear Review: Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Jacket

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Another item bought for my trip through Europe. I needed a rain jacket that was small enough to fit into my backpack but large enough I could wear several layers underneath for warmth. Last, I also wanted a jacket that I could reuse on backpacking trips.

The Patagonia Women’s Torrentshell Jacket fit all of these requirements. The only downside was the bright green color — which isn’t a fault of the jacket (I deliberately choose it to be visible while backpacking and mountaineering), but wasn’t the most classy item when out in public.

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Pros:

  • Light and packs relatively small.
  • Waterproof — at least, no water got in during light to medium rain while traveling.
  • The hood has a long lip so rain stays off your face. The zipper also goes up high so that water has no chance of getting in.
  • The velcro around the sleeve openings was handy to keep warmth in.
  • Nice vents under the armpits.

Cons:

  • Crinkly! Super noisy. Kind of annoying for casually walking around when it isn’t raining.
  • I’m very hourglass-figured, and the jacket was loose around my waist but tight around my hips. However, going a size up meant the sleeves were entirely too long for me and the middle area was way too baggy. I wish it was a bit more tailored for an hourglass figure.
  • I wish it was a tiny bit longer as well to cover my entire butt.

I’m planning on taking the jacket on my future backpacking trips, including climbing Mt. Shasta, so we’ll see how it holds up over more outdoorsy/non-travel trips. But so far, so good, I’ve been fairly happy.

You can buy the Torrentshell Jacket for $129 from Patagonia.