Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is good for multisport and especially traveling, climbing, and hiking since it is waterproof, breathable, and windproof. It is also highly compressible and lightweight as it packs down into one of its handwarmer pockets for storing and carrying in a pack or bag easily. Made of 100% recycled ripstop nylon material, a Standard Performance shell of H2No, and a coating of DWR, this great garment is Bluesign approved and hip length.
The seams are fully sealed, plus it has zippered vent pits and comes in an assortment of solid and dual colors. The handwarmer pockets are zippered as well as the front of the garment for easy and quick access. There is a storm flap that helps protect the front zipper area and forms the chin guard with the zipper garage. The bottom hem has a drawstring to allow the user to adjust the fit for protection against rain, wind, and cold.
Another drawstring is on the flexible hood that is adjustable and has a visor with lamination. Both the visor and the hood can be tucked away when not in use. The nice features of this men’s jacket are great in theory, but as you will see, many customers are not happy with their experiences wearing the Torrentshell Jacket.
- Nice assortment of solid and dual colors
- Hip length, lightweight, and packable
- Fabric is blue sign approved
- Hood is adjustable with a visor that is laminated
- Visor can stow away and roll down
- Stows into a pocket and secures with a loop clip-in
- Good for travel, climbing, and hiking
- Waterproof, breathable, and windproof
- Does not vent or breathe well even with the pit zips open
- Front zipper leaked for customers
- Main zipper can be hard to start and snags on the interior rain flap
- Contents of pockets get wet in the rain
-Zippered vents under the arms for aeration
-Chin guard with the zipper garage
-DWR-treated with storm flaps that are welted
-Made of 100% recycled ripstop nylon material
-Hood and bottom hem have a drawstring closure
-Handwarmer pockets with zipper closures
-Seams are fully sealed
-All zippers are waterproof
Some buyers said that the vents do not help even when fully open, as the jacket remains warm. These customers had clothing underneath that was very damp with perspiration because they could not cool off without taking the jacket off entirely. This product has a Standard Performance shell of H2No that is breathable and waterproof. However, more than a few people commented that they became wet during rain showers with this item on. It did not keep them dry at all nor was the fabric breathable for them.
They are good for a wardrobe that has a wider assortment of colors in it. The colors are true to the photos, so you should receive an item that looks exactly like the one online. The design is a good one that looks great and is perfect for casual or more dressy outfits. It could even fit into some workplace environments depending on the dress code enforced.
Being an improved model, the company decided to make the sleeves longer on this model. This is not listed as a quality in the product description on any of the sites that list this jacket, but it is noticed by Patagonia customers who have worn or own the previous version. It is unclear why they made the sleeves about two inches longer on this garment, but it is being received with mixed comments. Some people like it, while others do not. The bad thing about this is that those who liked the older jacket model and trusted this one to be the same with better improvements to materials and features are now unhappy with the product and the brand. When a garment does not fit like it should, especially at higher prices, buyers are dissatisfied.
The front zipper and pocket zippers leaked for many people. Their clothes were wet from wearing this garment in normal rainy weather after only a few hours. The contents of their pockets were drenched also because the fabric and the zippers leaked. As we mention in another part of this review, not only did the fabric leak but it actually took on the rainwater to become heavier on the body. Others said that the front zipper can be hard to start and that it can snag on the interior rain flap quite often. These negative qualities lead to unhappy customers.
This jacket is best used for multisport but is mostly used for travel, climbing, hiking, and everyday wear in the city for work, school, or casual use. The flexible qualities of the hood, visor, underarm vents, drawstrings, and zippers make it a valued garment to have for any type of outdoor adventure or excursion. It offers the user several varied choices when wearing it to make themselves the most comfortable in different weather surroundings.
They blamed the material and the zippers that are supposed to be defensive against the rain with the rain flaps. If this were not bad enough, the material actually took on the rainwater in several of these instances to become heavier and heavier the longer the person wore the product in the rain. You can imagine their disappointment with the brand and the product after experiencing this. Some of the buyers even tried the jacket several times in the rain on different occasions just to prove to themselves that this item is not at all waterproof. But if you are looking something for the cold weather you should check out our guide about the best winter jackets.
New buyers to the brand that are trying it out for the first time with this Torrentshell Jacket will get a wrong first impression of the company and its great products. To be fair, there are others who love the product and did not find anything wrong with it. It was waterproof and worked great for them. However, there are many negative comments concerning the performance of this outer protective garment from the non-waterproof material and zippers to the almost non-existent breathability of the fabric. The zippers do not operate as well as they could as they can be hard to get started and may possibly snag on the rain flap.
Let’s face it, a jacket is supposed to do one thing – protect your body, clothes, and pocket contents from the weather elements. If it cannot do that and actually absorbs the rainwater to make thing worse, then there is no point in buying it or wearing it.