Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket Review – Worth It?

In this Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket Review, we will see if the company lives up to their promise or not. A good Patagonia pullover rain jacket can do a lot more than prevent you getting drenched in the rain. It acts as a protective layer during snow and blizzards as well.

Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket Review

What We Thought

This is a good option for the person that wants protection from the rain or other precipitation without all the bulk that usually goes with it. It features a simplified design, with just one three pockets in total, so it is ideal for those who like a more streamlined look.

It will work well for everyday use, and it does have a unique look to it. We found that it was comfortable to wear – that extra bit of stretch makes quite a lot of difference. We did try it layered over a bunch of other clothing, and it always looked good.

It is a lot easier on the eyes than on the wallet, but we have to say that we love it in spite of this.

Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket

Features

Water Resistance

  • We found that it was great during morning mist and kept us completely dry. A bonus is that anything stored in the closed pocket also stays dry. We did find that it worked well in a downpour, keeping the rain on the outside.
  • Surprisingly, the water did not seep in through the zipper areas. This is one of the first options that we have tested that actually delivers on this promise. The coating for the zippers might make them a little trickier to open, but it definitely keeps the water out.

Breathability

  • Anything that is firmly woven enough to keep rainwater out is never going to be light and breezy. The pit zips to help with air circulation, and the fabric is slightly breathable. On the whole, though, think plastic.
  • This is a jacket that you should only keep zipped up if you have to. Alternatively, open it up every fifteen or twenty minutes or so if you tend to be a sweaty person.
  • Fortunately, if you are out in the cold, sweating is not much of a problem. We wouldn't wear this into a subtropical forest, though.

Other Features

  • This Patagonia snowboard jacket is one of the best stretch jackets that we have ever reviewed. It feels light, accommodates movement because of its built-in stretch and is highly water-resistant. The 2.5 layer of H2No waterproofing fabric is especially good at keeping you dry. Another one we liked was the Snowbelle Jacket.
  • But, further to that it breathes well. It is a simple design with a hood that is compatible with an alpine helmet and a laminated visor. The zipper is watertight, and the venting pit zips have been treated with DWR, so they too repel the water.
  • The left-chest pocket and the handwarmer pockets feature the same treated zippers.
  • The hood has been well designed, but the tightening system could have you pulling your hair out. The ends are designed to stay out of sight and so are inside your collar. If you want to tighten the hood, therefore, it means undoing the collar first.
  • We understand the idea behind keeping the dongles hidden, but in practice, if you are hurrying to cover your head, it is a design fail.
  • We did like that you can tighten the jacket by cinching at the waist. This helps you get the perfect fit for you. We also like that the cuffs make use of Velcro to tighten them. This means that you can seal them up as tightly as you want.

Weight & Bulk

  • This weighs in at only ounces and so is really lightweight. It has been designed to have streamlined good looks and so doesn't have tons of pockets that you can weigh down with items.
  • This lack of bulk will help it fold up reasonably nicely. Unfortunately, unlike other similar options out there, you won't be able to fold it down into one of its pockets for easy storage.
  • The reason for this becomes clear when you start wearing it, however. It is stylish and looks good – why would you want to crumple it up out of the way anyway?

Conclusion

  • It is not the lightest shell out there, but it is one of the best-looking. The price is higher than most, but you are getting something that is more than just a shell to protect you against the rain.
  • Is it perfect? Nothing ever is, we did not like the rigmarole you have to undergo to tighten the hood. We also do not recommend it if you are someone that sweats a lot.
Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow

Our Rating

  • What we did like is that this will go well as a casual top and work hard under a range of different conditions. It is pricey, but it shows that you don't have to look sloppy to protect yourself from the rain. That about wraps up Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket review. We hope you enjoyed it.

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