The Torrentshell is one of the best rain jackets on the market according to Outdoor Gear Lab. If your weather has been anything like ours recently, you’ve been thinking there’s got to be something better than fighting with an umbrella all day. This is it. Wear it with a light shirt underneath and you’re gtg for summer hiking, throw on a sweater and you’ll be surprisingly warm until the snow starts to fall. Windbreakers may be cool again, but for a little more money you’ll have much more versatile rain jacket in your closet and nobody is telling you not to wear it when it’s nice outside!
Patagonia Torrentshell Rain Jacket, $49 (was $129)
Available in sizes M through XL and only in this lovely green hue, this is by far the least expensive I’ve seen the Patagonia Torrentshell. UO does a better job with their product descriptions than I do, so here’s a lesson in fair-use:
Ultra-waterproof, ultra-packable rain jacket from Patagonia. Lightweight 2.5-layer nylon with DWR (durable water repellent) finish meets the brand’s H2No Performance Standard. Features an adjustable hood with laminated visor that can roll down + stow away when not in use. Pit-zips with storm flaps and DWR-treated zippers offer extra breathability. Two zip hand warmer pockets – the left one converts into a stuff pouch to fold the jacket into for a compact carry. Finished with a microfleece-lined neck and adjustable drawcord hem.
Pit-zips will keep you cool in the summer, and the microfleece-lined neck will ensure your comfort. Patagonia did a great job on the details with this jacket!
If you’re looking for competitors: I love my Marmot Minimalist ($100), my wife has an offering from Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody ($95 for the men’s version) that she loves. Paul has something from North Face, but he’d have a Torrentshell soon if this was available in a S. You’ll be hearing more about rain jackets from us soon!
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