Light weight heavyweight
The jacket is top notch. I used it while trout fishing in the Cranberry Backcountry on 1-3-20. We biked I’m on a 40 degree day with drizzling rain. I wore it all day and stayed completely dry!! It kept the wind and rain at bay all day. It’s light weight and packable (I never got to take it off to pack though) I would 💯 recommendation this product.... Read More
Slick Jacket with all the drip
Excellent piece out of Patagonia again. Being a windproof jacket this actually keeps me pretty warm even in 50 degree weather with a couple choice layers (capilene cool faults) underneath. I love the pit zips when I need to vent after rigorous activity. The jacket is very lightweight and I have no trouble taking it everywhere. This is a great piece... Read More that should last decades!
Perfect light weight jacket
As the title suggests, it’s a perfect rain jacket that’s not bulky and packs away in one of its own pockets. Watch the video on the Patagonia site about the jacket for a detailed description. Well constructed as usual. I’m 5’ 11” , 200lbs medium build, and the Large size was perfect.
Nice jacket, but not waterproof
I purchased this jacket in 2017, so maybe the product has changed and my review no longer applies. FWIW, I bought the Torrentshell expecting typical Patagonia quality and I’ve been disappointed. Firstly, it is definitely not waterproof. I live in NW Oregon, so I spend a lot of time in the rain. After a half hour or so in the rain, the jacket starts... Read More leaking. After an hour it will wet through completely. Secondly, the zipper is difficult to start and operate (described my several reviewers).
Ms Torrentshell Jacket
This Jacket is so great! It arrived just in time for a rainy week and is holding up excellently. It's insulation works great and its large enough for a fleece or Nano Puff Jacket underneath. Two people have already complimented me on it. Also, the color is great! (Tasmanian Teal)
I got this jacket to keep the rain out during all 4 seasons. While it kept the rain out, I often found myself so sweaty after going cycling or hiking that it really didn't make a difference. Also, while it worked great for walking the dog around the block during fall/winter, it didn't work as well during spring/summer due to humidity. I&#... Read Morex27;d recommend skipping this, I'm still looking for a good 4 season rain jacket or waterproof shell, so I can't make any recommendations. Pros: Great Fit Will keep the rain out Cons: Horrible in humid weather Horrible for any kind of high-output activity
Hi Patrick! Thanks for your feedback on this item, and we're sorry to hear it didn't work out for you. If you would like to initiate a return, you are welcome to do so [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return). A great alternative I would recommend checking out is our [Cloud Ridge Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-cloud-ridge-rain-jacket/83675.html). This lightweight, waterproof, and breathable jacket is ideal for humid conditions, and sounds like it might be the perfect fit for your needs!
This jacket is a great value for a rain jacket. However, every single time I am late for school in the morning, the zipper gets caught on the water cover and is very time consuming to undo. I have noticed that the Jacket starts to soak, I have only owned this for a few months. Another issue that I had was that this is way too warm for me and not br... Read Moreeathable, so I can't wear it mountain biking without being too hot. On the other hand, It is pretty durable and nothing has broken yet.
Hi Tevin. We're sorry to hear you've been having some issues with your jacket. If these persist, you are welcome to [send it back](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) to us under warranty. For a more breathable rain jacket we'd recommend the [Cloud Ridge](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-cloud-ridge-rain-jacket/83675.html).
Good for Chicago Fall-Winter Shoulder Season
I bought the men’s small. I have sufficient space to add an inner layer of jacket. Since it traps heat really well. I’ve used it in mid-November Chicago and the two-layer gets me around the city in ~15-20 °F temperature comfortably. The hood and collar shields my face from moderate snow/rain well.
A good rain jacket, could be better
I haven't used it in heavy rain but it did well in a light rain. I do wish it had at least one breast pocket for easy access to my phone. Also, the material is quite loud. I know most people don't care about this and most rain jackets, even winter jackets, make loud swooshing sounds as the material moves. I just wish this one were quieter... Read More.
Incredibly NOT waterproof
Long time Patagonia user. Of the myriad of products owned, this one fails us every time and is basically useless. My wife and I both own this jacket. The first time used was at a bull fight in Madrid's spring. We experienced a brief, but heavy downpour. We were both soaked to the bone and became very cold. We were miserable. Wish the H2N0 coul... Read Mored perform like Gore-tex. I've been researching replacements for quite some time as we're headed to Thailand in a couple of weeks and really hope to have a lightweight yet effective rain jacket. Too bad we can't take our "Torrentshell" jackets.
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to provide us with this feedback, it's crucial to improving products for future seasons. We're really sorry to hear that your Torrentshell Jackets aren't keeping the two of you dry. We suggest trying to give them a wash as this can help refresh the waterproof membrane and bring back the waterproof ability. However, if that doesn't help you're more than welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return). We've reached out to you directly with some further assistance!
My issue is the zipper which is not easy for me to zip up. I typically have to try 2 or 3 times, and when you mis-zip it gets stuck pretty bad. This is obviously frustrating.I think the supporting material around it needs to be more heavy duty. Even when you get it right, the material tends to get caught in the zipper and you have to zip, un-catch,... Read More zip a little more, uncatch, etc. A fine product overall, but this important use issue should be corrected.
Feels pretty sloshy in a hard rain
Fit is great(rare in a rain jacket), zipper gets stuck from time to time because of the overlap(generally worth it for me). The biggest thing is that when you're in a hard rain, you feel wet in the jacket. the Gore products are much better for true hard rain when you're not wearing base/mid layers. Being in North Carolina, we rarely need ... Read Morethe mid/base layers that would make this jacket fit for purpose.
Workhorse rain protection on the Southern Coast of Oregon
Both my wife and I have Torrentshell's. We live year-round right on the ocean. These jackets hang next to our front door and are used constantly when the weather turns wet. They used for everything from getting the dogs out to paddling sea kayaks. There are other shells in the closet, but these are the go to coats for every day use. The highes... Read Moret praise I can give them is once you put one on, you can forget your wearing it, as it does what it was designed to...simply and completely.
Level 1 Hurricane
My wife and I have owned this jacket for the past 4-5 years. I gave a 5 star rating, only because a 4.5 was not available, and the issue is small. The only complaint about my jacket has been detailed by others--the zipper can get stuck as you start to zip it up (with in the first inch). We wore our Torrentshells on our trip to Niagara Falls this p... Read Moreast month. On the cave of the winds walking tour, you are in the shower and mist of the falls most of the time, and if you like you can walk to a deck just in front of the bridal vail falls, called the Hurricane Deck (google it). The force of the wind and water is equivalent to that of a level 1 hurricane. I decided to test the jacket. I pulled tight the hood, sleeves, and waist and walked up to the deck. It was surprisingly hard to stand there, but I faced the falls for a minute and then turned around and let it beat at my back as well. Once we were top side, the only water that got in was through obvious place the face. My beard did not allow for a clean seal (not that I would have expected a clean shave to have either), but I did have some water down the front of my chest, but not much. My back was completely dry. The jacket exceeded my expectation in that test.
When my old jacket started to flake inside I decided to buy a new one. When I received I found that this new version does not have the very handy inside pocket anymore. Ouse first this for my mobile and my money and other precious things, which are better not stored on the outside pockets. Why has this useful feature been removed? It is a less usef... Read Moreul product now, which I regret very much.
We are sorry to hear that you are missing that feature and we appreciate the helpful feedback on that. Please feel free to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) this back to us and we are happy to [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) recommend a jacket that does have an inside pocket.
Super size it
I have no doubt about the quality being top notch. And if I have a problem the customer service is gonna take care of me, but I’ve been wearing a Patagonia medium from vests, jackets to pullovers for over 20 years. I threw this on and felt I was swimming in it. Is this just ‘Merica slowly tipping the scales? Guess I need to actually size the produc... Read Morets now before ordering online.
I have used Patagonia equipment for over 40 years, and had absolutely great use and experiences with everything except this jacket. It’s not waterproof. I washed it in the recommended product from Patagonia, and it’s just not happening. Unless you want to feel totally clammy and slogged, don’t buy this jacket, but one of their Gore-tex products. Th... Read Moreey cost more, but in the end you stay dry. It is very windproof and light, so if that is all you intend to use it for - fine.
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Lightweight, packable, rain jacket
Bought this jacket to take to Ecuador. Between the Amazon, Galapagos and the mainland coast, we ran into rain of varying forces, and the jacket did exactly as advertised: It kept me dry. From an all day Amazon downpour in a canoe, to a windy, coastal drizzle surf check, the jacket preformed well. The pit zips allowed for decent breathability and I ... Read Morelove that I can stuff the jacket into a tiny space in my pack. I can wear a thin layer underneath for extra warmth, but I would recommend going up a size if you want to wear a thick layer beneath the jacket. So far this jacket has been a great addition to my lightweight foul weather gear.
Very NIce Jacket
This jacket is the perfect weight for three season wear. Sometimes you need something to keep you dry when it's warm. This is perfect. It's well made, packs down. I keep it in my car for those times when a quick shower pops up. I have a heavier rubberized raincoat, but the Torrentshell is the one I go to first. Some shells are too short, ... Read Morebut this goes well below my waist, almost covering the seat of my pants. I like everything about it, right down to the pit zips. It's a simple, efficient jacket.
Torrentshell Parka is Great!
I bought the Torrentshell Parka in Navy blue, in a medium (I normally wear medium shirts). It has a trim fit that looks good, and is formal enough for dashing between government offices covering my work jacket. It fits fine over a suit-coat in the shoulders -- it would be nice if the extra-long version was still available, as the suit-coat protrude... Read Mores at the bottom. Very comfortable, quite dry!
Jacket has too much material
Jacket has too much material in stomach area. Looks like I’m 3-4 months pregnant. Not real happy with product
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i understand that rain jackets are prone to let water through a bit, and more when the jacket ages, but after wearing this jacket FOR THE FIRST TIME, it let in a plentiful amount of water, leaving me completely drenched. This is the second Torrentshell I have had, the first had the same problem so I had it replaced. Please fix this jacket, because ... Read MoreI know Patagonia lives up to better standards than this
We are very sorry to hear about the multiple troubles with this specific jacket. We can understand the frustration and are happy to help you with [sending](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) the replacement back for a credit . We can also discuss a different jacket option since the Torrentshell isn't working out for you. Please [contact](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) us for assistance with this.
Decent back up rain jacket
Jacket is super comfortable and looks very stylish, and is lightweight enough where it stuffs away in your backpack easily. Also, it does a great job of blocking out the wind. However, breathability is next to none, and the waterproofing is so-so. Decent jacket for light rain and if you're planning on sitting still, but don't recommend it... Read More for sustained rain or if you're planning on moving a lot.
Thanks for this helpful feedback. We recommend our Torrentshell for a more causal use, so if you are needing a more breathable jacket, we might advise a different piece. If you end up wanting to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) it, please feel free to do so. We are happy to [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact) if you need it!
I like this jacket although the zipper gets caught on the material every time. It’s not great if you’re in a hurry. I use this on my motorcycle and it definitely keeps rain and wind out, however other than getting caught every-time in the material around the zipper
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A nice and light rain/wind-proof jacket but with one flaw
Made out of breathable nylon and H2No material looks like it can hold the rain and wind at bay, so not only a rain gear item but also a stylish windbreaker. which is where Patagonia lost the high marks. The hood storage with a string and hook is poorly designed (it unfolds as you move), and the way the collar looks with the hood stored leaves a lot... Read More to be desired, it exposes the H2No white plastic looking material in part of the collar, which makes the jacket look cheap and unwearable to the point that cannot be utilized as a classy or stylish windbreaker. The whole collar needs to be fleeced with a soft material (ideally with the same color of the jacket), and the hood needs to be redesigned similar to the North Face Resolve 2 jacket which looks really nice when the hood is stowed securely and nicely in the back of the jacket, without affecting the look of the collar, which allows it to be worn as a windbreaker. As far as its relaxed fit, it fits well to the contours of my body, and since I have a 44" chest and around 6 feet, the jacket fits me like a glove without been too tight or long but just right, and still with room to comfortably wear either my Micro-puff or Better Sweater as layer on those very cold and rainy days. I recommend this jacket if you want solely a rain-wind jacket on the trail that is breathable and surprisingly warm (I wore in cold and windy weather in the 50s with just a t-shirt and I was fine), but this piece does not transition from the backcountry to the city at all. The collar is weird and not presentable at all in an urban setting. I hope it gets redesigned, because it does an injustice to the rest of the jacket.
We appreciate all that detailed and thoughtful feedback. You are correct in saying this jacket isn't a great crossover piece from the city to the backcountry. We do recommend this for a more causal use. If you'd like to [send](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return) this back to us, please feel free to do so. Let us know if we can [help](https://www.patagonia.com/customer-service.html#searchterm=contact)!
Wore it fishing in the rain. Soaked-through within a short amount of time. Only good in dry weather.
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Looks sharp and works perfectly
Put this to the test trekking for hours though a total downpour hiking to glacier grey in Torres del Paine and stay almost totally dry (a little bit on the shoulders where the pack straps were) and am super happy overall. Sleeve length is perfect for me (about 6'3") and the two-tone color scheme on mine (navy & orange) looks really sh... Read Morearp and gets compliments as a piece of casual wear so appreciate the versatility.
Sheds rain well
The only thing to note when purchasing this shell is if you want a loose feel or to wear over layers I would suggest buy a size bigger. Other than that, this shell jacket repels rain well. I live in a reputably wet and rainy area of Hawaii if not the most rainy. My first time using the torentshell jacket was during a category 4 hurricane when we ha... Read Mored 64 inches of rain in 48 hours and I was thankful to have it. I have used the jacket paired with the cloud ridge pants and I am very satisfied with its ability to shed water in constant heavy downpour. I also use the pair when pressure washing ATV's and it withstands the constant blasting of backsplash. The water beads off the shell very well in the beginning then surface tension starts to grip the surface making me think the jacket will get saturated and leak through but it has yet to fail me. I have recommended this product to others and will continue to do so. The people who have taken my recommendation and bought the product have thanked me for recommending a great rain shell. Good work Patagonia!
There is No Reason to Buy Products at Any Other Store
I just bought more Patagonia rain jackets for me & my daughter. I had an old one where the lining was starting to peal off and the sales-person said I should bring it in for a warranty exchange, which I did the following week (and now have a rain jacket in each of my houses). The fact that Patagonia would stand behind its products for that long... Read More is not even believable. Why would anyone buy a product made by Patagonia from ANY OTHER manufacturer? It would not make any sense! You guys rock!
This is a great jacket
I love this jacket. I love how it packs down and I love how it keeps me dry. The underarm vents are fantastic and necessary, since the jacket retains heat really well. My only issue with the jacket (and thus 4 stars) is that the fabric often gets caught when I zip it up. Nearly every time you zip up the jacket you need to get the fabric out of the ... Read Morezipper.
Bought men's size for the color
I want to love this jacket, but there are some things I'm not 100 percent with. Pros: 100 percent waterproof, adjustable cuffs, color. Cons: Had to buy men's size to get the willow herb green color, noisy, only 2 pockets. I hoped with Patagonia there would have been a secure zipped inside pocket for my phone/tissues. This is a bare bones... Read More jacket that I'm still learning to love.
Good value, but wears out fast
I’ve gone through 3 of these jackets so far. Past editions have lasted me about a year or two of moderate use. I use it for snowsports, backpacking, hiking, and work primarily (I work for the US Forest Service). The first couple of editions I had would delaminate from the inside, even with only moderate use. When I took it back to Patagonia, they g... Read Moreraciously honored their ironclad guarantee and let me trade it out for a new one. They did give me a short but friendly lecture about making sure I was caring for it properly. I would wipe it off with a sponge and mild soap because I know they say washing rainshells in a machine can wear them out faster, but apparently not so with the Torrentshell, they recommend machine washing, emphasizing keeping it clean over reducing the number of times you run it through the wash, but still even with my altering of care strategy, subsequent Torrentshells wore out fast. I want something durable that I can use in the field instead of just posturing in while walking to the coffee shop in Georgetown or the Hamptons or wherever 😉. Anyway, the most recent edition I got, they must have changed something up or incorporated feedback because I’ve had it for about two years (I think?) and it hasn’t started to delaminate at all like in the past. If it keeps up, it will definitely be worth the price! Also, decent breathabikity for a rain jacket and stays dry for the most part even with heavy rain, though you will sweat pretty good in it if you are making a climbing or working hard.
Just right rain jacket
I purchased this jacket (size M) for my 13 year old boy who is growing fast (currently 5'9" about 110lb); it's roomy on him, but fits well with some "growing room". Works fine for us when it is rainy out. Cuts the wind nicely too, but is not warm, just a protective layer agains the elements.
I bought this jacket last year to replace a cheapie I had gotten from Target 15 years ago, which started to leak. The problem with the Patagonia jacket is it repels water for about a half hour. I discovered this because I had to walk in the rain for quite awhile and after about 30 minutes started to feel a lot dampness in the interior of the jacket... Read More. And, it was more than damp. Water was beading on the inside of the jacket. The jacket will go in the next Goodwill run I do.
Great light weight jacket
I ordered the large and usually wear an xl for most things. This jacket is a perfect fit. I would say this jacket is more for a light to medium rain with minimum wind. It has ZERO warmth however I knew what I was buying the jacket for and got what I wanted. If you're looking for a warm wind proof jacket then do not get this. IF you just need a... Read More jacket for the rain and to keep you dry and cool this is the PERFECT jacket. Thanks Patagonia!
Jacket is great except 2 major issues as follows. Purchase this rain jacket 1 1/2 months ago The fabric behind the zipper will get caught into the zipper almost 100% of the time. It is a huge dissapointment that they didn’t offer to even explain the issue and resolve it. Second is the stitching will fray easily, which will eventually fall apart.... Read More
This jacket has a zipper that is improperly designed. The rain flaps get caught in the zipper repeatedly making it non functional. This is a replacement jacket of an earlier version that had a flaking, deteriorating inner layer and was replaced by Patagonia for a discount. Additionally, the hood does not adjust well. I cannot recommend this jacket ... Read Moreand would advise serious consideration of another brand. I am returning this one.
When XXL is not XXL
I really liked the style and craftsmanship of the jacket and ordered it in the size I've been wearing in jackets for several years, XXL. I realize I'm large and occasionally have had tightness across the midsection, but I could barely get the jacket across my shoulders and could barely zip it up. It became obvious that it would never fit ... Read Morecomfortably so I had to return it. Unfortunately I can't wear Patagonia clothing.
I bought the Torrent Shell at a retailer less than a year ago. The jacket has NOT been waterproof since day one. In hind sight, the Large seems to be a bit restrictive for my size especially when more than one layer is added underneath. I have purchased Patagonia products since the 1980s so have no doubt that their products are top of the line. I... Read Moren this case though I am totally disappointed.
I've had two of these. Like the fit, the quality, everything but the waterproofness. The H2No is good for eighteen months, maybe two years. If you live in a rainy place or wear a raincoat a lot (I live in Portland), it's probably wise to invest in Gore-tex and spend more for a coat that will be waterproof for longer.
My second Torrentshell
Not that it matters, but I would like to mention that I have a strong preference for Patagonia. I like their stuff. This review is unfortunate. I’ve blown through 2 Torrentshell jackets. V1.0 was the original with the white interior lining layer. That layer came apart, shedding white shell liner. No amount of duct tape kept it waterproof. This took... Read More about 1.5-2 years. I bought another one, as I thought maybe I was being too hard on it. The updated jacket no longer has that white lining, but the waterproof failed within about a year. It makes for a nice wind breaking shell, but does not keep you dry. Same review for the pants, unfortunately. Patagonia NYC did take the first jacket back for recycling. I’ll drop number 2 off shortly. I use them for running, cycling, hiking, fishing.
Perfect Rain Jacket
I like everything about this jacket. It fits me really well...I'm 6"1" and 195 lbs. and bought a Large. There's plenty of room for a thick fleece jacket underneath. The hood has great adjustments so you can get it to fit like a hat with a cool little bill. The material is really nice with just a little soft crinkle to it when yo... Read Moreu move. Zipper and flaps seem very well-designed. The problem I have with Patagonia stuff is that it's so good that I never get to buy stuff because my ancient stuff is still perfectly good. I have one of the first puffball jackets they ever made...still perfect...a soft shell jacket...perfect...3 fleece jackets...perfect...you get the idea.
Depends what you are doing.
If you are wearing this as and outer shell with a coat and layers underneath it fits well. If you only wear a t-shirt under this it is way too big. I am usually on the larger side of a medium so I got a medium since it was a coat (which usually run bigger). Even though that I knew it would be a bit bigger is was really big on me. If you want to wea... Read Morer causally and get the rain shadow stretch or the Houdini. These are both lighter and nicer to wear for a longer period of time. This jacket is also very crunchy and stiff so get a lighter jacket if you want to wear causally but when it rains hard it is good so like for intense outdoor use.
Good outer layer with minor issues
It does what a rain jacket is supposed to do - keep you dry. It isn't super breathable, but at the same time I'm not completely soaked from my own sweat within. I got a medium (5'10" 145lbs) and it fits well over the snap-t pullover. It also fit well over a five layer system as an outer waterproof layer (base, thermal, snap-T, h... Read Morei loft down jacket, torrentshell). The only gripes I have are the lack of a chest pocket, the zippers and how they catch on the fabric (but you just have to be careful when zipping up), and the fact that the very ends of the sleeves soak through pretty fast.
Not waterproof as stated
Wore this through the rain twice while walking my dog and came home soaked. It defeated the purpose of this jacket because I strictly bought it for rainwear as it is stated. I have a cheap rain jacket from Costco that repelled water better than this jacket so I'm quite disappointed. I have no idea where this 'H2no' technology went be... Read Morecause it really doesn't work. If you're looking for a windbreaker and something lightweight and packable then this is for you. However, if you want a jacket that has all those functions AND is water repellent, this is definitely not for you.
mostly enjoy this jacket, but not in the rain
This jacket is warm and fits great. I wanted to like this jacket but I really need a reliable waterproof/breathable jacket. As someone has mentioned, after a couple rains, the jacket was no longer waterproof. I am quite disappointed, particularly given the cost. I just thought a Patagonia jacket would be worth the cost.
Just got this to deal with some heavy rain. Worked great. I can understand the zipper issue, but as others have mentioned, just need to be careful. Hood adjustment is excellent, better than my Mountain Hardwear comparable model. I took a large and wore it over my R2 jacket. I typically take L in this brand. I considered buying this for weeks, doing... Read More all the research I could and while it's still early to tell, right now I'm with the 5-star reviewers. Shook dry easily.
hood doesnt actually stow
The jacket is fine, I'm just kinda frustrated at this "simplified" hook and loop thing for stowing the hood when not in use. It doesnt "stow" the hood it simply involves tucking the hood down the back of the jacket, which as one can imagine, is very uncomfortable and looks ridiculous. Not to mention if youre walking around ... Read Moreit ends up flopping out the back anyway, as the hook and loop thing fails to secure it in any meaningful way. Honestly if they just didnt mention the hood stowing system, I'd probably give this jacket 5 stars, but like if youre going to claim to do something, then you'd better do it, all im saying.
The Men's jacket does not have an athletic cut and is wider at the chest than at the waist. For the XS, the chest (armpit to armpit) width is 21 inches and the waist (bottom) width is 19.5. I don't know in what world it makes sense to make the bottom narrower than the chest. What this means, for me, is that the jacket size is appropriate ... Read Moreat the chest but I can barely close it (no space at the bottom), and sizing up makes it too large. Tried both S and XS in the store.
I've had this coat for a few months now, enough to form a good opinion. First off, I normally wear a size medium for Patagonia with the nano puff and t shirts fitting perfect. For some reason a medium in this style, I was swimming in but a small fit me just about perfect allowing me to layer one sweatshirt under it. I'm 5'10 about 1... Read More50 with a athletic/climber build. My only complaint is that the pockets are very small and there isn't a chest pocket hidden on the inside. If Patagonia would make bigger hand pockets and add the inside chest pocket it would be a perfect rain coat.
Just wore my Torrentshell jacket to Cape Horn and environs, and I stayed totally dry and warm (with 2 other layers). I was totally happy with the way it performed. Walked on Cape Horn itself, went by Zodiac to glaciers all along the Beagle Channel, braved a sleet & rain storm on the shore of Lake Grey in Torres del Paine National Park, stayed d... Read Morery and warn throughout. Why buy more expensive gear?
I have had absolutely zero issues with my jacket. It has performed wonderfully in heavy rain, and the zippers are fine as well. My only suggestion is rather than blindly yanking on the zipper, watch to see what you are doing. This approach has worked well for me for many years after I learned to dress myself. Can’t hurt, might help.
Peeling within a year of use
I've been convinced that I would need a quality waterproof rain jacket and based on the marketing/concept of Patagonia I definitely went for the Torrentshell, no matter how much would cost in compare to the other brands similar jackets. After a (not even)year of use it began to peel the liner like crazy. I took care well and follow the instruc... Read Moretions of the manufacturer, but within so little time I have a trashed piece of gear that is really hard to repair. I not even used like crazy for extreme situations, it's a pitty but I would never buy the same jacket, or even others Patagonia jackets for these reason.
Not suitable for torrential rain
I purchased this jacket early in the summer 2018. I was fine for the first couple of rains, but then began to absorb water and finally pass it through to the inside. I washed it in soap made for waterproof, breathable garments and had the same result. The jacket is also sized slim or form fitting. I have a 47" chest, and the jacket just fits ... Read Moreover a thin fleece sweater. It's as if it were designed for wearing in town and not for outdoor activities like hiking in which you might need to wear some insulation. I'm a strong supporter of Patagonia's mission, but am seriously disappointed in this jacket.
Zipper is awful
Either I have a defective product or the zipper on this jacket is generally awful. It takes me at least 30 seconds each time I take it on or off to get the zipper to work. Keeps getting stuck and makes it so that by the time it's finally on or off, I'm sufficiently irritated. Would have taken back to a patagonia store, but I don't li... Read Moreve near one.
I'm reading here in the description that the jacket is waterproof but after using it in the rain, its more water resistant. The jacket does get wet and quickly for that matter. The cuffs up to the elbow were soaked after 5 minutes, the shoulders of the jacket also became very damp in that time. Im very confused on why this is marketed as a wea... Read Morether proof jacket... Didnt last 5 minutes in the rain before my clothes started getting wet underneath. Its a very nice casual jacket, light rain, but dont think your gonnna stay dry in heavy rain.
AGAIN...previous versions had some Velcro to greatly enhance the usefulness of this jacket. I’ve also suggested if Patagonia didn’t want the Velcro...a simple two way zipper would also work very well . Like many other Patagonia jackets... it’s either zipped up or not. It it’s not zipped the jacket opens up literally falling off ones shoulders... zi... Read Morepped up, you bake like a French fry. Very disappointing.
Soaked in the rain
I have used LOTS of Patagonia gear that I have been super happy with, and was really happy when I found this advertised as a lightweight, waterproof jacket. I liked the style and fit of the jacket, and then took the jacket to task - 3 separate 30 - 45 minute bike rides in light and heavy rain, and I was soaked in an instant. I arrived to work each ... Read Moretime completely wet, as if I hadn't worn a jacket at all. This is the first occasion that I have been disappointed in a Patagonia product. I have since contacted customer support, and they have indicated that I can take the jacket to my local Patagonia shop for assistance with exchanging. I plan to do so, and hope that the next "waterproof" jacket I get from Patagonia will hold up to the rain. I would recommend this jacket for dry conditions only. I wouldn't recommend even for a light rain - it soaks through within about 15-20 even in a light rain.
Wets out in an instant. If it rains you will be wet.
I purchased this shell for a 2018 AT thru hike. I kept it with me the entire trip. I had some angst about a purchase when I read a review on sectionhiker dot com where the site owner said it wetted out in an instant. He thought it might be defective because Patagonia gear tends to be great. I was inclined to agree. The jacket did help me stay warm ... Read Moreon my hike as it effectively blocks wind but it is heavier than typical thru hiking rain shells and I've never had a piece of gear that wetted out so quickly. I tried applying DWR but that didn't help. Perhaps my jacket is defective. I would have otherwise returned it if I wasn't on the trail for 5 months. On a positive note it still looks good even after 2200 miles:)
Love this jacket
I've owned my jacket for a couple of years now. It has served me well from the top of Mount Washington on a 35 degree day with 40MPH winds and rain/snow/sleet. It kept me dry and blocked the wind. Then it kept me protected from the wind, rain and waterfall spray in Iceland. It was even effective during a climb of a glacier in Northern Norway. ... Read MoreMy only complaint is that the zipper does not work as easily as I'd like but the jacket does exactly what it is supposed to do! Great gear!
I found a local store that had some in stock so tried it on as I was looking for a rain jacket and this jacket had some decent reviews. It looks and feels nice. The pockets are Not mesh so you may have some wet hands during rainy days instead of it drying out. The hood fits relatively well. The BAD part is the Sizing! Large barely fits... arms are ... Read Morefine but body, esp. the chest, was a bit tight and could NOT wear any layers other than a shirt underneath. The XL is TOO big! The arms were extended to my palms/fingers while the body was ROOMY enough so you can wear layers underneath it. I had it zipped up and Pulled the front Outward a FEW INCHES to show how ROOMY it was and that's just wearing a shirt underneath. The entire jacket was relatively Huge! Lots of people are talking about the Crazy sizes and fit of Patagonia clothing and the Torrentshell is another example of how messed up it is.
This jacket has come to its end for me. After 10 years of some pretty grueling use, including Kilimanjaro, the plastic lining is peeling off and to be honest, it was never particularly dry in a down pour. Im unsure if this is because i mis treated the jacket thru washing or because at this price point its basically just low end. I tried talking to ... Read MorePAtagonia for the supposed life time warranty but never got any replies to my e mails. I figure i am not cheap enough to care about a 10 year old 129 dollar jacket. I will upgrade to another jacket with Patagonia because they really are good, but honestly, this jacket is really just a windshield at best.
Versatile and packable
I use this Torrentshell as raincoat/windbreaker and a parka shell. This is my second Torrentshell (the first was a pullover). The jacket folds flat into my briefcase which makes it handy while traveling. I sure appreciate the handwarmer pockets and the pit zips. There is condensation when I walk awhile in warm,humid conditions; with a Nano Air unde... Read Morerneath in cooler weather,it remains dry. I think the fit,style and quality are 5 star.
Looks great,works great!
I bought this for some traveling I have planned in the fall,and as a rain jacket while at home in in-between. It does what it is supposed to do and doesn't look ridiculous while doing it too. Though,it literally is a shell so if you plan on using it as just as rain jacket,get a down sweater or something for underneath.
I normally don't write reviews,but i felt compelled as I almost didn't buy the jacket due to the poor reviews. I can assure you that the jacket is %100 percent waterproof,and anybody that says otherwise is experiencing wetting due to condensation on the inside of the jacket,not rain seeping through. If you choose to wear this garment duri... Read Moreng some sort of aerobic exercise,then it is likely the jacket will wet out due to condensation,but there are things you can do to prevent/mitigate this: 1. I would recommend unzipping the pit vents to dump excess heat. 2. wear some sort of moisture wicking synthetic layer underneath. 3. Have a dry layer accessible for after exercise (the condensation in the jacket will air out in a matter of minutes once the jacket is off and will stay dry if you arnt exerting more aerobic energy.) With that being said,when wearing the jacket casually its performance is bomber: aesthetically pleasing,easy to layer,%100 waterproof and few issues with condensation ( shoulder areas can condensate if the jacket is on for a while,but thats just because its a high contact area.)
Only reason I would even give this one star is because it looks nice. I received this as a Christmas present and was really excited because I had heard how great Patagonia products were. Unfortunately,I've tried this jacket multiple times in different levels of rain and every time,it gets soaked. There is virtually no DWR finish. Once water hi... Read Morets the jacket,it just sits there and the material becomes soaked. Within minutes,you can feel the dampness on your skin or your shirt underneath. And this jacket is only 5 months old and it's been doing this from day 1! I had hoped to be able to use this jacket on backpacking and hunting trips,but I will just stick to Sitka Gear from now on and actually stay dry with Goretex. Glad I didn't buy this jacket because it would have been a waste of money! Spend the extra money and get something made with technology that is actually effective.
Not waterproof at all
I have been carrying this shell around for a while,waiting for a really rainy day. Well we got one this weekend,and unfortunately,the jacket soaked through quickly. Was pretty much instantly wet under the backpack straps,and pretty quickly saturated everywhere else. A lot better than nothing,but far from waterproof. When I got inside,my shirt was p... Read Moreretty much soaked.
Nice jacket with good design but it soaked......
I came to Boston last year and I found the weather was extremely wet here and it rained a lot. So I decided to get myself a rain jacket and finally found this Torrentshell. However,this jacket is not as waterproof as Patagonia said,because it got soaked even it was only drizzling! Every time I wore this jacket while it was drizzling outside,I found... Read More the inside of my pockets was too wet to hold my stuff. After wearing it for 3 to 4 times,it still performed not well,so I decided to bring it to store and get replacement.
Nice! Bravo Patagonia (again)
Bravo Patagonia! This jacket & pant are both awesome. Be advised they are definitely ultra-thin and ultra-lightweight. That is good if that's what you're seeking. But for some,it might seem too thin to wear casually. Having mentioned that,this jacket has incredible attention to detail and style. It fits athletically,just like you'... Read More;d hope it would. And literally ricochets off water as if it was made of the non-nutritive cereal varnish featured in Clark Griswold's sled.
Bad Zipper - gets stuck and leaks
Huge fan of Patagonia and older Torrentshell designs but there's major design flaw with this one: the zipper. Two zipper problems: 1) Gets Stuck: I agree with the other reviews about it getting stuck. I have the same problems. It easily gets caught probably 90% of the time. Usually not that big deal but annoying nonetheless. 2) IT LEAKS!: Ot... Read Moreher claims in these reviews about leaking I fear are from people who don't understand rain jackets and what an entry level rain jacket can do and what "waterproof" really means. Leaking at the arms and shoulders doesn't seem like a problem in reasonable expected conditions. But the zipper definitely leaks!!! Rain will drip under the weak flap design and leak right through. I've stayed perfectly dry in several rains storms except that the front of my shirt around the zipper is completely soaked. Happens almost instantly in any kind of healthy rain storm. Please fix Patagonia so I can continue to buy entry level rain jackets from you. If you thought this was helpful please click yes below - I'm curious how many reads this gets,if it was worth my time. Would also love to hear that Patagonia heard this as well,yes?
I recently discovered this rather simple jacket and I now carry it everywhere with me. It's quite light and perfectly waterproof. Is it really breathable ? It's certainly designed for intense workout but I use it for running and I've never been disappointed with it so I guess it's alright. It's very unpretentious but it doe... Read Mores the job well whether it's to commute to work or go for a run when I'm in Europe in the winter
Keeps you Dry
Awesome jacket to keep you dry. I've worn this when it was raining buckets and it kept me completely dry. The vents under the arms are perfect for venting heat when wearing this in warmer weather,but still want to stay dry. Fit is great too,not too bulky. Sleeves are a tad bit longer than I like but nothing to downgrade the rating. 5'11 2... Read More15 Wide shoulders and athletic build fits great
Serves more than its purpose
I love this jacket. Its very versatile and defiantly keeps me dry like it should. I wear it regularly on rainy Michigan days,when I hike Colorado 14ers,and even wore it over my down jacket on a warm ski day. My only complaint is that the zipper gets stuck pretty often and can frustrate me.
From Wetsuit to warmth in the wind.
I just spent a couple days surfing on the Oregon coast in typical November weather: air temp: 42 degrees. Water temp: 52 degrees,rain and wind. As soon as I get out of the water and back to the car,I pull my wetsuit down to my waist,dive into my down sweater hoody and then my Torrentshell jacket. In a few minutes,I'm toasty and my fingers are ... Read Morewarm enough to do battle with the lower half of my suit and my booties. These two jackets are must haves for winter surf sessions.
Incredible Value/Weight ratio
I was wearing it during the last typhons in Japan. I felt really confident walking in the streets while it was heavily raining,and didn't feel wet at all. Considering this one is really lightweight,the waterproof performance is incredible. I love all the possible adjustments,especially those for wrists. I would have loved it to be a bit warme... Read Morer,but regarding the weight,it makes sense to just wear and a sweater underneath. Also,note that inner material is not very confortable (but acceptable) when it touches your skin on your arms,so you'll prefer wearing long-sleeves clothes.
Great Basic Rain Jacket
Great basic rain jacket. Reliable for around town when the sky opens up as well as to be used as a quick rain shell on day hikes and even backpacking trips. Not breathable enough to be used in extended times in wet conditions - but great as a rain shell when you're in a pinch. Wish there were a more casual parka version to be used strictly i... Read Moren casual settings. The women have the Lash Point Parka - would be nice for the men to also have a non-technical rain shell/trench coat/parka. Something like the outer shell of the Tres 3 in 1? Everlane makes the Elements Anorak which I love - seems like Patagonia should have a similar product for men. Missed opportunity for them!
The windbreaker is good for like light rain but when heavy downpours come,the rain kinda gets through and you'll still feel the cold on ur skin. I love the zipper pouch in the front I just wish there was a pouch for your hands. Nevertheless I still wear this very frequently and I'm happy with my purchase 8 months later
Hurricane Tested--and Passed
I bought this jacket a few weeks before Irma hit the Tampa area,and it came in extremely handy when I had to be outside in the high winds and rain. It performed as expected--shed the rain easily,and kept me dry. The hood is well designed and allows visibility with protection. I'll get many years' use out of this jacket.
I've had this coat for a little while now. I just got back from a road trip to Homer Alaska. It is September here and can be and was very rainy. This jacket provide no protection. I was walking along the beach while it was raining and got soaked. So soaked I bought another rain jacket on my drive home and it wasn't a Patagonia product. In... Read More the past I have always been very satisfied with Patagonia products but this time I was let down.
I bought this product about 3 weeks ago,right before Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. I live in Central Texas,so all we got was the downpour,but no flooding. I wore this jacket for about 20 minutes before my girlfriend decided she wanted it,and promptly took it and wore it non-stop for the next 3 days. Although I haven't gotten a chance to use it d... Read Moreuring any serious rain,she was quite happy with my purchase and said it was the best rain jacket she'd ever worn. I plan on layering this with the Men's Down Sweater when I move to Oregon in a month as a shell. Only complaint is that it runs about an inch longer than I would like. I'm 6'0" and 160 pounds. I love this jacket,and would happily recommend it to anyone.
It is fine.
This jacket is okay. It does not provide hardly any insulation,and it is somewhat noisy due to the material. However it comes in handy when it is rainy outside. When using the hood,it covers down pretty low,which can make it hard to see in front of you very far. Otherwise it is a good jacket.
Really nice rainjacket!
In the past I always bought LL Bean rain jackets even though the tore around the neck and leaked around the cuffs. I'm glad I switched to the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket. It sheds water much better than my previous jackets. Only thing I don't like is that there is no pocket in the chest area for putting a camera or phone. I bought a lar... Read Morege since I like it to extend down past my rain pants.
Not exactly waterproof...
I wanted to like this jacket. I really did. The packability,the fit,the features are all great. It's comfortable and convenient. The bottom line,though,is that it barely stands up to a drizzle much less the torrents of its namesake. I wore the jacket on multiple outings in inclement weather. Each time the fabric quickly soaked through and go... Read Moret to my skin or layers. I hoped that I could fix the problem by washing it with NikWax Tech Wash and Direct Wash-in,and although there was a slight improvement it didn't solve the problem. The final straw was after getting caught in a surprise downpour,my cell phone was ruined because I (stupidly) tried to protect it in the jacket pocket. The only reason why I never contacted Patagonia for a replacement was because the jacket got misplaced (err,stolen) shortly thereafter. I have a friend who had a similar experience with his Houdini jacket,so I decided to go elsewhere for my light raingear needs. I'd like to note though,that it pains me to write this because I strongly believe in Patagonia and their products. This one just doesn't hit the mark.
Solid Rain Jacket Great Purchase
I bought this for a bike camping trip around Lake Tahoe. I needed a tougher rain jacket than the one I had prior,so I picked this one up. It was heavier duty that I originally thought,but that was not a problem as rain in the hills around Tahoe can be downright cold. Fortunately,it never rained,but it did the entire week I returned home. I took adv... Read Moreantage of the stuff-pocket sack and stowed it in my commuter bag upon returning home. I got to use this rain jacket several times,and was very impressed with how well the hood fit ove my bike helmet,and how dry I stayed. The pit zips worked great to keep my temperature down as well. I highly recommend this jacket.
I am on my 3rd replacement as I use this as a daily driver and for most outings. I just throw it in my bag and forget about it. There used to be two mesh catch-all interior pockets,then one,and now none with this one. I like them as they are good for cellphones,food,gloves,etc. Oh,well. The fit is still great with it sort of slim. 5'10" 1... Read More75 and the medium is nice for me
Lightweight and effective rain protection
I've worn a Patagonia raincoat all over the world for more than 30 years. My last one,a precursor to the Torrentshell but quite similar,finally gave out recently. The Torrentshell offers a nice lightweight jacket suitable for the tropics (love those zip open pits) or colder weather with an underlayer. I just field tested my new one in the rain... Read Moreforests of Borneo and it performed beautifully. Stayed dry,breathed well,easily adjusted for long drizzles and drenching downpours. Packs down to nothing,so great for travel.
Back to the Drawing Board
I have never met a Patagonia product I didn't love'until now. I bought this rain shell about a year ago to help stave off rainy Chicago spring weather. I keep thinking I just need to wear it more often or change the way I wear it. Alas,no. Four things will likely keep me from ever wearing this product again: 1. It's big. I wear 35&q... Read Moreuot; sleeve length shirts and the Large Torrentshell arms are so long I have to roll them up. 2. The zipper always gets caught. Every time. The closeover flap is on the right side of the jacket. If you're right handed,it's really easy to get the material caught in the zipper. I now empathize with what you lefties have been going through all of your lives. 3. The visor closes down over my eyes. Always. No matter how I adjust the hood,the visor always closes down too far so that I either cannot see,cannot wear it with the hood up or I have to flip the visor back. 4. It's a total hot box. Whatever moisture this jacket prevents from without is more than counteracted by the moisture your own body heat will produce from within while wearing this jacket. With or without armpit vents open. Sorry,Patagonia'I still love you,but this one needs to go back to the drawing board!
Not Water Proof!
I bought this jacket a little while ago and have completely disappointed with its ability to keep me dry. Every time I try to wear it to work,even when its not raining hard,the jacket soaks through especially on my arms. I walk to work,and am a avid hiker,I recently hiked mount Katahdin,the morning I went it was sprinkling and knowing how poorly my... Read More rain coat worked I actually opted to buy a plastic poncho to put on over it. I respect patagonia as a company and own other products that I love. Overall just very disappointed in this jacket.
I am extremely disappointed in this garment. I have an older Torrentshell (about five years old) that served me well,but it's starting to wet out even with repeated applications of Nikwax,and the lining inside is peeling. I have sentimental attachment to the older jacket,and I think five years is a pretty good lifespan for an entry-level rain ... Read Morejacket,so I bought a new one rather than trying to exercise the Ironclad Guarantee on the old one. The new one is nowhere near as good. The fabric is thinner,which is good in that you don't tend to overheat as much,but it gets caught in the zipper really easily. Today I had it packed down (stuffed into the intended pocket). When I get home from hiking,I took it out of my pack. The thin fabric was caught in the zipper,and I couldn't get it unstuffed. My roommate (skilled with repairs,craftsy,art student,capable of doing basic clothing repairs) wasn't able to get it unstuck either. Now I have to go through the hassle of shipping it back,paying for the return shipping,and waiting for a return to process. The coat is stuck inside the stuff-sack. More importantly,if I had needed this coat in the mountains because of getting caught in a rain storm,the consequences could have ranged from annoying (smartphone destroyed by water) to life-threatening (hypothermia in winter or late fall). This is the first time I've ever felt really let down by a piece of gear from Patagonia. I've been wearing Patagonia stuff since the '80s (my mom used to get me stuff out of the catalog,and my dad would take us by the outlet in Montana during the summer). This is really frustrating,since now I don't have a lightweight rain shell,and if Patagonia's stated aim is to reduce environmental impact,the unnecessary shipping back and forth isn't helping that aim out. I'm normally very pleased with Patagonia stuff and recommend it to co-workers or hiking buddies,but this is a glaring exception. A lot of the Patagonia stuff I have or had had has been hand-me-downs or stuff purchased used,and was still usable for years and years. Really upset that this item,purchased new,failed in a couple weeks.
Good rain gear
However,it would be a very useful feature to have a wider exterior over lap flap with taps to augment the zipper to close the jacket many times a full zipper,especially one way is uncomfortable,especially when used in and out of a car,etc. My old workout jacket had this feature for quick,temporary closer of the jacket when active.
I have been a Patagonia fan since 1993,when I purchased my first Patagonia item - a Baggy jacket for the winters when I was in school in St. Louis. I still have this jacket. Recently I returned my Torrentshell Jacket that was about 10 years old. It was not preventing the rain from seeping through. I received in my email a full refund!! All my outdo... Read Moreor equipment is from Patagonia. Thanks again,Patagonia.
Really disappointed in this jacket
I bought this jacket several months ago to replace an old Torrentshell that worked wonderfully for several years of heavy wear. I've worn this jacket a few times since buying it,but really tested it over the weekend when I got caught in a thunderstorm. Within about 2 minutes of the rain starting I felt soaked. Water leaked in all the seams and... Read More soaked through the shoulders and back as well. I am not sure if the design was changed or maybe my jacket came from a bad batch,but I am really disappointed in this jacket,especially since my old one was so great. Another issue that seems minor in comparison is that the zipper always snags and it's very difficult to zip quickly when the rain starts.
Torrentshell jacket and pants
A little background; I began purchasing Chouinard equipment (hexentrics,stoppers,etc.) as well as Patagonia gear in the mid 1970's. Looking back I can see how Yvon Chouinard has hahd a big impact on my life. I started climbing around 1974 and became a clean climbing "nut" in large part because of Yvon. In my mind,Patagonia has been a... Read Moret the forefront of outdoor equipment development. I trust their gear above all others. The Torrentshell jacket and pants are another example of that quality. The fit is tailored and I can still wear a Synchilla jacket under it with comfort,as with the pants. It keeps the rain out,is lightweight,packs in small spaces and is durable. Thank you Patagonia! You keep hitting it out of the park. Douglas Tapp
We've had a rainy Spring so the jacket has been used frequently since I got it about a month ago. I am fortunate enough to live about two miles from work,which allows me to leave the car at home and walk most days. If the rain is really coming down,I pair this jacket with an old yet still functioning pair of Patagonia rain pants (really old - ... Read More100% nylon,made in Japan,no. 1497) and I always arrive at work dry.
GETS THE JOB DONE!
So I bought this jacket for when it randomly rains during work while I'm touring on the road. First time I wore it was a couple weeks ago and I wore it often in that time span and it worked so well I have to say. Everyone else had other brands on and at the end of every night their clothes underneath their jackets were damp and I was completel... Read Morey dry. The hand cuffs worked very well by keeping water out,the hood tightens down very nicely to provide the same effect,and the material in general guards the rain pretty efficiently. When the rain is pounding pounding I feel like no matter what jacket you have on its going to be uncomfortable and you will get a bit wet but mild to moderate rain .. this jacket works better than anyone I've tried. Def happy I bought this. I am 5'10' 175 and the large fits literally perfect. Only flaw I found was that the zipper does get stuck when trying to do it fast .. I just am careful every time I zip mine up and its fine. Go for it.
Great Price,Great Fit,Not 100% Waterproof
First off,I'm the biggest Patagonia fan and have stuck by their gear for a while now. Everything has been super tough and lasted years of hard use. Which brings me to this review. I'm only on my second season of wearing my torrent shell and I don't actually wear it throughout the winter,so I haven't used it for a full year yet. ... Read MoreWhen the rain really starts to come down I still get wet around my belly. Also some of my contents in my pockets get a bit wet too. So,it appears the zippers aren't really waterproof. Other than that - the fit is great for us tall lanky folk. It's still a tough coat,easy to move in,great price. Just doesn't seem to keep my torso fully dry when the rain starts to come down hard.
Great rain jacket
This jacket has been great so far. It has been awesome in the rain so far. The adjustable hood is great and makes it nice and secure around my head so it doesn't blow off my head with the wind. The sleeves are a tad long but barely and nothing I can't live with. Otherwise fits perfect. 5'11" 210 I've gotten lots of complime... Read Morents on the jacket from others.
Just what I need
This has the features I want,and is not loaded down with things I do not need. Light weight,pit zips,pockets,hood. Normal Patagonia quality. Good value (on sale :)) I bought a Houdini jacket,but exchanged for this. It is a little heavier,and has a few extra features - still very light weight packs down to a small package.
The main reasons you should buy this:
The main reasons you should buy this: price,packability,performance and look. You're not breaking the bank with this jacket,and yet,it works wonderfully. I've had it in torrential rain,international trips and on city tours. It packs down without much fight,making it easy to take with you even when the chance of rain is slim. What I w... Read Moreish this jacket had was inside pockets. Ideally,I'd have two inside pockets parallel to the outside pockets,along with a breast pocket for your phone,etc. Otherwise,it's a good looking jacket at a decent price that's also built to last. (That's good enough for me.) Would I buy this again,yep,I sure would. But hopefully I don't have to for a while,but I'd stick with it.
Zipper frustration will rain down on you
The zipper is the worst design I have ever had. Instead of having a single film layer they have a double panel zipper cover. The zipper will get stuck at the neck every single time making you wish both 1. It wasn't raining 2. You went with another rain jacket.
Fit very different from previous model
I wear this year-round (over fleece in winter) so it was time to replace the Torrentshell I bought in 2014. The new fit doesn't work at all-- old L fit perfectly,but new L is huge (but M won't fit over a fleece); substantial gap between current M and L sizes. Sadly will have to find a waterproof/packable elsewhere.
Got this baby stuffed in my Paxat 32l year round. Works great for casual wear as one would expect,but I haven't found a non Gore-tex shell that works as hard as this jacket. Took it all throughout Patagonia and never had a problem. Rain out,and it doesn't get too hot. I wear a medium and it fits comfortably over a base & mid layer. Th... Read Moree only two issues I have are the oversized hood (seems to be Patagonia makes most jackets with hoods big enough for climbing helmets) and the zipper. Sometimes the zipper catches the jacket. Guiding it up with my finger fixed the problem. Otherwise,great jacket.
Everything you need,nothing you don't
Great shell that got me through this record breaking wet NorCal winter. I found it runs a bit more fitted than other jackets so I went up a size. I'm normally a M,but returned that and went L for a little more coverage and so I can wear it in colder weather with a lightweight down sweater under it.
I bought this jacket to head into spring snowboarding,as well as classic PNW shoulder season storms,to stay dry and hopefully be able to layer up. So far,both have easily been accomplished. Slightly longer cut on the sleeves and waist make for perfect layering options with the Performance Better Sweater,and keep the insides dry in moderate storms. ... Read MoreThe two tone coloring is great with any earthy colored gear. The only complaint so far is the lack of the ubiquitous chest pocket. Fortunately,this flaw is compensated with comfortable and epicly long penguin slides down your favorite corn snow blue run!
men's torrentshell jacket
I have usually used a women's Torrentshell,but they have been recut to fit close to the body. I do not want a rain jacket clinging to me and I want the extra space to be able to add a warm layer underneath sometimes. So even a women's XL does not work. A men's L is fine. The problem that I wish you could solve is the way the interior... Read More lining begins to flake off after a while,when the rest of the jacket is still perfect. Please fix this bonding problem.
A very good jacket,which could be superb if only:
I bought this jacket a year ago,and I wear it almost every day in the colder months (New York). I use it both for urban travel to the office,and for hiking and other outdoor winter activities. I love how lightweight though solid the entire jacket feels,and aesthetically (I own the charcoal color) its contrast with the inner whiteness has a certain ... Read Morebeauty to it. The fit is excellent for me,and I used the hood in 40+ mph winds and it functioned expertly. Here is where it can improve: the material is loud. You are never walking alone with this jacket... even in deep forests,you will be accompanied by a pretty loud and distracting sounding material that's a bit like crumpling up a paper bag. I never liked it,but it may be lessoning. Either i'm getting used to it,or it's dampened over the year I'm not certain. But I would still call it loud,and I still don't like it. To me,its the major reason why you may not want to buy this jacket. Second,there are only two pockets (could't we add just one more,maybe for tissues on the inside?) and they are slightly too shallow. Several times I've had my glasses case fall out of the pockets,and this is a clear negative. The men's better sweater vest,as a point of comparison,is larger and I never have this problem. Yes,I would buy this again.. but I'd love to get these changes to the product and make it simply exceptional.
Perfect for travel
I travel 48 weeks a year for work. I spend most of my time in North America with occasional trips to Europe or Asia. Even though I have an XXL,the Torrentshell packs down to a ridiculously small roll (about the size of a can of soda). It also weighs next to nothing so it disappears into my bag until needed. It has never let me down,keeping me dry ... Read Morein heavy rain and wind. The hood is absolutely perfect. In all the jackets I've ever owned or tried on,I've never found a hood that so simply adjusts to perfectly protect my head without impairing my vision. It is super stable and doesn't flap around and does an excellent job sealing out the weather when cinched down. The jacket also breathes exceptionally well,yet doesn't feel drafty. If I could change one thing,I'd want a chest pocket to stow glasses or other small items. I'd be ok with it inside or outside the shell. Even without the extra pocket,this has been the best rain gear I've owned. The little details make all the difference - the zipper covers are notched at the bottom to facilitate starting the zipper easily,and the storm-flaps never jam the zipper yet do an outstanding job keeping out the rain and wind. I am 6'0",250 lbs. and the XXL fits with enough room to layer underneath. I typically wear an XL in Patagonia regular fit items,but went with the XXL to provide flexibility with layering over both outdoor gear or a suit. 110% satisfied and highly recommended.
Not what I expected
I bought this jacket because I wore out a Patagonia outer shell I purchased 25 years ago. It has been on a number of treks and around the world with me several times. So,I expected better quality when I ordered this jacket. The zippers in this jacket are difficult to use. You have to be really careful,pull down hard and look at the pin and catch to... Read More make sure it is inserted all the way,and then check to make sure the over flap is not in the way every time you try to zip up the front. When you try to zip up the pockets,you have to pull down on the jacket directly below the pocket with your other hand and keep it taunt or the pocket will just bunch up and jam. Not what you want to be doing in the pouring down rain. Never had these problems with my old jacket. The zippers still work fine. This is the last time I'll make an online purchase.
Issues with the zipper getting stuck
I've been buying Patagonia products since the mid-80s and this is the first time I've purchased something from them that didn't work for me. And I really hate to post a negative review as I've purchased many dozens of products from them and am,in fact,wearing 3 of their products now. The flap covering the zipper is too narrow ... Read Moreand the zipper gets stuck every time I attempt to zip up or out of the jacket. There are times where it takes me 1-2 minutes to get out of the jacket and have had to,at times,ask people to help me with the stuck zipper. I'll be returning the jacket for another similar product. If the zipper wasn't an issue the jacket would be outstanding.
Good jacket but beware "carbon"
Their "carbon" color is bafflingly green. Carbon means carbon steel,it is ALWAYS grey. Can't imagine what they were thinking,at least call it "carbon green". It also looks grey online if you don't look closely,at least it did on my phone. Be careful.
Best fitting jacket I've owned
I have long arms relative to my body size so buying anything long sleeve is very hit and miss,but was very pleased to find that this jacket fits me very well. The material seems very strong and the design has very simple clean lines making it look great to wear everyday. This was my first Patagonia purchase and will definitely look to them for futu... Read Morere outdoor apparel!
I returned my old Rainshadow for a warranty replacement (delamination of inner liner). The Torrentshell is the same jacket as the old Rainshadow with a different name. It works great! My son and I recently returning from a hike when the rain started coming down in buckets. I stayed dry with the Torrentshell and my son a golf umbrella. You can'... Read Moret beat Patagonia's Ironclad warranty. The return process was super easy.
Very versatile jacket
I love this thing! I wear it on rainy days,as an outer shell with puffy or fleece under in cold temps,on early morning surf checks,out on the town,and I also wear it snowboarding in mild to spring conditions. I had the original model and this new model has so many functional additions and changes. All around good jacket!
Decent jacket but not really waterproof
The description of the jacket and "H2NO" specs led me to believe that this jacket was truly waterproof. I went for a run in the light rain and stored my iphone in the zipped pocket. I was careful to never unzip the pocket or remove the phone. When I returned home roughly an hour later,the phone was wet,dead,and broken with no hope of repa... Read Moreir. I'm pretty bummed about the expense and lost pictures,etc. Anyways,this jacket is fine for keeping you from getting soaked walking from your car to a store and zips up/packs conveniently,but don't rely on it to be truly waterproof/water repellent for more than just a short while as I did or else you'll regret it.
FYI: "carbon" is a dark green color
1 complaint: "Carbon" is a very dark green color,NOT grey (as I assumed based on photos and on the word itself). I bought this jacket about 2 months ago and have so far really appreciated its simple functionality. I love its clean look and its simple effective design. My one complaint about it is that when the jacket is zippered all the w... Read Moreay up the part of it that touches my face is not very comfortable. I think some soft material would be a nice addition in the face area to make it feel less like a damp tent rubbing against my chin. : ) Otherwise it is great!
Very Versatile Jacket
I wear mine mostly as a business casual jacket. It has a nice look to it,the jacket looks just as good over a shirt and tie as it does while skiing. It's very versatile,over a wool sweater it's very warm but the pit vents keep me from overheating when I'm in the car or a building. I've worn it skiing in pouring down rain and it ... Read Morekept me as dry as any other jacket would. I haven't worn it in warm weather yet but I expect it to be decently cool during a summer rainstorm.
well made and stylish
I bought this and soon after wore it during two days of rain showers while along a river in pretty sloppy conditions. It's functional,looks great,and keeps me dry. If you want a rain jacket to keep you fully warm,this isn't your pick. But if you layer underneath,you can count on this to keep you dry. Lots of nice features...
New version over designed
I had the 2012 version of the Men's Torrentshell Jacket,and it was fantastic. I don't remember exactly how much adjustability it had but I can't remember ever messing with the hood as you have to with the new one here (let's just call it the 2016 version,although I am not sure exactly if it's '16 or '17). So I go... Read Moret the 2016 version a few months ago and not only could I not figure out how to adjust the hood,only to find out that the press-cinch buttons are sewn into the garment itself,but the latitudinal cinch cord itself was not sewn around its anchor points properly,it was just floating in the hood. So on one hand my bad review is in terms of what I regard as bad design,but it was also just defective. Regarding the former,I don't understand the idea of subcutaneous press-cinch buttons,they easily twist up and there's no way to see how to unravel them. Speaking from experience of my 2012,which I never had to adjust the hood on at all,I'm a much bigger fan of LESS MECHANICAL PARTS as they are clearly ALWAYS the breaking point or confusion point. My 2012 jacket was worn so much that it simply fell apart from,and I used the credit to get the Men's Nano-Air Light Hoody,which have nothing but good things to say about,although it isn't waterproof and is a very different product,I'm just saying,that item is great.
Third one I have owned
I have been wearing this jacket since 2008. It was the first upscale jacket I ever owned. I wear it year round - with a down vest during the colder winter months. It gets a lot of heavy usage and wear. Currently on my third one which I got in December 2016. It fits a little tighter around the chest than on the previous jackets. The only feature I r... Read Moreeally miss is the outside left breast pocket. Please consider bringing that back in the future. Great jacket and excellent staff at the store!
I got this FA16 Torrentshell Jacket as replacement for my FA10 Torrentshell Jacket. My old one got a tear in the lining and Patagonia replaced it happily,so shout out to the customer service. This entire review will be based on my comparison to my old Torrentshell. The new one is disappointing compared to my old Torrentshell from 2010. Looks like t... Read Morehings went backwards instead of forwards. There are a bunch of small issues. The front zipper is a little harder to use as you have to make sure both flaps are out of the way. Also I miss the velcro flap as a lot of times I would just snap the velcro flap in a few places instead of zipping for speed and breathability. The zipper pulls on the side pockets and pit zips have lost the pull tabs that were present on the old one. The H2NO logo on the sleeve is now printed instead of stitched. There are also some big issues. There is no longer a mesh pocket on the inside so many times I go to put something inside and there's nothing there. Next is the neck tag,which another reviewer also mentioned. The tags and loops constantly scratch my neck if I'm wearing a shirt without a collar and is very annoying. Also,I don't like the way the neck lies,as when the hood is down,the inner lining is exposed.
What I like: simple design,not overly shaped; hand pockets placed where hands naturally go (not above a hypothetical backpack hipbelt; it's pretty easy to click open a hipbelt for the few seconds you need to retrieve something while hiking); lightweight; waterproof/breathable; no extraneous bells and whistles; soft,not stiff and crinkly materi... Read Moreal; nice colors. What's not so great: the pocket entry slants the wrong way from how the hands would enter the pockets; storm flaps are skimpy and,as others have noted,the material snags in the zipper; there should be some type of closures,preferably snaps,on a more ample storm flap in the event of zipper failure; would love some elastic at the cuffs to make on/off easier. Altogether,though,it's a really nice jacket.
I purchased this jacket because it was the cheapest of Patagonias Line-Up. Yes,it feels a bit,'plastic-bag-y'. I use it for off-track bush bashing,mostly,and as back-packable all purpose rainwear. I run warm naturally,the underarm zips on this jacket go A LONG WAY. They are the difference between me unloading,and putting a wet jacket into... Read More a dry backpack. The Velcro wrist straps keep the jacket arms in place. The style of the hood doesn't fall off my head without a helmet,although it is a larger hood and helmet compatible. Longer in the waist than other rain jackets,keeps the top of my pants dry when brushing past wet branches and is less likely to ride up in a scramble. Easy to clean and stow,I'm a damned martyr for this jacket! I was skeptical to buy,glad i did. AND,its backed with the Patagonia Ironclad guarantee.
Lighter and more breathable than ever
I recently bought this jacket to replace a Torrent Shell I bought 4 years ago and accidentally left in the back of a rental car. The old one was really durable,had no issues with delamination,but tended to get a little clammy inside and did not breathe very well. The new torrent shell is a big improvement. This one seems a lot more breathable,and... Read More I doesn't get nearly as clammy inside. It's also a little lighter weight and it packs down better. This is an amazingly comfortable and versatile rain shell. The old closure had Velcro on the storm flap that would occasionally get stuck in my beard. The new one has modified storm flaps with no Velcro,making it a lot more comfortable. My only complaint is that the two-piece storm flap occasionally gets stuck in the zipper,particularly at the bottom. I don't mind so much because I am gentle with zippers,but if you're looking to grip and rip you're going to have a bad time.
Accurate features & great insulation!
I purchased the torrentshell jacket for my boyfriend in December and it was such a great investment! though it's mostly utilized for rain/ wind,it does a great job insulating your body heat. It works great for rain/ any liquid too with the hood design. The fit is slightly (by 1-2 inches) larger than the normal "large" he is used to,b... Read Moreut we're glad that it is because it's really convenient to layer under. Design is functional and fashionable - it has a small footprint so it's easily condensed for traveling!
Tag in Neckline
I had a great online experience, prompt delivery, and I am pleased with the jacket expect for the tag in the neckline, which is bothersome when wearing the jacket with a t-shirt. Was there a reason why the tag was moved to neckline? My girlfriend has an older torrent jacket and her tag is below the neckline, which I believe is a better location.
Perfect for the Slopes
I bought this jacket because I was taking my family skiing to Vail and needed a new ski jacket. Even though this jacket is just a shell,with the proper Patagonia layering underneath,it still performed like a champ. Thanks to Patagonia for making quality apparel that works!
Top quality rain jacket
This jacket is a great shell to wear over your casual gear when you go out into wet conditions. Extremely lightweight. It can keep you very warm,or stay very light if you open it up. Any normal rain conditions I have worn it in it stays dry like I would expect,but i have not pushed it to the limits. Great pockets and zippers,holds phone,wallet,keys... Read More,sunglasses well. Hood fits over the top of a hat or beanie which is nice.
So far,I love my torrentshell Jacket as much as I love my 30 year old Patagonia Pile Jacket. Zips easily even with gloves/mitts on (good for mountaineering/cold weather camping),features are just what I was looking for (slant pockets,good flap over zipper,functional hood,pit zips,etc.). Denali here I come!!
Perfect outerwear. Great shell too!
It is warm enough to withstand 50 degrees F with a decent breeze at night. Very nicely designed hood that isn't too bit but also not tight. It packs small and is incredibly light. If it freezes,I put on a fleece and use it as a liner for this jacket; thanks Patagonia. Make the difference you want to see in the world!
Does its job,could be better
Water repellency and breathability are good. Hood design is great- good visibility,good protection from water. Pit zips are appreciated. Pockets are disappointing- they're not all that great for actually having stuff in,and the lack of a Napoleon pocket (either inside or outside the jacket) is a real bummer. Bring back the Torrentshell stretch... Read More!
I love it - mostly...
I bought my original Patagonia jacket from a moving sale. I fell in love w/ the single layer vs. the webbing that a lot of jackets have. I had the jacket for four years (and obviously,I have no idea how old it was when I got it) when it started peeling horribly. I decided to try to find something similar (in a color I actually liked!). I found this... Read More and was ecstatic. As I've worn it multiple times now,I do have a few complaints: first,the sleeves. My former jacket had a loose elastic cuff w/ the Velcro tightener,which was perfect. It didn't slip over my hands and I could crank it down if the need arose. The new jacket just has the Velcro. My arms are shorter which means I have to do and undo the Velcro every time I put it on or take it off. I can't push up the sleeves either. It's just an overall nuisance and by far,my biggest complaint. The other issue is the zipper. It comes over my hips which mean I have to bend over a bit to zip it. First,it would be nice to have a dual direction zip for more comfort in the car,especially as I have the fight the zipper every single time I attempt to zip it up to keep from getting it hooked in the zipper flaps in front of and behind the zipper. Needless to say,I don't unzip it before I get in the car - at least for short trips. Like I said,overall,I love it. It is what I wanted it to be - single layer,vented,effective,with zip pockets,and a nifty hood. However,I would recommend re-evaluating the sleeve cuffs.
I have only had this jacket for a few weeks,but I'm very happy with it. Yesterday it kept me dry for a rainy walk. It fits well and seems to be solidly constructed. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I think 5 stars requires gear to hold up over long-term use,and I can't attest to that yet.
Bought this jacket in the fall. We've had a very wet fall and winter and I'm dry all the time! Great functionality and fit. Easily packs into a backpack or even a large pocket for easy store age. The pulls are a bit tricky to get loose on the hood,but I can live with it. I tend to sweat a bit so I need to dry out the inside lining after ... Read Moreuse. (I generally have the vents open on the arms. I'd love to see if venting could improve. Overall this is a great value!
Works,but has limitations
The Torrentshell is light. It cuts wind and keeps the rain off. But it does not breathe well. The zippers are maddeningly difficult to start. I bought this jacket as a backup while my (Canadian brand's) Gore-TEX Parka is being repaired for a blown out seam. After wearing the Torrentshell for a month,I know why I spent so much money on that on... Read Moree.
Great basic jacket
I really like this jacket,it has a clean look to it,it fits slim but comfortable (I'm 5'11",190#,wear a M),and it has pit-zips,crucial for Seattle's climate. It could be improved with better sinchers (sp?) on the hood; I don't feel like it tightens down very well. And the cuffs could be turned,or something,with the velcro ... Read Moreit creates a crease so it's uncomfortable on the hand with a bent wrist. It looks sharp,but the flap over the zipper looks odd. I'd rather see a larger flap,even with snaps,or a watertight zipper. All in all,good value for a nice product.
This was a replacement for an older edition of this jacket. I really miss several features: inner mesh cargo pockets,and Velcro closures along the zipper flap for a more "breathable" closure option. Otherwise,a great jacket--superbly hydrophobic,pit-zips,hand pockets,hood. I usually wear a medium but got the large size so that it would co... Read Moremfortably fit over a polypro layer.
If you need a shell that protects you against heavy hour long downpours,yet is light and downsize packable for traveling / commuting,it's perfect. I live in New Orleans and ride my bike daily and always have the jacket in my either backpack or messenger bag with me and can pull it easy out when it rains. It drys up fast after a short Monsun ty... Read Morepe downpour... and it packs way down into this small bag it turns into. Perfect in my eyes and what you expect from Patagonia!
Zippers are a mess.
This would be a great jacket,a five-star jacket,if the zippers were constructed better. Too much fabric left around start of main zip causes catching every time you put it on and try to zip up. (Unless you are diligent about trying to dig in and push/pull/pry the fabric out of the way,which makes you feel like you are making a tiny origami sculptur... Read Moree.) It's annoying enough that I ended up using it as a pullover,never fully unzipping the jacket. Pit zips have a similar problem,so they stick and jam. (Maybe I just got a bad one? But others here have mentioned the issue,so...) It would be a perfect jacket for the price,if the zipper construction were better.
Simple waterproof shell with bonus pit zips.
I've had the jacket for a couple months now and it has performed well. It has primarily been used for keel boat racing and has kept me dry and comfortable. I am 6'2" 170lbs and a large was a good fit. Water is shed nicely even after getting sprayed very hard by bow wake. The pit zips work well to help the jacket breath although I cou... Read Moreldn't adjust them with one hand. Color choice is great. It should work well in my upcoming trip to Ireland.
Great fit and colors,but waterproof?
I love the fit and the colors,but I wouldn't go as far as to say this is waterproof. Maybe it would keep you dry in a mist,but anything more than that (eg light rain) will leave you wet to the point where the fabric will start sticking to your skin and you'll have a nice coating of water over you when you take the jacket off. That said,i... Read Moret's great as a light jacket or wind-breaker!
Worked great in the Himalayas
This jacket was my go to item during my trips over in Asia during the past year. Especially during the monsoons in Nepal this jacket did awesome. It kept me dry during treks in the mountains and walks around Kathmandu. I ordered a Medium and it fit pretty well on me (6'1,160 lbs). The zippers under the armpits were great too because with the h... Read Moreumidity in Nepal it's really sticky but these allowed me to breathe but still stay dry when the rains came. Overall this jacket is a must if you are looking for a reliable and well made rain jacket to keep you dry no matter what. I liked the jacket so much I have two them that I take when I go on trips now.
Zipper is substandard
A rain jacket is useless if it cannot be zipped up. My last torrentshell lasted for years - I only had to replace it two months ago when I lost it. I loved it. I was initially pleased with the current iteration: it seems tough,is lightweight and looks like it has benefitted from serious engineering. From the start the zipper was sometimes too f... Read Moreussy which is annoying when on the go,but I was dealing with it until today: the plastic catch at the start is apparently deformed in such a way that it cannot be zipped up at all. I do think that sacrificing reliability in order to shave off a few grams is a bad way to go - glad this happened within reach of a shop and not halfway into a bike tour. I hope this isn't the beginning of the end of quality and durability from my favorite outdoors manufacturer. I'll return it for another if I can and give it another go - but if I end up paying for another rain shell,it won't be Patagonia.
Great, but not like the old one...
This is a great jacket don't get me wrong. I have this same jacket from a few years back and unfortunately bought it a size too large so I though I would go ahead and buy this years version because they went back to the patagonia patch instead of the screen print. A few things I noticed at first that were quite different was that the flap the ... Read Moregoes over the main zipper is very small and there isn't any velcro to keep it down. I also noticed that they changed how you cinch the hood. The old mechanism was much more user friendly. The final change that I noticed was that they moved the stitching well below the chest. It used to be similar to this years women's version. I think it makes the jacket more comfortable and better looking with the stitching higher up. All in all it is a torrentshell jacket and will keep you dry. I wear mine all of the time and never get wet. It's a great product, I just wish they hadn't changed the jacket so much.
Zipper gets stuck on internal rain flap
I've been a long-time user of Torrentshell jackets and have always liked their light weight, pit zippers, durability, and waterproofness. My old Torrentshell got trashed so I needed a replacement. I purchased the new Torrentshell and noticed that the new design included a rain flap on the inside of the main zipper in addition to the more typic... Read Moreal outer rain flap. The main issue I have with the current design is that the zipper routinely catches on the internal rain flap near the upper torso and neck portion of the jacket. The catching occurs nearly every time I zip the jacket up. Once the zipper is caught on the internal rain flap, I have to pull the rain flap out of the zipper using two hands, which was challenging at times since the zipper was caught up near my neck.
One tough shell!
For anyone looking for a hardshell but not wanting to break the bank this is the answer. I've had my Torrentshell for several years and it is tough as nails. It packs small and has a wide array of uses, everything from the spring deluge to the go-to outer layer for frigid days on the slopes. In the years I've had this jacket I've onl... Read Morey recently had an Issue with it wetting out which was quickly remedied by a waterproofing wash. While this jacket may not have the same performance as Gore Tex Pro it is an excellent choice for any frugal adventurer looking for a shell that can take a massive amount of abuse.
Good basic rain shell
I waited to write this review until I had experienced all-day torrential rain in this jacket. Now I have,and I've got to say it fared very well. Breathability is about what you would expect from a coated shell,but when you open up the generous pit zips,great draughts of air sweep in and cool things off. I work outside in all seasons,and I want... Read Moreed a simple rain shell that I could wear in abrasive,dirty conditions in lieu of my expensive high-end jackets. This is a very simple rain shell,but it has a lot of Patagonia grace notes that elevate it above other basic shells,including a quiet waterproof fabric,deep pockets,and a simple,well-designed hood. It's packable,light and tough,and I can now attest that the "torrent" shell name is not just marketing hyperbole.
Excellent in almost every way
I use this jacket for light waterproofing when I'm walking around town,approaching bouldering spots,and especially for colder weather fly fishing as a shell. Works perfectly in every case - my only complain is it's a little less breathable than I expected. It definitely gets a little bit muggy inside if I'm doing anything more than c... Read Moreasual hiking or wading (commuting downtown or a steeper approach up the flatirons,for examples),but it airs out rapidly just by unzipping a little. I'd give a 4.5 star review if I could!
Perfect for balance between weight and protection
I upgraded from last year's version to this year's version, and I am so glad I did. The guy in the store said that the membrane had been improved and that the material was now "quieter", i.e. it is softer and not as stiff when you move. And he was absolutely right. I never would have noticed unless someone pointed it out, but it... Read More is much better material this year. This shell with a very light fleece underneath is perfect for walking in woods in cold
Great in the PNW
I just returned from a March Snowboarding trip to the PNW. My buddy who lives out there said that it would be wet unlike anything I was used to. Most of my big mountain riding has been done in Montana where the snow is super dry. I ordered the Torrent Shell the week I was leaving and left the winter jacket at home. This jacket held up to all the va... Read Moreriable conditions that Washington threw at it and kept me super dry. Paired with a wool base layer and a fleece hoodie I was never cold. The only negative is that it doesn't breathe very well at all, but that was to be expected. I would recommend sizing up if you want to layer a hoodie or fleece underneath. The jacket was worth every penny and I'm sure it will be great for all my early season MTB rides and commutes to work.
This jacket was my first Patagonia purchase and what has caused me to always look first to Patagonia when looking for new gear. I am 6' tall,185 pounds,have a 42' chest and normally wear a 16 _'/34 _' shirt (slightly bigger or smaller depending on brand) and the large fits me perfectly. I am not sure if this jacket deserves the ... Read More4 star rating,but a 3 star would be too low. This jacket performs just like similar jackets in this price range,keeping the rain off you and keeping you drenched in sweat when temperatures start to rise. Of course it will depend on what activity you are doing and whether you are cold or hot natured,but I find that just standing around in this jacket in temperatures in the low 70s can cause me to start to sweat. Also,I can break into a sweat wearing this jacket in temperatures in the 20s if I am doing a strenuous activity and this has happened while wearing nothing more than a t-shirt and a short sleeved button down layer beneath this jacket. What sets this jacket apart from similar priced jackets from other brands is the fit. The sleeves are not overly large or restrictively small,the body is plenty large enough to fit over several layers and the length is perfect. And the pi'ce de r'sistance is the hood,it fits perfectly over my climbing helmet but also fits just as good sans helmet,which definitely sets it apart from other brands that seem to just make a hood that fits over a helmet and not think about the fact that you may not always be wearing a helmet when wearing the jacket. Overall,this is a quality product from Patagonia that may not be the best choice for someone in warmer climates but the fit is outstanding.
Great from Brittany to Languedoc or Auvergne
I have had this product for three years and although the fit is quite tight (feels like a belly checker) I always enjoy wearing it either in rain or just to get protected from gusty winds. Have used it at sea when you leave with sun and end up in rain...Perfect on top of the Nanopuff
Versatile jacket for harsh conditions
The California Channel Islands have unpredictable weather and strong winds. The Torrentshell jacket worked perfectly on my 4-day camping trips with wet, foggy mornings and sunny, windy afternoons. Torrentshell is an excellent product. It kept me dry on the morning hikes, and in the afternoon return trips prevented sunburn and sandblasting by the bl... Read Moreowing sand.
Versatile jacket for harsh conditions
The California Channel Islands have unpredictable weather and strong winds. The Torrentshell jacket worked perfectly on my 4-day camping trips with wet, foggy mornings and sunny, windy afternoons. Torrentshell is an excellent product. It kept me dry on the morning hikes, and in the afternoon return trips prevented sunburn and sandblasting by the bl... Read Moreowing sand.
I own this jacket but the old one , the one that is not Bluesign approved and has the Patagonia logo in serigraphy, I like this jacket some improvement for me would be : -The main zipper (wich is a big YKK Vislon), no need of that big zip, a smaller zipper something like the one on the pit zip or pockets would be nicer, I found the big Vislon a bi... Read Moret overkill. -The rain flaps on the pit zip I don't think they are really useful. -The cordlocks on the low part of the jacket (waist) don't keep the cord tight enough, it's a small problem I would just need to replace them. In strong winds and while active this can make a huge difference in protection.
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