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Terrific Specs, except for the water resistance.
Until I read several reviews here noting it's lower-than-expected water repellenncy, I had been taken-in by the great specs of super lightweight stretch, multiple pockets, and pit zips (my must-have for rain gear) and forgot that it really should be more waterproof than it is. It's a great emergency-in-warm-weather take-along, minimalis... Read Moret jacket for day trips, but it's not appropriate for any wet that risks getting me cold because it doesn't keep me dry.
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Great Jacket, Minor Manufacturing Defect
The fit of the jacket is excellent, and I like the stretch fabric. I've seen the water resistant zippers come and go and I'm glad to see them back. The sleeve cuffs adjust nicely. On my jacket there was a minor manufacturing defect where a small piece of fabric from the lower back got stuck under the seam sealing tape and pulled two small... Read More areas of the H2No layer off the fabric. They are too small to affect performance so I'm just going to wear it and enjoy it.
Great packable rain jacket
I have only been able to use this jacket a couple of times, but each time I was very satisfied. I am 6'2" and about 175. As with all Patagonia I'm right between a medium and large. Going with a large allowed me to layer it, but it looks a little baggie on it's own. Overall very pleased with my purchase!
Lightweight Rain Shell
It’s a lightweight rain shell and fits nicely over a better sweater for outings around town when rain is in the forecast. It’s not a alpine hard shell by any means, but works well for what it is. Since I paid the 50% off price, I’m happy with it, however at full retail I may not have been as pleased.
Ordered this jacket to replace my marmot pre-cip. LOVE the stretch. I'm a portly 225 on a 5'10"-ish frame with broad sholders so everything fits me weird. Got the XL and fits perfect, especially if I layer a vest or something underneath. Still early in the 'testing' but so far so good.
Rock Solid in Steady Rain for 4 Hours
Just got back from a late season backpacking trip, and on our final day it rained the entire time. This raincoat excelled in keeping me dry and well-ventilated. However, my favorite feature about the coat is the fit. I'm a bigger guy. 5'11" 245lbs, and the generous cut through the shoulders is excellent. Many other rain coats are to... Read Moreo restrictive around my shoulders. This one fits comfortably, and allows me to layer as needed.
This will work nicely!
I was looking for a lightweight rain jacket for My husband for an upcoming trip to Europe. He liked the hood and the fit. As always the arms are too long (Patagonia design? Or short arms?) but the Velcro cuffs are comfy so it’ll work. He loves the chest pocket (Patagonia design 👍🏼) and hood.
Disappointed with the fitting.
Needed a rain jacket for pnw weather that I could wear with/without layers for the next few months casually and for light skiing. Material is lightweight and not plasticky, but feels flimsy and doesn't have any structure on its own especially if you open the front zip. It's designed like a snow jacket is terms of size i.e. it's gener... Read Moreous. Arm is a bit long. Arm width, especially under arms is huge and it looks saggy because of the material. Returned it (got torrentshell L which fits better for me)so can't comment on waterproof-ness. That said if you get one size smaller, it might be good for running.
Reading many good reviews on this jacket but for some reason mine allowed water to get thru along the top of the shoulders and arms. Not sure this material is water repellant. I would call it water resistant for 15 minutes at best. Happy to return with no questions asked. Next level up the Ascension is three times the price. Hmmm
Hi Brian, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're really sorry to hear that the jacket isn't keeping you dry from the rain. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html#searchterm=return).
Great jacket with minor annoyances
Very lightweight and packable, overall high quality all around. Drawbacks: (1) the pit zips (when closed) feel like lightweight springs in your armpits that are trying to keep your arms away from your body. (2) The main zipper is rigid enough that if the coat is slightly unzipped to anywhere above the sternum, the top corners of the jacket front re... Read Moremain upright instead of flopping down, and poke you in the neck or chin occasionally. (3) The hood is comically large if you're not wearing a helmet under it (though the cinching helps).
Daniel we really appreciate the great detail in your review of the jacket! If at any time you feel it isn't performing to your satisfaction, we'll be happy to [help](https://help.patagonia.com/s/) you [return](https://help.patagonia.com/s/topic/0TO1L0000002yyTWAQ/returns-exchanges) it to a Patagonia-owned store or to our main service center for merchandise credit or a refund, so don't hesitate to reach out to us.
A Rain Jacket for All Place (and Seasons)!
I needed a rain jacket for hiking and a rain jacket for wearing in the city, and the Rainshadow is the one jacket that does both. Thanks to the stretch fabric, it doesn't feel like a rain jacket, and it also doesn't look like one. The versatility is immense. I can wear the Rainshodow on a night out, but I can also imagine wearing it as a ... Read Moreshell on a very, very wet day on the ski slopes. Thanks Patagonia. Absolutely love this jacket!!
Lightweight, breathable, my favorite rain jacket I have owned
This is the best rain jacket I have owned. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear with just a T-Shirt, but also great to pair with a sweatshirt when it is colder out. The material is very high end and its stretchiness makes it much more pleasant to wear compared to a normal rain jacket. Additionally, it packs down very small which is great for ... Read Moretraveling or just keeping in your backpack for everyday readiness. I highly recommend this jacket! I am 6'2" 190lb and bought a size medium, which fits perfectly. Unless you intend to use this as and outer shell with a bulkier winter jacket, I recommend airing on a size smaller.
Worked Amazing, Little Large
Used it along with the Micro Puff Hoody during a 100 mile run on the Bear 100 in Northern Utah. Bought the stuff the week before in California so I could survive the forecast that called for rain and potentially snow through the night. 30 miles of rain, cold and mud through the night for the ending of the run and I stayed perfectly warm and dry. Fo... Read Morer the first part of the run it was lightweight and easily packed into my hydration pack. Only mild complaint is it feels much larger than a Small, though in my situation that worked nicely as I had to use it as an outerlayer that covered both my insulated layers and my hydration pack on my back. If I was wearing it alone I would like it to be a lot more snug.
Good but could be great
Let me start with what I like about the jacket: The fabric and waterproofness are fantastic. It's feathery light and (so far) legitimately waterproof. I'll likely use it in place of my heavy duty hardshell (Rab) a lot this winter. I love that it zips into its own pocket. It's a little bit roomier than I'd hoped, but definitely n... Read Moreo problem layering a puffy coat, etc., underneath. The main thing I dislike about the jacket - and, for me, it's a pretty big negative - is the hood. It's gigantic. Most of my shells have had helmet-compatible hoods but none of them have been as big and downright goofy as the Rainshadow's hood. And bear in mind, I have a fairly large head! I wear a 7 1/2 baseball cap. Adding insult to injury, when you cinch down the the hood (via the toggle on the back) it reveals the other major negative about the hood: the brim is a joke. Since it lays flat against your forehead I'm not even sure you can call it a brim (maybe it's a reinforced eyebrow protector?). It has some stiffening but, since the hood fits like a plastic garbage bag, it can't function on its own. As soon as you tighten the hood it mashes down against your forehead. I can't remember the last shell I bought with a hood this dysfunctional. It makes me want to try and retro fit it somehow to make it somewhat usable. I might go by my local Patagonia shop and see what they think about it.
Jacket of Rain Fury
This jacket rocks! I love the way it hangs longer and slimmer than most. i appreciate the neck coverage of the hood and it works great with my various helmets. My only small quibble is the pit vents don't zip as readily as I would like due to the fabric being thin but I'm not complaining. I appreciate the hand and chest pocket as well. Th... Read Moreanks, Patagonia!
Really like it - will it last?
Love how light it is, the soft feel against the skin, perfect amount of stretch, chest pocket, fit, all great. My only concern with how light and thin it is is durability. I use this coat for backpacking trips a few times a year as well as my casual raincoat on warmer days. My last one that this replaced was an Arc'Teryx that was bomber and la... Read Morested 15 years. Can this one also go the distance?
Not very waterproof
I have used Patagonia rain jackets for years. This product is lightweight etc but does not keep you dry. It has some weird zippers under the arms which are hard to operate. Wish I had not paid good money for this item
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Excellent Rain Jacket
I bought this to use as a casual rain jacket. I live in Florida, and in the summer it pretty much rains every day. I just keep it in my car 24/7. It keeps me bone dry, and the pit zips are a nice touch for when its hot, which is also every day. Ive bought cheaper rain jackets that will keep you just as dry, but I could never wear them in the heat. ... Read MoreAlso, the head tightener thing on the hood is really cool too.
It's been humid and rainy in the Virginia mountains almost every day the past week, and so far the jacket is everything I hoped it would be: waterproof, very breathable and light and packable while still feeling durable. Where it really shines though is the fabric. I've never worn anything like it in a rain shell. It's definitely sof... Read Moret and stretchy,, but I think the real difference is the slight crinkle it has. You have to look close to see it, but the fabric isn't shiny or smooth; it has a texture that reminds me of a bit of crepe. This keeps it from sticking to the skin, wet or dry, and gives it a feeling of airiness I've never felt in a jacket before. Put it this way: When I move, the fabric doesn't feel like its sitting on my skin, but floating just above it. Also, if it keeps raining, that's fine by me. ;) I'm 6'4", 195lbs. and the large is perfect.
Love this jacket
I love this jacket. I can wear it climbing, backpacking, or in the city and feel comfortable and dry. I typically don't wear technical pieces in the city but this one, especially in black, works well. With respect to size: I usually don't where much Patagonia. I have always appreciated the quality of the clothing and the customer service ... Read Morebut it usually just doesn't fit me well. If the chest is right, the arms and length are too long, if the arms and length are right, the chest is too tight. The sizing in this model seems to be a bit different than standard Patagonia. A couple of other reviewers have mentioned this. For me, this is great news as this piece fits me well. I did need to size down one size from my usual size though. Another reviewer criticized the piece and more broadly the brand for catering too much to technical pursuits (read: helmet compatible hoods). I say keep up the good work! Some of us need quality technical clothing and that's what Yvonne started this company for in the first place. Thank you for staying true to your roots!
My husband purchased this jacket from a retailer near us for a fishing trip to the Florida Keys. Despite the 90° days, he wore it every day because it helped with the wind and kept him dry from the spray from the ocean. He said it was extremely breathable and may be the nicest rain jacket he has ever owned. He also likes that it’s very stretchy. We... Read More live in Minnesota where the summers are hot and humid, and they are predicting higher than normal amounts of rain this year. We will be going to Costa Rica in January, South Carolina in October, so this jacket will be going along.
I have too many jackets
I’m really into small jackets that disappear into my knap sack for travel and just getting around the city. I now have Houdini, Alpine Houdini and Rainshadow Stretch. RS is 2x the stuffed size of Alpine Houdini and probably 3x the stuffed size of Houdini. But the flexibility the pit zips and pockets afford make it the one that I carry most. It’s mo... Read Morere durable than the Houdini and more comfortable than the Alpine Houdini, however i’d describe it as heavily/moderately rain resistant not water proof. If you really need to stay dry for more than a few minutes of rain, you need a real shell.
STRETCH RAINSHADOW JACKET
Initially thought the hood was a bit too big since it's also made to wear over a helmet, but got used to it. Would be great if it was detachable or could be rolled up more securely into itself when using the jacket in dry conditions or for traveling. Otherwise, great jacket, Patagonia is by far the best company with the best products!
Great rain-repellant shell that replaces an old non-Patagonia favorite. Where it falls short of perfect for me is the bulky, awkward hood with an ill-imagined storage design. It ends up half-way deployed when fastened down. 99.9% of your buyers of this jacket do not wear it all the time over a climbing helmet, so leave it big for when needed but fu... Read Morelly storable when not. In fact, I would guess that the vast majority of your customer are not technical climbers, and that you should make sure you care for the segment of your customer base so that you do not lose it. I have been a long-time Patagonia customer, and my feeling is that you do not do as good a job now of straddling your customer base in this way as you used to. Incidentally, I just returned a vest that I had bought at the same time as the Rainshadow jacket. The collar was so high that it was uncomfortable on my cheeks (the clerk who seved me at your Seattle store said others have said the same thing). Not all of us are climbing in the Annapurnas with need for such a construction. Hope this helps. Love Patagonia. Love us all back.
This jacket is great. Unfortunately, I wore it skiing in Colorado and a small rip showed up between the zipper and the vest pocket. I was sad because I loved everything about it for active outdoor sports. I took it to the Patagonia store in St. Paul when I got back from vacation. The store team member looked it over, agreed it wasn't abused an... Read Mored gave me a new one. Same color and same great fit. Since then I've worn it in rain and wind in the Minnesota spring and it sheds water like a duck. I love Patagonia.
Fit is awful
Patagonia missed the mark with the Rainshadow. Primarily, the sizing is unbelievably bad. I tried it on and was shocked at how large the fit was, and there was so much extra material in both the arms and body. Also, I was disappointed in only seeing one review posted to Patagonia's site that praised the product, but Google reviews show a ton o... Read Moref customers complaining about poor fit and lack of it being waterproof. I was looking forward to a quality waterproof jacket in a great colorway, but instead, I will be returning it for a different product. Get the fit dialed in and test again for leaks and you will have a great product.
Nice jacket but returned it.
Nice jacket but returned it. Cut changed from previous purchases and now too big! Arms too long, Tails too long, bigger around chest. Too bad I really needed a new rain coat
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So far, so good!
I've had the jacket for about 3 weeks now. I really like the fit and it's held up well in light rain. Lots of great features. I especially like the design of the hood, which can accomodate climbing and bike helmets, on the one hand, and close in tight like a turtle shell when necessary.
I love this jacket! Going to Zion this week and was.looking into a rain jacket that is wind resistant, that stretches and breaths. I had a gortex shell but it stuck to my skin with all the moisture it trapped inside. This jacket also a regular fit that gives me oom for layering when things set a little.chilly. Most of the athletic fit jackets I... Read More7;ve tried we're too tight. Did I mention this is a great jacket?
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