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It seemed like the current high-pressure system was going to last forever, but last night the meteorologist said that three successive arctic blasts were on their way. Looks like it's time to layer up for the coming storm with the Patagonia Men's Adze Softshell Jacket and its windproof Polartec Windbloc fabric.

  • Polartec Windbloc fabric is soft, pliable, stretchy, and provides 0 CFM-rated wind protection
  • DWR coating encourages water and melting snow to bead up on the fabric’s surface without affecting the garment’s overall breathability
  • Microfleece-lined neck and wind flap deliver next-to-skin comfort
  • Drawcord hem helps reduce heat loss
  • Low-profile gusseted cuffs create a tight wrist seal
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It Works

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size
  • Size Bought: XXL

After several fruitless attempts to find a softshell that would fit properly and comfortably, I finally found the Adze after trying one on at a local store. The jacket is solid, nothing flashy. The jacket has a waffle lining which keeps the warmth in and the shell keeps a good amount of the wind out. I have to agree that the sleeves are a bit long but it's nothing that really takes away from the functionality of the piece. The black color is actually quite professional looking so it does double duty as a winter coat and a layer under my snowbaording shell. Overall, I would recommend this piece. Patagonia did a good job.

Good and not so good

  • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it
  • Fit:Runs small

This is a good looking, well constructed jacket but it is made for only some people. I am 5'10" and 170 and usually wear a medium in well made clothing. This jacket is slim cut, has no room under the arms and because I have muscular shoulders, it was very tight with just a t shirt on. The fit around the hips is tight to the point draw strings may not be necessary and , for me, the sleeves covered most of my hands. Bottom line, it is not for everyone but I hated to return it.

Looks great and keeps out the elements

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I really like how this jacket fits, slim and athletic. It is not the warmest jacket. Wore it in a blustery rainy 34 degree day in Michigan and I was chilled. However, it is a beast against the elements. It repelled the rain all day and I stayed dry (in more than one occasion). My only real complaint is that the inside sleeves are a rough fabric and not smooth, so it can be challenging taking the jacket off if you have another layer under it or are wearing a long sleeve shirt.

Great, Quality Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

This jacket is a must have. Of course you can expect it to be solid quality as it is manufactured by Patagonia. The Polartec fabric keeps you warm and protected from wind. Jacket has a little bit slimmer feel to it which is nice as it doesn't swallow you up. I am 6'1" with longer arms and the large fits just right. When I got my jacket the collar was a little bent and it kinda gets in the way every now and then but other than that it is a fantastic jacket and a great buy!

Great, except for drawstring

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs small

Jacket is slim cut and I had to buy a larger size to have it fit over a heavy shirt or light sweater. Overall I love the jacket except that the drawstrings are worthless. They do not hold at all. Try them before buying.

Easy to like

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

This jacket feels nice, fits well, and has proven it can take on rain and wind. Just went thru a three day Nor' Easter here and the jacket took it all in stride.

Good everyday jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I bought this to replace a three year old Patagonia "Men's Insulator" softshell which was unfortunately destroyed. I like this new one pretty well. It has a couple extra pockets and a nice waffle texture inside which my old jacket did not have. I also like the mini-cord zipper pulls.

The cut is fairly slim and, I think, very good. I'm 6'4" /180lb and the medium has enough torso and arm length for me.

I'll echo another reviewer's comment that I'm not real sure why the hand pockets are up so high. On my old jacket, any time I needed into a pocket, it was the perfect height so my hand just fell right on the pull. The Adze pockets are a couple inches higher. This may be to keep them up above backpack hip-straps, I haven't tried that yet.

Great product, very good value

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I found one on a close-out rack at a price that mandated purchase. After using it, I think it would have been a good deal at full retail ($139).

It is nice around town, so my TNF Apex will be handed down. This is far better at wind resistance than the Apex. I also have an Arc'teryx Venta MX and I prefer the softer feel of the Polartec in the Adze to the Gore Windstopper in the Venta. I am tempted to say that the Polartec is better, but Patagonia has added a very thin grid pattern fleece lining, so it is probably unfair to compare fabric to fabric as the Venta is not insulated at all.

I have skied in it in strong winds and have an appreciation for the design of the tall collar. It retains heat very well. You do not need a neck gaiter, unless you need to protect your face.

The Adze also breathes well. I have used it as a mid-layer under a shell and stayed dry while working hard.

Great all arounder

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I really love this jacket. It is comfortable and versatile. I use this jacket under my shell when snowboarding and I've never been cold with the combo. I also use it casually and when approaching my climbs. The jacket is flexible and fits great, true to size. The only issue is that the pockets are a little up high and the drawstrings on the bottom never hold. This has never caused me to be seriously cold but is an annoyance.

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

It is a great jacket. Cinch up the cuffs and bottom for a windproof and warm jacket. It stretches and fits very well. I am 6'4" 245 pounds the the XL was just the right size. I would say it is perfect for the 40's-50's temp range.

Great value

    This a great piece, even at full price. Typical patagonia construction, with a nice fit. Not too baggy, and the sleeves are long enough. I'm replacing an Arc'teryx vents AR, a while this jacket doesn't quite compare its function is the same at a fraction of the cost. I would say the Adze edges out the vents slightly with adjustable cuffs and an internal pocket. If on sale don't hesitate!

    Fantastic jacket

      Patagonia make some fantastic gear, and the Adze soft shell is no exception. I'm 5'9", 215lbs and the large fit shockingly well. I was concerned about grabbing a large when I generally run XL in jackets for a little extra shoulder room - but the Polartec fabric fits like a glove. It stretches so well around the shoulders - which are slightly tighter than I would normally prefer- and makes for the most comfortable jacket's I've owned in some time.

      What also surprised me was how well the Adze tackled a broad array of weather. Cool rains, warm afternoons, breezy evening (Portland is like that) are all neutralized. Great jacket at twice the price.

      Great jacket

        Bought this while in the market for something more substantial than a fleece to wear around town, to work, etc... I've also used it as my outer-layer for alpine skiing on sunny days and love wearing it instead of my bulkier hardshell. I'm a true medium and the Medium size is great for wearing it casually as well as fitting over a base and mid layer. The arms do run a bit long but the velcro wrist closure really avoids any problems. Pockets are nice and simple.

        Wind Blocker

        • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

        I've been through a fair share of softshells and this is the best one so far at blocking the wind. The fabric is pretty water and abrasion-resistant. The cuffs are just ok. I'd say it is more of a casual piece rather than a performance piece. I went with a medium, 5'9" 175 lbs.

        Windproof spring and fall jacket

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        This jacket is is best used as a fall and spring jacket. Once you start to get temps lower than 30F you will start to feel a little chilly. However if you put a fleece or something else warm underneath it you can probably wear it into the 10-20 temp ranges.

        The jacket resists water quite well. I used this jack out snow blowing and was constantly getting covered wet snow. The outside of the jacket was soaked but the inside was still dry. However, I don't think the inside would have stayed dry if there was a pack pressing down on the material. It did dry off in a couple hours though.

        The sleeves are also long enough to keep your wrists covered no matter what position your are is in.

        My only issue with the jacket is that the collar won't stay flat against the jacket. Behind the zipper, about chest high, is a fabric guard to keep anything from coming through the zipper. However, this guard prevents the collar of the jacket from laying down.

        Summary: A great jacket for windy cool weather where you won't see anything more than mist to intermittent rain.

        Sweet Jacket

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        Awesome jacket. Windproof works great and I was surprised at how well it beads up water. I would definitely recommend. For sizing, I'm 5' 8" 140 and the small fits snug with a little room to layer underneath.

        Arm length is a little long, but the velcro cuffs keep the sleeves in place comfortably. I don't rock climb so not sure how it would work for that. I have plenty of range of motion in it, but the material is a bit stiff so I could imagine it might bunch up in places or get in the way of ropes.

        Office/Town Jacket

          I have worn this jacket to the office and around town and have been pleased with it. It does a great job of keeping heat in, but I would say it is only about 90-95% windproof. I have been wearing the jacket and pumping fuel and realized that I could feel wind coming through the jacket. It is barely noticeable, but I raise the issue since Patagonia markets the product as windproof. I live in middle/eastern North Carolina, and would not consider it an overly windy place. I gave the product a four star rating because of this short coming. The jacket overall is great for my intended work/town use. Great water resistance. I am 6' and weigh 155 lbs and the Medium fits great.

          Patagonia has the best stuff!

          • Familiarity:I've used it several times

          This is a great jacket! I have looked at it for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger during the 50% off sale last month. The Adze is worth paying full price for, but at half off, No Brainer! I've used it on several outings since we have had some chilly weather in the mountains already. It performs exactly as advertised, keeps the wet out, breathes well and keeps you warm over a mid weight base layer. I'm a big fan of Patagonia and this is another solid piece of gear. The medium fits my 5'7", 180 lb frame well. The sleeves are a tad long but that seems to be a matter of contention from what I have read in other reviews of their stuff. I once saw one that said it seemed like Patagonia's target market was orangutans. I thought that was funny.

          Couldn't be more in love

          • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

          This jacket is thin, and thus lightweight; however, rest assured, I have never been as warm in a jacket of this thickness! It is made of a fantastic material. I took it through the rain last night, didn't get wet - you can shake the water droplets right off once you take it off. I bike to my classes in the mornings in Colorado, and it keeps me perfectly warm as I bike in mid 30s to low 40s kinda weather. I am an average sized male (5'11", 145lbs, average slimness) and this jacket in a medium fits ideally.

          Solid layer. Great fall & spring jacket

          • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

          Windproof, durable, great pockets, super warm. I'm 6 feet 175 and the large fits me PERFECT. This thing rocks for hiking, mountain biking and looks great out at bars. Wear it to work all the time. Good inside pocket too. I wear this under my Waterproof Shell for snowboarding (with a short and a long sleeve base layer) and its eliminated the need for my fleece except in zero degrees or below.

          I just got this jacket and like it a lot....

          I just got this jacket and like it a lot. But, the plastic adjusters for the drawstring are very weak and don't hold. Is this a defect you know about?

          Best Answer

          Sorry to hear you are having issues with the adjusters. I haven't had any issues with this jacket and I have been using it for over a year. Sounds like it may just be an issue with the one you have. Feel free to contact me via chat and I can look into this issue for you. Just ask for Freddie A. I work Monday 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. MST and Tuesday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. MST

          I have the exact same issue with the adjusters on the waist drawstring. They never hold which means that cold wind can go right up the bottom of the jacket. This makes it pretty much useless in any situation except walking around town and is my main complaint about the jacket. I kinda solved the problem by tying the drawstring tight.

          Would this jacket be ideal for cool spring...

          Would this jacket be ideal for cool spring road bike rides, or will it be too warm?

          When you say "cool spring rides," I'm picturing something along the lines of low 50s and not a lot of intense sun, in which case it'd be perfect. Shouldn't be too warm unless you're really pushing yourself, in which case you might want something less windproof (like the R2) so you can get some air circulating over your torso to keep you cool.

          What is the length in the back? My husband...

          What is the length in the back? My husband is 6'4', so I don't want it to be too short on him. Thanks.

          Would this jacket keep me warm walking...

          Would this jacket keep me warm walking from class to class in, say, 30 degree weather in mild conditions? And do I need to wear a base layer to keep warm with this jacket, or can it be worn with just a T-shirt in more tame weather?

          The Adze would be a great jacket for chilly walks to class in mild conditions. It's pretty warm for a soft shell, and fully windproof so it should do well for you. I don't think you necessarily would need a base layer with it, just a long sleeve shirt or sweater that you would normally wear to class in the winter.

          I'm completely clueless but have a trip...

          I'm completely clueless but have a trip coming up to Colorado -- is this softshell going to be good for intermediate resort skiing? I am thinking of a Merino 3 base/R1 fleece/this shell, but I'm not sure if that'll be a good set.

          Should I be looking at a true ski coat, like the Nano Storm or Powder Bowl instead?

          How does this compare in thickness to TNF...

          How does this compare in thickness to TNF Apex Bionic? I had lost my Bionic last winter and was able to wear that as my primary winter jacket. Was looking to replace it with something similar. Thanks.

          I think the material is comparable in thickness, with the Patagonia being slightly thinner. It has a thin fleece lining in a grid pattern.

          IMO the Patagonia is warmer, much warmer if it is windy, and probably better at wicking away humidity.

          How does this jacket compare to Patagonia's...

          How does this jacket compare to Patagonia's Guide jacket?