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Give nasty weather a black eye when you wear the Patagonia Men’s Guide Hooded Softshell Jacket. This wind- and weather-resistant, breathable, stretchy jacket makes the elements pee in their pants at the mere sight of you playing on snow or ice. The Guide features a helmet-compatible hood with a laminated visor for better visibility in poor conditions, and Patagonia brushed the jacket’s interior for soft comfort and moisture management. This slim-fit softshell can be recycled through the Common Threads Recycling Program after years and years of use.

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Go to jacket for light activity/cold

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is my grab and go jacket for lighter activity like walking or hiking on rolling terrain in cooler temps (50F to -10F), whether conditions are calm, windy or light precip. The breathability is just right to keep you warm while walking and to shake off a stiff wind, without causing sweat build up. You can layer under in the winter for extra insulation and getting just the right warmth. The hood allows you to regulate temperature, keep off precip and keep your neck and face warm if it's below freezing. The pockets and sizing allow you to stuff gloves and hats inside without becoming annoyingly tight as you get warmer, plus layer up for cold temps.

For heavy rain or mountain top type winds you might want a hardshell instead. For heavy aerobic activity you might want something uninsulated and more breathable like the simple guide hoody. For noactive use, buy whatever from Kohl's instead :-)

I have a quiver of about 20 technical jackets and this one gets a ton of use, and definitely number one for around the neighborhood.

Not worth 180 dollars

    It's a really comfortable fall/spring jacket. But honestly for the price, not worth it what-so-ever. You can get TNF jackets cheaper than this that are warmer and have higher water/wind proofing ratings. It's not very thick, wind definitely cuts through it, and it just is no where near being worth 180 dollars. So if price is not an issue, then go for it, it's comfy and looks great. But otherwise, search elsewhere.

    Great Jacket

      This jacket has a stylish look for a bomb proof piece of equipment. Beads water like a duck, blocks wind like a wall and the hood is big enough to swing over a helmet if required... Only wish it had velcro cuffs!
      It just a shell so will need to layer to stay warm if your not active. Certainly recommend it.


        It's a great jacket, possible the first jacket I've ever had a perfect fit in. It's a slim cut. For comparison, I'm 6ft, 32in waist, long arms, and skinny. I have the classic cyclist build. Skinny guys, this jacket is for you.

        Did you go with a Medium? I am 6'1" w/ a skinny build and had to return the Large because, well, it was too bulky. It was like a sail, way too square and loose-fitting. I did not like how high it was on my hips either. Kind of surprising, because typically slim-cut Patagonia gear fits me perfectly.

        Great Value on a Versatile Soft Shell

          This is my third soft shell from Patagonia and so far it seems like the one I will get the most use out of. The light fleece insulation is just enough to retain heat without being too hot for high-activity pursuits or too bulky for a daypack. Although there is no windproof membrane, I only felt very strong gusts cut through which is more than I can say for most soft shells. Don't expect the guide hoody to be the most water resistant of Patagonia's jackets, but it didn't absorb any moisture during a light rain storm or skiing in knee-deep powder. The fleece lined, helmet-compatible hood makes this version far warmer and more versatile than the regular guide jacket.

          Even though Patagonia considers the cut to be "slim fit", I had plenty of room for a couple baselayers and a windproof vest. I wear a Large for most Pagagonia pieces and found the guide hoody true to size (certainly not as snug as Arcteryx). My only complaint about this jacket is that there are no velcro wrist closures which allows wind and snow to get in your jacket unless you are wearing a gauntlet-style glove.

          The guide hoody is an ideal do-it-all jacket for backcountry skiing, alpine climbing and trekking at 2/3 of the cost of comprable jackets. It does not have a lot of technical bells and whistles, but it does the job.

          Great Value on a Versatile Soft Shell

          Tough and Soft Shell

            Great softshell from Patagonia. I am 5'11, 190lbs and went with the large. I tried both the medium and the large, but decided the medium was a bit too tight under the arm pits. Also the large for me fits a little loose, so there is room for a layer or two beneath, plus comfortable room to wear your beacon beneath. The jacket has some nice finish details in the cuffs, zipper closure at neck, and hood. It is has a tailored athletic fit that really makes moving around very comfortable. For me this jacket is ideal for an outer layer skinning up the mountain on a dry day and then as a comfortable mid layer beneath a hard shell on the way down. This jacket is also awesome to wear around town or on the hiking trail when the temps are in the high 30s and up.

            Is this the same fabric as polartec...

            Is this the same fabric as polartec powershield, but not labeled as such to protect patagonia's propriety. Not a bad thing, but wanting a comparison.

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            The Guide Hoody has a beefiy fabric than the regular Guide Jkt.
            I felt it's more related to Dryskin than Powershield.
            Throughout Patagonia's cataloges for many seasons, they won't shy away from mentioning any Polartec products, but not Schoeller.