An ice climber's best friend.
Patagonia's Levitation Men's Hooded Softshell won't make you lighter, tougher, or a stronger climber, but it will keep you comfortable so you can focus on giving your next ice or mixed climb everything you've got. It's made from stretchy, breathable polyester softshell material that's super breathable and finished with a DWR coating to keep you dry, and it has an easily adjustable helmet-compatible hood that protects your noggin from sleep, snow, and drizzle. The cuffs, made from nylon and spandex, easily interface with gloves and are designed to push up your forearms easily to stay out of the way, while the no-bunch hem drawcord and pockets are all designed to work easily and comfortably with a harness. At one pound, the Levitation certainly won't slow you down with its weight, but you also won't have to sacrifice comfort and protection to keep the ounces down.
- Polyester double-weave softshell with a DWR coating
- Breathable and water repellent
- Helmet-compatible hood with visor and one-hand adjustment
- Variable Conditions Cuff
- No-bunch hem drawcord
- Microfleece back-of-neck lining
- Item #PAT00LI
- Q & A
Great Warm Weather Soft Shell
The Levitation Hoody was gifted to me at Christmas by my girlfriendââand what a good gift it was. She knows of my Patagonia fixation, the brand I really trust when going outside, and thus fueled it further.
Full disclosure: I also own a Patagonia Dimensions Jacketââmy go to softshell for skiing and climbing when the weather is really inclement.
The Levitation Hoody, by contrast, is a water and wind resistant hoody that won't protect you quite as well as a heavier softshell, but is supremely breathable, comfortable, and, most importantlyââLIGHT.
Extremely lightweightââyou forget you are wearing it, or carrying it in your pack. I really look forward to using this in a Colorado summer while hiking and backpacking 14ers.
Articulated athletic fitââtrue to size in every way. Sleeves are just the right length, and the taper is perfect for slender, well muscled climbers and skiers. You can be confident ordering the right size for you.
Very comfortable for skiing on days where temps are 20+ degrees.
Repels rainââI had to take a flight to the midwest (yuck) a month ago and didn't have a dedicated rain jacketââthis hoody held up admirably and dried out quickly!
Not really anything. The jacket could conceivably be more versatile in terms of handling cold and intense wind, but then it would sacrifice some of the qualities that it excels in.
Great, inexpensive, good looking, good feeling shell to have in your quiver. Here's a picture of me backcountry skiing near Vail wearing the Hoody.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Medium
I'm 6'1 167lbs, the medium is too small for me, specially if I have a layer underneath this jacket. There's no room at all for a helmet in the hood.
Nice jacket tho - material and design-wise, would be a perfect spring jacket. I will exchange for a large.
If you're similar size as me (tall and slim), definitely go for a large!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
Amazing product. Ordered it for a ski trip, layered it with Patagonia better sweater and Nano Puff under neath. Perfectly warm in 10 degree weather. Love the feel for skiing, wearing around town or driving. Great product fits true to size. Will certainly be receiving much more use from me on wet and cold ski trips or on winter camping. Absolutely recommend and is perfect for layering.
Do anything go anywhere
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: lrg
Love this jacket, definitely a tough material, keeps wind out and light rain off nicely. Love that Patagonia started making things not so wide... skinny guys have a hard time with that.
Levitation Hoody video review
Corey from Patagonia shares his thoughts on the new Levitation Hoody
Would this shell fit well over the patagonia hooded down sweater? I don't plan on climbing in really wet conditions. Maybe a drizzle or some snow will hit while at the crag. Will this keep the down jacket dry if kind of wet weather hits?
It will defend fend off a drizzle or some snow while at the crag no problem. Every year I would reapply a Nikwax DWR Coating to it just to make sure the DWR is fresh as it breaks down with time and use.
Do you think it will fit decently over the hooded down sweater?
It will fit over the hooded down sweater but, I bet the down sweater sticks out underneath this jacket. They were made a little longer than an the jackets like this with an athletic fit.
Is this sized to fit over layers? A medium nano puff, for example, is a bit snug in the chest for me. Wondering if this is sized just a bit bigger.
This is sized fairly similar to a Nano, and might be a little less snug for you in the same size since it's got a fair amount of stretch.