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Patagonia recognizes that a softshell, while offering incredible comfort, often just doesn't provide enough protection; that's why it added some waterproof breathable hard shell panels to the Women's Mixed Guide Softshell Hooded Jacket. With this added protection in the high-exposure areas, you're free to get after that ice climbing project or line off the ridge that you've been eyeing, no matter what the weather's doing.

  • Waterproof breathable H2No panels in the shoulder, chest, upper arms and hood repel moisture and block the piercing wind
  • Polartec Power Shield in back and lower extremities offers excellent mobility and breathability while resisting the elements
  • Brushed interior and microfleece-lined neck offer next-to-skin comfort
  • Helmet-compatible, 3-way-adjustable hood features a laminated visor for
  • optimal visibility in bad conditions
  • Chest pockets are placed high for harness and pack compatibility and feature water-resistant reverse coil zippers
  • Hand pockets include storm flap for secure storage
  • Full Reach gusseted panels in underarms let you reach for a handhold or pole plant without lifting the jacket
  • Drawcord hem seals out the elements
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allover nice jacket

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

I did not have to go up a size for this. I typically wear a medium in patagonia and the medium fits me great, and I am short and curvy. I also tried on with layers and ski pants and still fits well. Got this coat on sale, as I like last years colors (black gray with purple zipper) more than this years colors that were recently released, and I am looking forward to using this jacket in the fall and winter. It seems incredibly versatile and is also comfortable. My husband has one and wears it all the time.

Great Jacket

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

I wanted a shell for mountaineering and ice climbing. I was looking at all the choices on line and having trouble deciding. Based on the reviews, I decided to purchase this jacket. I ordered a small and it was too tight in the shoulders. I'm surprised no one else had this problem. I loved the jacket so much I sized up to a medium and it is perfect. The prior reviews are correct, it is the perfect balance between soft and hard shell. This jacket totally rocks!

Everything you need and nothing more.

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

The hard shell/soft shell mix on this jacket is awesome for Utah winter weather - durable where you need it but still super breathable everywhere else. I was initially concerned that the cut of this jacket would be too slim for layering - I fall perfectly into the med on the size chart - but it fits my mid-weight puffy (the Backcountry Hadron Down Anorak) perfectly without feeling too stuffed. So far I've skiied this in all conditions and done a fair amount of uphill slogging and it's performed great. The no frills construction is awesome for packing and I really like the low profile pockets, but I really wish it had wrist gaiters. If you are someone that likes lots of pockets and frills this might not be the right jacket for you but if you just want streamlined awesomeness you will not be disappointed.

I wear it pretty regularly with my Hadron Down Anorak underneath and don't feel too squeezed in even though its a pretty slim fitting jacket. The soft shell/ hard shell mix is great for breathability but I'd be a little hesitant about recommending it for hiking days due to the lack of pit zips for extra venting.

Ice Climber Chic

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am nuts about this jacket. All my previous jackets suited towards ice climbing and the like are crap in comparison. I have never before had something like this that allowed such excellent range of arm motion, whether you're swinging an ice tool or simply in need of a stretch out in the cold.

There are plenty of pockets (4), but if you're wearing a harness, the bottom two are a little tricky to access - such is the way of the world. Very lightweight and excellent material, Patagonia did a really great job on this one. I wear a medium in most jackets though sometimes a small in Patagonia, and went for a medium which I am very happy with. You'll be hard pressed to find anything in a women's comparable to this baby. Go on, you know you want it!

Versatile and good lookin

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this as a new ski jacket for this winter in Utah. Since it is pretty dry here having something totally waterproof isn't really necessary so i liked this as an option. It has a longer fit to it which I really like since I have a longer torso. I am 5'3 120 and went with the medium so it would be a little more comfortable to layer under and because i like a little looser fit. A small would have fit me perfectly and would still give me plenty of room to layer but because of the way I like jackets to fit I think sizing up was a good choice. It doesn't have any lining

Did someone say backcountry skiing?

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Waterproof hard shell meets soft shell where you need it. I can't tell you how much I fell in love this jacket when I first wore it out on a backcountry ski trip. The soft shell panels allow for heat to displace when needed and the upper waterproof panels offer durability and water/snow protection where you need it most. It's simplistic in its design which keeps it pretty compressible and lightweight. And, with the softshell across the back too you get great range of motion and comfort when wearing a pack.