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The best wet-weather insurance policy for your next alpine trek is to head out with a quality rain shell like the Patagonia Men's Rain Shadow Jacket. This packable shell features a waterproof breathable H2No membrane to shed wet weather and allow internal heat and water vapor to escape so you stay dry and comfortable.

  • H2No waterproof breathable membrane repels rain and snow while still allowing air molecules to pass through
  • Underarm zips help you shed excess heat when you're working up a sweat
  • Watertight, PU-coated zippers prevent water from dripping down the jacket and sneaking in
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Good if you can get it for <$100

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

I got mine on sale about a year ago, and guess I've been about as happy with it is any rain jacket. That is, nothing to get excited about but I'm still using it. The pit zips are a key feature, since I don't believe there's any such thing as a jacket that reaches well when it's pouring and you're sweating. The hood fits really well and is wicked adjustable. The waterproof zips actually seem to work. The hand pockets are nice and big and vent well, and I've gotten used to no chest or inside pockets. I just can't understand why they didn't make this jacket pack into one of its own pockets, though. The only real issue I've had is that it wets out in a hurry, across the shoulders and chest where admittedly there's some abrasion wit pack straps, buy also way down by the wrists where there isn't any rubbing and it's really annoying. If you're cheap like me and the still have them for $100, go for it! Full retail? No way.

Great jacket for rain, very packable

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I use my Rain Shadow for around the city when it is raining, and when I need a shell for spring skiing. It is very durable, and something that I'll stuff in my backpack in case there is weather. I still think that Gore-Tex is tops when it comes to heavy weather, while the H2NO is solid for every other day (and good value). Pit zips are a key feature too for venting. I wear a medium (as I layer underneath), but could probably rock a small if I used this only for non winter activities (am 5ft 7in, and 140lbs).

Quality Patagonia Product

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Don't be fooled by the product video by outdoor grearlab, all the downfalls of this jacket that are pointed out in the video I found to be over analyzed. Are the pockets and pit-zips hard to open with one hand? Maybe... honestly who cares, I found minimal to no issues trying to unzip the pockets with one hand. The material feels durable as compared to some other super light rain jackets on the market. I'm only 5'8" and the large fits really well although I have slightly broader shoulders for my height. The large is just a comfortable amount of space to wear a soft shell or insulator layer underneath. Given my height and body type, I was surprised at how natural the large fit without giving me a super baggy look. Kind of expensive, but I jumped on this product during a 50%-off any on sale item. Highly recommend if you've had good experiences with other Patagonia products.

Rain Jacket to End all Rain Jackets

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The Good News: You can stop looking. You found it. Greatest lightweight rain jacket out there.

The Bad News: Now you will wish it rains every day.

So I have been through my fair share of rain jackets recently, from the technical MHW, budget Sierra Designs, Patagonia Torrentshell and a top of the line Columbia piece. And heads above shoulders this stands above the rest. It has everything one looks for: lighter than a cloud, enough features for a boy scout, soft as a pillow (which is saying something for a rain jacket), and super stylin without being as flashy as a 50 cent album.

I love it. The only negligible thing I have found is the lack of roomy eternal jacket pockets to store that gold you find at the end of the rainbow. Nit picking the zip is only single (love the double zip) and its not the most smooth.

Because my haphazard rain dances, I have yet to climb a mountain in it while raining so I am not aware of the durability. But based on the eye grabbing Patagonia logo on the front it should be rather durable.

I am 5 ' 10" and a [generous] 185 lbs and its a good tight fit. I seem to have arms like a hobbit as most patagonia gear tends to bunch on my wrists. There isnt a lot of room for layering, just a small layer or two. But if I were heading into a raining coldzone I would be armed with my cold weather columbia rain jacket.

All in all this is a beast of a lightweight. I cant wait for it to rain more. And I was able to snag a deal on SAC for around $95.

UPDATE: I have take it all back. I had an epiphany and got the OR foray. Which is the rain jacket to end the rain jacket of all rain jackets. In the end I couldnt get over the lack of double zipper and stickiness (its waterproof). Also the foray fits me a bit better for layering purposes. Id still recommend this in a heart beat though.

Nice update to a good jacket

    The new 2012 Rain Shadow made a nice change to the main zipper, now it's only one way and much easier to pull up. The jacket remains pretty unchanged otherwise, but why fix what isn't broken. The fit is roomier than the torrential, but slimmer than the new paclite model. This is one seriously light jacket, and balls up to the smallest size.

    What size should I get for this jacket? ...

    What size should I get for this jacket? I am 5'11" with a 41" chest and a 35" waist and weigh 182 lb

    You're probably right in between a medium and a large, so it depends what you're looking for fit wise. Large is going to give you more room to layer underneath, and more length in the body. And medium would just be a tad slimmer overall.