Bring Patagonia's Rain Shadow Jacket when you climb the Cascade mountain range's highest peaks.

With waterproof seams and Underarm zips, the Patagonia Men's Rain Shadow Jacket is ready for springtime alpine climbing or ski touring. Wear this waterproof breathable jacket over warm layers and pull the roll-down hood up over your helmet in cold, wet weather. Hook-and-loop wrist closures and a drawcord hem help seal out precipitation and wind. Zippered pockets keep your energy bar from getting soggy and let you keep sunglasses or other small items close at hand. Patagonia designed the Rain Shadow to be compressible and lightweight, so you'll barely notice it in your pack.

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I'm interested in the Rain Shadow, but do...

I'm interested in the Rain Shadow, but do you think it is worth the money to buy a Gore Tex jacket instead?

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I would say yes. With Gore you are getting the guarantee of being 100% fully waterproof.

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I've worn mine in some crazy conditions and it's worked great. patagonia guarantees it to be 100% waterproof.

1 5

It looks nice

Patagonia's products always show an amazing attention to design, craftsmanship and detail, the Rain Shadow is no exception. However, the designer for this jacket should be flogged. This jacket does not breathe, at all. It is lightweight and it is waterproof but if you are engaging on any aerobic activity beyond standing still, you will be a wet clammy mess within the jacket in no time. The zipper interior storm flap is on the left side of the zipper which means the zipper gets caught every time you use it. Or, you fold the storm flap back with one hand and then you fold it back when you're done zipping up. I have a $50 rain jacket from Dick's sporting goods that works better than this coat.

I'm 5'7", fairly slim... would the small...

I'm 5'7", fairly slim... would the small be a good fit?

I am looking for a rain jacket for...

I am looking for a rain jacket for backpacking. Is the rain shadow worth the money over the north faces venture jacket?

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They are going to be a very similar product. Nearly the exact same weight, but the Rain Shadow has a roll-down hood while the Venture's is fixed. The Venture is very packable, but so is the Rain Shadow. I personally would get the Rain Shadow. It has a waterproof laminate, while the Venture has a waterproof coating.

Do users out there think that this product...

Do users out there think that this product will be good for summer hiking? I have a heavy winter gore-tex and just ordered this for summer (and some spring/fall) hiking. Thanks!

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Yes, definitely - this has long been one of the most respected and popular lightweight rainjackets made. Very packable, lightweight, breathable, and all-around functional. It is ideal for 3 season hiking and you wouldn't want anything heavier for summer. I would also recommend looking at the marmot preCip and MH typhoon just to compare fit, etc. You never know, everyone has their own tastes. Patagonia is easily my favorite of the three companies, so I will probably be looking into getting the Rain Shadow or typhoon once my preCip peters out simply because I want more coverage from my hood - the preCip hood is my ONLY complaint. The rain shadow hood is a little better. Just a few things to consider. Enjoy it!I had a MHW Typhoon, but it was far too short in the torso. This jacket is PERFECT for summer, fall, winter and spring. Its my rain jacket, my hiking and skiing shell

Do you have the waterproofness (mm/24...

Do you have the waterproofness (mm/24 hours) and breathability (g/m2/24 hours) stats for this jacket on your site somewhere?

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While I do not have the mm/24hours stat, I know that all Patagonia shells with an H2NO membrane are resistant to 47 PSI. Steady rain is ~6-7psi.

5 5

Superlight, packable waterproof shell

I took this shell to the Rothbury Music festival last summer. During the last days of the fest, it rained unholy amounts of rain. This was the type of precipitation that truly tests the quality of your gear. Honestly, in this industry you usually get what you pay for. Anyway, most of our group had soaked through tents and jackets. My tent was soaked through as hell, but I was bone dry, outside in my Rain shadow. Lightweight shell, packs into nothing, and stops rain as good as goretex (up to 47psi apparently).

I'm 5' 9", 140, with a 30 inch waist. Do...

I'm 5' 9", 140, with a 30 inch waist. Do you think that puts me at a small or a medium?

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Medium, I'd say.____It really depends on your chest. I am 5'11", 185, with a 34" waist and I wear a medium. You may need a small, unless you are planning on wearing a lot of layers underneath.

This is a closeout model. I am willing to...

This is a closeout model. I am willing to offer $90 for a Navy Blue or Real Red Small (S) size jacket. Do you accept?

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That's not really how this could try this on Live Chat, but I have great confidence it won't happen.Apparently they heard you, the sale price is now 90 dollars. Way to go.

5 5

You Complete me Rain Shadow...tear falling from my eye

Alright, here's the deal on this jacket. I live and ski in Colorado (mostly). If you ski here, and more so if you Telemark like I do, layering is paramount. I was looking for a final layer shellthat is not too hot and heavy that I can wear over my micro puff. This is PERFECT. If its really warm, you can go with this jacket over a Cap 3 or a regulator mid layer. If its cold, you can throw this over the base layers + a micro puff or fleece and it will keep you dry. This baby feels/is elements tested. Furthermore, this will keep your micro puff from tearing on a tree or your pole if you tumble. Plus, there a nice inside pocket for the iPod and its thin enough to turn on and off with glove through the jacket. PRIME TIME, in my opinion. This jacket completes me!

Does this jacket have a zip-out lining?

Does this jacket have a zip-out lining?

Does this jacket fold down into a pocket...

Does this jacket fold down into a pocket which them becomes a pouch?

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While it's highly compressible, the Rain Shadow does not stuff down into its own pocket/stuff sack.

4 5

Great Lightweight Rain Shell

This is one of two "lightweight" rain shells I have and this one seems to weigh much less than the other one. Although the weight is actually about the same, the Rain Shadow's fabric seems less "stiff" making it more comfortable and pack down tighter. However, I was lucky enough to get this jacket free from work. In the world of high tech softshells, I never carry this unless I'm planning on running into some torrential rains.

3 5

Good Jacket Terrible Sizing

I am 6'3" and ordered an XL. I'm pretty fit and the coat was cut for someone much larger. The sleeves were way too long as well. Luckily my dad is 6'6" and I can give it to him for Christmas. The XL will fit him perfectly. The coat itself seems to work great, very light and great for wind and rain. Wear a softshell under it when its cold and you have a winning combo.

5 5

Great against Wind

Awesome windshell. I used this on a hike on Mt. Timpanogos recently. The day was beautiful in the 70's at the bottom but when you crest the top of the ridge near the summit the wind was severe and temp was way way colder. It was a dry day but this shell worked awesomely to keep me warm against the frigid wind.. with a fleece under it of course, the shell itself would be cold against your skin. But with a thermal layer this is a super performing simple shell. I was able to cinch the hood down all tight-like to really keep as much skin covered as possible too.

4 5

Good Jacket

I have used the Rainshadow jacket in the rain several times this summer, including a Canadian fishing trip where it rained off and on for two days. This trip included rain blowing in at forty five degree angles and a fifteen minute deluge where it rained so hard that the visibility wasn't more than a few feet. The jacket kept me dry.

I like the design of the hood and the pit zips provide good ventilation. The zipper is kind of hard to use but it does keep the rain out.

5 5

Great Jacket!

I used it a couple of weekends ago in the rain for two straight days. The coat is consistent with the design and quality of the Patagonia brand. It's very lightweight, packs into nothing at all, sheds water very well. The pockets are well positioned and very functional. The pit zips work great. I was hoping the fabric would be a little more breathable that's my only criticism. Overall it's a good coat at a good value. I'm sure its going to get years of service.

5 5

I love this jacket!

it's very light and perfect fit. nice fabric too. the quality shows.

5 5

Great product or value

This is a great jacket. Performs as noted. Thank you.

5 5


The Rain Shadow fits true to size but it is cut with a stylish, relaxed fit that is ideal for layering and minimizing condensation. The fabric is relatively quiet and does not hinder movement. The high quality tailoring has a low drop hem for shedding water and puts zips and cinch cords in all the right places. Patagonia has not cut any corners with this product.

Having used a number of light weight rainshells and after looking at frequent claims of water penetration in nearly all models, it appears that many of us have forgotten the intended purpose of this product. It is not to protect us from a North Sea squall but it is designed to provide us with moderately breathable, waterproof protection from intermittant storms while in the backcountry. All of the plastic membrane fabrics when used with taped seams and waterproof zippers will do this. It is only when the DWR finish is compromised and breathability becomes limited, that the jacket interior can become wet due to excessive condensation.

So don't be put off by misleading claims for any model. If it fits you and your needs, go for it!