You don’t have to stay inside to stay dry.

When you’re out on the mountain and get stuck in unexpected, wet weather, pull on the Patagonia Men’s Rain Shadow Jacket. Patagonia gave this nylon jacket an H2No barrier and coated it with a Deluge DWR finish and sealed every seam to ensure not a drop of water makes its way to your underlayers. The interior surface texture channels moisture away from your skin when you sweat, and it protects the waterproof barrier from abrasion when you’re on the move. Open the underarm zips to dump excess heat and pull up the helmet compatible storm hood when it really starts to come down. Zippered pockets prevent your essentials from getting soaked, and the compressible and lightweight design allows you to stow this jacket in your pack with ease.

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Rainy conditions. Dave Matthews at the Gorge

Rainy conditions. Dave Matthews at the Gorge

This jacket held up great. Layered with the North Face Redpoint Jacket underneath.

5 5

Great lightweight rain gear

I bought this jacket for light outdoors pursuits like adventure racing, running, mountain biking, even the occasional kayak. I haven't worn this jacket in a 100-year storm, but it has kept me dry and happy every time I have used it. I really love the fit. I am 6'2", 190 lbs and the medium fits me with room for a couple layers underneath, plenty of length for my long arms, and yet fits close enough to work well for running and biking (I hate really loose, flappy stuff).

4 5

Lacking in H2Oproof-ness

I used the Rain Shadow for 2 full years, as a shell for skiing/touring in the winter, and thrown into the bottom of my summer riding pack in case of an afternoon shower. I would not say that it was abused in any way, but it spent a lot of time under a pack. For the first few uses, the water-proofing worked slick as a whistle, but over time, I found the inside of the jacket became progressively damper after each day. This is not a problem if you spend the majority of your time in an arid environment, such as colorado high country or the utah desert, but on a trip to the north west, heavy precipitation left me using the Rain Shadow more as a wash cloth than a rain coat. It is currently being returned to patagonia.

Lacking in H2Oproof-ness
5 5

Great piece!!!

I take this thing everywhere I go if I could get wet. Its super light and easily stuffable. The thing I love about it most is it keeps me dry as a bone when I'm riding my bicycle.

3 5

Okay Value for the Money

Would not buy this jacket again. Wish it had a mesh lining or something else to help vent. I live in south Florida and even with the pit vents it heats up quickly. This coat will withstand heavy thunderstorms and the like, but given the lack of lining I'd probably go with North Face or even Columbia equivalents

3 5

Yes, only for light rain protection

I wear it during two raining days and it's not breathable and I was wet after 3 hours walking under the rain.
Good for summer when there is light rain.

Write your question this a "short"...

Write your question this a "short" raincoat? is there a model that comes down mid-thigh?

Responded on

Jim, the Rain Shadow jacket is not a short raincoat, but if you're looking for something that goes mid thigh look at the Patagonia All Time Shell.

2 5

Lousy breathability, becomes a sponge unusually quickly

This jacket was never very breathable, but it was light and it was waterproof. For about 2 years - then it became a sponge. I reapplied DWR coating (twice) to no avail, and finally returned it to Patagonia. I love Patagucc gear (especially my DAS, my down hoody, and my long underwear) but their h2NO fabric is far, far behind its competitors. Buy your rain gear elsewhere.

Two stars because it started out waterproof, and because Patagonia guarantees its gear as well as or better than any company on earth.

3 5

Good jacket, just bulky

The Rain Shadow is a great, durable product from probably my favorite brand Patagonia. This was my first true rain coat and before I really knew what else was out there it was fine. After more research and testing this jacket is to bulky and full cut. The extra material just provided more space to get hot and muggy in warm temps. It also doesnt breathe as well as some others out there in the same price range (Marmot Aegis for one). I love Patagonia and they always make great stuff this just wasnt what I was looking for.

2 5

"Only for light rain protection" is right

I own and use a lot of Patagonia gear. Had the 1st garment they ever made, the tan fleece jacket from Chouinard Equip. And I really love all this gear - the Das Parka is the best jacket I've ever owned!!!...but the Rain Shadow jacket...well, its an okay jacket but it does NOT breathe...this jacket sucks big time if you expect to stay dry. Its the equivalent of those yellow rubber rain jackets. Does NOT breathe. On the other hand, its the jacket I use for bike commuting to the office. I just wouldn't use it in the mountains where my life could depend in needing to stay dry.. It has a nice cut and is functional, but there's water all on the inside of it everytime I wear it if its raining out.

Responded on

do you mean that rain water actually gets you wet on your commute when wearing the rain shadow or do you just sweat like a pig on the inside when commuting because of lack of breathability.

4 5

Lightweight yet durable. Decent waterproofing.

I've been using this jacket in the field for almost two months (when it rains). Withstands up to a few hours of moderate to heavy rainfall. I have yet to get wet wearing this jacket, but I've noticed the fabric becoming saturated after extended exposure to rain. Overall, I'm happy with this investment.

3 5

Skeptical about intense rain usage over 2-3 hours

I've had this coat for over a year now (slightly different zipper designs) and it's served its purpose for moderate use. I've sat out at a ball game in a steady rain and stayed dry even though toward the end it started to look like the material was getting saturated (mainly shoulders of course). On warmer days, it does get a bit clammy even with the pit zips, but if you use it as a shell on cold windy days (skiing), it's great because it completely blocks the wind. The one thing that really annoys me about this jacket is the placement of the tag, hood strap, and hanger loop. With the hood down, these three things always either poke me in the neck or are exposed for the world to see. Stowing the hood doesn't look the greatest, either. Due to seam taping, it might be tough to relocate them, though, and still get the functionality. I got this for a great price and it's good for casual to moderate use around town or day hikes.

4 5

backpacking must

As far as I am concerned, a good rain jacket is an essential piece of backpacking gear and this one fits the bill. I use it for rain and also for warmth at night. This one works great for both.

5 5

The bomb

I live in Utah and i love this jacket its perfect for hiking and stuff like that, but what i use it for is riding my street/dirt bike in all conditions. Blocks wind and rain very well. 5 stars The bomb

5 5


There isn't a thing about this jacket that I don't like. Awesome waterproof and breathability, lightweight and compressible for packing when not in use, and a great fit. The fit offers good coverage, and works well for any activity. I've worn this backpacking, ski touring, traveling in Central America, and as an every day rain piece. It has been very durable over the years and has never let me down.

2 5

Only for light rain protection

This jacket is probably good for walking around town in. But backpacking for extended periods of time in heavy rain is not its forte. Not only does it not breathe well, but the inside of the jacket got wet just hanging around camp in the rain. On one particular day while we were moving alot (9 hours) in continous rain, the thing was completely saturated. The pockets are also positioned in a way that makes this jacket uncomfortable to wear when you have a heavy pack on (they dig into your hips). I'd look elsewhere if you plan on being exposed to some serious precipitation for long periods of time. It was a running joke around camp that the jacket got its name because it would only work in a rain shadow.

My boys ages 21 and 23 are going fishing...

My boys ages 21 and 23 are going fishing with me in Canada in june. Need raingear to go over light to moderate heavy clothing. Needed hooded jacket and pahts to cover boots. What do you recommend and need to keep cost reasonable as buying 3 sets. Thx

Best Answer Responded on

Chuck, the Patagonia Rain Shadow jacket will be a bomber jacket for you and your boys while fishing in Canada. It is seem sealed, coated with a great water repellent. This jacket will also accommodate layers underneath the jacket for any bone chilling storms you might encounter. While it's not the cheapest jacket out there, this jacket will last a LONG time if not abused (too much), plus it has a lifetime warranty; and I know from experience that Patagonia takes care of you, I've had them replace a jacket 5 times and they do it with no questions asked. Hope this helped.