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Durable weather protection that won’t fill your pack or empty your wallet.

Whether you use it for a rainy day around town or as a wet-weather insurance policy on your next alpine rock route, the Patagonia Men’s Rain Shadow Jacket blocks out precipitation with light, versatile ease. This easy-packing shell features an H2No waterproof breathable barrier and a textured interior lining to keep you dry and comfortable, and DWR-coated zippers to eliminate the need for storm flaps. A microfleece lining on the neck and chin add a soft touch, and the rollway adjustable hood fits right over your climbing helmet.

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4 5


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This jacket way outperformed my expectations. I have worn it in all sorts of environments. It doesn't breathe the best (but what rain jacket honestly does?), but it does have armpit zippers for ventilation. It's very light weight. It kept me safe from the wind and heavy rain at 18,000ft recently in Ecuador.

I'm 5'11 and 180 pounds! Should I get a...

I'm 5'11 and 180 pounds! Should I get a medium?

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i think you'd be fine with a medium. patagonia seems to run large these days

2 5

Rainshadow maybe good for sunhowers...

This shell started off great,it fit perfectly and all the pockets and zips were in the right places. Sadly as with all my non-GoreTex raingear, it leaked. After hiking in solid rain for a few hours i was soaked through. Once that happened it only took a few minutes of rain for my shoulders to be saturated, I assume the membrane failed. Next time I'll be buying Goretex.

4 5

Just a no frills rain jacket.

The only reason why I did not give this jacket 5 stars is because the pockets do not work well with a hipbelt. If a company makes a jacket for climbers and backpackers I expect that the extra weight used for the pockets would be useable. I cant store anything in them and I cant even use them as extra vents because the pocket material is waterproof and seam sealed. Other then that the jacket fits great with room for layers and room for my climbing helmet (I am 6'3" and 180 lbs and the large fit great length-wise but does not have the athletic fit I was looking for). This does not "breath" like Goretex or Event but it has not failed to keep me dry. I use it as my winter shell and it is small enough to ball up and hang off my harness in the summer. I would not pay retail for this jacket again but if you can find it on sale I would recomend it.

4 5

light and small

this jacket packs down great and is super light weight. looks great with jeans and on the trail. down side is if you are a broad shouldered man like myself you may have to get help with the pit zips on the move.

I'm 5'7 145lbs Athletic build and was...

I'm 5'7 145lbs Athletic build and was wondering with Patagonia's sizing, if I should get a S or a M? I have a Montbell down sweater I would more than likely layer under this in the Fall/Winter. Thanks.

Best Answer Responded on

I would try the small if I were you for a closer fit and the medium if you're going with multiple layers under the mont-bell jacket. I'm 5'11.5" @ 182 lbs right now and the medium is perfect for me over a t-shirt, but the large fits better over several insulation layers.

Currently, I have an Arcteryx pullover...

Currently, I have an Arcteryx pullover rain jacket that I bought almost 3 years ago, but it seems like the waterproofing is beginning to fail (water soaks into the fabric instead of beading away like it used to). I'm in the market for a new one, and the toss-up is between this jacket and the MH Typhoon. I noticed, however, that neither are made with Gore-Tex fabric, which, to me, seems like a must for torrential rain in Washington, where I will soon be moving. Can this or the Typhoon hold up to mucho raino?

Responded on

Instead of Gore-Tex it uses Patagonia's H2No waterproof breathable barrier. Many companies are now using products other than Gore-Tex that are the same quality or better. Patagonia makes quality stuff so I'm sure it's good.

Hi im 5'11" and 195 pounds. I have a wide...

Hi im 5'11" and 195 pounds. I have a wide back that makes buying a jacket online difficult. What size would you recommend for me, Medium or Large?

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I am 6'0 and when I weighed 195, I wore a large. Now that I'm down to 170, I had to buy a medium. Hope that helps!

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Agree with Mike and Brad. If you have a large back the Medium is not going to fit correctly.

5 5


It took the wind and rain on my commute in the spring, and kept me warm enough in the high seats at the baseball.

I bought last season's in large for height, bright fire red colour. It's slightly baggy and the zip can be a little tricky but it's a great jacket in need of an adventure!

5 5

Inside a Rain Shadow

Went to the Byron Bay Blues festival and packed my Patagonia RS jacket. No rain for the first five days, then on the sixth the heavens unleashed torrents. The Rain Shadow kept me totally dry and as I only had a t-shirt underneath felt good against my skin, not that clammy plastic feel with a lot of coats. The paclite meant that it was light to carry and took up very little space in my day pack. All up an extremely functional jacket.

What's the difference between the Rain...

What's the difference between the Rain Shadow and the Torrentshell? Also, any clues on where to find the Torrentshell in Purple (med)?


Best Answer Responded on

The materials used on both jackets are essentially the same - ripstop nylon, and both have Patagonia's 2.5-layer H2NO waterproof and breathable fabric, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Both have hoods that roll up to stow (no zip). The fit is also similar.

Advantages of the Rainshadow:
- Lighter by 2.3 ounces (65.2g)
- Has DWR centre zipper (as opposed to the Torrentshell's internal/external storm flaps)
- Internal fabric has a raised pattern to enhance breathability and durability

Advantages of Torrentshell
- Cheaper by $60
- Stows in one of its zippered pockets

Basically the Rainshadow is slightly more technical, while the Torrentshell is a more basic rain jacket. It basically comes down to if you are willing to pay $60 extra for DWR zips and 2 ounces while sacrificing the stow away ability of the Torrentshell.

Hope this helps :)

2 5

Fail Patagonia.

I bought this jacket to stay dry fly fishing the AuSable on those rainy days, as well as to keep the drip off of me ice climbing. I've had the jacket for 6 months and it started to delaminate on the inside. This is causing water to leak through the material. When this jacket did stop water it wasn't much, maybe a couple minutes of rain or drip when climbing and it was soaking through. It did ok for a few months but I'm just going to stick to GoreTex Packlite shells from now on. Not a great choice, or build quality, at least not what I was expecting from Patagonia.

15 degrees F and still warm

15 degrees F and still warm

With just one down layer beneath this and this jacket is still snug, yet cool when i need it to be, it keeps exceeding my expectations.

5 5

A "must-have" Jacket

I have a Rain Shadow Jacket and it is by far the most used piece of clothing I have in the arsenal. It goes with me to all crags, around town on rainy days, and up high on summer ascents. It's a jacket that is breathable enough to be versatile in the mountains during the summer and slip on during chilly climbs in the winter. It takes on buckets of rain with no problem and it packs down great. Also durable enough to wiggle up chimneys. A "must-have" piece.

5 5

Awesome Rain Shell

I test all my equipment prior to use, with this i just hopped in the shower with it on, when i got out my tshirt was completely dry so 100% waterproof. Its very light and packs well, it kept we warm this past weekend when it was 25 F with just a tshirt and a lightweight liner, but from wearing it around the house (i'm weird about new equipment) i can say that it will not be too hot in the summer, especially with the pit zips. I went with the gecko green and loaded a pic, but because of the reflective nature of the material i couldnt perfectly capture the color, but its certainly more accurate than what Patagonia gives you. Its an awesome looking jacket, does everything it claims too, and for the price you cannot beat it.

5 5

pricey, but a solid performance jacket

I'm very pleased with the performance of this jacket. I needed a highly compressible, waterproof shell for for my recent trip to Argentina and it held up its end of a bargain well. So far It has stood up to everything from a rainy day on the Perito Moreno Glacier to rainy NYC commutes to our latest ice storm (which i have since dubbed my north east glacier trek). I thought it was a little pricey, but I trust Patagonia for performance and they haven't let me down here. Just be clear that its just a shell, so it won't keep you warm without adding sufficient layers beneath. It does a do decent job of wind blocking though, especially with the hood up. Overall I recommend it to anyone who needs compact, reliable rain protection and is ok with the price tag. There are plenty of other decent alternatives at lower price points that are worth exploring, but I went with this one and am happy with by decision.

does anyone know how does H2no compare to...

does anyone know how does H2no compare to goretex in terms of breathability?

Responded on

Actually, H2NO is a PTFE/waterproof breathable membrane, not a PU coating. There is a DWR coating on the exterior face fabric for additional water repellancy. H2No performs as good or better than any corresponding Gore-tex piece for breathability of waterproofness.

Responded on

I'm no scientist but Gore-Tex is a long lasting fabric with good reputation. Brands like Patagonia and North Face only develop a fabric that has all the same qualities as Gore-Tex but (probably) better in some ways and just different enough to patent it. I have a Rain Shadow Jacket and I've been out in some serious downpours. I would say Patagonia's fabric is just as breathable and waterproof as any gore-tex piece.

hi this jacket is the fire one from the...

hi this jacket is the fire one from the official website,but it looks a completely different colour from the one here......I would be interested in buying the jacket from your site, but only if its the colour like in your pics


hi this jacket is the fire one from the...
Responded on

I bought the Patagonia Torrentshell in the "fire' colour and it looked just like the bright red colour pictured on not the darker red like pictured on Patagonia's website, so i'm pretty sure this jacket is the same colour. I don't know why the colour on Patagonia's website is darker that it should be.