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Mild fall days and cool mornings in the backcountry call for the Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Hooded Softshell Jacket. Treated with a Deluge DWR finish for tough weather protection, the quiet softshell fabric provides a high level of abrasion resistance and stretches for complete freedom of movement.

  • Abrasion-resistant polyester soft shell fabric is light, breathable, and is treated with a Deluge DWR finish for wet weather protection
  • Regular fit and stretch fabric provide freedom of movement
  • Adjustable helmet compatible hood has a laminated visor for improved visibility and protection in stormy weather
  • Micro-fleece lined neck is soft against skin
  • Two zipped front pockets and a chest pocket securely stow essentials
  • Adjustable cuffs and a drawcord hem seal out cold and wet weather

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Pretty Darn Good

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

I have had this soft shell for about 6 months now, and have put about 100 miles on it between Sept and February hiking in the northeast. For the price I think it works very well for a fall jacket and in cooler temps with a down vest underneath. Today was 25 degrees and I had a Patagonia Nano jacket underneath and that kept me toasty. I am 5"11" and 155lbs. The fit is very good through the chest (I am a 39-40) and the arms as well. It sheds water pretty well. I would not expect it to do well in a heavy rain though. I always have it in my pack as it compresses pretty well and is fairly light. For long day hikes it is a good companion to have in the pack.

Is it windproof. Nope. But, I was not looking for a windstopper, and this jacket breathes well .

The velcro sleeves stay put for me and close very tight if needed, and the hood is a nice fit to the cranium when the temp drops. Both hood and waist are adjustable.

An inside pocket would be nice.

I purchased a Medium in Blue.

Pretty Darn Good

Great-fitting, breathable soft-shell

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

This is now my go-to soft shell.

The fit is fantastic, tight but not uncomfortable. Windproofing and water-proofing are very good -- it's hard to believe I'm not wearing a hard shell (except for the fact that I'm not noticeably sweating inside it!). It breathes great; I use this for skinning up in the backcountry or cycling in winter (when it's just slightly too cold for my cheapo Columbia fleece).

If there is a disadvantage, it's that it is not insulated and a bit chilly by itself if you're not working out. But, it's not too tight with a fleece or sweater underneath, and makes for a great outer layer for resort skiing even on cold days.

This says seam taped and cleary it is not?

thanks for letting us know! I'll have that taken off the page.


There are better

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

The materials in this jacket aren't top notch like other softshells. It wets out more easily and it doesn't shed wind well. The fit is mediocre as well (baggy in the torso and sleeves) and the velcro closures on the sleeves don't work well. Additionally, the neck is too short, which limits its storm protection.


Compact but not lightweight

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

I had the earlier 2009 Simple Guide Hooded Softshell Jacket which I love to wear in Spring for light rain or mild temperature. It keep me warm, very compact so you can keep in the backpack for office and does not pile up. My only complain is that it is heavy for all day use. I prefer lighter material. Maybe they fix it in current version.


Sick Jacket

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

This jacket seems pretty bomber. Super lightweight and compactable and keeps you pretty warm with a light midlayer underneath. Definatley my go to Summer/Spring/Fall jacket that can pretty much be layered with anything and keep you dry in all but a downpour.