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When the wind picks up and the temps start to fall, zip up the Patagonia Men's Simple Guide Softshell Jacket. The stretchy softshell fabric provides complete freedom of movement and is treated with a Deluge DWR finish for protection in wet weather.

  • Abrasion-resistant polyester softshell fabric is light, breathable, and is treated with a Deluge DWR finish for wet weather protection
  • Fully taped seams and DWR treated zippers keep wet conditions out
  • Regular fit and stretch fabric provide freedom of movement
  • 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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Love this jacket

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

I wasn't expecting this jacket to be as thin as it is, but it still keeps me really warm. I like to put it over my fleece jackets when it's cooler out or when it's a little windy out. I go to school up in Ely,MN. I'll wear this jacket over a t-shirt and be warm when I'm walking around town when it's 40 degrees.

Not sure what the point is....

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:True to size

While I understand the point of a softshell, I'm not quite sure about this one.

While the fabric is incredibly stretchy (which is always nice), that's about the only thing I really feel it has going for it.

The sleeves are way too long (even as a climber I think they are long), the material isn't particularly water/weather resistant, and on the other side I don't think it's extremely breathable.

Maybe I just haven't found the right element for this piece. Oh well.

Great soft-shell

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

I've been using this jacket for winter backcountry tours, lots of skinning in variable weather. I run hot and sweat a lot; this jacket keeps me warm from the cold breeze, but since it's quite breathable I don't overheat and get sticky sweaty like I would with a hard shell. Also, Viking Blue is a great color. Love it!

Light shell for lighter duty

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

This jacket is Patagonia's light option softshell below the sturdier Adze and Alpine Guide jackets. I got this piece because I needed good upper body protection on winter trail runs and and spring trad climbs that wasn't going to overburden my movements. I still like Patagonia's other softshells, but the Simple Guide's stretch-woven fabric means that you can keep the wind out while not overheating during strenuous activity. As with many Patagonia jackets, this fits a little loose with longish sleeves so I would suggest erring on a smaller size.