Plan for rain.
You can pretty much count on that whisphy-looking, bluish-grey cloud morphing into a dark, anvil-shaped thunderhead once the late afternoon rolls around, so be ready with the Patagonia Men's Stretch Rainshadow Jacket. Light, packable, and made with a burly H2No membrane, the Stretch Rainshadow acts as a portable roof to repel the surliest storms whether you're quickly packing up after a climb or scurrying back to treeline as a lightning storm tracks across the alpine. The hood of the Rainshadow can be worn over a climbing helmet and is fitted with a laminated visor with a single-handed drawcord pull for quick adjustments, and the hem and cuffs can be locked down to seal out wind and rain. Finally, the zippered chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack once the skies clear, so you'll always be able to bring the Rainshadow with you.
- H2No Performance Standard shell (2.5-layer)
- DWR finish
- Fully taped seams
- Regular fit
- Helmet-compatible hood with visor
- Drawcord-adjustable hem
- 2 hand pockets
- 1 stowable chest pocket
- Item #PAT01AL
- Q & A
Great jacket, perfect for backcountry touring, but Patagonia is off with their sizing for their regular fit. I'm 6'0, 165lbs and usually wear a medium but was swimming in this jacket. Sleeves were too long as was the overall length of the jacket. This medium was made for someone 6'2, 185lbs it's seems. Have run into this issue with their regular cuts like this. The slim fit seem to be appropriately sized however.
Light weight jacket
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Medium
Very nice light weight rain jacket, but unfortunately I returned mine because the sizing was really big. I bought this as an everyday jacket for spring, summer and fall. If your going to use it for outdoor activities like climbing, you may be ok with the extra room for mobility. It would be a great jacket to stuff in a day bag for hiking, etc. The material is pretty thin, so if you abuse your jackets I would question the durability over time.
Does this jacket have pit zippers?
This jacket does not have pit zips.
How would the waterproofing compare on this with other lightweight 2.5 layer shells like the Marmot Essence or Mountain Hardware Stretch Ozonic?
Snorske, this will provide similar or even better waterproofing than either piece you mentioned and is backed up by Patagonia's Iron Clad guarantee.
Regular Fit? With the stretch feature, is this jacket truly a regular fit where I could layer an R1 and a Nano Hoodie for cold weather?
Thomas, really depends on your build and the size you buy. I'm 6' 170 and would need a large if I were to layer a Nano and an R1, but a medium is great for just an R1 or something similar underneath.