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You may not notice it when it's on, but you'll definitely notice when it isn't.

To say that the new Patagonia Men's Super Cell Jacket is 'super' may actually be a bit of an understatement. In fact, its ultra-lightweight, incredibly waterproof, and super-compactible qualities make it more like a 'super-duper' and perhaps even 'super-bomber' shell for any mountaineer, winter sport enthusiast, or year-round trail junkie who requires protection but refuses to be weighed down.

  • Two-layer Gore-Tex Paclite shell is guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable
  • Paclite fabric is lighter, thinner, and more packable than other Gore-Tex fabrics
  • Fully-taped seams prevent water seepage no matter how heavy the rain or snow is
  • Adjustable hood surrounds your head and features a laminated brim so it doesn’t flap uncontrollably when a big gust of wind comes
  • Underarm vents prevent overheating and sweating when you're on the move in foul weather

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3 5

fits great, performance is meh

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

fit of this jacket is top notch. Always between a L and XL, and the L is an absolutely perfect not too-tight-not-too-loose fit. Best fit of any jacket I've had. The length is a bit longer which I think all non-climbing jackets jackets should have. Hood is great too. Performance it's been okay. This is my first Paclite jacket, and I'd reckon Breathability is terrible...the inside gets super clammy and the pit zips are needed as soon as you heat up. It also wets out after being in 'steady' rain for more than 30-45 minutes. If they changed the material to the lightweight PRO or eVent, but kept the fit, I'd buy it again. But Paclite is fairly terrible IMO.

5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 130 lbs
    Size Purchased: Small

Looks and feels great, very comfortable and fits fine. Waiting to use it in the winter paired with the Nano Puff jacket.

4 5

1 year of use

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Height: 6' 1"
    Weight: 175 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

I've been using this jacket for one whole year so far. After snowboarding, skiing, hiking, and camping in this jacket, I can say that I love it. I also want to give more of a well rounded review, so I'll give some pros and cons.

Pros: I'm a student that lives in the Appalachian Mountains, so random down pours and storms are apart of my life. This jacket has proved to shield very well against these storms.

I also love the fact that it looks good and it can pack extremely well into my pack. In fact, I actually never take it out unless it needs to dry.

During the snowboarding season, I use this as a hardshell overtop a Patagonia Down Sweater. It works perfectly as a hard shell and thanks to the generous cut, it leaves plenty of room for layering underneath.

The waterproof zippers have also made me very comfortable when I have valuables inside my pockets that aren't meant to be wet.

Extremely thin and simple. Sleek design. Hood fits to head very well when correct adjustments are made.

Pit zips are large

"Visor" hood works well


If you ball the jacket up and stuff it inside a cubby or something of that matter without letting it dry after a storm, the jacket will condense and the water will sort of "sweat" through the fabric.

When it's around the 60s-70s, and you only have a t-shirt underneath, the jacket will will a tad sticky on your arms due to your natural oils and sweat colliding with the thin material of the jacket. Luckily, I don't live in an area where it rains above 75 degrees.

Traps heat quickly in warmer conditions

If only worn with a short sleeve shirt in a heavy downpour, the thinness makes the inside of the jacket feel as if the water is slowly condensing on your skin

Overall: great jacket, but I'd make it a tad thicker. To each is own!

1 year of use

Thanks for the review Xavier and welcome to the Backcountry Community!

4 5

So far so awesome

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 205 lbs
    Size Purchased: Large

The little lady got me this for my bday/xmas. Ive worn it for a few ski tours and it has performed very well. I own the large in TumbleGreen and it looks and fits very well. Im around 6' and 205 #s athletically built. Worn it touring up Mayflower Gulch, Pitkin Creek, and up Quandarys South Ribs. always worn with a Cap 3 underneath and very manageable dumping heat, keeps moisture out. Easy to throw a puffy vest over for some quick summit heat.
Cant wait to push some 14er summits in it

Hey John!

Glad to see you back in the Backcountry Community! Looks like you've been gettin after the skiing- hope you had a great season!

2 5

Not Impressed

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 205 lbs
    Size Purchased: L

I've had this jacket for a couple years now and have used it on numerous occasions. The first time I wore it I noticed that the jacket didn't seem to bead or repel water like other gore-tex jackets I've worn. Anywhere the jacket touched my under layer the inside of the jacket condensed and caused my under layer to get wet. This was most prominent on the shoulders and arms. I wore the jacket on multiple occasions while hiking/walking/doing errands around town with the same results. The jacket was then relegated to use where I wanted to look, good but wasn't dependent on staying dry. I gave this jacket another chance today when it started to rain/hail on me during a hike. I wasn't working extremely hard, more cruising than hiking, and noticed my under layers getting cold after about ten minutes after I had put the jacket on. Upon getting back to my truck I took the jacket off and there was what looked like condensation on the inside of the jacket, but only along the taped seams. Take this for what it's worth, but this jacket either has some serious breath-ability issues or just isn't waterproof. This is a good looking jacket and fits well, hence the two stars. If you are going for looks and don't need to stay dry, this jacket may be for you. For the price I would be looking at other gore-tex jackets.

Unanswered Question

Hi. what are the following dimensions for a Patagonia Mens Super Cell Medium Jacket when the jacket is lying flat? chest (pit zip-to-pitzip), waist, front zipper

What is center back length of a medium?

How is the fit for layering beneath? Do you think I could wear this over my patagonia down sweater jacket?

Patagonia's regular fit shells are designed to be layered under, so as long as your Down Sweater doesn't fit too loosely you should be good!

4 5

Exactly what I needed

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

I've only been using the jacket for the last month however, I can tell it is a definite upgrade from my Marmot Aegis. Going from membrane to Gortex is something everyone should do. Gortex will last you a life time and it was the reason I replaced my old jacket. Keeps me warm in the cold Chicago winds and dry in the rain. Packs smalls and fits great. The head cover is also a fantastic upgrade as it has two different adjustments which will make it fit snug.

BC also had the best deal online. I'm one happy "camper."

I'm 5'8" Average build and a Small fits.

I wish the arms weren't as large, they are fine but I'm still getting used to after my Aegis.

I'm 5'8" 155 lbs and I have a size small Patagonia Nano Air midlayer. I almost always buy a medium or large but wanted I followed a customer review on this site and am very happy with my small nano air.

You say that a small fits you fine. Can you comfortably fit a midlayer under this jacket? Or are you just using it on its own?

Is the hood made for helmet use?

Is the hood made for helmet use?

Best Answer

Yes, Helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable Optimal Visibility Hood? with laminated visor provides good visibility in poor conditions

Can you tell me the length of this jacket...

Can you tell me the length of this jacket in M?

The Patagonia Super Cell Jacket has a 31.5" center back length in the size medium.

4 5

gets it done

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

keeps the water out, fits snug but still enough room for a lite insulating layer (I am 6'4" and 240 pounds ? XL) has long enough sleeves for me (I wear a 37 sleeve). Not many bells and whistles, but then that ain't the point. My one gripe is the inside of the jacket gets a bit clammy and sticky in warm wether over just a t-shirt. But the ventilation is good!

5 5

Lets you conquer the elements!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

It does what it is supposed to do. It blocks the elements while running outside in nd winters. I'm 6'2" and bought an Xl. The length is good in the torso and sleeves but if i we're to buy it again I would order a lg. The hood adjusts easily and it has pit zips. Its hard to find anything to really complain about with this jacket.

4 5

minimalist jacket it is

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

waterproof, breathable, and very light and packable. not for super comfort or storage. fit is good, not great. the cool thng is, I will not get wet. why I bought this jacket.

5 5

Amazing, waterproof rain jacket

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I previously had a Marmot PreCip and was not very impressed. However, the quality of the Super Cell was just what I was looking for. The GoreTex can withstand a downpour! Also, I like the fact that there aren't any internal pockets. It keeps the jacket extremely lightweight and has a very good looking, slim, athletic fit!

2 5

Not quite ready for prime time

I read about Pac Lite and generally like Patagonia products. I bought this jacket just before leaving for China. After using it for one day, I was very dissatisfied for the following reasons:
- No internal pocket. Certainly even a lite, net style pocket is possible
- The hood is attached in some way that is neither foldable nor attached in a way that allows it to lay in a way that looks anything other than very ugly.
- cuffs have no elastic, which should be easy to add.
- fit seems generally poor

you bought a minimalist jacket expecting an interior pocket?

why would you mark it off for features that you already knew were not there... it also does have velcro cuffs to keep weather out.

Patagonia Super Cell Jacket

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