After spending most of my time on and around Lake Superior, where the weather is unpredictable, I needed to upgrade my generic rain jacket. The Torrentshell remains one of my favorite gear purchases. This jacket is simple but incredibly reliable. I've never had a problem staying dry, even in down pours. It holds up well against the windy lake and provides as a shell when it isn't raining. The hood adjustments are great, they make the jacket compatible with all head wear or head shapes.
My favorite aspect is the jacket's durable, but light fabric. It is breathable and is not restricting like many other jackets. It even held up as I dove into a gravel road after slipping on its wet rocks (word of advice: foot races in pouring rain are not a good idea).
I waffled between this jacket and the Marmot Precip. I went with the Patagonia based on the jacket's reputation (two of my friends have the same jacket and love it) and Patagonia's awesome commitment to the environment. I'm definitely happy with my decision and would recommend this jacket to anyone looking for a good way to stay dry.