The Prophetwrote a review of Patagonia Mixed Guide Hooded Softshell Jacket - Men's on December 25, 2012
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
When I first got this jacket a few seasons ago I was pretty sure it would prove mediocre as it tried to meet the standards of being a hard and soft shell in one. Turns out I was wrong.
You must be a little particular when choosing this jacket for the day as when I first got it I had days where the wind and or precip was too much for it or when the temps were too high. However, if it is cold, a little breezy and a little snowy, this is the one to grab from the hanger. This is not the one to grab for the hurricane force winds, an all day storm or when temps are warm or the sun is out. For those conditions you need a dedicated hard or soft shell, respectively. However, so many days in the mountains are unpredictable and that is where this comes in.
The fit is a little boxey as Patagonia often is. I wear a L. I am 6'2", 175lbs, thin, athletic build and it fits good, not great. It is just a little bulky.
Wish it had inside drop pockets for skins or nalgene. Finally, this one needs pit zips to try to help with the moisture build up as this is not the most breathable soft shell.
This has been a great jacket for those unpredictable days.