There'll come a time when high winds and driving snow will force you to reconsider your objective, but until you're forced to bail back to base camp, the Patagonia Men's Pluma Jacket will keep you dry and protected from the ever-changing alpine weather. Ridge line winds and falling spindrift won't stand a chance against the Pluma's waterproof and windproof Gore-Tex Pro shell, which maintains breathability whether you're ascending a steep couloir or making the final push to the summit along the summit ridge. What really sets the Pluma apart from other alpine shells, though, is the jacket's durable face fabric that's comprised entirely of recycled nylon, making the jacket one of the first waterproof, breathable garments to utilize an entirely recycled face.
- Lightweight shell purposefully built for alpine objectives
- Gore-Tex Pro defends against alpine wind, spindrift, and snow
- Thin and packable design stows away in backpack in clear conditions
- Durable face fabric made entirely from recycled nylon
- Micro Grid Backer Technology enhances breathability for the ascent
- Two-way zippers under each arm allow ample ventilation
- Cohaesive system eliminates dangling cords for a streamlined fit
- Patagonia is committed environmentally responsible mountain gear
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- Q & A
- Size Bought: XL
- Height: 5'10"
- Weight: 210lbs
I think Patagonia came close to nailing it with this shell. As a Gore Tex Pro shell, I bought it for more severe days of ice climbing, wet days and longer stays on the mountain. My Patagonia M10 is about half the size and weight, so it will still be my go to for most days. But, at 14.6 oz this is still very compact given the protection. Most gore pro jackets at this weight lack the features of this jacket (pit zips, multiple pockets, cohesive draw-strings, etc.). I can’t imagine needing anything more solid as this 40 denier + 15 lining will hold up well to just about any deluge I would want to be in. So it is a perfect blend of packability, durability, weight and protection.
The only reason I can only go 4.5/5 stars is the fit. I’m 5’10”, 210 and very V shaped. I go with the XL per the fit guide on Patagonia.com. It fits perfect in the shoulders, chest and pits. But it is very long, to the point I considered trying the size L. Per the stats I requested from Patagonia, the L is only 1” shorter but 3” comes off the chest. So I have kept the XL. The jacket does have some excellent sizing features with innovative draw cords and stringy things that let you tune it in. So, I can suck up the unwanted length without it feeling like I’m in the boy scouts wearing my poncho. Pretty amazing features given the weight. After all is dialed in, it does feel fitted but with room for layers. I would still hack a couple inches off the bottom and maybe 1-2 off the sleeves, but would not trust any tailor to do that, and Patagonia said they can’t do it either.
It is somewhat crinkly/noisy, as are all gore pro jackets. But the front stays nice and flat which is helpful when fidgeting for things on my harness.
Overall I would definitely recommend this jacket for extended stays in wet places, but it is likely to be overkill for most situations.
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