Jen Teeplewrote a review of Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket - Women's on January 13, 2017
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Sending a huge THANK YOU to Backcountry.com and Patagonia for giving me the chance to review this jacket. It's wonderful to be a part of the awesome community that is Backcountry.com!
Height: 5' 4.75"
Bust/Waist/Hips: 33", 25/26", 34.5"
Dress/Pant Size: 00/0/24/25
FIT: I have this in XS. It does indeed run a bit big, with long arms--however, this allows you to raise your arms comfortably and also allows room for a couple (maybe even a few) layers underneath when it's not merely rainy, but also cold. It also makes a great shell on days in fall/winter when it's not quite snowy, not quite rainy, but somewhere in between. With that being said...
PERFORMANCE: This piece absolutely shines in cool, rainy weather. In the summer time, I tend to just bear the water coming down from the heavens and embrace the fact that on an 85-degree, rainy day, I would probably be better off without a shell. However, I did give this thing a true test by running to the train stop 5 blocks away on a warm, sprinkly day with merely a tank top underneath. That's right: I allowed for full experience of the dreaded clamminess. Conclusion: the breathability, for it being a $129 shell, is truly quite impressive. (It's no Gore-Tex Pro and not meant to be, but again, impressive.) And for that, matched with the fact it has never leaked, is packable, is lightweight, and has generally never failed me once, garners a 5-star rating.
PERFORMANCE "CONS": Of course, if you're looking for something that moves a bit better, there are options like Patagonia's stretch Rainshadow. I don't hold it against the Torrentshell that it doesn't stretch, since that's an altogether different ballgame, and it indeed does have room to allow for movement. But in terms of "everyday" kinds of movement (commuting, walking the dog, running to the bus before you miss it) it's just great for the value.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a great rain jacket for the cost when you're in a pinch but also want something that will last. PS: Don't be afraid to wash it--a tech wash a couple times a year and a DWR spray will do you good and keep the shell lasting for years and years.