Zach Luchswrote a review of Patagonia Airshed Pullover - Men's on March 27, 2017
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
First, I want to thank Backcountry.com and Patagonia for hooking me up with the Airshed to test and review. I've been running it through all types of weather to give you my thoughts on this new piece from Patagonia. Now on to the goods...
The Patagonia Airshed is far and away the most versatile shell (though it feels like a really cozy shirt) I have ever worn. One of the biggest problems I've had with many wind shells in the past is that clammy feeling you get when you start to work a little hard on those long climbs or when it gets wet from some unexpected precipitation. The Airshed seems to be in that perfect zone where it cuts the chill of the wind just enough to keep you protected and comfortable but still lets a little bit of the breeze come through. The jacket is very breathable to start with but I've found this really helps with keeping my body temp regulated on those tough long climbs when I'm really putting in effort. If I was using any other shell, I would have to take the jacket off or I'd start overheating and create a sauna-like effect in the jacket.
Beyond it's breathability and wind-blocking ability, the Airshed does a fairly good job at protecting against the elements. On one run, it rained continuously and it wasn't until about 35-40 minutes into my run that the jacket started to give up a little and the moisture started to seep through in spots. I still had about 30 minutes to go on my run and even though the Airshed was slightly saturated, I didn't feel like I was really getting wet. I was really pleased with how it performed.
I've worn the Airshed in temps ranging from 25-55 degrees on sunny days, rainy days, really windy days on a ridge and even in the snow. Every one of those situations, I've been pleasantly surprised at how well it performs. There is no other shell I have that I could wear in all of those situations and stay comfortable throughout. Patagonia has found the perfect blend of weather protection and breathability and somehow wrapped it up into an ultralight, really comfortable shell that feels and looks more like a shirt. An absolute home run in my book.