Patagonia Torrentshell jacket for men is a 2.5 layer H2No waterproof, breathable, and windproof lightweight jacket most suitable for hikers, backpackers, and mountaineers, and also for around town all-season use.
The material of Patagonia Torrentshell is 50 denier ripstop nylon. So it is rather sturdy and durable in particular in comparison with some other ultra-lightweight rain shell jackets presently available on the market. For such a material it is still very lightweight, only 12.2 oz (345 g).
The design is such that you can wear a lot of insulation underneath the jacket. So you can use it practically in all seasons. On the hem, on both sides, you have an adjustability cord with toggle.
In the video below you will see the structure of the front zipper, with a 3-layer storm flap.
The collar is just good enough, not more than that, it has a fleece on the back, you can see it in the picture below. The film on the membrane, inside the jacket, works well indeed and it is pleasant to touch.
The hood is of good size, very compatible with a helmet, and it has three adjustability points, two on the sides of the face, and one on the back. The brim is laminated and very effective. It can be rolled away, as you can see from one of the pictures below.
Two zippered pockets are on the sides, and the jacket stows into its left side pocket. So you have it nicely packed for carrying in the backpack or attached somewhere because it also has a loop for such a purpose. In the video below you will see how the jackets packs into its pocket. Note that the pockets are not a mesh material like in many jackets of this type, in fact, they are fully waterproof.
This is a very breathable fabric, and yet you have good size pit zips for an increased ventilation, see the picture above. On the cuffs, you have velcro tabs for adjustability, no elastic. This is good enough and effective.
Note that there exist also Torrentshell jacket for women.
The 2.5-layer H2No Performance Standard waterproof and breathable fabric is also water-resistant, treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. It repels light rain and snow, and it also decreases dry times.
It keeps the outer fabric from becoming saturated, and this helps the breathability of the membrane. As mentioned above, the membrane is protected from inside by a pleasant half-layer film.
More about various waterproof materials and comparison between them you can see in my separate text.
Here is a short video about Patagonia men Torrentshell jacket, please have a look:
List of specifications and features
- Weight: 345 g (12.2 oz).
- 2.6 oz/yd, 50 denier.
- H2No Performance Standard shell with waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer nylon ripstop.
- DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
- Adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows.
- Microfleece-lined neck for comfort.
- Front zipper with minimal-welt exterior and interior storm flaps, and with a zipper-garage chin guard.
- Two zippered handwarmer pockets with storm flaps.
- Venting pit zips with welted exterior storm flaps.
- DWR (durable water repellent)-treated zippers.
- Self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and adjustable drawcord hem.
- Self-stuff handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop.
- Regular fit.
- Made in Vietnam.
- Colors: 7 at the moment of writing this text.
Conclusion & rating
Patagonia Torrentshell jacket for men is a very reliable piece of clothing, which will surely keep you dry. It is very durable but in spite of that, it is rather lightweight, and it packs easily and nicely into its own pocket.
The price of this jacket is really reasonable and just right for the value. I warmly recommend it for any outdoor activity and for daily life. In combination with the Patagonia Nano-Air soft shell jacket, you have tools for the harshest winter conditions.
Many have reported about the reliability of this material, which will certainly keep you dry even after many hours in a heavy rain. But this is one of those jackets that make noise. You have two pockets outside, I would not mind having more, you never have them too many. See my rating:
You might want to check also this Marmot Spire jacket for men with its 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric.
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