Patagonia Torrentshell jacket for women is a 2.5 layer H2No waterproof, breathable, and windproof lightweight jacket built 100% from recycled materials. It is most suitable for hikers, backpackers and mountaineers, and also for around town all-season use.
- Lightweight yet durable.
- Bluesign approved.
- Complete protection from elements.
- Pit zips for extra ventilation.
- Great colors.
- Very reasonable price.
The Torrentshell jacket’s fabric is 50 D ripstop nylon built 100% from recycled materials, rather sturdy and durable. However, the jacket is truly lightweight, with only 10.6 oz (300 g).
This is a jacket with a full zipper, protected with two external flaps and with a wider internal storm flap. The zippers on the pockets and on pit zips are also protected with storm flaps.
On the cuffs, you have Velcro tabs, no elastic. This is useful in the case of gloves, you can easily put them under the cuffs. On the hem, you have a drawcord with adjustment on both sides. This is a very breathable material but you still have good size pit zips for an increased ventilation.
This is a regular fit, with quite enough space under the jacket to add a decent layer of insulation. The first thing that comes to mind is the insulated Patagonia Nano Puff hoody. In such a combination, you can use the Torrentshell jacket practically in all seasons.
The hood and collar
The hood is of a good size, helmet-compatible, with the adjustability points on the sides and on the back, and with a laminated visor. It can be rolled and stowed, there is a hook for this purpose.
The collar is with a pleasant microfleece next to your skin around the neck, and on the front side of it, you have a chin garage for the zipper.
There are two zippered pockets, one on each side. Note that the jacket stows into any of them, but only one has a carabiner clip-in loop. So you can have it nicely packed for carrying in the backpack or attached outside. Note that the pockets are not a mesh material like in many jackets of this type.
Bluesign Technologies is a Switzerland-based organization that provides independent auditing of each step in the textile supply chain to approve chemicals, processes, materials, and products that are safe for the environment, for workers, and for the end customers. Textile mills that commit to adopting Bluesign’s recommendations become certified “System Partners”.
Patagonia officially joined the Bluesign network in 2007, but it has worked with Bluesign Technologies since 2000. Fabrics with Bluesign approved marks offer the highest level of consumer safety. The methods and materials employed conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment, and this is the case with the Torrentshell jacket for women presented here.
The jacket offers a complete protection. This is due to Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer Performance Standard shell that is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. It is also highly packable and suitable for backpacking, hiking, and climbing and backcountry skiing.
The membrane is accompanied by a DWR (durable water repellent) fabric finish that repels light rain and snow. Inside, you have a raised print layer applied for decreased layering friction and increased moisture management.
They claim that all their products bearing the H2No mark have been vigorously tested for durability in their 24 Killer Wash. More about various waterproof materials and comparison between them you can see in my separate text.
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Specifications & summary of features
- Weight: 300 g (10.6 oz).
- Fabric: 2.7 oz/yd, 50D.
- 100% recycled.
- Bluesign approved.
- H2No Performance Standard shell with waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer nylon ripstop.
- DWR (durable water repellent) finish.
- Two-way adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows with a cord-and-hook design.
- 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 an adjustable drawcord hem.
- Self-stuff handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop.
- Regular fit.
Conclusion & rating
To summarize this Patagonia Torrentshell jacket for women review, this is a really versatile jacket that offers full protection regardless of where you are using it. It is very durable yet in spite of that it is rather lightweight, and it packs easily and nicely into its own pocket.
The price of this jacket is reasonable and right for the value. I warmly recommend it for any outdoor activity and for around-town use.
Obviously, my list of pros below is long, but it comes without internal pockets and it is also without internal liner which I love to have, but this is not the part of this design. This is partly why the jacket is so lightweight. The material is a bit noisy, you should know this.
The Torrentshell jacket for women is available in various departments on Amazon and the rating by customers is exceptionally high. See my rating below:
If you still feel you need something different, please visit my page with jackets for women and men, there are many great models presented there. Check this Outdoor Research Interstellar jacket which is a stretchy hard shell piece. You will see also the Torrentshell jacket for men presented there, a piece of garment with very similar features.
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