by "DanfromSizing is oddI am 5'10, 185 lbs. Tried a medium, too tight in the chest. Ordered a large, and it fit pretty well, it was roomy, without swallowing me, and would work well with a layer underneath. The sleeves however, were about 5 " too long. Too bad, the reviews are great, and it looks like a quality jacket. I'm taking it back.
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5out of5
by Angry BirdfromFantastic ShellLightweight, compact, perfect shell for your pack. 6'2" 188. got the Large, Red. perfect fit. quality construction and materials. enough room to layer comfortably. great features include the following: storm flap, chin guard, extra length in the sleeves to cover the wrists, wrist wraps, carabiner loop for quick deployment. i did Kilimanjaro Christmas 2012 and it rained 6 of the 8 days on the mountain. as that part of the year is typically "dry season" on Kili, i only expected approx. 2 days of rain and brought a throw away pocket rain poncho. it ripped by day 3. ugh. learned a good lesson. the Patagonia Torrentshell is now a permanent feature of my rucksack. Thanks, Patagonia. Great job.
Date published: 2014-02-27
Rated 5out of5
by kraft1987from3 hrs of snow/rain mixI made a list of rain/hardshell jackets and compared them in terms of features vs. value. This one ranked at the top of my value list. It has two pockets, a superb hood that doesn't impair vision, adjustable wrist cuffs, pit zips, packs into its own pocket, and has a very high waterproof rating while retaining some breathability. Other brands that had similar features all cost more at the time I was looking. Naturally I went with this jacket. Now to the field test:
I took this jacket with me on what I thought would be a clear weekend of cross country skiing through the woods. Since it was spring I decided to take my new jacket (Patagonia Torrenshell) with me. I decided it wasn't much weight to carry (12.1 oz on my scale at home) so I put it in my backpack before I did a six mile loop in George Crosby state park, which is on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. The temperature was around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I got about two miles into the loop when I heard thunder off in the distance. I looked at the sky through the thick trees and saw it was fairly clear, so I decided to complete the loop. About another twenty minutes and it began to rain/snow pretty good. It wasn't a downpour, but my dog accompanying me got pretty wet. Myself, on the other hand, stayed completely dry. I was working hard going up and down hills on skis through the spring slush, and was sweating a fair amount at times. When I would stop to take a break, I noticed that the inside of my jacket was dry! I have never owned a shell where I didn't have condensation on the inside of the jacket while working hard in the rain. For reference, my last hardshell jacket was a Campmor waterproof/breathable, that was much more waterproof than breathable. All this aside, I think it was the pit zips that helped the most with ventilation, but I didn't have condensation around my wrists like I normally do, so the H2No must have been working. I was out in the rain for about three hours that day, and overall I am impressed with the jacket. It is nice to be able to regulate my body temperature by staying dry, and I would recommend this jacket for spring and fall hiking/skiing trips. I think it will be too hot come summer, and generally prefer a more open poncho or to just get wet for warmer weather trips.
In conclusion, given the WPB technology as the limitation, I would give this garment 5/5 stars for total value. There may be better jackets out there, but none I have seen at this price-point.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5out of5
by SeattleScottfromGreat Product, Fit, & ValueThe first thing that attracted me to this jacket was the color, a supersaturated bright Orange. But the fit and technology sold me. In rainy Seattle I want to look stylish -- and highly visible when it's raining. I love the feel, the fabric, and the fit. Patagonia is a good, reliable, and planet-savvy company and I like supporting them. The jack fits snug but not so snug that it won't layer which is often key to the Northwest climate. Normally I wear medium but I needed a large to get the right fit. Awesome jacket, in any color.
Date published: 2014-05-19
Rated 1out of5
by stephenwithaphfromdoesn't wear wellloved this jacket at first - lightweight and packs small - but on entering its second winter the waterproofing didn't hold up and it's now relegated to use as a windbreaker.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 4out of5
by CYUfromGood product ----butIt served the purpose but somehow feel chest size "might not be" true to size. It has been dry and windy season for the last 5 months so really can't tell waterproofing or not. It is windproof for sure, try it out to ride motorcycle at night on freeway and it is WINDPROOF.
will return this for exchange a size larger.
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 4out of5
by airmanrossfromBest ValueI reviewed and tried on just about every jacket on the market in this class. The Patagonia TorrentShell won for (sale) price and value in terms of water repellency and breathability, pit-zips, coverage and comfort of the hood, length in the body, and overall fit. This will be my year-round, go-to for hiking, paddling, x-c skiing in the wet weather of the Pacific Northwest. So it hasn't been fully tested yet. It's Patagonia, so I am confident it will meet expectations. As the current fashion trend is close-fitting apparel, it feels a little snug. Patagonia specs their Men's size Medium garments with 34" sleeves, which is long for my short arms.
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 4out of5
by kevinrfootefromPackable performance in a light WP shellI used this for several seasons of serious hiking. A great piece of packable rain gear and versatile when used with other layers. Not great when used with short sleeves - it sticks to your skin and makes you feel a little wet and cold.
I lost mine recently and plan to upgrade to the next level of performance Torrent Shell.
Date published: 2013-08-22
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