Which rain jacket should I choose? Patagonia Torrentshell $119.00
In May 2019, I was in need of a rain jacket. Fortunately for me, there was a sale at REI. I had looked at a number of jackets but chose the Patagonia TorrentShell for a number of reasons. The biggest reason was it was on sale! Regular price was $119 but it was on sale for $89 plus I could also use my REI points, SOLD. I’m kinda kidding but not; of utmost importance was that I find a black jacket in my size on sale. I knew Patagonia was a great brand that I had always wanted and for once it was at a price point I could digest. With this jacket I knew I’d get a high quality product with a LIFETIME Warranty. Yes, that is correct. Any product you buy from Patagonia is guaranteed for life; rest assured you are getting a quality product.
The fit of this jacket is much slimmer than most. If you are a little thick around the gut, beware. The jacket seems to fit a little tighter around the shoulders also. I usually have room in a medium for a liner with no problem, but these jackets are cut slim for high speed individuals out in the elements. Luckily, I’m slim enough to wear the jacket and it’s not so long as to make my 5’9″ frame look super short. Many rain jackets are just too long for me due to my height. Another important aspect of this jacket was that I could buy a liner to go inside for use in the winter. Although it is slim I can however fit a Patagonia Puffer Hooded Jacket inside of it. This jacket is actually more useful than the rain jacket itself but I’ll discuss that in another review
All I can say it’s a waterproof rain jacket. Not a high speed Gore-Tex lined shell which Patagonia does carry but at a price of about $300. I was not looking to spend that amount just for a rain jacket due to the fact I had just purchased a Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket in Big Sur Blue for snow skiing. I will also review this jacket for skiing as it has turned out to be a great buy. The rain jacket appears to be built well and with the reviews I frankly don’t feel I can go wrong with this choice.
I’ll update this post as soon as I wear the jacket in the rain and beat it up inside of the airplane.