Patagonia Piton Hybrid (2014)

Although I’d always choose a fleece with a hood, some folk will prefer a non-hooded fleece that allows them to wear a separate hat. If that’s you then out of the jackets received for our test, the Patagonia Piton Hybrid was the best option in terms of its features and design. It is made from Polartec Windpro, which is four times more wind-resistant than traditional fleece; and as it does not have a membrane inside, it is ideal for wearing under a waterproof jacket. The Hardface Technology of the fabric makes it more durable and more water-resistant than standard fleece, which is just the job for mountaineers. In terms of features you are not getting much here, as there is no hood, no cuff adjustment, no hem drawcord and no wind baffle behind the front zip; but what you do get is all very well-designed. The two main pockets are placed so their contents can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack hipbelt or climbing harness. There is a third small chest pocket for a GPS receiver or compass. The collar has no drawcord, but it does have high cut and a neat lining. The overall cut of the Patagonia Piton Hybrid is a slim climbing fit, which is ideal for those being active, or for wearing under a waterproof.

Specifications:

Material Polartec Windpro
Men’s/unisex sizes XS-XL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
Weight 363g (size L)
Hood no
External pockets 3
Website www.patagonia.com/eu

 

Verdict

The Patagonia Piton Hybrid lacks features and so the price is very hard to justify, but the fabric and the design of the features you do get are spot on. More features are available on some lower-priced jackets.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine March 2014