Patagonia Triolet Jacket Review 2016

Features

The combination of two main pockets and two Napoleon pockets means you have room to warm your hands as well as space to maintain access to maps, guidebooks and GPS receivers on the move. The material is Gore-Tex, but it’s not the Pro version. You also get pit zips for ventilation and a hood with a peak (but this is not as well-stiffened as others). 4/5

Fit

The Patagonia Triolet is available in sizes XS-XL for men and XS-XL for women. The fit is about 8cm longer than the shorter jackets here and it completely covered my bum, but it was a little baggy round the stomach area. Sleeve movement is not ideal either, as the hem or cuffs tended to ride up more easily than others. The hood fit and movement are excellent but a wired peak would make it even better potentially. 4/5

Comfort

This is made from Gore-Tex but it’s not the Pro version so you don’t get the knit backer for better condensation management; however it does feel nice and robust so it withstands wind well. The pockets are sealed rather than mesh-lined, so they will keep water out. There is also a patch of soft fabric at the top of the zip to protect the chin. That extra body length also makes this warmer in foul weather. 5/5

In use

The Napoleon chest pockets are not big enough for maps, but are useful for a GPS or phone. The lower pockets are OS map-sized and can just about be accessed while wearing a rucksack with a big hipbelt, but others are higher on the body for better access. For scrambling better sleeve movement would be good. The Patagonia Triolet is workable; but others are slightly better. 4/5

Value

The price is competitive and you get lots of decent features, with only small benefits available if you pay more. RRP: £300. 4/5

Verdict

A good all-round design but the details won’t be right for all so the Patagonia Triolet is a considered purchase. 4.2/5