Kathmandu Patronus (2012)

This inventively minded contender from Kathmandu is well worth considering if minimalism and light weight are your thing. At just 260g it’s the second lightest contender in our test (it’s beaten on weight only by the OMM smock, which technically isn’t a jacket at all). To achieve this, there are no pit zips or hem adjuster and just one small external chest pocket. The hood is adjustable via a rear, covered drawcord, while a back-mounted mesh panel provides venting. The wrists have no Velcro tab adjustment, instead using a subtle zip design. It’s a great idea, but the zip proves a little too rigid for comfort and you’re definitely aware of the pressure on your wrists at certain angles. The semi-rigid hood peak is fairly sizeable, although the fitting can dig into the ears if not arranged properly. These niggles aside, the cut and comfort of the Kathmandu Patronus inspire confidence and an overall feeling of quality. In fact, it’s also the most casual-looking of the jackets on test too, which may be important if you use your waterproof for more than dedicated hillwalking. The rear vent and light design work well for moisture management, and the noise of the jacket in action is only moderate. It inspired confidence in terms of moisture repellence too.

Weight 260g (size M)
Fabric Gore-Tex Active Shell
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes 8-16
Website www.kathmandu.co.uk

 

Verdict
The Kathmandu Patronus demonstrates a lightweight and original approach from the NZ-based firm, though some features work better than others and the scarcity of pockets is unfortunate.

Review by Dan Aspel
First published in Trail magazine June 2012