This is made from stretchy fabric, which provided a good snug fit without restricting movement, but it’s a short style, which won’t suit everyone. A minimalist jacket with a shallow hood that has no stiffening in the peak. It kept the rain off well, but not as breathable as some.
Colours: Bright green, black, rain/low tide
Sizes: Unisex S-XL
Fabric: Three-layer ripstop nylon
Main features: Water-resistant front zip, drawcord hood and hem, torso pockets open for venting, inner pocket doubles as stuffsack
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0800 0260055, www.patagonia.comVerdict: This very lightweight waterproof didn’t feel as substantial or reassuring as most of the others. The stretch fabric has definite appeal, but it’s expensive.