The Storm jacket has been a part of Patagonia’s waterproof offering for 20 years. The current version is made of H2NO, Patagonia’s own brand of fabric, which boasts extremely high levels of waterproofness and very good breathability. The fabric is quite a robust material, which gives this a stiffer and more durable feel, making it ideal for hard days on the hill. Inside these is a loose-knit lining that makes this very comfortable to wear. For extra condensation control you get pit zips and to keep the rain out the main zip gets a good external double stormflap. The pockets are large enough for an OS map and are placed high enough to allow good access while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. Those pockets have a bellows design so you can easily pack spare hats or gloves into them for easy access on the move. The hood cannot be rolled and secured at the collar, but the fit and movement are
very good. The peak is quite small so it does not offer the protection of larger peaks, but it is still pretty good for general walking. The Patagonia Storm is slightly heavier than some jackets in its price category, which is a slight drawback.
Weight 733g (men’s L)
Fabric 2-layer H2No polyester ripstop
Lining polyester knit
Men’s sizes XS-XXL
Women’s sizes XS-XL
External pockets 2
Can hood be rolled down? No
Side/pit vents no
The Patagonia Storm is a jacket that’s well-designed for general hill and mountain walking, but the weight is not ideal and some might prefer a slightly larger peak.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2012