The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets you get pit zips to help to control any condensation. The front zip is a decent water-resistant design with an internal stormflap, and the pockets are also sealed rather than mesh, so all in all this offers good waterproof protection. The two lower pockets are smaller than on some other jackets but you can still squeeze an OS map into them and access is maintained when wearing a rucksack. More importantly those lower pockets aren’t mesh-lined, so the Torrentshell will keep you dry more easily than some other lighter jackets with mesh pockets. There is good movement in the sleeves and the cuffs are easily adjusted. The hood is not the best available, but it does fit and move with the head well; indeed the only drawback is that there is no wire in the peak. Bearing in mind the price tag, waterproof pocket design and reasonable weight I suspect many walkers will prefer the Patagonia Torrentshell Plus to other jackets here.
Fabric 2.5 layer H2N0 Performance Shell
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 2
Stowable hood? yes
Side/pit zips? yes
Weight 350g (men’s size L)
A great price for a jacket with a very waterproof design, but the Patagonia Torrentshell Plus is not the lightest option and the hood would benefit from a wired peak. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2014