Patagonia Shelterstone 2008

Patagonia has long been the most ethical of outdoor brands and now with the Shelterstone winter jacket  it has pushed the bar one notch higher by producing the outdoor industry’s first recyclable nylon jacket. What this means is that when you fancy a change you can hand this back to Patagonia so they can break it down and make it into a new jacket. It has great features too, with two small, high chest pockets and two larger lower pockets, which can all be accessed while wearing a rucksack. The front zip gets a double stormflap too so the worst of the weather is kept at bay. The hood is pretty decent too with a stiffened peak that works well. There is good arm movement too. Pit zips and a sensible price complete the package. This jacket would be at home throughout the year for mountain walking, scrambling trekking and backpacking.  But the Patagonia Shelterstone’s lower pockets would be easier to access if they were a bit higher, as rucksack belts tend to obscure entry a little more than you would want. You can get lighter jackets of course, and even lower-priced options. The chest pockets are too small for OS maps.

Outer: H2No
Inner: none
Fabric waterproofness: no info provided
Fabric breathability: no info provided
Sizes: XS-XL (men’s); XS-XL (women’s)
Weight: 672g (men‘s M)
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: The Patagonia Shelterstone is a  very good winter jacket that you can recycle when you get bored of the colour (or annoyed by the pockets).

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008