The Patagonia Stretch Element multi-activity jacket uses H2No stretch; extremely high waterproof-ness; mesh pockets can be accessed while wearing harness; pit zips; hood can be rolled to collar; outstanding sleeve movement. But 590g (men’s L); front zip does not get external stormflap; hood is not the best.
Verdict: The Patagonia Stretch Element jacket is good for alpine peaks but not ideal for biking, running and fast, light multi-sport outdoor action.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009