Patagonia Torrentshell 2010

The Patagonia Torrentshell multi-activity jacket weighs 368g (size L); 2.5-layer H2No fabric; two large hip pockets; pit zips; all zips gets external stormflaps for extra waterproofness; hood fit and movement are good; hood can be rolled to collar; excellent sleeve movement. But higher-priced 3-layer fabrics control condensation better; hood peak would benefit from being stiffer or wired; hip pockets access easily obscured with rucksack belts.

The Patagonia Torrentshell is a good multi-activity jacket, but the pockets don’t have ideal ease of access.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010