In terms of performance, this top sits somewhere in the upper middle of the lightweight jackets available. Patagonia’s own h2n0 waterproofing system provides the dryness, but like many others, keeps the weight down by removing a scrim layer on the inside. This means that condensation builds up, especially on colder, windier days. The underarm venting does do a little to help counter that, though. The face fabric is a little noisy but fairly hard-wearing with a tough ripstop construction. The hood works well enough, although it’s not the best, and would benefit from a stiffer peak. The jacket does pack down into its own pocket, so making it a good bet stashed away in a pack for emergency use. The two pockets, although too low for use with a pack, are of a decent size.
Women’s version: Yes
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• Review from Country Walking magazine, May ’11