In a torrential downpour what you need is a Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket – read all about this sleek, packable and unpretentious waterproof (and its family) that’s ideal for all year round and for 2016 takes a step further in responsible manufacturing.

Patagonia Torrentshell

patagonia torrentshell

Let a Torrentshell protect you from those pesky April showers!

Freezing rain, snow, sleet, drizzle and tropical storms – it’s all the same wet isn’t it?  Patagonia’s Torrentshell Jacket has kept many an outdoor enthusiast dry through all manner of conditions for many years now and this season it has taken a further responsible step forward by using a new 2.9-oz 50-denier 100% recycled nylon ripstop face fabric which is also bluesign approved.

Much of the competition in this area cuts corners with face fabric, fit and features for the sake of price but the Torrentshell is a refreshing antidote as it is a great price AND it doesn’t compromise on features or fit. It affords decent protection in even the most bone-soaking of downpours. With a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish, its 2.5 layer construction makes it packable enough so you don’t know it’s there.

The new recycled nylon face fabric has Patagonia’s H2No® Performance Standard and it offers protection that's durable, lightweight and versatile. H2No® products undergo the most rigorous testing in the industry in Patagonia’s ‘Killerwash’ program. The Killerwash program basically entails the fabric (pre and post garment construction) undergoing a seriously extended laundering process after which the DWR (Durable Water Repellent treatment to the face fabric) and overall performance of the fabric has to remain at a high level. This ‘level’ is usually higher than that which is claimed by most NEW garments from competitors brands. 

The Torrentshell stuffs into one of two zippered handwarmer pockets (with a carabiner clip-in loop) and the hood is a weather-beating 2-way-adjustable style with a laminated visor so it doesn’t flop annoyingly or get in the way if you wear glasses. It rolls down and stows away with a simplified cord-and-hook design. The centre zip has a minimal-welt exterior and interior storm flaps so no faffing with Velcro. It also has pitzips for ventilation which is essential if you’re working hard and they have storm flaps and DWR-treated zippers on them too. 

This season Patagonia have slightly lengthened the torso too. There’s a nice attention to detail, durability and comfort with its microfleece-lined neck and the articulated sleeves have hook-and-loop cuff closures for adjustment over or without gloves. The main hem has a drawcord to cinch it in and keep out drafts. All this weighs in at only 343g so it is a good choice for a really broad spectrum of activities.

In the Torrentshell range this season Countryside Ski & Climb is stocking both the men’s and women’s Torrentshell Jacket; there’s a fantastic Women’s Torrentshell Poncho (perfect in the city or glamping it up!) as well as the pared-down Torrentshell Pull Over for quick cover on the hill.  Embrace those April Showers!