Anyone who is an avid outdoorsman will want to own the Patagonia Torrentshell jacket. Since being outside makes you susceptible to harsh weather conditions, you’ll need a durable jacket like this that is comfortable to wear and that will be able to keep your body protected underneath. You never know when you’ll be faced with rainstorms, snowstorms or even heavy winds that blow all kinds of tiny particles of debris at you. In order to protect yourself, you need a jacket that is strong enough to shield you from these elements of nature. That is what makes the Torrentshell jacket such a treasure to own.
The Torrentshell contains a 2.5-layer shell of nylon called “H2No Performance Standard,” which is material that is windproof, waterproof and is very easy to pack in a bag if you are going camping or hiking. The fabric is even coated with a durable water repellent finish to give you extra protection against rain. Once you get out of the rain, the jacket will dry a lot faster than ordinary jackets would. This helps ensure the clothes underneath your jacket stays dry as well. The jacket is lightweight and will be very easy to store or pack away in just about anything.
So if there is ever rain or winds coming at you from every direction then the Torrentshell jacket will keep you protected. In fact, you can even cover your face with the jacket and still be able to breathe under it. The collar of the jacket is made to completely surround your neck and a little bit of your lower face. This makes it easy for you to sink your mouth area behind the fabric and protect it from any rain or light debris flying in the air at you. If you are a hunter, biker, hiker, or merely like to jog outside, then this face covering feature will benefit you the most.
When you look at the jacket from the outside it almost resembles a windbreaker, except the Torrentshell material is much stronger. The patented fabrics of this jacket make it very unique and something that no other company is offering. The Patagonia Torrentshell jacket can be purchased at www.patagonia.com. There are a variety of color choices available including hunter green, channel blue, underwater blue, peppergrass green, black, forge grey and electron blue. The price of the jacket is currently $90 and it has gotten mostly positive reviews from former customers who’ve purchased it.
Weather is often changes unexpectedly. You may walk out of the home when sun is shining and it is warm outside. But then cold wind blows and it starts to drizzle. That is when light packable jacket may help you and save your day.
This 5.11 jacket is inexpensive, lightweight and packable. It is made of very thin nylon. Packable into its own hand pocket.
5.11 Packable Jacket is just about $30. It is good to have it in your EDC bag or glove compartment of your car.
There are microphone loops at both shoulders.
There is one document pocket at chest and two hand pockets.
All zippers are from top manufacturer – YKK®.
Advertised as rain and wind resistant. It is wind resistant but not water resistant, my shoulders were wet after just 5 minutes of light rain. But I think you can’t require more from inexpensive windbreaker, can you?
Columbia Men’s Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket Review
If you are looking for lightweight windproof, waterproof and breathable jacket which is available in neutral colors, one of the good choices is Columbia Men’s Watertight II jacket. It is packable, it has hood, very nice and simple jacket.
You can see that Columbia’s Omni-tech feature really works:
You will find more photos on Amazon. There are many colors available:
Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket Review: Rain and Snow
There are a lot of soft shell jackets available on the market. Condor and Rothco jackets are the most popular ones. They have very similar look, materials and price. But there are some differences between them.
I have chosen Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket and really happy with it. I will try to give you as much info as possible in this review.
It is warm, breathable, water resistant and windproof.
Let’s have a closer look at all features of the jacket. It has Teflon coating, YKK zippers and breathable shell technology:
Condor Summit Jacket has a lot of different pockets.
2 shoulder pockets with two 4″x4″ (10x10cm) shoulder patch panels:
2 chest pockets:
Left Forearm Pocket
2 internal pockets:
Huge back pocket (very handy when you need to take off your gloves, for example):
Another nice feature is underarm ventilation:
Here are photos which illustrate what happened after 2 hourse of light rain and one hour of heavy rain:
Jacket was dry inside. The material of the Condor Summit Soft Shell Tactical Jacket works very good, you can see lots of water drops on the jacket but it is not wet. Only small areas of the outside layer were wet.
Here are several photos to show what happened to this soft shell jacket after several hours of wet snow:
Outer shell was mostly dry. Good result.
Highly recommended soft shell jacket. High-quality and inexpensive.