mattwk at Patagonia on 12/4/14
When it comes to Patagonia's 2013 Torrentshell, it's a great rainjacket for average to above average weather. (I'm referring to heavy Minneapolis rain, and seattle downpours with wind) which isn't much compared to some other areas of the world. Now I noticed a small anount of moisture soaking through the fabric but I was exposed for quite some time. It's hard to pick out a flaw in this jacket but two come to mind. Mine biggest complaint is the lack of an inner wallet/cellphone pocket. (Why they removed this is beyond me, the 2012 torrentshell is almost superior). These are valuables that should always stay dry! To compliment what pockets it does have (two hand warmer pockets) they dont come equipped with waterproof zipper seals like the Snowshot jacket has. While these pockets don't experience much action when it comes to water, it would really help give the Torrentshell another level of waterproofing. 4 stars; no inner pocket or zipper seals. Use it for average to heavy rainfall where you will be only exposed for an hour or so at max. I would recommend the Piolet coat for anything beyond that such as the rainforest.
bobchuck at Patagonia on 12/4/14
I purchased last year's Torrentshell in "orange." I've owned several Rain Shadow jackets, two in navy blue and one in red. I purchased this year's Torrentshell in "orange," so I could dedicate my old jacket solely for mountain biking. The new orange color is even brighter than last year's model, so I'm still using my old orange Torrentshell as my full-time rain/snow/wind shell and the new jacket is an essential piece my cycling gear.
I wanted a waterproof jacket with pit zips for fall through spring mountain biking that would be visible and adhere to safety orange as much as possible. The new styling of the jacket and brighter orange color is terrific. The velcro front closure allows increased ventilation without having it zipped. I really like the fit of the jacket and its strength. The other excellent benefit of bright rain gear is the visibility. This jacket is so bright, it glows. It seldom rains when its sunny and any advantage to being visible when its cloudy or dark (or hunting season) is a bonus!
CaptainFleming at Patagonia on 12/4/14
Bought this rain jacket a few weeks back, just in time for many storms here in Virginia. It has preformed wonderfully. I bought the bright blue color, which is very visible. I have used it so far for fishing and walking my dog, even in the pouring rain. Last week I was fishing with my friend, when the sky turned dark and buckets of rain fell on us. So much so, that two hours of solid rain later a flash flood warning was announced and we had to stop fishing. Even after two hours of heavy rain, the top half of my body stayed 100% dry. Now I want to purchase the Torrentshell pants, so that the bottom half of me can stay dry also. The ultra-thin jacket folds very nicely into it's own left pocket, and it even has a carabiner loop so secure it to my backpack. It breathes pretty well (as far as rain coats go) and is very comfortable. As of now I am really enjoying it.
Ryan Conklin at Backcountry.com on 12/4/14
My front-seat opinion is that this jacket fit me a little too baggy for my liking--I bought a LRG and I'm 6'3'' 180lbs. It was a loose in the body, especially the lower body, and the bungees tightened it down, but still a little too baggy.
It did keep my dry in the rain, not downpours, but regular rain. Another criticism I have is that the inside of the jacket was stained by my polyester shirt because of the constant pressure from the backpack shoulder straps on top, jacket in middle, and shirt underneath. Didn't affect performance, but looks nasty.
The wrist velcro straps are helpful for keeping your arms drier and the warmth sealed in. The pit zips are great for trudging uphill. Overall, for the weight and price, this is a solid shell, it'll keep you shielded from the strong winds--even on Mt. Washington--and dry from moderate-strength rain. For downpours or a more athletic fitting jacket, you might consider another.
Me pictured with color DILL on summit of Mt. Washington.
Ian at Mountain Gear on 12/4/14
Just what you know to expect from Patagonia. Great lightweight waterproof/wind proof gear. I wear a medium and it fits me perfect I also think I could have gone up a size for better layering. Pit zips make the flow inside the jacket great (they do have zipper covers) and easy to maintain a consistent body temperature. The hood is made for a fine tuned custom fit, die to the rear head pull and standard hood pulls. Easy to adjust on the fly also. Everything about this jacket was made for on the go, and that is does do very well. The selling point for me was it fitting into its own stow pocket. This can come in handy and that being so you know it is compressible. Not extreamly compressible due to the 2.5 layering system they use but good enough.
Will at Moosejaw on 12/4/14
I had earlier model (original w/ h2no emblem decal instead of sewn) but I left it down at my GF's grill at her apt and never saw again
Jason at Moosejaw on 12/4/14
This jacket seriously holds it's own in heavy rain and thunderstorms. All rain gear needs pit vents in my opinion and the Torrentshell has them. I thought at first they could be bigger, but after use in storms, I realized bigger would let in water. This jacket has a pretty close, but not restrictive fit. I'm 5'10" and went for the large. It fits well and I can easily wear a base layer and a low bulk fleece layer under it. It breathes surprising well for a rain jacket. Makes an outstanding year round rain coat. Packs tiny and weight is feather light. I keep one in the car and one in the pack. This has become essential gear for me.
Michael at Moosejaw on 12/4/14
Unlike other Patagonia products I have purchased in the past, this jacket is a true to size fit. I am 6'2" and about 195lbs. I purchased the size Large. The Torrentshell is not bulky, the sleeve length is perfect and the overall length is about perfect. Other brands I tried on were either too long in the torso or too bulky. This one was a perfect fit for me. I have worn the jacket in multiple downpours and have kept incredibly dry. Great on a trail and equally as impressive for my city dweller lifestyle. The functionality, ventilation, quality and weight of the jacket is outstanding. I hope to enjoy it as much as I do now for years to come.
Ty Nelson at Backcountry.com on 12/4/14
I'm super stoked on the new Torrenshell, the Patagonia design team gave it some nice updates this year, improving on the original Torrentshell greatly. My favorite is the updated storm flap, which is slimmer and lower profile, making it easier to zip and unzip the jacket, while still being totally weather proof. The fabric and fit were also updated for better comfort and performance.
It's a great fully waterproof and windproof jacket, and stuffs into it's own front pocket which is great for travelling, or not taking up a lot of room in a pack or suit case.
DBGG at Patagonia on 12/4/14
This is a very good value for a fully waterproof jacket. I have owned mine for 3 years now and its never leaked in the rain. It packs up very small so is nice to bring along in a pack on trips. I snagged it on a rock and it got a small hole in it because its not quite as durable as a 3 layer but is much lighter and easier to carry. Perfect for spring/summer rainstorms. Overall a very good value and fits true to size...not over sized like some of the Patagonia ski coats.
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* Inseam will vary depending on style
* Inseam will vary depending on style. Measurements stated in inches unless otherwise indicated.