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The Details

Like its name suggests, the Men's Torrentshell Jacket from Patagonia is your go-to garment when the elements turn nasty. On wet weather hikes in the Vancouver Island rainforests, you'll be grateful for the H2No

The Features

  • Features
    • H2No® Performance Standard shell with waterproof/breathable 2.5-layer nylon ripstop
    • 2-way-adjustable hood with a laminated visor rolls down and stows
    • Microfleece-lined neck provides comfort and protects waterproof/breathable barrier
    • Center-front zipper features minimal welt exterior and interior storm flaps that create a zipper-garage chin guard
    • Two zippered handwarmer pockets and venting pit zips; all with welted exterior storm flaps and DWR (durable water repellent)-treated zippers
    • Self-fabric hook-and-loop cuff closures and adjustable drawcord hem seal out precip
    • Self-stuff handwarmer pocket with carabiner clip-in loop


    Weight: 345 g (12.2 oz)
  • Fabric
    • H2No® Performance Standard shell: 2.5-layer, 2.6-oz 50-denier 100% nylon ripstop, with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Fit
  • This garment has a Regular Fit

11 Customer Reviews

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Uncivil Steve 5/26/15
Great Jacket - Runs Slightly Large

Torrentshell performs as expected! Been through some heavy rains and the water beads off no problem. As it's a shell, it doesn't breath well but the pit vents help to alleviate that problem. Also, I'm 6'-0" and 200lbs but a large was still quite billowy on me. Returned for a medium with no issues and the fit was great. No complaints!

Great waterproof rain coat. Only holds minor flaws

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.

Orange is the best color for rain wear.

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!


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

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.

Mountain Gear
Just what the rain called for!

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.

Good, lightweight jacket.

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

Made me an abolute fan of H2NO

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.

Exceptional Quality and Perfect Fit

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

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.

Great Value

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.