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Chris Townsend gives his verdict on Patagonia’s Torrentshell jacket – and explains why he chose it as a Recommended Buy

The Torrentshell isn’t a new jacket but this latest version has a new recycled nylon face fabric that is Bluesign approved.

The fabric feels a little stiff and is a bit noisy but once used to it I found it comfortable to wear. The printed inside is quite shiny, which makes condensation very visible. Breathability is quite good though, especially given the low cost.

The hood fits well and doesn’t restrict vision when tightened up. The stiffened peak gives reasonable protection.

The pockets are on the small side – no room for maps – and the lower ones are cut off by a hipbelt. The underarm zips are easy to use and the cuffs, while not as wide as some, allow ventilation to the arms.

The jacket is quite short and only has a slightly extended back.

The Torrentshell is quite light but sturdy enough for year round use. For the price it’s a good backpacking waterproof. There are better designed and more breathable garments but they cost and weigh significantly more.

Reviewed in May 2016


  • Overall: 4 out of 5

Pros: lightweight, low cost, recycled nylon

Cons: small pockets

  • Price: £110
  • Weight: 374g (M)
  • Materials: H2No Performance 2.5 layer nylon ripstop
  • Hood: stiffened peak, volume adjuster
  • Front closure: water resistant with inner flap
  • Length: 67cm
  • Underarm/size zips: water resistant
  • Pockets: 1 chest, 2 lower
  • Sizes: men XS-XXL, women XS-XL
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