Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket – Recycled Fishnet Rain Protection
The Stretch Raninshadow is a lightweight and stretchy rain jacket. Made from recycled ECONYL fabric, that includes recycled fishnets. Packed with all the features you could want in a shell.
Perfect for backpacking and summer use
The jacket is lightweight and highly packable. Thanks to the 30D ECONYL fabric and minimalist design. When I say minimlist, I dont mean lacking for features either. The Rainshadow has all the features that I would look for in a rain shell. Two zippered hand pockets, one zippered Napleon pocket, adjusatble hood and pit zips.
2.5 Layer H2No Performance Standard shell
This Patagonia propietary waterproof breathable membrane is tried and true. This makes the jacket waterpoof and windproof. It also means that it is packapble. Just check out the pic below! In fact, the entire jacket will stuff into the chest pocket. I usually just roll jackets into their own hoods, as I am a bit lazy 🙂
Regardless, the materials are good at protecting from rain and wind, while remaining breathable. Patagonia claimes 20k waterproof on this WPB membrane. I like that Patagonia tests their membranes out by beating the crap out of them and then re-testing the waterpoofing. Read more about that process here.
Good fit and good looks
Some rain jackets are kind of ugly. They can be boxy and unflattering. They can also be crunchy and noisy. Not so with the Rainshadow. It is light and stretchy, as well as fits accuratly. I chose the size large and feel that it was a great fit. Sometimes I have to go up to XL to accomodate my back and chest, but the fit on this shell was spot on. For refeference, I am 6’1″ 205lbs, 45″ chest and 33″ waist. So, if you are built anything like that, then this jacket will fit you very well.
Review of Stretch Rainshadow Shell
I picked this shell up in the spring of 2019 and have been using it almost daily for 3 months. From city use to the mountains, from warm summer rain, to late spring snow. I have fallen in love with this shell. It goes with me everywere, either in my city pack or backpack. I appreciate the good looks and function of the jacket.
I tried hard to find something to this jacket any better. The only thing I could ask for is a 3 layer membrane. But, that would easily bump the price up from the very fair $199 to something closer to a high end shell. So, with all of these details and observations in mind, I can say that this is a great rain shell at a very fair price. Though in the fact that is made of recyeled materials, some of which are repurposed fish nets, and you have a great jacket!
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