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Patagonia shell-jackets in close review

Ah, we love Patagonia and its innovative range of sustainable outdoor clothing that is made to last in every adventure we decided to pursue. Patagonia is a widely known outdoor clothing company focusing on sustainable manufacturing and ethical conduct in all its operations. Founded by Yvon Chouinard in 1973, Patagonia has been at the forefront of sustainable outdoor clothing innovation for almost 50 years. 

This time we are focusing on highly popular sustainable shell-jackets from Patagonia. Each with different details and characteristics, we decided it's time to take a closer look to find out, which are the main differences between each jacket. 

See all Patagonia shell jackets.

 

Patagonia Calcite Jacket 

Patagonia Calcite Jacket

Calcite shell-jacket is a light yet durable 4 season shell jacket made from 100% recycled polyester. 

The most popular shell-jacket from Patagonia range because of the great package of features at a good price. Comfortable to wear thanks to the 2.5-layer waterproof/breathable GORE-TEX Paclite® Plus fabric which feels nice when in contact with bare skin. Lot of possibilities to adjust hood, hem and cuffs for each sport. 

Main features to highlight:

  • 2.5 L GORE-TEX Paclite® Plus fabric
  • Alpine helmet-compatible hood
  • Watertight zippers and welted venting pit zips
  • 100% recycled polyester
  • Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
  • Price 270 €
  • Main benefits compared to Rainshadow and Torrentshell: GORE-TEX shell, alpine helmet hood, watertight zippers (included also in Rainshadow), recycled polyester fabric 

Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket

Patagonia Rainshadow jacket

Rainshadow jacket is a great value 3 layer shell jacket for all kinds of outdoor activities made from 100% recycled nylon.

A real all-around jacket for hikers and other outdoor people with comfortable and stretchy 100% recycled nylon fabric made from ECONYL® recycled plastic waste. 3-layer H2No™ Performance Standard fabric makes this jacket completely waterproof, windproof and breathable.

Main features to highlight:

  • 3-layer H2No™ Performance Standard fabric
  • Two-way-adjustable hood with a simplified cord-and-hook design
  • Coated, watertight center-front zipper and welted, venting pit zips
  • Self-stuffs into the left-front pocket
  • 30 denier 100% recycled nylon
  • Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
  • bluesign® approved fabric
  • Price 200€
  • Main benefits compared to Torrentshell: lighter 30-denier fabric, watertight zippers, chest pocket 

Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket

Patagonia Torrentshell jacket

Simple and unpretentious, Torrentshell is a great entry-level 3 layer shell jacket. 

When it happens to rain or the wind suddenly picks up, it's handy to have a shell-jacket with you just in case. And for this purpose, Torrentshell comes handy. Torrentshell 3L Jacket uses 3-layer H2No™ Performance Standard technology and it's 100% recycled nylon ECONYL® made from plastic waste.

Main features to highlight:

  • 3-layer waterproof/breathable H2No™ Performance Standard shell 
  • Two-way-adjustable hood with a simplified cord-and-hook design
  • Center-front zipper with external and internal storm flaps, venting pit zips
  • Self-stuffs into the left-front pocket
  • 50 denier 100% recycled nylon
  • Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
  • bluesign® approved fabric
  • Price 150€

 

Summary:

Patagonia Calcite Jacket Patagonia Rainshadow Jacket Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Jacket
Layers 2.5L 3L 3L
Shell-technology
GORE-TEX Paclite® Plus
H2No™ Performance Standard
H2No™ Performance Standard
Zippers
Watertight zippers
Watertight zippers
External and internal storm flaps
Material 100% recycled polyester
30 denier 100% recycled nylon
50 denier 100% recycled nylon
Waterproofness 28 000 MM 20 000 MM 20 000 MM
Sustainability
Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
bluesign® approved fabric
Fair Trade Certified™ sewn
bluesign® approved fabric
Price 270€ 200€ 150€

 

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