23 November 2017
+ This jacket offers stylish looks and a good range of features in a lightweight package that stuffs away into its own pocket. You can also feel good about wearing it too, since the nylon face fabric is 100% recycled. The 2.5-layer construction uses Patagonia’s own H2No performance technology, which may not stand up against the very best membranes in terms of waterproofing and breathability, but is certainly capable of handling most of the weather that British walkers will encounter. Handy pit zips aid venting, the hood provides good facial protection from the elements, and you get two zipped hand-warmer pockets.
- Pockets do not accommodate an OS map, and the external storm flap on the main zip snags occasionally. Pit zips are quite short. Patagonia describes the cut as a regular fit, which some may find a little boxy. We’d prefer a drop tail rather than the straight cut hem to give better rear coverage.
VERDICT: We hardly need to review the Torrentshell – it almost sells itself. If you’ve got £100 or thereabouts to spend on a reliable rainy-day shell that can be used on the hills or the high street, then you won’t go far wrong with this jacket. Decent performance and features, eco-friendly production and competitive pricing.