asmrz wrote:Jim and all,
I just got back from hiking the Southridge trail to Tahquitz Peak here in Idyllwild. I took the Stretch Ascent with me and wore it once we got high enough.
1. The jacket does NOT breathe at all. The rubber like interior of the jacket not only feels cold, it spreads your sweat around, but passes through very little, if anything. I was wet after hiking just a couple of miles. The other (cheaper jackets, like the Rain Shadow) have the same lining and, most importantly, the same sweat spreading (not passing through) effect.
2. The zippers are so short, one would think that Patagonia had some special secret fabric, so that they can afford to do that. But it is just a design flaw, the zips should be twice as long.
3. I stand by my dislike of the unfoldable, "roll-down hood", something got missed there too.
All in all, for 300 bucks this is a dissapointment. I'm sending it back, because my 15 year old Montbell Gore-tex parka still does better job than this jacket. I hope this short review helps someone in selecting something better. Cheers, Alois.
Not clear if it was raining, or if you just wore it while hiking as a windshell. It is pretty easy to overheat and get wet in most any shell if you are working hard enough. The lining seems very similar to numerous other jackets I have looked at from all the major companies, so not sure what would make this worse than the others. I agree with you on the short pit zips, but the hood is a non-issue for me.
I consider Patagonia among the best, if not the best, gear companies. They have staked their reputation on the H2No fabric, so I would be very surprised if it is dramatically worse than the competition. They could have just as easily have used Goretex, etc.
At any rate, you have me wondering whether to keep it now. The only thing I have seen that I liked as well was the Arcteryx Paclite for the same price. Thanks for your input.