Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Dimension
Manufacturer Patagonia
Page By Bronco
Page Type Dec 17, 2002 / Dec 17, 2002
Object ID 593
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The new favorite for alpinists who work and play in the mountains: Our Dimension Jacket provides the durability and stretch necessary for day-in/day-out use. The stretch-woven fabric sheds water and blocks wind while providing unlimited movement and bomber protection against abrading rock. Inside, doubleweave polyester preserves warmth and speeds moisture away from the skin. Paired with the R2® Alpinefur Pullover, it's the ideal combo for ice-cragging or a long day guiding Kiener's in winter. A trim design maximizes stretch, fits comfortably under a harness, and provides good visibility for delicate footwork. We use water-resistant zippers on the two handwarmer and single-chest pockets.

Smooth, durable, wind-resistant stretch nylon exterior

Looped polyester interior provides enhanced moisture transport and comfort

Chin flap with fold over cover for comfort

Drawcorded hem; Wrists seal with hook-and-loop closures

All zippers are coated and water-resistant, eliminating the need for bulky overflaps

Fully adjustable, roll-down hood fits over a helmet, secured with buckle/webbing closure

Two handwarmer pockets and chest stash pocket

7-oz. EncapSil®-treated doubleweave (85% nylon, 15% polyester) stretch-woven fabric

709 g. (25 oz.)

Highly durable, breathable and water-resistant stormproof soft shell for alpinists and backcountry zealots.
Use it for:

Iced, Mixed, & Alpine Climbing

Backcountry Riding

Lift-accessed Riding


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Bronco - Dec 17, 2002 1:37 pm - Voted 4/5

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Tough, stretchy material that sheds water & snow reasonably well*. This fabric does breath much better than a Laminate Hardshell though so if you do get wet, it dries out pretty quick. This is what I take 90% of the time in the Cascades. Fits under a harness and over a helmet well, compresses down ok, a little too heavy to be considered a "lightweight" jacket, (25oz.) but, very nice to have in the arsenal.

*Does not replace your Hardshell, close, but not waterproof.

STW - Feb 13, 2004 11:36 pm - Voted 4/5

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Excellent soft shell jacket. Effectively protects you from wind, snow, light rain. Breathes very well. Fabric is very rugged. I feel it is much more rugged for rock/alpine/ice climbing than my gore tex nylon jackets - which I always worry about ripping.

The fabric is Patagonia's own stretch nylon fabric with a DWR coating applied. It is not Schoeller Dryskin; but it is similar. I find the fabric in this jacket to be a bit stiffer (and louder) and less breathable than the Schoeller fabric in my Cloudveil Serendipity. I would also say that in very un-scientific testing, it is just a bit more windproof and water repellant than my older Serendipity. Both are excellent. Very slight differences.

In terms of weather protection: note this is not a waterproof jacket. It has no gore-tex (or similar) membrane. That's why it breathes so much better than a 'hard' shell jacket. If you are looking for something that will keep you dry in an extended pacific northwest downpour, look elsewhere. It is very water resistant though, and it is enough for wet snow, drizzle, and even some light rain if not too prolonged.

My complaints: I don't like the hood. It fits too snugly to go over my climbing helmet. Also, it doesn't have a very good adjustment method. When rolled down into a collar, it is too bulky. They really could have done a better job designing this hood.

Fit: I find the fit to be a bit on the tight side. Not a problem in the torso; where it's nice not to have extra fabric flopping around blocking your view down at the gear racked at your waist. However the fit is tighter around the shoulders than I'd like. Even though the fabric is a bit stretchy, it is not enough to get me past a feeling just a tiny bit constrained -- especially on colder days when I layer a lot under it.

All in all though, this is a really nice jacket that I would recommend highly. Just try it on first to make sure you're happy with the fit.

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