Stretch Element Jacket


Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Stretch Element Jacket
Manufacturer Patagonia
Page By blaz
Page Type Dec 9, 2003 / Dec 9, 2003
Object ID 908
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There are two unrepeated routes on the stormy 5,000-foot north face of Canada's Twins Tower, and the infamously understated guidebook states, "climbers strong in both mind and body should be prepared for very sustained difficulties...". Taking a cue from our durable soft shell fabrics, this is fully waterproof gear, but with a soft hand and stretch throughout. It's also the most breathable fabric we've ever found. Detailing includes: skinnier seam tape for lighter weight; new, anatomically contoured, perforated hook-and-loop closures; a uniquely sculpted hem for gymnastic climbing moves; an integrated pit-zip/handwarmer pocket system that fully vents the torso; water-resistant zippers; custom-fitting, roll-down 3-way Optipull hood, and a removable between-the-legs strap to keep the jacket from riding up.


- Tough, Deluge DWR-treated stretch nylon shell sheds moisture and resists abrasion

- Synthetic leather palm offers abrasion-resistance, maximum flexibility and a secure grip even when wet; Fingers are capped with synthetic leather for durability

- Articulated fingers and hand allow unsurpassed dexterity; Greater insulation on the back of hand (3/8" pile) than on the palm (1/4" pile) adds warmth without sacrificing dexterity

- Shell can be worn alone in warmer weather

- Removable pile liner is durable, warm and dries quickly

- Gauntlet cuff closes single-handedly to keep out snow and cold

5-oz. stretch woven nylon; Deluge DWR. Reinforcements: Cordura® nylon; DWR. finish. Palm: synthetic leather (60% nylon, 40% polyurethane)

- 198 g. (7 oz.)


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CBakwin - Dec 31, 2004 8:39 pm - Voted 5/5

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I'm not sure if I have this acket or one very similar, I believe mine is just called "element parka" or "element jacket". there is no pile lining. I wanted to write a review because it is such a great garment. Very light but I am just floored by the insulating ability of the material. I have been in cold temps with 40 mph blowing snow, really nasty, and just raised the hood and the difference is amazing. I can't say enough about this feature. Additionally it has two large pockets inside for your gloves and hat perhaps, or some water if it's really cold out...

The downside is that the zipper is rather stubborn to start and a little thing like this becomes a major annoyance in very extreme condiions. Also the closure around the face could be more straightforward and tight, perhaps a snap or something. Still, if you can get one of these on sale for a screaming deal, I would really recommend it.

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