12/26/11

Patagonia Men's Piolet GORE-TEX® Shell First impressions

I got this shell last week from Patagonia to review.  I have been wearing all around town and have gone it the snow once so far.  First I want to talk about the features and then I’ll go over what I have experienced so far.

Patagonia Piolet Jacket, Photo by Richard Keele

Key Features

  • 2-layer nylon GORE-TEX® Performance Shell
  • Helmet-compatible, 2-way-adjustable hood with laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions
  • Touch Point System™ embeds cord locks in the hood and hem for quick adjustments to seal out rain and snow (patented)
  • Modified Y-Joint™ sleeve construction for overhead mobility without jacket lifting
  • Pockets: Harness- and pack-compatible pocket configuration (one chest; two handwarmers) and pit zips feature Slim Zip installation with watertight, coated zippers for reduced zipper bulk and weight; internal zippered security pocket
  • Cuffs have low-profile closure with pleated gusset
  • Shell: 2-layer, 2.7-oz 40-denier GORE-TEX® Performance Shell 100% nylon. Reinforcements: 4.3-oz 70-denier GORE-TEX® Performance Shell 100% nylon. Shell and reinforcements have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • 644 g (22.7 oz)

I have been using this shell for about a week and a half.  I have mainly just been wearing it around town and such.  I have taken it on a trip up to the canyon in the snow.  This jacket is super comfortable, provides great waterproofness, and is fairly light weight. I fine this jacket to be extremely comfortable.  It has lots of places to make adjustments, to make feel just right for you.  I really liked the adjustable cuffs, you can leave them open when you want to vent some heat or close them up when you want to keep out the snow and water.  The pit zips are also great to vent out some heat.  I haven’t been in any really adverse conditions with this shell yet but it has GORE-TEX® linings so you know its going to hold up pretty well.  I have however been in some pretty windy conditions and this jacket doesn’t let any wind in. I really like the pack weight of this shell.  Some of the other GORE-TEX® shells I have had were much heavier; this jacket is fairly light and compresses down to a reasonable size.

I hope to go hit the powder soon and test this more intensely but it just hasn’t snowed forever here in the Utah Valley, so hopefully that will happen soon.

Check out this video from  Patagonia’s Youtube describing The Piolet’s key features

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