PatagoniaDirt Craft Jacket - Men's

Zen, and the art of the dirt trail.

Most stare at you incredulously when you tell them you enjoy trail running and mountain biking in Springtime's dewy, brisk morning weather. You tell them that the key is to keep moving, and don't forget to wear the Patagonia Men's Dirt Craft Jacket. This lightweight softshell has that special touch of warmth that shoulder season coolness calls for, as well as the stretchy breathability you need to keep moving comfortably. Patagonia added a DWR treatment to shed mud stains as well as rainfall, so you can keep a clean look after a dirty ride.

  • Lightweight, breathable, stretchy softshell
  • Durable Water Resistant treatment
  • Single-pull hem adjustment
  • Hook-and-loop cuffs
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

The ticket for cool to chill.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

This is about as light a softshell as Patagonia makes. I think it is about as light as anybody makes in the current mold of textured softshells, as opposed to Houdini – class ultralight windshells.

To make sense of when it would be comfortable for me, I decided to put it on over a short-sleeve tech-T - long wind-resistant pants and synthetic briefs below, head covered by a ball cap and running gloves for my hands when I got cooler than desired - to take a walk with a local naturalist group. All walking is going at a pretty brisk pace, but there are lots of stops to scope out birds and other wildlife, and lots of meandering around things of interest. It was sunny out, no real wind to speak of, temperature between 46 and 49°F. I stayed on the cool-to-chilly side of comfortable. Which is to say that, if you had suddenly handed me, say, a Nano-Air or Adze Hybrid, I would have taken it. But I didn’t truly need either of those, and stayed engaged in where I was and what was going on rather than in being upset about chilly. Which I guess is what “chilly side of comfortable“ means. This might be slightly less warm then the old Simple Guide jacket, for anyone familiar with that. If I had been running, cycling (with hills), doing a serious hike (ditto), or Nordic skiing (same) in the conditions in which I did this walk, what I was wearing probably would’ve been more than adequate, in fact I might have worked up a little bit of a sweat which I most certainly did not under these circumstances.

All in all, I would recommend the Dirt Craft for conditions running from the mid 40s to about 60°F - the latter with no sun and spitting precip - for sustained aerobic activity. If you are just going for a walk, you will want something slightly warmer than this. But used as recommended, I think you will be happy because I know I would be.

Fits Great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

I wear a medium in Patagonia and this fit is a tad smaller than their traditional mediums. I will be able to layer nicely and still have a range of movement. Cant wait to try it on the trail.

Great jacket for spring summer fall

    I really love this jacket. The look is classic and it is a great grab and go layer. I disagree with the comment on fit. I wear a medium in just about everything and the medium fits great. Haven't worn it biking as it would mainly be for cool fall days, but has been my go to casual pick this summer.

    Poor fit

    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: XL

    It fit through the shoulders and chest, but it was too long and too large through the middle. I had to return it. I would not recommend this product.

    Byron, you may find that the large fits much better based on your height and weight.

    On the bike and at the pub

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Initial reaction: Reminds of my beloved Arcteryx A2B, which I LOVE.

    This soft-shell is great. While it doesn’t feel like a dedicated cycling jacket, that’s what I like about it. I’ve worn it on the bike when it was extra chilly or I wanted to try a more casual look to finish at the pub. With a layer or two it was warm enough in the low 30’s without a doubt. On a high-country ride in northern Idaho I was out for 3+ hours so I had a pack. This was the perfect jacket to start the day in, then put back on for the downhill. I liked that there is no hood, which was my deduction of a star on the Houdini while on the bike.That said they are totally different intents and each jacket shines in it’s preferred conditions.

    Overall the fit was a little too relaxed for dedicated riding, but again that’s what made it versatile off the bike. I used the drawcord on the waist while on the bike. It actually packs reasonably well. Not so much as I could stuff it in a jersey pocket with ease, but it goes really well in my hydration pack, and also once when I rode it with a fanny pack.