The best duo since chocolate and peanut butter hooked up.
Combining the weather resistance of a softshell with the warmth of a fleece, the Patagonia Women's Dual Aspect Hooded Softshell Jacket keeps you warm and dry while delivering the breathability and mobility needed whether you're ski touring, ice climbing, or alpine climbing. The jacket is composed of a breathable Polartec softshell that is bonded to a Power Grid fleece fabric for increased thermal efficiency. The moisture-wicking sides and hood prevent moisture from taking its toll in demanding alpine environments, and the slim fit allows the jacket to be comfortably layered under a a hardshell when the weather turns sour.
- Polartec Power Shield softshell (96% recycled polyester)
- Polartec Power Grid fleece body with DWR finish
- Polartec Power Dry sides, hood, and sleeves
- Slim fit
- Bluesign approved fabric
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: medium
Great quality which you expect from this product, however it's not exactly what I wanted and for the price I wanted more of a soft shell jacket, this is more of a mid layer fleece with great 3 season options.
Dual Threat to the Weather
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
What I expected: a stylish, weather resistant jacket that is both comfortable and functional. I purchased this as a do-all cool weather midlayer, and mild temp outer layer. I also wanted it as a layer for occasional strenuous outdoor activity.
I've had the Dual Aspect for a few weeks now, and I like it a lot!
My first thought after feeling the soft Polartec was "How is this thing going to be able to repel water?" I decided to test it out in a light drizzle. The result was water beading neatly over the surface of the membrane! The non-membrane covered parts of the jacket just absorb the water, however, so I imagine it would wet out eventually in moderate to heavy rain (you can see the difference of the fabrics in the picture). BUT this jacket is advertised as weather resistant, not weather proof. If you are expecting serious rain, bring a true waterproof shell. If you want a midlayer/outer layer that will repel the unexpected drizzle/snow, the Dual Aspect has got you covered (literally.)
-Initial impression is that it is warm (further testing needed).
-Decent wind resistance
-Sleeves are nice and long
-Slim fit is stylish!
-Hood is AWESOME. Zipper can zip all the way up over the mouth, and the zipper head is covered in fabric so the cold metal isn't exposed. Someone thought this one through! The hood itself is soft and thin, made to fit under a helmet. It fits the head snugly.
-Underwater blue color is striking and beautiful
-Pockets are deep and hold items close to the body (so if you are skiing/ice climbing/backpacking etc. in sub freezing temps your phone has a toasty home).
-Not super packable. I don't own a R1, but I have heard they pack down very small. The fabric on the Dual Aspect is not as flexible, so it doesn't pack down super well (about 7x5in, think cantaloupe).
-Parts that are covered in the weather resistant membrane are less flexible fabric, so the jacket bunches when sitting down (my advice, unzip).
-Looks technical. And by technical, I mean it looks like its made for a backpack, crampons, a belt flashlight, and a sweet adventure! This is a plus for me but may be a drawback for some.
Ultimately, if you want a versatile midlayer that is warm, weather resistant, and can hold its own as a softshell outerlayer, then give this jacket a shot.
I have now taken this jacket in the rain several times. In a light drizzle, it repels water nicely and keeps you dry and warm.
There was flash flooding in my area so I took the Dual Aspect for a stroll in the downpour. The membrane works decently well. After 10 mins of moderate rain, I was almost dry. I say "almost" because the nape of the neck (where the membrane of the backpanel changes to the stretchy fabric of the hood) is the Achilles heel of this jacket. That area on a jacket always catches a lot of water, and on the dual aspect it was the first part to get damp due to the change in hood fabric. The hood itself is not waterproof. Overall I would say that the rain resistance is decent, and acceptable if you happen to get caught in a short shower or the weather changes unexpectedly. However, if you are expecting moderate/ hard or sustained rain, this would wet out eventually. The dual aspect has become the jacket I grab if I need some warmth and the weather is going to be unpredictable.
Layering up for some fishing. (I don't actually fish, but I'll sure give it a shot)!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
The fit on this thing is one word: dialed.
It's flattering but not restrictive in any manner. The length in the torso and sleeves is just right and the silhouette is flattering, I'm totally in love. I do not honestly believe there has been an occasion when I've worn this jacket and someone hasn't inquired about what it is or where I got it. It's got mass appeal. Dudes and ladies alike are always dishing out compliments when I wear this thing, it's lovely.
The fabric itself is actually quite thin for the warmth provided by the jacket. It's perfect for cool days when you want to throw something light but warm on. It's perfect for fall, and I see it fitting into my ski touring layering scheme like a charm.
I like the hood, it's comfy though there is a lot of fabric around the chin. It's good for sealing out wind and cold, but it is a bit on the bulky side if you have a tight fitting shell. It doesn't bother me, but something to consider when shopping.
Sleeves are on the longish side, so if you have long arms rejoice.
I love the texture and feel of the waffle style fabric. It's interesting to look at and a funky hybrid type of softshell. You've got a softshell on the outside and cozy fleece insulation on the inside with thinner, breathable, stretchy panels on the sides to help regulate your temperature for more active pursuits.
Bonus round for Blue Sign approval, meaning this garment is held to very high standards in terms of production and environmental impact.
I' in love with the blue color, it's perfect. A real winner from Patagonia, this may well be my favorite product for Winter '15.