An ice climber's best friend.

Patagonia's Levitation Men's Hooded Softshell won't make you lighter, tougher, or a stronger climber, but it will keep you comfortable so you can focus on giving your next ice or mixed climb everything you've got. It's made from stretchy, breathable polyester softshell material that's super breathable and finished with a DWR coating to keep you dry, and it has an easily adjustable helmet-compatible hood that protects your noggin from sleep, snow, and drizzle. The cuffs, made from nylon and spandex, easily interface with gloves and are designed to push up your forearms easily to stay out of the way, while the no-bunch hem drawcord and pockets are all designed to work easily and comfortably with a harness. At one pound, the Levitation certainly won't slow you down with its weight, but you also won't have to sacrifice comfort and protection to keep the ounces down.

  • Polyester double-weave softshell with a DWR coating
  • Breathable and water repellent
  • Helmet-compatible hood with visor and one-hand adjustment
  • Variable Conditions Cuff
  • No-bunch hem drawcord
  • Microfleece back-of-neck lining
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Featherlight and stretchy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: L

Very light and comfy windshell. Doesnt keep you warm at all, and as the sleeves are supertight it is hard to pump the middle layer underneath. But this is definitely not its purpose anyway, all in all it is a great soft shell in the arsenal of ultralight backpacker or climber.

Perfect for backcountry skiing

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

This hoodie has a wide comfort range, perfect for high exertion activities in colder weather, such as backcountry skiing or winter hiking. Before getting this, I would switch back and forth between base layer only, hard shell and/or light puffy on top, depending on the temperature, wind and level of exertion. With the Levitation hoody, I wear it over a base layer and just leave it on for the long run, using the zipper and the hood to control temperature instead of having to stop and layer/de-layer.
As for fit, I like the longer sleeves and the simple no-hassle cuffs. At 5-6 130lbs the small fits me well. If I could change one thing, I'd give the shoulders a little more room. It's marketed as an ice climbing piece after all, so why not give it more mobility in the shoulders?

Functional Softie

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

I have a closet full of soft shells. This one is probably on my top 3 list due to the fit and functionality. It runs a bit light on features, but that's why it excels. Only thing missing is an internal cell phone pocket.

Packs light and great for travel, a great outer shell for those mild winter days, and you can still use it in the spring as a standalone jacket.

The fit is really where this jacket is amazing. Not too baggy, but you can fit a hoodie underneath. I traveled through Tokyo/Hokkaido this winter in both frigid rain and snow, and this was my go-to shell when I wasn't on the slopes. Back in California, this thing was a decent shell on those 40'F snow days, but I wouldn't recommend using this on a cold powder day.

Update: 1+ years later it's still in oddly good shape considering how many times i've washed it.

Functional Softie

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: L

Love this jacket, wear it on rainy days at school as well as on hikes and camping when the weather might be variable conditions. Bought the L, and it fits great, definitely an athletic fit, my other Patagonia jackets in L have more room for a layer underneath, whereas this piece doesn't, good for the warmer spring/fall days with variable conditions rather than a winter jacket

Very pleased

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: XL

I wasn't sure about this jacket but based on reviews I pulled the trigger and ordered it. I'm extremely pleased about every aspect of it. The way it looks, fits, feels (the best part), and for a warm weather snowboard jacket the way it performs. For $89 it's probably the best purchase I have made. The sizing is definitely athletic cut so the XL fits me like a large. Again this jacket is amazing and my friends and going to be jealous. I will be buying more Patagonia things in the future.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

Understand that this thing has NO lining. It is simply a windproof shell. As most people are also saying, it runs a little on the small side. That means you will not be able to layer much insulation under it. Pockets are great, nice for keeping the breeze off, but does not take a whole lot before you are reaching for something a little warmer.

Great Warm Weather Soft Shell

    The Levitation Hoody was gifted to me at Christmas by my girlfriend––and what a good gift it was. She knows of my Patagonia fixation, the brand I really trust when going outside, and thus fueled it further.

    Full disclosure: I also own a Patagonia Dimensions Jacket––my go to softshell for skiing and climbing when the weather is really inclement.

    The Levitation Hoody, by contrast, is a water and wind resistant hoody that won't protect you quite as well as a heavier softshell, but is supremely breathable, comfortable, and, most importantly––LIGHT.


    Extremely lightweight––you forget you are wearing it, or carrying it in your pack. I really look forward to using this in a Colorado summer while hiking and backpacking 14ers.

    Articulated athletic fit––true to size in every way. Sleeves are just the right length, and the taper is perfect for slender, well muscled climbers and skiers. You can be confident ordering the right size for you.

    Very comfortable for skiing on days where temps are 20+ degrees.

    Repels rain––I had to take a flight to the midwest (yuck) a month ago and didn't have a dedicated rain jacket––this hoody held up admirably and dried out quickly!


    Not really anything. The jacket could conceivably be more versatile in terms of handling cold and intense wind, but then it would sacrifice some of the qualities that it excels in.


    Great, inexpensive, good looking, good feeling shell to have in your quiver. Here's a picture of me backcountry skiing near Vail wearing the Hoody.

    Great Warm Weather Soft Shell

    What size did you go with?

    Too small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I'm 6'1 167lbs, the medium is too small for me, specially if I have a layer underneath this jacket. There's no room at all for a helmet in the hood.
    Nice jacket tho - material and design-wise, would be a perfect spring jacket. I will exchange for a large.
    If you're similar size as me (tall and slim), definitely go for a large!


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

    Amazing product. Ordered it for a ski trip, layered it with Patagonia better sweater and Nano Puff under neath. Perfectly warm in 10 degree weather. Love the feel for skiing, wearing around town or driving. Great product fits true to size. Will certainly be receiving much more use from me on wet and cold ski trips or on winter camping. Absolutely recommend and is perfect for layering.

    Would this shell fit well over the patagonia hooded down sweater? I don't plan on climbing in really wet conditions. Maybe a drizzle or some snow will hit while at the crag. Will this keep the down jacket dry if kind of wet weather hits?

    It will defend fend off a drizzle or some snow while at the crag no problem. Every year I would reapply a Nikwax DWR Coating to it just to make sure the DWR is fresh as it breaks down with time and use.

    Do you think it will fit decently over the hooded down sweater?

    It will fit over the hooded down sweater but, I bet the down sweater sticks out underneath this jacket. They were made a little longer than an the jackets like this with an athletic fit.

    Do anything go anywhere

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

    Love this jacket, definitely a tough material, keeps wind out and light rain off nicely. Love that Patagonia started making things not so wide... skinny guys have a hard time with that.

    Is this sized to fit over layers? A medium nano puff, for example, is a bit snug in the chest for me. Wondering if this is sized just a bit bigger.

    This is sized fairly similar to a Nano, and might be a little less snug for you in the same size since it's got a fair amount of stretch.

    Levitation Hoody video review

    Corey from Patagonia shares his thoughts on the new Levitation Hoody