Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket - Men's

Plan for rain.

You can pretty much count on that whisphy-looking, bluish-grey cloud morphing into a dark, anvil-shaped thunderhead once the late afternoon rolls around, so be ready with the Patagonia Men's Stretch Rainshadow Jacket. Light, packable, and made with a burly H2No membrane, the Stretch Rainshadow acts as a portable roof to repel the surliest storms whether you're quickly packing up after a climb or scurrying back to treeline as a lightning storm tracks across the alpine. The hood of the Rainshadow can be worn over a climbing helmet and is fitted with a laminated visor with a single-handed drawcord pull for quick adjustments, and the hem and cuffs can be locked down to seal out wind and rain. Finally, the zippered chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack once the skies clear, so you'll always be able to bring the Rainshadow with you.

  • H2No Performance Standard shell (2.5-layer)
  • DWR finish
  • Fully taped seams
  • Regular fit
  • Helmet-compatible hood with visor
  • Drawcord-adjustable hem
  • 2 hand pockets
  • 1 stowable chest pocket
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Possibly a defective jacket, it wet down

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

The jacket looks great and feels as light as a feather. My hubs was stoked to get this jacket for his birthday this year and even more stoked to get to wear it for the first time. Living in Portland, OR, we get a lot of rain and with that rain comes a need for ultra rainproof gear. This jacket was possibly a rare exception, possibly a defective item that made it out of the Patagonia factory, because it wet down within the very first hour of wearing it in the rain. After walking around in fairly, mild rain with the hood up, my husband asked me if the back of his neck was wet or just cold. Imagine my stunned disbelief when I found that the panel at the base of the hood was completely wet down and his shirt beneath it had begun to absorb rainwater. Fortunately, as proper Portlanders, we always keep spare jackets in the car, but we were really disappointed in this piece's performance. Judging by the other reviews on here, I'm confident that the jacket I bought was merely a defect and that Patagonia continues to be one of the best brands on the market.

So far so good

  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

Bought the jacket to replace a size large Torrentshell that was lost on a trip. Previous reviews were helpful as the jacket does run big. I'm 6' 170 lbs. and it seems to fit well in the shoulders and torso, but the sleeves are a couple inches too long. I'm tempted to try a small, but I think this will be manageable with the Velcro wrist closures. Enough room to layer, but not noticeably baggy. Backcountry service was great; free two-day shipping arrived overnight in time for my weekend backpacking trip with rain in the forecast. Using the jacket as a stowable utility rain jacket for everyday use, but also for taking on backcountry hikes in the National Park prone to high humidity and pop-up daily showers. Didn't want to spend too much money on the higher performance rain gear, but wanted something that would be good enough for outlasting the short T-storms. Looking forward to seeing how it performs.

Great Jacket, does run large.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large

As the other reviews say, this jacket does run large, had a customer purchase a small, who is roughly 5'11" and about 165 lbs and usually wears a medium, however the small fits perfectly, with room for a light layer underneath.
Quality product from a quality brand.

Great Jacket

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

Definitely a great rain jacket, my go to on those rainy days. It does run a bit big, but I like my stuff a little bigger and longer so it was perfect. I usually wear a hoodie or a layer underneath it, so it works out perfectly! Wear this on really rainy days on campus as well as hiking and camping with inclement weather on the forecast. Packs very nicely into the chest pocket for backpacking, and is super lightweight

Fantastic Rain Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

Patagonia does it again with another sweet rain jacket. This sucker has Patagonia's patented H2No membrane and it works great in even the wettest conditions. It also packs away really small and is super lightweight. My only gripe about it is that the sizing did run a little larger than I expected, especially in the sleeves. But with the velcro cuffs on the sleeve it's really not a big deal. The Noveau Green is a beautiful color. Get that one.

Great Jacket

  • Size Bought: Small

Purchased this for spring ski tours, breathable and has pit zips. Can dump heat when you need to and keeps you warm with some layers underneath. The stretchy fabric moves with you, doesn't feel or sound like a garbage bag like some other jackets.

Unanswered Question

Is this jacket strong / substantial enough for alpine skiing? I've been comparing it to the triolet and priolet, but it would be nice to have the lighter weight of the rain shadow.

Does this jacket have pit zippers?

This jacket does not have pit zips.

Sizing off

    Great jacket, perfect for backcountry touring, but Patagonia is off with their sizing for their regular fit. I'm 6'0, 165lbs and usually wear a medium but was swimming in this jacket. Sleeves were too long as was the overall length of the jacket. This medium was made for someone 6'2, 185lbs it's seems. Have run into this issue with their regular cuts like this. The slim fit seem to be appropriately sized however.

    These reviews are awesome for the community, thanks Chris !

    Light weight jacket

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

    Very nice light weight rain jacket, but unfortunately I returned mine because the sizing was really big. I bought this as an everyday jacket for spring, summer and fall. If your going to use it for outdoor activities like climbing, you may be ok with the extra room for mobility. It would be a great jacket to stuff in a day bag for hiking, etc. The material is pretty thin, so if you abuse your jackets I would question the durability over time.

    How would the waterproofing compare on this with other lightweight 2.5 layer shells like the Marmot Essence or Mountain Hardware Stretch Ozonic?

    Snorske, this will provide similar or even better waterproofing than either piece you mentioned and is backed up by Patagonia's Iron Clad guarantee.

    Regular Fit? With the stretch feature, is this jacket truly a regular fit where I could layer an R1 and a Nano Hoodie for cold weather?

    Thomas, really depends on your build and the size you buy. I'm 6' 170 and would need a large if I were to layer a Nano and an R1, but a medium is great for just an R1 or something similar underneath.