Patagonia Stretch Rainshadow Jacket - Women's

Stay dry, without a shadow of doubt.

No matter what way it presents itself, precipitation is simply just condensed, wet globules falling from the sky. Built for those who prefer to keep the invasive phenomenon at bay while embarking on alititude-gaining adventures, the Patagonia Women's Stretch Rainshadow Jacket provides glorified performance and protection against Mother Nature's harshest forms of moisture.

Crafted with the waterproof yet breathable H2No fabric and the additional protection of a DWR treatment, this full-zip jacket is both lightweight and stretchy, so it avoids impeding your mobility even while it rebuffs rain, sleet, and snow. A helmet-compatible hood is easily rolled down and stowed should the sun come out to play. The hood is also fully equipped with a laminated visor and a single-pull adjustment tab, making on-the-go modifications easy as pie. In addition to its current waterproof membrane and DWR treatment, the Rainshadow is built with watertight zippers, including the underarm ventilation zips. The self-stuff chest pocket, minimalist hook-and-loop wrist closures, and dual-adjust drawcord hem seal the deal—or rather, seal you in for a good time.

  • Waterproof
  • Stretchy
  • 2.5-layer
  • Underarm ventilation
  • Stowable hood
  • Chest pocket stuff sack
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Bugaboos Approved

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

Took this jacket on its first trip and absolutely put it through the wringer climbing up in the Bugaboos. I tore holes in my climbing pants and my backpack, but this jacket stayed 100% intact as I worked my way up cracks and chimneys for 4 straight days. The stretch was great for climbing, and also, it's super breathable while still blocking wind and rain, which kept me from getting soaked from both sweat and the afternoon thunderstorms. Seriously, this jacket is perfect. Can't wait for winter to get here, because I'm sure it'll be great for backcountry skiing too.

Bugaboos Approved

Great for Hiking & backpacking

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

I wore this on a recent backpacking trip & it was perfect to fend off wind & light rain. It breathed, moved, & stowed well. I think I have every different type of rain coat that Patagonia makes & this was the perfect addition to my quiver for a backpacking trip.

Better than the rest

    My girlfriend says: Patagonia outerwear never disappoints and this Stretch Rainshadow Jacket is no exception. The material is softer than previous rain jackets I have owned which makes it all the more comfortable. I am already picturing wearing it on a sunny backcountry ski tour (with some layers of course) for the waterproofing and breathability. Super versatile and comfy!

    Great rain jacket!!!

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

    I researched this jacket a good deal before finally purchasing it. Initially, I wasn't sure about the price point, but I am so glad that I went for it! I have a few Patagonia Torentshell jackets and while they hold up well, the fit is not perfect and I hate the plastic feel (especially in the summer). I wasn't willing to shell out $300+ for a gore-tex model, so this Stretch Rainshadow caught my eye. The fit is spot-on for me. I am tall and thin (5'10, 125 lbs.) and often have trouble finding jackets that fit well in the body, but have sleeves that are still long enough. The XS in this is a perfect fit! It's fitted enough to wear to work, but still has enough room for an extra layer underneath (I tested it with a down vest and it was cozy and didn't look too bulky). The feel of the fabric in this jacket is wonderful. It is smooth and soft and the outer sheen has a matte look (I bought the black color). It is also stretchy enough to move comfortably with your body without feeling tight or restrained. I haven't tested it in torrential rain for hours, but it worked well for an extended time in light rain and in a quick downpour. Overall, I am very happy with this purchase and would definitely go for this option again!

    Is the front zipper two way?

    Hi Anne, Unfortunately this jacket does not have a two way zipper. If you have any other questions, please let me know. - Matthew Pizza - Expert Gearhead

    Unanswered Question

    How does this jacket compare to the Marmot minimalist?

    What's the main difference between Torrentshell jacket and Stretch rainshadow jacket?
    Is Stretch rainshadow jacket breathable?


    The Stretch Rainshadow is very soft and breathable for a hard shell jacket. The Stretch Torrentshell before it incorporated stretch panels, and the Stretch Rain Shadow here is entirely made from stretch fabric.