Made for wet, humid climates, the Patagonia Cloud Ridge Jacket proved to be a perfect companion for the changeable Irish weather.
Our thoughts on the Patagonia Cloud Ridge Jacket:
The Patagonia Cloud Ridge Jacket fit nicely. I wore a medium and am a pretty standard UK 10. The jacket is a little roomy but it does mean I’ll be able to wear it on winter days with a lightweight down jacket underneath. There was nice length on the sleeves and body (I am tall so this is always a bonus!). Small touches such as a soft microfleece on the back of the neck and chin were a welcome addition.
Heavier than the likes of the OMM Kamleika, I was slightly concerned about warm and damp weather runs and hikes. However, this jacket is made for wet, humid conditions and it does regulate temperature really well. Additional ventilation is available through the mesh pockets, but as someone who likes to keep lots of junk in my pockets, I would have preferred pit zips.
Does it keep you dry?
It sure does. Using its own H2No technology, the water rolls of this 3-layer jacket excellently. I’m yet to be tested in a torrential downpour but it fared well in a heavy shower. It has robust waterproof zips and the 2-way adjustable hood with an easy to use stowaway cord and hook offers great coverage and in turn protection from the elements. My only gripe with the helmet compatible hood was that it was a touch too bulky for my liking.
I love the raised pockets that sit up above the hip belt of my pack. The lightweight packable sack is also a welcome addition.
Overall verdict of the Patagonia Cloud Ridge waterproof shell
It might not be the cheapest, but Patagonia makes quality gear that stands the test of time. A definite thumbs up as this jacket will take you through all four seasons in the hills in Ireland. It looks pretty good too!
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