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Patagonia Leashless Jacket Review

   

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Overall avg rating 4.0 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: February 4, 2014
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Pros:  Good materials.
Cons:  Heavy for an Active Shell jacket, PIT ZIPS are unnecessary, handwarmer pockets get covered by pack hipbelt.
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Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: Max Neale ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ August 22, 2013  
Overview
We've been waiting several years for Patagonia to come out with a Gore Active jacket for climbing and hiking. The forthcoming Spring 2014 Leashless is it. But we are not at all impressed. The jacket has two low-lying handwarmer pockets that get covered by a pack's hipbelt, only one chest pocket, and PIT ZIPS.

Through testing more than 20 top-tier hardshells we've found that pit zips are unnecessary (and therefore a drawback due to their increased weight) on highly breathable lightweight jackets, like the Leashless. The jacket weighs 13 oz., which is heavy for a Gore Active jacket.

The Leashless' main competitor is the Arc'teryx Alpha FL, which weighs 2 oz. less, and (starting in spring 14) uses a more durable Gore Pro membrane--we much prefer this jacket to the Leashless. If you want a jacket with handwarmer pockets we highly recommend either the Arc'teryx Beta FL or Patagonia Super Pluma, both of which (we are confident) perform much better than the Leashless for all-purpose use and climbing. You can compare these models, and all others tested, at the Hardshell Jacket Review.


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   Feb 4, 2014 - 03:16pm
wflan · Skier · Denver
Just my two cents - the pit zips aren't really a negative. I think they're a positive - maybe I just work harder when I'm wearing my shell. When skiing, hiking, and biking, it's nice to be able to quickly adapt and stay sweat free. Even though it's fairly breathable, you can still get too warm. For less than the weight of a granola bar, I'll take an extra month or two of versatility.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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