First Look Gear Review
Pros: Looks good, very light, great waterproofing.
Cons: Zippers/pit zips are sticky, doesn't pack in on itself, not very breathable.
Best Uses: Ultralight backpacking, everyday use.
The Rain Shadow is our previous Editors Choice Winner, but it has been discontinued. Check out the new Editor's Choice, the Patagonia Torrentshell - Women's.
All things considered, we think the Rain Shadow is a very attractive option for someone who needs a rain shell that looks good, is super light, and has some hip features on a trendy brand. We give it our Editors' Choice award for all-around rain protection with light weight and good styling. We thought that it was the best looking of all the jackets that we tested, but found it lacking in some areas of function. The biggest drawbacks to the jacket are that it doesn't pack down into its own pocket for easy transport, and that it was slightly less well ventilated than other jackets.
Performance-wise, we found the jacket to be completely waterproof, and it was on the lighter end of the jackets we tested. It is on the expensive side ($180 MSRP), so for a similar jacket with a lower price tag we'd recommend Patagonia's own Torrentshell (slightly heavier but almost the same jacket for $60 less) or go really cheap and get the Marmot PreCip -Women's or the Columbia Arcadia II - Women's.
— Erisa Coppernoll
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Most recent review: November 27, 2012
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