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Patagonia Guide Review


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Overall avg rating 2.5 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: March 16, 2014
Street Price:   $119 | Compare prices at 1 resellers
Pros:  Recycled materials, good zipper.
Cons:  Baggy non-adjustable cuffs, poor styling, bad hood cincher.
Best Uses:  Around town, snowshoeing.
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Manufacturer:   Patagonia
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 16, 2014  
The Patagonia Guide jacket has been replaced with the Patagonia Alpine Guide and the Patagonia Simple Guide jackets. See those reviews individually and our Softshell Jacket Review to compare all of the models we've tested.

We've left this jacket's original review intact below in case you find it on sale somewhere.

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OutdoorGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review


The Patagonia Guide is a mediocre casual use softshell. The best part of the jacket is its recycled material content (47 percent) and Patagonias strong environmental programs, which receive your support through the purchase of this jacket. While the Guide Hoody can be used for everything from ice climbing to nordic skiing, and multi-pitch rock climbing, other softshells perform at a higher level and look better.


Out of the 16 softshells tested here the Patagonia Guide was most disappointing. It has neither unique nor performance-oriented features, is baggy, non-adjustable cuffs (larger gloves will need to go over the sleeves and thin gloves will let cold air in), waist height pockets (a backpacks hip belt will cover them), and a bad hood cincher (most jackets have a three-point tension system, but the Guide has one cincher that doesnt tighten the area around your neck). To top it off, this jacket looks average if not odd. The seams are bulky and blocky, giving the jacket a robotic look. Its a mediocre quality jacket with below average looks and features. You should only buy this if you want to support Patagonia and their good environmental programs. Even then, youre better off getting another jacket and making a donation directly to the cause of your choice. We think Patagonias now-discontinued Ascencionist jacket was better.

Best Application

We dont recommend this jacket.


Poor value

Other versions

The Guide jacket is also available with a hood. See our Guide Hoody review.

Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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   Jun 24, 2012 - 10:30pm
peanuts10 · Skier · Cold Lake
I'm a huge fan of Patagonia products but I must agree with the Gear Lab testers in regards to the Patagonia soft-shell Guide jacket. I do not recommend this jacket.

I had bought the Guide jacket to replace my Mountain Hardware soft-shell jacket which had been stolen (I'm not completely over the theft). After only a week I had come to regret my purchase. It's boxy, the shoulders of the coat tend to move back instead of staying on my shoulders and the jackets sleeves don't flex as well as they should.

I really can't comment on the jackets performance because the only time I've taken it out of the closet was to walk to the corner store.

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this product to a friend.
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