The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is a budget-friendly, pedigree rain layer. It performs on par with products donning a much higher price tag. It is very similar in design and construction to our Best Buy winner, the Marmot PreCip; however, the PreCip is $30 less expensive and offers slightly more ventilation, as it features pit-zips and allows venting through its hand pockets.
The new Torentshell, pictured above, gets a few upgrades. Keep reading to see what's been altered.
That said, the Torrentshell does a better job of sealing out in the downpours, offers better mobility, and its hood plays better with helmets. It is slightly more durable than the PreCip and therefore more appropriate for rough activities like climbing, backpacking, mountaineering, or occasional downhill skiing. If a truly ultralight rain jacket that you can easily clip to your harness or just leave in your pack as a "just-in-case" layer is what you're after, check out the less versatile (but only 6.5 ounces) Outdoor Research Helium II; our Top Pick Award winner for the best lightweight rain shell.