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Patagonia Airshed Pro Pullover Review

A comfortable, lightweight performance top that blurs the line between a shirt and jacket
patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review
Credit: Patagonia
Price:  $130 List
Manufacturer:   Patagonia
By Nick Bruckbauer ⋅   ⋅  May 12, 2020
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SCORE


RANKED
#7 of 10
  • Breathability - 30% 6.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 4.0
  • Comfort and Mobility - 20% 9.0
  • Portability - 15% 9.0
  • Features and Visibility - 15% 5.0

Our Verdict

With its soft and comfortable windshirt design, the Patagonia Airshed Pro Pullover is a lightweight, high-performance option for fast-moving activities. As part of Patagonia's High Endurance Mountain Running Kit, the Airshed Pro straddles the line between a shirt and a jacket, making it a capable water-resistant outer layer for fast and light adventures during most conditions. Runners or high-intensity mountain athletes looking for a versatile layer will appreciate the soft comfort and lightweight athletic fit of the Airshed Pro. Just keep in mind that, when the weather turns truly nasty, a more substantial and protective outer layer will probably be necessary.
REASONS TO BUY
Very light
Soft and comfortable material
REASONS TO AVOID
No pockets
Limited weather resistance

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Pros Very light, soft and comfortable materialUltralight, packs into its pocket, breathable, very comfortable, versatileLightweight, very breathable, comfortable, wool-lined hood, good visibilityVery light, excellent breathability, adjustable hood, great visibilityGood breathability, lots of pockets, portable
Cons No pockets, limited weather resistanceNo reflective visibility featuresHood not adjustableHarder to pack into its pocket than someNo reflective accents for visibility
Bottom Line A comfortable, lightweight performance top that blurs the line between a shirt and jacketWhen you're looking for an ultralight, packable jacket, this model is second to noneThis is a very comfortable jacket with a wool-lined hood and wool panels for breathability in the armpitsYou won't be missed in this super breathable and ultralight jacket with excellent visible colors and reflective materialsA comfortable jacket with just the right balance of weather protection, breathability, and weight, with a lower sticker price than the higher-end models
Rating Categories Patagonia Airshed P... Patagonia Houdini A... Smartwool Merino Sp... Asics Men's Fujitra... Brooks Canopy
Breathability (30%)
6.0
8.0
9.0
9.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
4.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Comfort and Mobility (20%)
9.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
Portability (15%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Features and Visibility (15%)
5.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Patagonia Airshed P... Patagonia Houdini A... Smartwool Merino Sp... Asics Men's Fujitra... Brooks Canopy
Measured Weight (size Medium) 4.5 oz 4.1 oz 5.2 oz 4.1 oz 5.6 oz
Number of pockets 0 1 2 1 3
Main Material 100% Nylon 51% Recycled Nylon, 39% Nylon, 10% Polyester with DWR finish 100% Nylon, non-PFC DWR finish 100% Nylon 100% Recycled Polyester
Unique Features Integrated stuff sack, double zipper Carabiner clip-in loop Packs in to right hand pocket, wool vented pits Laser-cut ventilation holes Carry sling attaced to integrated stuff sack
Vent Type Front zip vent None Armpit Armpit, back None, breathable material only
Reflective material? No Logo Yes Yes None
Hood? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Patagonia Airshed Pro is a unique addition to our running jacket lineup. More of a windshirt than a true jacket, this versatile piece is soft and comfortable enough to be worn as a mid-layer and is warm and weather-resistant enough to be worn as an outer layer in milder conditions. The soft, stretchy material on the sleeves and the hood provides a comfortable performance fit for fast and light activities, and the lightweight construction makes wearing it or stowing it away a breeze.

Performance Comparison


patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - part of patagonia's mountain running layering system, the airshed...
Part of Patagonia's mountain running layering system, the Airshed Pro is a versatile windshirt that can be worn as a mid-layer or an outer layer depending on the conditions.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Breathability


The Airshed Pro provides reasonable breathability, but falls behind other models that have larger mesh panels in strategically placed areas. The Airshed's main body is made from a lightweight 100% nylon stretch taffeta material that is softer than most other jackets in the lineup, and the lower arms and hood are constructed from double-knit Capilene Cool fabric. While the Capilene Cool fabric is certainly lighter and more air permeable than the main body material, we found that even in these areas, the breathability is somewhat limited because of the snug fit that keeps the fabric tightly bunched against your body.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the capilene cool fabric in the arms and hood is more breathable...
The Capilene Cool fabric in the arms and hood is more breathable than the main body, but the tight fit restricts breathability.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Another interesting addition to the Airshed Pro is the unique double zipper on the front of the shirt. When the main zipper is zipped up all the way, you can open the bottom zipper for extra ventilation while still providing coverage and protection for your shoulders and head. While this is certainly an innovative idea, we found that this zipper doesn't open up wide enough to provide much noticeable ventilation while running.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the unique double zipper provides an opportunity for ventilation...
The unique double zipper provides an opportunity for ventilation, but this was not as effective as we had hoped, since it doesn't create a very big opening.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Weather Resistance


Since the Airshed Pro is designed as a versatile windshirt that can be worn as a mid-layer or an outer layer, the weather resistance doesn't quite stack up to other models designed to provide greater protection. While the main body's 100% nylon stretch taffeta is treated with a Durable Water Repellant (DWR) coating that provides respectable water repellency, the Capilene Cool material on the lower sleeves and hood is completely water permeable.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the capilene cool material on the hood and the sleeves is very...
The Capilene Cool material on the hood and the sleeves is very comfortable but is completely water permeable. As a windshirt designed to be worn with a waterproof shell, this is where this model struggles when compared to other running jackets.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

This permeability may not be an issue during light drizzle where larger water droplets don't directly contact the material, but once the real rain begins, those fabric panels will be soaked through pretty quickly. While this reduces the scores of the Airshed Pro in this review, note that Patagonia considers this a windshirt, and its intended use is as part of an overall kit that includes a fully waterproof outer layer.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the main body material is soft and stretchy and provides good wind...
The main body material is soft and stretchy and provides good wind resistance.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

While the Airshed Pro struggles a bit with water-resistance, it is a strong performer for wind resistance with its soft and light nylon taffeta body material.

Comfort and Mobility


With its well-tailored athletic fit and soft, stretchy materials, the Airshed Pro is one of the most comfortable models that we've tested. The main body material is much gentler to the touch than most other jackets we reviewed, the double knit Capilene Cool material on the sleeves and hood is even more luxurious, and the snug fit of these high-end materials seems to hug your body as you move.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the airshed pro is one of the most comfortable options that we...
The Airshed Pro is one of the most comfortable options that we tested, blurring the line between a shirt and a jacket with its soft, light, and breathable material.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Even the hood is well-fitted and hugs the head closely, eliminating the need to wear a hat or beanie in mildly cold conditions. While there are no cinch cords or adjustable features on the Airshed Pro, it's a tough one to beat if you're looking for the softest, most comfortable materials.

Portability


At a measured 4.5 ounces in a men's size medium, the Airshed Pro packs into a stuff pocket on the back of its hood and can compress down to the size of a small piece of fruit. One of a handful of incredibly light and compressible products in our lineup, packing and unpacking this model is quick and easy, making transitions a breeze. When it's time to stow it away in your pack, you'll hardly know that it's there.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the airshed pro weighs in at 4.5 ounces in a men's size medium and...
The Airshed Pro weighs in at 4.5 ounces in a men's size Medium and packs into a built-in stuff sack in its own hood.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Features


As a minimalist design with high-end materials and construction, the Airshed Pro is light on extra features in order to save weight, with no pockets or adjustment cords. It does have a reflective logo on the chest for a small dash of nighttime visibility and a two-way zipper, but this is a minimalist design all the way.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - this is definitely a minimalist design, with no pockets and very few...
This is definitely a minimalist design, with no pockets and very few additional features.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Value


The retail price of the Airshed Pro lands it in the middle of our lineup, which reveals a solid value for a windshirt/jacket. While the soft, comfortable, and high-end materials stand out, so do its limited weather protection and lack of pockets or extra features. For a comfortable windshirt that has the versatility to be a mild-weather outer layer or an extreme-weather mid-layer, this provides a solid value for the runner looking for that specific product. Others looking for a dedicated mid-layer or outer layer may find a better value in other products.

patagonia airshed pro pullover running jacket review - the airshed pro provides excellent value for runners or outdoor...
The Airshed Pro provides excellent value for runners or outdoor athletes looking for a high-performance layer who are aware of its limitations as a windshirt.
Credit: Nick Bruckbauer

Conclusion


With a snug performance fit and soft, luxurious materials, the Patagonia Airshed Pro Pullover is a comfortable windshirt that you'll love to wear during the right conditions. It's an interesting blend that blurs the line between a mid-layer and a jacket and could be a great option as part of your layering kit. While we might not wear it by itself when the forecast calls for precipitation, it makes a great choice for fast and light missions in milder weather.

Nick Bruckbauer
 
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