Patagonia no longer makes the Traverse. Our current Softshell Jacket review provides comprehensive comparisons of today's top contenders.
The Patagonia Traverse has been discontinued; because of this, you may want to consider the Patagonia Intraverse, $119, which our testers are hard at work testing. The Intraverse has two different types of water-resistant fabrics and is a stretch softshell, complete with hand pockets and reflective materials. The Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody also falls in the same price range and wins our Best Buy Award.
Like a fantastic Swing dance partner, the Patagonia Traverse jumps, jives, and jitterbugs with you until the early hours of the morning. Or until the end of your hike, ski, run, bike ride, or walk around town. This jacket moved with our testers' bodies more smoothly and easier than any of the other 19 we tested. It's a brilliant choice for when you need a balance of breathability, weather protection, and unrestrictive fit.
Being lighter and more comfortable than the average softshell tested, the Traverse is perhaps the most versatile jacket we tested; it works well not just in winter, but also in spring and fall conditions. This jacket wins our Editors' Choice Award because it's one of the highest performance softshells we tested and because it's commonly available for around $100. Great jacket + great value = two thumbs up.
Our testing shows that softshells perform well for specific applications. Although the Traverse is top notch, there is no single best all-purpose softshell. Furthermore, our testers view softshells as a luxury layer. They are a relatively poor value. We generally recommend purchasing a hardshell jacket and a wind jacket before a softshell.
Also, please read on for our report on the Patagonia Traverse's performance.