Patagonia Storm10 - Women's Review
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|Pros||Lightweight, breathable, packable||Comfortable, durable, breathable, simple||Durable, comfortable, versatile||Soft and supple, durable, breathable, weatherproof||Durable, breathable, lightweight|
|Cons||Less protection from wind chill, less durable||Fewer overall features, less versatile||Shorter back length limits use in extreme weather||Less streamlined design and extra large brim restrict mobility||Less comfortable, chest pockets hard to use|
|Bottom Line||This lightweight hardshell is well suited to milder climates and higher output aerobic activities||This is a remarkably weatherproof stretchy hardshell that feels more like a softshell||This a versatile, durable hardshell offers a lot for a reasonable price||A soft, supple, and stretchy 3-layer hardshell ready for rugged mountain conditions||A lightweight and durable 3-layer shell for a variety of outdoor adventures|
|Rating Categories||Patagonia Storm10 -...||Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0||Patagonia Triolet -...||Mountain Equipment...||Outdoor Research Mi...|
|Weather Protection (30%)|
|Mobility and Fit (20%)|
|Venting and Breathability (20%)|
|Features and Design (10%)|
|Specs||Patagonia Storm10 -...||Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0||Patagonia Triolet -...||Mountain Equipment...||Outdoor Research Mi...|
|Measured Weight||8.3 oz||12.5 oz||16.4 oz||12.9 oz||11.9 oz|
|Length of back, from base of neck to bottom||26 in||26 in||26 in||28 in||27 in|
|Material||H2No Performance Standard shell: 3L 20D 100% recycled nylon ripstop face, 7D tricot backer, waterproof/breathable barrier and DWR finish||3L recycled polyester knit face with PU membrane and recycled polyester backer/Proflex||3L 75D 100% recycled polyester Gore-Tex shell with a waterproof/breathable barrier and DWR finish||3 layer DRILITE STRETCH 20D fabric with fluorocarbon free DWR||AscentShell 3L, 100% nylon 20Dx45D mechanical stretch ripstop with 100% polyester 30D woven backer|
|Pockets||1 external chest, 2 hand||1 internal chest, 2 hand||2 external chest, 2 hand, 1 interior mesh bucket||1 internal chest, 2 hand||2 external chest, 2 hand (jacket stuffs into left pocket)|
|Helmet Compatible Hood||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Harness and Hip Belt Compatible||Yes, high pockets||Yes, high pockets||Yes, high pockets||Yes, high pockets||No|
|Drawcords||1 hood, 1 waist||3 hood, 2 waist||3 hood, 2 waist||3 hood, 4 waist||3 hood, 1 waist|
|Adjustable Cuffs||Yes, Velcro||Yes, Velcro||Yes, Velcro||Yes, Velcro||Yes, Velcro|
|Two-Way Front Zipper||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Warranty Policy||Ironclad Guarantee||Guarantee covers the original owner with proof of purchase, for the usable lifetime of the product||Ironclad Guarantee||Fully guaranteed to the original owner against defects in components, materials and workmanship.||Infinite Guarantee|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Patagonia Storm 10 feels like Patagonia's signature Houdini wind jacket, just redesigned into a hardshell. There's a lot to love about that!
The Storm 10 is made of Patagonia's very lightweight, 3-layer H2No Performance Standard shell material. Because this jacket feels very thin for a hardshell, it doesn't provide much of a barrier against wind and cold temperatures. Shells are not meant to be insulating layers, but their ability to block wind can help you stay significantly warmer in inclement weather. In milder climates, this shell does a good job of blocking precipitation. This jacket is well suited to warmer temperatures, rain, and higher output aerobic activities.
Mobility and Fit
The Storm 10 is made of very lightweight material that feels more supple and moves more readily than stiffer shell materials. The cut and design provide an excellent range of movement for even the most vigorous cold-weather pursuits, like cross country skiing, and permits comfortable arm movements. We found the hood less comfortable when worn over a helmet, so it would not be our top pick for alpine climbing or ski mountaineering, but it is likely too light-duty for those activities anyway.
Venting and Breathability
The H2No fabric in the Storm 10 is very thin and highly breathable. This jacket does not have pit zips, but the fabric breathes well enough it doesn't really need them. That said, when you do max out the breathability of this jacket with a really high pace (and body heat) or in more humid and warm/wet conditions, this fabric feels a bit more clammy, in part due to how the inside of the fabric feels against the skin.
The Storm 10 is among the lightest jackets in this review. It feels like our favorite wind jacket has been redesigned into a 3-layer hardshell jacket. It is heavier and bulkier, but not much! It is designed to stuff into the chest pocket, but when we tried, we found the pocket to be a little too small to make this a reasonable task or a useful feature.
This is a great choice for an emergency hardshell layer. It is light and compact enough to stuff into your backpack and not feel bothered that you brought it even though you had sunny and dry weather for the whole week you were out backpacking.
Features and Design
The Storm 10 is a simple and streamlined hardshell jacket. We loved the waterproof external chest pocket, and we appreciated that the jacket was designed to stuff into this pocket–though it proved a bit too tight a fit to be useful.
The hood will accommodate a helmet, but it is a bit tight, restricting this shell's utility to milder, less technical mountain pursuits. There are minimal zippers and no pit zips–just the two hand pockets and a chest pocket. This makes for a more supple jacket overall.
Should You Buy the Patagonia Storm 10?
The Storm 10 is an impressively lightweight 3-layer hardshell jacket. It is too thin to be an all-season alpine climbing shell, but it is very well suited to warmer climates, wetter days, and higher-paced activities that require a breathable shell. This is a great hardshell for the fair-weather mountaineer who wants a proper shell for the occasional storm day, but is not exposed to extreme weather at altitude or out for extended periods on longer trips.
What Other Hardshell Jacket Should You Consider?
The Storm 10 is an amazing hardshell for the weight. If you need a bit more weather protection, consider the Norrona Trollveggen Pro, a remarkable and fully featured hardshell. For another option in lightweight comfort, the Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0 is very well suited to higher output aerobic pursuits but offers a bit more weather protection and durability.
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