We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket and summarize the results below:
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Durable even though it is so lightweight.
- Totally waterproof even though it is so light.
- Perfect for playing hard outside in wet weather.
- Great breathability through a smart venting system. (Editor’s note: venting system apparently no longer present on new version of jacket.)
- Great for wet weather running, mountain biking, road riding, and hiking.
- Attractive cut and stowable hood.
- Zippered vents on biceps do great job of venting heat. (Editor’s note: venting system apparently no longer present on new version of jacket.)
- Jacket material is very quiet – no “crunching” noise.
- Lightest weight out there.
- Packs incredibly small.
- Terrific freedom of movement and range of motion.
- Hood maintains good peripheral vision.
- Perfect for high intensity activities in wet weather.
- Is there anything Patagonia can’t do?
- Soft texture on the inside of the jacket prevents your skin from feeling wet and clammy when in contact with the jacket.
- Single pull drawstrings on hood and bottom of jacket are convenient.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- Not enough pockets.
- Back vents can get blocked by backpack. (Editor’s note: venting system apparently no longer present on new version of jacket.)
- Not the most durable.
- DWR is only average in terms of durability.
- The hood doesn’t fit over a helmet.
- It’s expensive.
The Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket might be the lightest high performance rain jacket on the market. It does two things and it does them exceptionally well – it is waterproof and it breathes. For high intensity activities in wet weather, when weight matters, this is the jacket of choice.
Note: User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on gearinstitute, outdoorgearlab, backpacker, mtnweekly.