Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 88 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.5 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 446

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Jacket length is a bit longer in the back to add more coverage and seal in warmth.
  • Lightweight and comfortable.
  • Sufficient color choices.
  • Hood can fit over a helmet.
  • Pit zips to aid in breathability.
  • Long sleeves to cover arms fully, but may be a bit too long if you size-up for extra room.
  • Waterproof and wind resistant.
  • Micro-fleece lines the inside of the neck collar to keep in warmth and prevent chaffing.
  • Outside of jacket dries quickly after getting wet.

Expert Reviews

  • Laminated visor on rollable and stowable hood.
  • Two, zipped, deep hand-warmer pockets, and internal, mesh drop-pocket.
  • Cuffs can be adjusted for a tighter and snug fit using velcro straps.
  • Microfleece-lined neck provides warmth and protects waterproof/breathable barrier.
  • Pit zips and roomy fit aid in airflow circulation.
  • Hood covers well while maintaining peripheral visibility.
  • Hood is easily cinched by two cords at the front of the hood.
  • Medium weight makes jacket a great shell for day-hiking or possibly backpacking.
  • Ripstop nylon is durable and prevents tears, making the jacket suitable for outdoor activities like climbing.
  • Carabiner clip-loop sewn into pocket.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • No flaps to cover velcro to prevent catching.
  • Lack of breathability, not suitable for prolonged aerobic activities.
  • No elastic on the cuffs, only velcro.
  • If buying true to size, jacket can be a bit tight in the hip area for some body types.
  • No cover flap for front zipper, allowing wind to come into the jacket.
  • Inside of the jacket takes longer to dry than the outside after getting wet in prolonged rain.

Expert Reviews

  • Some slight leaks around the cuffs.
  • Front zipper isn’t fully watertight sealed.
  • DWR can sometimes wear off quickly, lessening waterproof ability.
  • Not a very breathable jacket.
  • Baggy fit can cause the zipper to push out while wearing, making it uncomfortable while wearing a pack.


The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket for women is a basic rain shell, which provides a relatively lightweight, durable, water-resistant, and stylish option for outdoor use. The features, such as ripstop nylon, easily packability, and hood adjustability make this a decent waterproof jacket, but not the top option for prolonged outdoor adventures.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2.