Everyone in the PNW knows the need to have a solid winter weather top. For most of the state, a super bulky and super-cold-tested jacket is nice, but not altogether necessary most of the time. What IS necessary is functional outerwear for those November-February days that can withstand those 35-40+ degree temperatures. I recently checked out the Patagonia Thermal Airshed Jacket, an insulated jacket that is equal parts style, comfort, and construction. It is midweight, yet holds up perfectly well for Pacific Northwest winters (and beyond).
Before getting into the jacket itself, I want to promote Patagonia’s commitment to environmental responsibility:
Designed for hybridized warmth and maximum breathability while moving in cold weather, this jacket has 100% recycled polyester PlumaFill insulation in the front panels and arms for warmth; the panels in back and under the arms are not insulated to allow heat dumping during high-output. The main body fabric is 100% polyester (87% recycled) and is highly breathable, with a PFC-free DWR finish (durable water-repellent chemistry that does not contain perfluorinated chemistry) for additional protection while you’re on the move. Fair Trade Certified™ sewn.
68% of our fabrics this season are made with recycled materials. Less than 10% of fibers produced globally are made with recycled materials
The Patagonia Thermal Airshed Jacket is extremely versatile. It is nice enough to wear out on the town on a chilly evening, but isn’t too flashy to not use when tossing on to do some yardwork in the rain. In fact, I have even used this as a late night, cold weather running top. Basically, it’s easily appropriate for a cold weather hike, as a post-race warm up tool, as a running top – and everything in between.
It is also quite comfortable, so much so that I sometimes hate taking it off. In fact, as I’m writing this, it is the middle of December at 6pm, and I haven’t taken it off at all today because I feel like I’m being casually hugged by the jacket. It’s that nice. As someone who typically wears a Large in most instances, I found that the sizing was pretty consistent. If you fall between two sizes, and are wanting a roomier fit to layer, then go up. If you are looking for a more slimming profile, choose the lower one. I also really appreciate the length of the sleeves, something that individuals with longer arms (myself included) struggle to find. A minimal “complaint” is the lack of outer pockets. There are two internal zipped pockets – one that converts to a stuffsack and another which is great for gloves or holding pretty much any small-medium sized items.
As far as function and construction goes, Patagonia very seldom (if ever) gets it wrong. I have a number of Patagonia items in my closet that continue to hold up year after year, even despite tons of wear and tear.
Overall, this is a fantastic jacket and one I continue to feel good wearing, both in comfort and in sustainability. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Construction (from website):
- Body: 100% polyester (87% recycled) stretch ripstop
- Hem and cuffs: 5.6-oz 65% recycled nylon/35% spandex warp knit
- Insulation: 65-g PlumaFill 100% recycled polyester
- Smolder Blue
- Andes Blue
Spending over $200 for a jacket may be something you have a difficult time pulling the trigger on. However, investing in a solid coat in Oregon is not only recommended, but necessary. But fear not, if you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can return your garments within 14 days of the day you received the package.
More about Patagonia:
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Thank you to Patagonia for providing us with a sample jacket. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.