Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody Review

July 22, 2012
Patagonia Simple Guide Hoody
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
84
Weather Resistance
7
Breathability
6
Mobility & Movement
7
Comfort
9
Attention to Detail
7
Value
8

The Good

  • 91 percent recycled fiber content.
  • Abrasion and pick resistance.
  • Excellent balance of weather resistance and air permeability.
  • Super versatile—equally at home on the mountain and at the pub.

The Bad

  • Hood is too small for some helmets, lacks adequate adjustability.
  • Hemline is too crowded (with cordlocks, seams, pockets) to layer comfortably under the hip-belt of a larger pack.
THE VERDICT

This is a solid, predictable jacket that is considerably more than the sum of its parts—a great choice for everything from rock climbing to spring skiing to snowshoeing.

ITEM DESCRIPTION

A hooded mid-weight softshell made from stretch-woven recycled polyester fabric.

FULL REVIEW

The Simple Guide is aptly named: this jacket sports no frills and few notable features, but packs a big performance punch. The ideal balance of weather protection and breathability is a constantly moving target, but for stop-and-go activities in variable weather, the Simple Guide kept me comfortable through an impressively broad range of conditions.

Fabrics
Woven with entirely recycled polyester fiber (plus 9 percent non-recycled Spandex), the Guide’s fabric scored a bonus point for “green-ness.” Roll your eyes if you must…I think it’s awesome. If the stretch-woven poly showed signs of distress after a few days of J-Tree offwidthing, or left me steamed on a steep approach hike, I’d feel much less generous…but it didn’t, and I don’t.

Zippers
The lighter-gauge-than-expected main zipper wasn’t a liability, but could’ve been a bit more burly. That little nitpick aside, the YKK zippers were just as I expected they’d be: fobbed for ease of use, garaged for enhanced weather and/or snag protection, and generally flawless.

Hood
Just a bit too small and a bit too light on adjustment to really lock down over a climbing helmet, the Simple Guide’s hood was blown back off my head a few times when gusts exceeded 30 mph. When worn without a helmet, however, the simple single-pull adjustment was sufficient to achieve a comfortable and secure fit.

Finish and Initial Quality
Simple but sophisticated, it’s the little things—a stiffener laminated into the main zip’s windflap, potentially annoying seams flatlock-stitched out of the way—that made this jacket so easy to wear. Nothing flashy, and everything in its right place.

 


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MSRP
$150.00
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$180.00
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