Patagonia Traverse Jacket ReviewMarch 21, 2014
- 93% recycled content
- Super breathable
- Excellent water-repellency
- No media pocket
- Not so wind-resistant
- Elastic-free cuffs take some getting-used-to
The Traverse’s polyester fabric offers impressive light rain resistance and excellent breathability. It has been redesigned to cater more specifically to core trailrunners, which may explain the omission of the media pocket and perimeter reflectivity we’ve come to expect from other running jackets.
Patagonia’s Deluge DWR treatment kept steady rain from soaking the Traverse Jacket for over an hour during one trail-run. It is, however, designed to be highly air-permeable and does not resist much wind.
Stellar air-permeability – it was nearly impossible to overwhelm this jacket with body-heat and -humidity.
Stretchy, fast-drying polyester and minimal seaming help to make the Traverse super easy-to-wear, but the non-gathered cuffs are odd at first and can be a nuisance for short-armed users.
As a full-zip, stretch-woven softshell, there’s only so light a jacket can get… That said, the Traverse is a little on the heavy side for a running-specific piece.
Attention to Detail
There’s a good chance that Patagonia was responding to requests from their trail-running ‘Ambassadors’ when they redesigned the Traverse without a media pocket and with minimal reflectivity; even so, most users were disappointed with their absence.
This jacket boasts magnificent rain protection for its breathability, but its other features were somewhat lacking. The Traverse is a reasonable softshell value for a dedicated trail-runner.