Patagonia Traverse Jacket Review

March 21, 2014
Patagonia Traverse Jacket
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GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
82
Mobility/Comfort
8
Weather Protection
7
Breathability
9
Attention to Detail
6
Weight
6
Value
6

The Good

  • 93% recycled content
  • Super breathable
  • Excellent water-repellency

The Bad

  • No media pocket
  • Not so wind-resistant
  • Elastic-free cuffs take some getting-used-to
THE VERDICT

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. 

FULL REVIEW

Weather Protection
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.

Breathability
Stellar air-permeability – it was nearly impossible to overwhelm this jacket with body-heat and -humidity.

Mobility/Comfort
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.

Weight
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.

Value
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.

 


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MSRP
$130.00
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