Patagonia Torrentshell Stretch Rain Jacket (Woman)
The Torrentshell Stretch Jacket is an all-out wind and rain shield for bad weather hiking and mountaineering. As Patagonia’s most technical Torrentshell jacket it features fully sealed, coated zips and is made from DWR coated, 2.5-layer H2No fabric which means it’s fully waterproof, as well as breathable and durable. Stretch panels in the arms and across the shoulders to allow for a greater range of movement and improved durability, while Velcro cuffs, and adjustable hem and an adjustable hood keep out rain and wind. Two hand-warmer pockets and one chest pocket will take care of all your storage needs, and the jacket packs away into either hand pocket for easy transportation.
|MATERIAL||H2No® Performance Standard shell: 2.5-layer, 100% nylon ripstop, with a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR (durable water repellent) finish. Reinforcements: 2.5-layer, 100% nylon with mechanical stretch, a waterproof/breathable barrier and a DWR fin|
Patagonia H2No® Performance Standard
Patagonia are the ultimate leaders in sustainability and environmentally friendly production methods, and their H2No® performance standard testing is no exception. Similarly to Gore-Tex, for a fabric to be H2No® approved, it has to pass rigorous tests to make sure it is breathable, waterproof and long-lasting; this involves a number of waterproofing tests, including one which can simulate years of wear, as well as ambassador testing to work out any weaknesses in the product and ensure that it won’t let you down while you’re wearing it. So if you’re buying an H2No® approved product, you can be sure that it will last forever, keep you protected and has been made with the ultimate respect for the planet.
The 2.5-layer H2No fabric is similar to the 3L fabric, but instead, the knit lining is replaced by a protective top coat barrier, which makes it more lightweight and ideal for backcountry skiing and snowboarding and alpine climbing. This is because of the lightness of the fabric, as well as its breathability, and it’s also really easy to pack if you’re doing short, highly aerobic activities, such as hiking a steep face.
Patagonia Lifetime Warranty:
Patagonia offer an ‘Ironclad Warranty’ which means if you’re dissatisfied with the performance of a product at the time of purchase or afterwards, or it breaks unexpectedly, they will provide a free exchange, refund or repair. They will also repair damage due to wear and tear for a reasonable price, and have a section on their website that teaches you to repair your own clothing, so there is no need to unnecessarily buy new gear.
Patagonia’s Environmentally Friendly Business Plan
Right from the start, Patagonia has been at the forefront of environmentally friendly production, and are still one of the only companies in the world that offer a completely transparent supply chain to anyone who cares to look.
It all started after the opening of the first Patagonia store; chemicals used in the farming of the cotton started to give the shop staff headaches, so they developed fleeces made from recycled plastic bottles and started to use exclusively organic cotton. As the time’s gone on, Patagonia have implemented a traceable down program, use responsibly sourced merino and Bluesign approved materials. The recycled materials they work with are even more impressive: cotton, nylon, polyester, down and wool, as well as making use of natural materials such as hemp and undyed cashmere.
Aswell as making use of the best possible materials and production methods, Patagonia also make sure everyone of their employees is treated fairly, from the shop floor to factories all over the world. They also donate a percentage of their yearly profits to environmental initiatives and community projects across the world.