Patagonia Stretch Ascent – Hard Shell: Reviews

Chances are you won't be tracking a wolverine anytime soon. But that's exactly what one of our testers—an employee of Alaska Mountain Guides—did for several hours in the Stretch Ascent. His report: The 2.5-layer fabric fended off brambles and waves of heavy rain, while the combination of pit zips and mesh-backed front pockets kept him cool. The single-adjustment hood provides as much protection and peripheral vision as jackets with multiple adjustment points. Unlike them, it can be adjusted on the fly with one hand. 16 oz; patagonia.com

Bonus: The 100 percent recycled fabric can be recycled again through Patagonia's Common Threads program.

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