- April 7 2011
Perfect Warm Light Weight Ski Jacket
I recently took a ski trip to Beaver Creek. Prior to leaving I realized that I need to have something better than the leather jacket that had been hanging in the closet for nearly two years. My other coats also were much to be desired. I was looking for something that was not bulky, would not be soaked if I had the chance to be skiing in powder and that would keep me warm. After, searching and searching I finally decided on this Jacket. It was perfect - light weight enough not to keep you blistering hot, rugged enough to take on the elemenets and still have the mobility that some heavier jackets dont allow. It was Perfect! The only drawback was the hood. The way the hood lays on the top of your back sort of forces the front sides of the coat open and gives you pseudo-lapels on the front. This is really not that big of an issue and I think that it has to do more with the fact I have never owned a coat with an attached hood.
- March 8 2011
Patagonia really hit the nail on the head with this one. First the light weight will impress anyone who has hunkered down in a softshell these last 5 years...most have been heavy when lined, or if unlined then drafty. Not this one. I scored a medium for a snug fit on my 6'2" 175lb frame. The "unlined" lining is plush and soft so you can pair it with a light wool base layer or add the Nano Puff for increased warmth. The front zipper has very smooth action. The hood is sweet and compat with climbing, skiing and bike helmets (depending on their shape). I use it for ice climbing, winter bike commuting (in tangerine orange for visibility) and ski touring. Sure it would be nice to have an additional inside pocket or pit zips or cuff closures....but not worth the additional weight. The hand pockets are huge so you can slide skins up inside them or other long thin items (gauntlet gloves, balaclava...) A top shelf item using a simple elemental design...
- February 9 2011
Men's Patagonia Guide Hoody
This jacket is the go to jacket for medium winter weather. Granted when it's 10 degrees and colder the down makes more sense; however, the Patagonia Guide Hoody stands up well in cold conditions. It is very water resistant considering it's a shoft shell. I wore it snowboarding in Vermont in February and the temp was 29 degrees and it was perfect. The fit is fantastic, just a great go to jacket for clubbing or hitting the slopes. I find myself grabbing my guide hoody over my new arcteryx jacket.
- March 3 2011
Great Value on a Versatile Soft Shell
This is my third soft shell from Patagonia and so far it seems like the one I will get the most use out of. The light fleece insulation is just enough to retain heat without being too hot for high-activity pursuits or too bulky for a daypack. Although there is no windproof membrane, I only felt very strong gusts cut through which is more than I can say for most soft shells. Don't expect the guide hoody to be the most water resistant of Patagonia's jackets, but it didn't absorb any moisture during a light rain storm or skiing in knee-deep powder. The fleece lined, helmet-compatible hood makes this version far warmer and more versatile than the regular guide jacket. Even though Patagonia considers the cut to be "slim fit", I had plenty of room for a couple baselayers and a windproof vest. I wear a Large for most Pagagonia pieces and found the guide hoody true to size (certainly not as snug as Arcteryx). My only complaint about this jacket is that there are no velcro wrist closures which allows wind and snow to get in your jacket unless you are wearing a gauntlet-style glove. The guide hoody is an ideal do-it-all jacket for backcountry skiing, alpine climbing and trekking at 2/3 of the cost of comprable jackets. It does not have a lot of technical bells and whistles, but it does the job.