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Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket and Pants | Review

Patagonia’s new Granite Crest rainwear offers everything we’ve come to expect from the brand: this is a well-built, stylish and eco-friendly jacket-and-overtrousers combo

Why We Chose It: Eco-friendly, good feature, protective

A new offering for 2022, the Granite Crest range comes with all the eco credentials we’ve come to expect from Patagonia. It consists of a technical waterproof shell and a pair of equally technical waterproof overtrousers. With a three-layer construction using the brand’s own H2No waterproof-breathable tech, both garments are designed to be both high performance and responsibly made, using recycled fabrics with no nasty PFC-based water repellent treatments.

Who are the Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket and Pants for?

Patagonia describes the Granite Crest range as “ideal for all-day movement on the trail in wet conditions”. That might describe a typical hillwalking day here in the UK, so this is a good jacket-and-overtrousers set for day hikers heading out to bag a few summits in, say, Snowdonia or the Lake District.

OM deputy editor Jordan wearing the Granite Crest jacket out on the Cumbria Way in the Lake District. Photos: Joe Whitmore

At a fraction over 400g in a men’s medium, the shell is reasonably light, especially for a three-layer jacket. That also makes it a good choice for backpacking trips and other extended outdoor adventures where weight is a key consideration. The trousers weigh in at 264g (men’s M) and are also nice and packable, completing the set if you need head-to-toe waterproof protection.

The three-layer construction also ensures they are more protective and comfortable than 2- or 2.5-layer alternatives, while also promising increased durability. H2No is Patagonia’s own membrane, and this comes with good hydrostatic head and breathability ratings, so these are much more than ‘just in case’ waterproofs. This is a combo you can rely on even in sustained downpours.

Eco Credentials

As mentioned, the Granite Crest range uses Patagonia’s own H2No three-layer waterproof fabric, which bonds a 30-denier nylon face fabric to a PU-based membrane, with a soft jersey backer. Importantly, the fabric is 100% recycled (made from discarded fishing nets to help reduce ocean plastic pollution), as well as being finished with an eco-friendly DWR treatment that is completely free from harmful PFCs. That ripstop nylon face is reasonably robust too, promising decent durability – a further plus on the sustainability front.

As with the vast majority of new Patagonia garments, they are Fair Trade Certified sewn, which means the people who made it earned a premium for their labour.

Construction and Performance

The jacket is well-equipped, ticking all the boxes for a reliable hillwalking shell. The main zip and external chest pocket feature laminated, water-resistant zips, while those on the two hand pockets and pit zips are both reverse-coil designs, protected by storm flaps. The hood has a laminated brim and three-point adjustment. It cinches in well, offering good face protection.The overall fit is relatively roomy. It might be worth sizing down if you prefer a trimmer-fitting shell. But Velcro cuff tabs and a single hem drawcord offer a good weatherproof seal.

The rainpants have a zip fly with a snap button closure. They also feature articulated knees for improved mobility, and a secure right-thigh pocket for easy access. The ankle cuffs have a streamlined design with an adjustable press stud closure and tie-down loops. This ensures a close fit over your boots, with the ability to keep them in place so the ankles don’t ride up.

Hannah Bailey in the women's Granite Crest. Photos: Rupert Shanks https://www.rupertshanks.com/

But the best features are the extended side zips, which run from hem to hip for easy pull-on over boots, even if you’re forced to don these trousers halfway up a rain-sodden hillside. The zips themselves are also laminated to ensure they stay reliably watertight. It’s just a shame they only have a single one-way zipper, which means you can’t open the upper section for ventilation. We always find this is great for helping dump heat and internal moisture build-up when you’re working hard up a punishing mountain ascent.

Verdict

This is rainwear that does all the basics well, and more. You get reliable wet weather protection, solid durability and a good range of features in a lightweight and comfortable package. The shell stuffs away into its own pocket, while the overtrousers are similarly packable, so this set is a good choice for hillwalkers and backpackers alike.

Most importantly though, the Granite Crest range also brings with it some impressive sustainability credentials, including a fully recycled fabric and a PFC-free finish. All in all, it’s a very versatile three-season option from one of the most outspoken and stridently eco-conscious outdoor brands around

“To someone like me there is little special about the Granite Quest jacket, but it encompasses so much that lots of other brands don’t offer. A well cut, waterproof membrane jacket, not overloaded with features. The strength of a good design is what you leave out, as opposed to how many extra features you can cram in. The more pockets, the more stuff we put in them = the less permeable that area of the garment is; a wired visor is vital for the wind of this country; to me this is a KISS jacket – keep it simple (…stupid), but with great quality & even better responsible manufacturing.”

Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket

Selected for our Green Gear Guide 2023

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