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.
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.
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.