Why We Chose The Patagonia Storm Racer Jacket: durable, useful features, waterproof
One gripe we here at Outdoors Magic have with trail running waterproof jackets is in the materials used; in an effort to strip weight from a jacket, brands frequently use flimsy materials, with sub-par waterproof qualities. However, this isn’t the case with the new and updated Storm Racer jacket from Patagonia, a trail running thoroughbred which upholds impressive durability and waterproofing.
Who Is The Storm Racer For?
Although this jacket has been designed with trail runners in mind, it would also be a sensible choice for a fast and light hiking trip; the reasonably tough face fabric and impressive waterproof qualities mean that the Storm Racer can deliver the goods even with a heavy pack on (unlike other running-specific jackets). The Outdoors Magic crew took this jacket on a range of trips, both hiking and trail running, and it performed impressively – more on that further down in the review.
Take one look at this jacket and this first thing you’ll notice is the pretty unique, two zipped design. By throwing this jacket on when wearing a trail vest, the two zips allow you to fold down the font collar of the jacket, improving ventilation and providing access to your hydration flasks. The jacket has also been built with a loose fit to accommodate this, so there’s no need to size up.
“I wasn’t fully ready for how much I would come to love this jacket!”
The left hand zip runs to just below the left armpit, while the right hand zip essentially runs the full length of the jacket, giving you the option to unzip the jacket fully. An overlap of fabric and a popper securing this fabric give you the choice to open up the jacket to increase breathability, while upholding some level of weather protection.
The combination of this three-layer fabric, and the double zippers adds a little extra weight to the Storm Racer, coming in at a weight of 173g. Now, this is still an extremely lightweight waterproof jacket, it’s just not of the lightweight calibre of, say, the 100g Montane Podium or Rab Phantom.