Why We Chose The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L: Great value, good protection, eco efforts
The last Patagonia Torrentshell proved a hit with the Outdoors Magic gear testers when it was released in 2019. ‘A sturdy, no-nonsense jacket at a great price,’ were the exact words used. Now for 2020, Patagonia have brought out a new variation of it, switching it up from a 2.5 layer waterproof construction to a 3 layer. How much has changed then? Read on…
Who Is The Patagonia Torrentshell 3L For?
Last year’s Torrentshell will probably be a better choice for the lightweight backpackers out there, simply because it’s lighter. This new version, is a touch heavier but it does have a much, much tougher build, so it would be the better choice for any climbers or scramblers.
That previous Torrentshell, like all 2.5 layer waterproof jackets, featured an outer fabric, a waterproof membrane underneath it and then a backer layer that was laminated or sprayed on. 3-layer constructions like this new update, use an extra layer of fabric for the backer. This not only adds to the overall durability of the jacket (particularly when wearing a heavy backpack) but it also helps to prevent the membrane from getting clogged up by your sweat and lovely natural body oils.
As was the case with the previous jacket, Patagonia have taken a number of steps to try to lower the impact the Torrentshell 3L has on the environment. For instance, the face fabric is made from 100% recycled fabrics, the sewing is Fair Trade Certified, the membrane uses 13% bio-based content and PU rather than the harmful ePTFE that the likes of Gore-Tex use. Finally there’s bluesign approval, meaning it conforms to a number of strict standards when it comes to environmental health and safety. There is a bit of a PFC issue however. Read Will’s Tester’s Verdict further down below to find out more on that.
All the right stuff here. You get a reliable, storm-proof and helmet compatible hood with a toggled cinch at the back and a slight peak. There’s a toggle on the hem and Velcro tabs on the cuffs. There are two-way pit zips as well – always useful to have.