The Cloud Ridge waterproof jacket from Patagonia is a 3-layer recycled and recyclable lightweight option that's packed full of features designed to keep water on the outside and to ensure maximum internal comfort when travelling at pace in warm, wet conditions.
Added to Patagonia’s rainwear collection last year, it's available in a choice of five colours for Summer 2018. From bright red Maraschino to low-key Black, there’s a Cloud Ridge jacket to satisfy both colourful and classic characters looking for solid and reliable waterproof protection out on the trail.
Whilst style is important, it’s obviously substance that counts the most in the mountain environment and this is where the Cloud Ridge really excels. No matter whether you’re trekking in the Himalayas, hiking in the Alps or hillwalking in Scotland, when the heavens open they tend to do so in downpour drenching style and finding a jacket that’s genuinely capable of keeping you warm and dry is absolutely essential.
"Weighing in at just 343g, the Cloud Ridge is one lightweight package..."
The Cloud Ridge knows what it has to do and it does the job extremely well. With it's 3-layer H2No Performance Standard waterproof/breathable protection, watertight zippers and an interior storm flap, it keeps water very firmly where it belongs – on the outside. The alpine helmet compatible hood is easy to adjust on the move when wearing gloves and the laminated visor ensures rain runs straight off the peak and not into your eyes.
The waterproof capabilities of the Cloud Ridge are more than fit for purpose but what really impressed us about this jacket is that it has been specifically designed to keep you moving no matter what Mother Nature chucks at you. Thunderstorms and relentless rain don’t need to slow you down when you’ve got a jacket that can breathe and adapt to the conditions like the Cloud Ridge.
Patagonia Cloud Ridge Jacket
Available in men's and women's versions
More info: eu.patagonia.com
The polyester fabric is comfortable next to skin which makes the Cloud Ridge ideal for hiking in humid conditions when you might just be wearing a t-shirt or vest top as a baselayer. It’s also got a decent amount of stretch across the back and shoulders meaning you can keep powering through with those hiking poles without feeling restricted on the ascent. And as your heart rate rises, the Cloud Ridge’s H2No membrane breathes with you, simultaneously negating the need for pit zips and ensuring the simplicity of this jacket. Should additional ventilation be required, the hand pockets have been cleverly designed with a mesh construction to double up as vents when things get super toasty out on the trail.
When the storm clouds pass and it’s time to go back to baselayers and shades, the Cloud Ridge jacket is easily packed away into its own stuff sack and either thrown back in your pack or clipped to your harness/pack. Weighing in at just 343g, the Cloud Ridge is one lightweight package no matter whether you’re wearing or carrying it on your back.
The final feature worthy of mention is the Cloud Ridge’s eco credentials. As outdoor enthusiasts we are all environmental stewards and should be encouraged to make environmentally responsible purchasing decisions. Opting for the Cloud Ridge as your waterproof hiking layer of choice ensures you will sleep more soundly, safe in the knowledge that you’ve invested in a jacket constructed from recycled/recyclable 3-layer fabric.
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