Gear Review: Patagonia Triolet Jacket
Official Website: Patagonia
Summary: The Patagonia Triolet Jacket is a go anywhere, do anything technical shell that will keep you dry in any conditions.
Weight: 589 g (20.8 oz)
The Patagonia Triolet Jacket is a go anywhere, do anything technical shell that will keep you dry in any conditions. This stormproof and bombproof jacket will help you complete any objective. Whether you’re shooting for first tracks, glacier travel, alpine starts, backcountry epics, alpine ice, Pacific NorthWest downpours, or blizzard conditions, the Patagonia Triolet Jacket should be your first choice.
Once again Patagonia designed one sweet alpine jacket. The Patagonia Triolet Jacket will excel in wet conditions like the PNW, but it is also my shell of choice anytime a hard shell jacket is necessary. After some time apart, Patagonia and Gore-Tex are back in business with the Triolet Jacket. A performance 3-Layer, nylon, durable, waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex shell finished with Patagonia’s DWR Finish (durable water repellent) makes the Triolet Jacket the ideal choice for backcountry adventures. Add it as your final layer and you’ll stay dry all day long.
The Patagonia Triolet Jacket offers superb pocket selection. It features two hand pockets and two chest pockets. All large enough for whatever you want to stash – Voile Straps, Gu, compass, etc. All zippers are watertight Slim Zips with a super low profile that are hard to snag on anything. Plus they keep the elements out. The pockets are well placed to be easily accessible when wearing a harness or pack of any size. There is on inner mesh drop pocket for large items, but I do wish there was an inner zip pocket, but maybe I’m being greedy.
Accompanying the four outer pockets are two massive pit zips. These are among the longest pit zips I have seen on a technical shell. Featuring two opposing zippers, the pit zips can be opened as small or as large as you desire making it super easy to dump heat. If you open them all the way, it may feel like you have baggy bingo wings that catch the wind. Pit zips are an essential component for any technical shell because of the added breathability and the ability to dump heat for climate control. I approve of the Triolet’s pit zips.
I’m a tall and lanky person. With Patagonia I always opt for XL for added arm length, but I think they lengthened the arms from normal Patagonia fit on the Triolet Jacket. Luckily, a solid velcro closure allows the cuffs to stay snug and the added length doesn’t get in the way. The body is large, but I like this because it comfortably fits over all of my layers keeping me dry in the most dismal conditions.
The Patagonia Triolet Jacket allows for plenty of mobility. There is room to move. It’s not confining, which makes it easy to dig pits, coil ropes, swing an axe, or make crux moves. Overhead mobility is enhanced due to gusseted arms that don’t let the jacket rise up when you reach overhead. In many reviews on the Patagonia Triolet Jacket, there are complaints on the size of the hood. I had absolutely no issues with the hood. It fit over my Smith Vantage Helmet with no problem. The hood does not interfere with visibility at all and the visor is helpful in a downpour or a blizzard. It can be cinched down tight without a helmet too.
I’m also impressed the the durability of the Patagonia Triolet Jacket. All Patagonia shells are abrasion resistant, but the Triolet features 70 denier fabric on high wear areas for extra reinforcements where you need it. If something did happen, Patagonia always honors their ironclad guarantee. The jacket feels thick, but weighs nothing. Officially, it only weighs 589 g (20.8 oz). For a beast of a technical shell, the Patagonia Triolet Jacket packs small too. It can easily get stuffed into any corner of your pack on the uphill and you’ll hardly notice it’s there until you need it.
As always, Patagonia has created another winner. The Triolet Jacket is part of Patagonia’s Common Threads Garment recycling program so let that eco-friendly part of you smile when you wear it. The Patagonia Triolet Jacket is a well designed, weatherproof, breathable technical shell ideal for mountain adventures. It gets my thumbs up and is currently my go-to hard shell jacket. I definitely like it better than my old go-to, the Marmot Troll Wall and would recommend it for anyone seeking a technical shell.
Official Patagonia Tech Specs For The Triolet Jacket
- 3-layer durably waterproof/breathable and windproof nylon GORE-TEX® fabric
- Drop-collar, helmet-compatible Optimal Visibility Hood™ with laminated visor provides good visibility in poor conditions
- Touch Point System™ with embedded cord locks in hood and hem for quick-and-easy adjustment
- Gusseted underarm panels let you reach without raising the body of the jacket
- Harness- and pack-compatible pockets and pit zips feature coated, watertight Slim Zips that reduce bulk and weight; internal zipper pocket
- Low-profile gusset cuffs create a tight wrist seal
- Shell: 3-layer, 4.2-oz 40-denier 100% nylon GORE-TEX® fabric. Reinforcements: 3-layer, 5.5-oz 70-denier 100% nylon GORE-TEX® fabric. Shell and reinforcements have a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
- 589 g (20.8 oz)
- Made in Vietnam
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