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Great jacket, couple of imrovements to be a true 'jack of all things alpine'
First off, I love the jacket, the pockets, joint articulation, waterproofness (if thats a word), and Id recommend it to anyone, especially because of Patagonia's mission statement. I do however have two issues with the jacket, my last jacket hada second stash pocket on the left breast as well as the right, and I never realised how much I used... Read More it till I didnt have one, super useful for everything from gloves, to biners and food. Second, the loop designed to attatch to the pants is way too low on the jacket, meaning the jacket rises up a fair pit before the loop stop it, and I'm 6ft, so not short. I have two other suggestions which I assume were not put in due to weight considerations, but I think both would sincerely add to the jackets 'jack of all things alpine' allure. First, I think the hood should be removable, I don't use the hood 90% of the time, and I like to be able to take it off and stash it a bag or pocket rather than have it flap about. Second, I think the jacket should have a removable snowskirt. I'm east coast, so really not vital, but I'd like the option to put one in, and then take it out when I go hiking or climbing
Some minor issues
I bought this jacket for my year round hard shell to replace my worn out Super Alpine Shell. I've worn this jacket a few days a week for a few months this winter primarily in bounds skiing and ski touring. The jacket blocks the wind well and the pit zips dump heat adequately. It has kept me dry in wet snow even despite the jacket wetting out i... Read Moren the hard worn areas under pack straps; though wearing a wet jacket makes me cold despite being dry. I know the intended use is not as a ski shell, but I wish the hood was big enough to fit a large ski helmet under. I can put the hood over, but then the collar rides up too high to my nose. Additionally when wearing the hood without a helmet, the collar when zipped up sits slightly forward of my chin and allows some snow to fall inside. The vertical hood cord locks do not grip tightly enough to close this gap. I pull down on both sides, turn my head, and the cord locks easily let the shock cord run through to the full slack. I own other jackets with vertical hood cord locks positioned on the outside of the material that work great, so perhaps the lower profile interior placement is not worth the loss of function. My solution to avoid the snow infiltration has been to fold the collar back in towards me and tuck it under my chin, which works quite well. The sleeves are 1-2" too short for me (normal ape index) and so when reaching out or up, the sleeves pull up past my glove cuffs. The elasticized strap on the lumbar that connects to snow pants is right where my pack sits and rubbed when hiking, which was pretty annoying. I cut the stitch and removed the tab with no compromise to the waterproofness. The Triolet is a reliable hard shell with some ski-activity specific issues that I have worked around. I think it will function better as three season alpine/backcountry shell than as a dedicated winter ski shell.
Good shell for various activities
- rain +++ - wind +++ - movement +++ - ergonomics + My size is L but M fits me perfectly. I took Navy Blue, beautiful but only after couple of days wearing a backpack the color has worn out around the snap fastener which is located on the back. Not sure if other colors would have the same problem.
Sleek and hardcore
Most of my ski days are spent in my work uniform, so this jacket is reserved for FUN. The cut is slim, but not binding. The arms allow a full range of motion during bushwhacking, climbing, and backcountry skiing. I like the two chest pockets which are big enough to stash gloves when I need to make adjustments to gear or ropes with bare hands. These... Read More are also handy for sunglasses and a water bag. The zipper pulls are unobtrusive, but still easy to operate with gloves on. The rear snap works with my ski pants. The hood works well with a helmet, but can be adjusted to fit without one. Breathes well, yet keeps me very dry in wet snow and snain.
Bought my first in Dillon MT 18 years ago...
...and wore it flat out. Antarctica, New Zealand, in my motorcycle panniers riding across the US. It was "go-to" shell for over a decade. Sent it to "Worn Wear" and they wouldn't give me a nickle for it. That's ok, too, 'cause I used it as intended. Ordered another, same size, Large, and it flat swallowed me. I ... Read Moreguess folks are getting bigger. Medium is the new Large. Nephew now has the Large, Medium now hanging in the closet on this 70F February day in the mountains of NC (it should be in the 20's). We are back to winter soon, and the Triolet will be my "go-to" again.
Awesome jacket. Not as versatile as it portrays, though.
I just got back from winter travel to norther norway (tromso and bergen), and this was my only hardshell. This was very warm, and definitely waterproofed. Quite useful for variety of things, but it won't be my go-to, all season jacket. 1. warmth - i mean, you gotta wear it with a midlayer, but once that's all taken care of, this jacket ... Read Moreis amazingly warm. it blocks 99% of wind. I generally dont cover my neck, and zipping it up provided enough protection against wind or cold weather. 2. waterproof - It rained a lot in Bergen. for light rain, the outer layer repelled water, but the rain SOAKED into the outer fabric once it turned into downpour. i guess that was expected for breathable technical gear. The thing is, I didn't feel wetness on my skin. So it didn't soak through the jacket. It breathed well enough that i didn't even feel my own sweat. 3. weight - it's pretty lightweight. Much lighter than some durable jackets meant for hardcore skiing. However, it's not the lightest. It didn't compress as well as, say, the torrentshell jacket. Luckily I rarely needed to put it in my bag, but if i had to, it wouldve caused a lot more trouble. I will wear some other jacket for warmer weather. Overall, this jacket does what it promises to do. I can definitely see myself wearing this jacket for everything except late spring, summer, early fall, and lightweight travel.
10 Years and going strong...
I purchased the "10 yrs ago" version of this shell for running rivers, skiing, Alaska fishing trips, and all other outdoor adventures. I am continually surprised at how well it has held up to the wear and tear I have put it through over those years. I've looked closely at other models within the Patagonia brand as well as competing b... Read Morerands but always come back to the Triolet. There are lighter jackets that supposedly have the same water-proofing and insulation qualities but I just don't believe they could hold up as well as this jacket.
Not Very Warm
I purchased this for my husband under the impression that it would be a very warm, yet lightweight coat. It was lightweight, but not warm. It would have been great for autumn breezes but not the cold we were hoping it would keep out. Love Patagonia regardless, as they produce top of the line products of great quality and style.
Hi Hannah, thanks for taking the time to write us a review! We're sorry to hear about the disappointment with the jacket. The Triolet Jacket isn't insulated so it's not meant to provide much warmth. It's a waterproof breathable shell which can be worn with layers to keep warm. If you're interested in a warmer waterproof jacket we'd suggest taking a look at the [Men's Qaundary Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-insulated-quandary-jacket/27630.html?isSearch=true&dwvar_27630_color=NENA).
Good jacket. Stayed dry on
Good jacket. Stayed dry on a wet snow day. I'm 5'8" and 160 lbs wearing a medium and its a little tight in the shoulders. Although the Triolets are pretty durable, I'll save this jacket for wearing under a Ski Patrol vest and for snow and wet free ski days. I would rate it a 5 if it weren't tight in the shoulders.
Dreamy mountain jacket
I've had my eye on this model for a while. I spend most of my resort time in the 3L Patrol jacket, but I needed breathable and flexible fabrics for when I wasn't in uniform and for backcountry skiing and camping. Superlight and packable, yet heavy duty. Very breathable. The arms are pretty long, but this allows a long reach for climbing w... Read Moreithout exposing my torso. Full range of motion without binding, yet still fits sleek. Very happy with it.
A perfect Shell!
Just from a few weeks of wearing this I am already in love. It is very lightweight but totally weather proof. I fly fish in the awful climate of Upstate NY through fall and winter and this is a great addition. We did two days in 30 degree rain and I was dry and happy. I needed something bright because my fishing season is also hunting season around... Read More here. I love this bright red! And when the rain stopped I just stuffed it in my pack no problem.
Fit is awful
I had a previous Triolet jacket years ago that I absolutely loved until the seam tape came undone after cleaning the jacket. This was a replacement jacket. I am not sure what patagonia did, but the cut is awful and it isn't just this jacket. They did the same thing to the snowdrifter and powder bowl jackets. Basically, the chest, shoulders, an... Read Mored arms feels like a slim fit shirt and then the stomach area is huge. I am a fit guy who prefers to wear a fleece under my jacket, so I need some room to move in my shoulders area. I don't have a gut so all the extra room is in the wrong spot. A medium is too small and a large is ridiculously big. I am not sure why they cut their jackets this way, but it ruins a otherwise great jacket. This in no way is a normal cut. They should consider offering two cuts; athletic and normal fit. Athletic with more room in the shoulder and arms, but slimmer in the stomach area. Make the normal a little smaller in the stomach area, but make it bigger in the shoulders in arms. My only other issues is the side pockets need to be lower and bigger, the previous version had a softer feel to it that I liked, and the hood design needs some work. I would have bought the jacket despite these issues, but the fit was a deal breaker. I am returning the jacket in hopes they come up with better fits next season.
Hey Mathew, thank you for your detailed review and we're sorry to hear you're disappointed with the fit of our jackets. Our designs are constantly being revised, and customer's feedback is one of the contributing factors to these changes. We hope that we don't disappoint you in the future.
Seems pretty great but runs big
Initial impressions only as the jacket is yet untested by weather. Seems solid, well-built as are all Patagonia products. Good variety of features. Issue is that it runs really big. I am 6'1", 200lbs, +3" "ape index". I bought a large initially so I could layer and have long enough sleeves, and it was way too big, even with... Read More a layer underneath. Sent it back and got a medium, which is perfect and can take a layer underneath too.
Fit is good with room under the shell for layers. I’d tried to find something close in weight and design to the patrol jacket and even used the chat line since you can’t compare fabric weight or specs. Disappointed that there’s no powder skirt to keep in the heat and keep out the snow in powder days
Hi Eric! We're so happy you're enjoying your Triolet Jacket, but if not having the powder skirt is terribly bothersome you might want to check out our Men's Snowdrifter Jacket. It features a powder skirt and weighs just one gram more than the Triolet. https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-snowdrifter-ski-snowboard-jacket/30065.html?dwvar_30065_color=BALB&cgid=root
Way TOO small
No way is a six foot tall person wearing this jacket in size medium. The sleeves were way too short. As in, they missed my wrists by about four inches. Also, worth pointing out, this is just a shell. And as it is just a shell, cold weather days likely would require a couple other layers to keep you warm. I doubt I would have been able to zip this u... Read Morep if I had been wearing much more than a t-shirt.
Hi Sean! Thanks for taking the time to provide this feedback, it's truly crucial to improving products for future seasons. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
6'2" 170lbs, long arms. Bought Navy Blue (size M). It fits great, and it lives in my closet while I pray for snow. I loved the water resistant properties of my ski patrol 3L jacket, so I bought the Triolet jacket to wear in the city. The lightweight Triolet jacket provides a very clean, smooth aesthetic, which is perfect for business casu... Read Moreal. By comparison, the ski patrol 3L jacket is thick, heavy, robust, and box-shaped. I intend to acquire an additional, flamboyantly colored jacket, for hiking during hunting season. I can't give a 5-star rating because I haven't used the jacket in the rain/snow/cold -- it's still in my closet.
the most disappointing Patagonia product.
I bought this for ski touring and mountaineering, but recently used it for hiking and was disappointed with several features, particularly with weather protection. The two biggest flaws are that the hood design allows water to drip into the collar. The other huge issue is that it wicks water up the insides of the sleeves and hem. I got wet practic... Read Moreally up to my elbows in a relatively light rain. Admittedly the hood was meant to fit over a helmet and that might improve the leaking collar, but I don't see they helping with the sleeves. Also, this jacket is considerably heavier than comparable jackets that seem to have better waterproofing. On the upside, the zippers were watertight, the pockets were well placed.
I'm sorry to hear your feedback on this jacket. Feel free to give our customer service team a call at 1-800-638-6464 to set up a return, and to go over alternative jackets.
Rain jacket and waders
I wanted a really nice rain jacket for those times we want to dress up, and still stay dry. I'm looking forward to wearing this jacket to the symphony this winter. It's gorgeous- The zippered waders fit me like a glove and they will get many years of keeping me dry on my favorite wild trout rivers.
this was my first Patagonia Shell. I have wore it into the mountains of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, as well as fished on many of the amazing public rivers in those states. If you are looking for a bomber, lightweight, dependable piece. I think that this one is hard to beat. It would be cool if there was one interior zip pocket to hold a phone. Than... Read Moreks
fit is way off
I generally go with a large. However the large is super tight in the front and back of the shoulders. I sized up to XL and it's still tight and everything else is very very baggy. I can overlap the front part as if it were a double breasted coat. I received this jacket due to warranty exchange for my defective Super Cell jacket. Needless to sa... Read Morey I'm very disappointed with this jacket despite the upgrade from 2.5 layer to 3 layer. Very unhappy with this.
Sorry to hear that the jacket has been a disappointment. You're welcome to [return](https://is.gd/DQq2nw) it to a Patagonia-owned store or send it in for a merchandise credit.
very well made but runs way too trendy tight
I loath newer trendy modern fit outdoor clothing, Its impossible to layer properly. xxl runs same size as my older size L . this is same problem w other brands as well. simple solution is to offer 4xl and roomier arms to encourage proper layering. Kudos to you all as my goto top quality gear always seems to be made by Mr. Chounards company !
This is my first foray into the world of 3ply Gore Tex jackets. So far it has rained more than its been sunny this spring so I have had plenty of use. I have had to get used to stiffer and slightly boxier fit, the length is great, covers my bum and has kept me super dry. I gave a four star review only because I prefer a slimmer fit usually and I fe... Read Moreel Patagonia has been getting away from the technical fits of year past.
Great! Especially when properly adjusted!
When I was researching this I found a bad review on an outdoor gear lab sort of website but I thought it was for all the wrong reasons and decided I would give it a go anyway and I am very happy that I did and will explain why. I've been wearing these things in various forms since being in the Army and discovering how important Goretex is as ... Read Morean outer layer in harsh conditions. I have gravitated to Patagonia products because you can actually move in them and they are usually well made and well designed and if not you can return them. I am 6' 190 and wear a size large and this jacket fits very well. I love the versatility and simplicity and the excellent hood when properly adjusted. The aforementioned review has a guy in the shower testing it and saying it doesn't work well. Actually it works as well as any hood really can in driving rain. When properly adjusted! And the review goes on to say it is heavy and lacks this and that. Well, sometimes you want heavier 3-layer Goretex and not Goretex Pro, which is lighter. It is far from a heavy jacket, you just have to know what you are doing with it. And sometimes you neither need nor want lots of bells and whistles. If you know how to adjust a hood properly and keep your head down in driving rain or snow and understand layering and don't need lots of "features" feel confident in getting this jacket. It is strong and can go fast too!
Needs a 2-way front zipper instead of the new style
The Storm Jacket, a predecessor of the Triolet, always had a 2-way zipper. This allowed for easier fit when sitting or walking, and temperature control. It also had storm flaps that served a similar function. I need to replace my old storm jacket, and know the triolet is the closest option . . . but still I am not making the order. Please bring th... Read Moree 2-way zippers back! Why did you stop using them? Thanks for your consideration!!
Dissapointing rain civ
I agree with others who have voiced thier disappointment, horrible cuff desing for example. Nevertheless, i recnetly exchanged a previous version for the current version. My biggest concern is with the gaping space by my chin. I worry that the redesign is essentially a chimney that will allow all kinds of rain to poor in - it is really is akin to a... Read More civ. Anyway, not all change is good, and these changes seem to be horrible. I have a feeling that following our first winter rain storm, i’ll be back returning this for something else that will keep me dry.
Perfect outer layer
This jacket is totally weatherproof. The fit is relaxed enough to permit numerous layering options from heavy duty hydro or nano puff to basic capilene. It is the go to piece of equipment whether for travelling or back country. Typical Patagonia high quality design and construction make it well worthy of a ***** rating.
Large is huge and medium a little too snug. I wear Large in everything. Additionally, the hood is too big, and the cuffs are absolutely terribly designed. You cannot cinch them tight enough to stop water from running down your arm, and when you try to tighten all the way, there's a big tag end of the velcro hanging off getting in the way. The ... Read Morejacket just feels rubbery and not comfortable, but it was water proof which is only reason i gave it two stars. Absolutely awful design for the money. For that price more thought needs to go into a product.
Love this Jacket!
I'm 5'10" 170. The Medium is a bit baggy but still has a great fit. I've had Mediums in the Torrentshell and the R1 both fitting a bit more snugly. I've worn the Triolet in Florida as a very effective rain jacket and in Missouri as an equally effective shell in the snow.
Classic, amazing jacket, update has some changes to look out for
I had the 2012 model of this jacket, which I used every rainy season for the past 6 years - the 3L Gore-Tex held up well, and the DWR still beaded up nicely. I did only wash it once a season, which may have helped. I’m 5’8” 190lb with athletic build, and the previous Men’s Medium fit slim, it could take a Medium ultralight down hoody underneath but... Read More not quite enough space to let it fully loft. That was fine for my use though, as I often wore it with just a t-shirt or longsleeve baselayer. The watertight laminated zippers never lost their impregnated PU, and the hood was perfectly sized, such that I never really noticed it whether up or down - it melted into the rest of the jacket and never got in the way. The new 2018 Men’s Medium, is sized a bit larger - same slim type dimentions, i.e. straight lines, neat snug corners, but just slightly bigger overall. Now my ultralight down hoody fits with enough room to fully loft beneath. The slightly larger dimensions allow for more layering options without having the layers bind against each other. Other changes in the 2018 that I’ve noticed are: - longer body length, cover to below my bottom now (my 2012 model ended mid-bottom); so this is a plus in my book, more bad weather coverage - pit zips have a small cover flap, that is pretty narrow, so that it is very low profile and minimal bulk, but has two positives: (1) protects the rest of the jackets from the zipper hardware, such as on the arms, where they would rub if it were not for the flap, and (2) it protects from wind chill when the zips are closed - hood is roomier - the cuffs are larger, and the velcro closures are sized so that to seal out rain without gloves on, you have a considerable amount of overhang, almost 2 inches, which looks awkward and kind of gets in the way. For me, this is the only negative change. I’m sure this jacket will see me through the same 6 seasons or more of good use. I look forward to the slightly larger roominess, and I don’t think the cuff placement is a dealbreaker. The pit zip flaps are gonna be a welcome addition in chill wind too. Other features I love about the rest of the jacket that carry on are: amazing construction, neat and thin seam tape, impeccable fit and tailoring, and perfect placement of the easy-to-use cord adjusters. This is a jacket that is cream of the crop.
This is the perfect rain jacket for anyone in the Pacific NW. It is perfect for walking around the town, going on hikes, camping, berry picking, and spring skiing. My only gripe is the size of the hood when I am not wearing a helmet underneath it. Its a bit big, but you can adjust the size with the pull strings, but sometimes I wish I didn't h... Read Moreave to do that, but then my complaining goes away when I use it as my ski jacket with some layering underneath it. Some might think it is a bit too heavy duty for a rain jacket, but the 3-layers are amazing. I've owned some Patagonia 2-layer jackets and they seemed to lose the water repellent super quickly. I have owned this guy for THREE years, and yes I do wash it with waterproof soap, and spray stuff on it to revitalize the waterproofness of the jacket, but that is how you take care of your gear. This jacket blocks downpours, wind, snow, and all the stuff that mother nature will throw at you.
Excellent Waterproof Jacket
I love the Triolet jacket and I wear it at least 5 days a week all year, commuting in SF Bay Area. I recently had to warranty exchange my previous jacket due to a hole wearing through the back where the pant attachment snap inconveniently meets backpack. The new model lowered the hand warmer pockets to a point where most backpack waist straps are ... Read Moregoing to cinch off the pockets. Carrying keys in this pocket already showed signs of future material wear after one day because of how the side pockets are layed out now. Super bummed with this change to an excellent waterproof shell that has been so reliable. If you use your pockets and aren’t wearing a backpack with a waist strap (that you use), I definitely recommend the Triolet.
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