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Innovative, practical, gets lots of complements (not that you'd be into that)
I've never owned a "waterproof and breathable" running jacket that is actually waterproof and breathable until now. There are thinner jackets out there, but the storm racer has the perfect balance of durability and portability for my tastes. I've had it for a few months now, and tested it in Alaskan snowstorms at subzero tempera... Read Moretures as well as windy downpours in the Pyrenees; works like a charm. The side-zipper gives it a unique feel, like you're somehow invincible or just locked in and ready to go. Basically there's nothing to fuss with or adjust; you just put it on and go. This isn't designed for going out on the town, but if you do decide to use it for that my experience is that you'll get quite a few complements and questions pretty much any time you wear it.
My favourite ever running waterproof
A great jacket, tough, simple and lightweight. It's level quality design means it's a must on my winter ultra marathons. It's easy to put on even when the wind has picked up and if I've a thin pack on it'll go over the top easily without feeling too snug. Mostly I wear it with a pack over the top though and that works great... Read More too. This is replacement Storm Racer due to losing my last one, I didn't hesitate to replace it even though there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there. Basically it's never let me down. And of course Patagonia will repair the jacket if for some reason I were to damage it, so even though I view it as an expensive purchase it's actually an investment (unless you do lose it, but hopefully someone found my last one and gets as much use out of its I did!) as it'll last a very long time at minimal environmental cost!
Lightweight, didnt wet out in Iceland, great zippers, no pockets. I just traveled Iceland with this and loved it. The hood is a wonderful shape, the zippers work very well, and you can protect your lips from wind burn. If I could add to he jacket it would be an anorak style pocket in the front, and a self-cinching band in the back lower hem. ... Read MoreOtherwise its a great jacket and Ill be testing it as a winter lightweight shell.
Gimmick That Doesn't Work Well
I wanted to like this jacket. It's super light with taped seams and zippers. The design sounds like a great idea in theory: dual zippers for bottle access and ventilation. It just doesn't work. First, I don't understand the comments about it running small or the slim fit. I wear a Large in everything and this jacket is on the larger ... Read Moreside both in room and length. It's longer than a standard running jacket and easily fits over a pack. However, I would never wear the jacket for anything but running with a pack underneath. The dual zippers and bottom snap make it unusable for any other purpose. The neckline is too high and as soon as you unzip both sides, the hood starts to fall back on your shoulders and will flop around when running. The single bottom snap leaves a large open gap at the bottom of the jacket; why did they not add a velcro tab or another small snap? This jacket might work for hiking but not for running. If it had a single zipper, it would serve multiple purposes and I would buy it. As-is, I had to return it.
Hey Brad, thank you for the feedback. We're sorry to hear that it didn't work out this time. This jacket is meant to act as a quick layer for when the weather turns while running in the mountains, most of the features are designed with this in mind. The jacket does have a slim fit, you can see the type of fit for an item underneath the size range on the product page. It is odd that it ended up being large for you. The snap bottom is meant to improve ease when putting on the jacket, and the zippers up top are intended to provide access to water bottles or whatever else might be in your pack. The neckline goes high to protect the face and neck from the elements. Nonetheless, it didn't fit your needs, we're glad you were able to send it back. If you're still in the market for a quick layer, you might find that the [Men's Houdini Jacket](https://www.patagonia.com/product/mens-houdini-windbreaker-jacket/24142.html?dwvar_24142_color=WAVB&cgid=sport-trail-running-mens) is a better fit.
A near-perfect top layer to block wind and water, the lightest I've ever touched. I carry it stowed on most runs these days in case I guess wrong about layering needs in the highly variable northern Virginia winter weather. The zippers are a little fussy and not easy to engage when wearing thick mittens or with cold hands. I guess that's ... Read Morethe tradeoff for a waterproof zip. So far, I've had comfortable protection when running in 35 degree rainstorms and 20 degree windstorms. Like all hooded jackets there is significant and distracting swooshing noise in my ears when running with the hood up; not sure if that's the jacket rubbing itself or perhaps my glasses or hydro pack. My other Patagonia base layers and jackets are all size S, a perfect fit for my frame (6', 160lb, 40in chest, 31in waist). I'm glad I ordered the M in this jacket: I need the room for my hydration pack which has two front soft bottles and a water bag in back for longer runs. The two-zip design works as advertised for access and heat-dumping. I would have preferred red, more visible in the winter, but the brightly saturated blue is attractive enough. Unrelated to this product: all center-zip tops should have two-way zippers. Period. It's important to mitigate fit issues around the hips and to permit flexible heat dumping. Why does Patagonia not get this? And, if I could only find a product that keeps my nose warmer without causing my glasses to fog...
Dry as a whistle
Before running in this jacket I thought that all waterproofs running jackets meant warm and wet. This is the first waterproof that I've worn that actually kept me dry! The other week I had it on for 3 hours on a very wet and windy day in the Scottish highlands, when I took it off at the end of the run my arms and chest were completely dry, I h... Read Moreonestly couldn't believe it. It's not the lightest of jackets - still not heavy but the weight weenies out there might want something else. It packs down well into its hood. I was a bit dubious about the double zip but it actually works well. It would be great if the zips had 2 zippers on each side. To allow for easier entry into the running pack. It would be great if Patagonia made waterproof over mitts too! I find that all Patagonia sizes on the large side. I’m 183cm 82kg with broad shoulders and a medium jacket fits very well. All in all a great jacket
If a Breastfeeding Top and The Perfect Tech Jacket Had a Baby
When I tried on my Storm Racer for my wife, she immediately said That is just like my breastfeeding tops. With its dual sided zipper configuration, it does give access to my front water bottles. And the dual zipper system gives it a cool look that I would say is fashion trendy. As for function it is great. I have already worn it in 40+ mph winds on... Read More the top of Mt Humphreys and in the rain in the Grand Canyon. It kept my dry and warm, and when the weather changed, I could zip it all the way down to keep cool. It performed perfectly in both cases, providing just the right combination of light weight and functional performance. Highly recommend it.
BRING BACK THE OLD ONES
Bring back the old storm racers with one zipper in the middle!!!!! They worked so much better and could be word with a good look! I have spoken to so many runners that prefer the older style storm racer!! Please bring it back!! It is so much better and also looks WAY better.
Thanks for the feedback Will. We've passed your feedback along to our design team. For now you may find a gently used one on wornwear.com.
Water just sticks to the jacket. Went on an adventure and it was barely raining and the coat got trenches. I get that it is a thin layer but definitely a waste of money.
Hi Kyle, thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear that you were disappointed with that jacket. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
Ingenious design - excellent quality
The designers and sponsored athletes have come up with a cracker of a jacket . As you would expect waterproof with taped seams but the design is out of this world . Cut so that it can be worn over a pack, zips placed so you can access pack on the move or for ventilation. A full length zip allows removal of jacket on the move without pulling over he... Read Moread . Patagonia has all bases covered 👍
Staying Dry in PNW
Great water/wind proof lightweight jacket. The best feature are the zippers which allows access to soft flasks in my hydration vest. Currently using Ultimate Directions marathon vest and I can easily wear the jacket with flasks and long straws with the rest of my gear. The jacket looks cool also and extremely well thought out.
Genius level awesome
When I received this I was honestly skeptical. I've bought gear before that 'seemed' to be what I was looking for, but was ultimately let down in one way or another. This on the other hand is perfect. Extremely light. Super breathable (ran 10 miles with zero moisture build up inside). Sealed seams. Packs down small. Well thought out... Read More design through out. Absolutely and completely tickled pink with my jacket.
This is a very innovative shell that works well with the rest of the High endurance running kit. Especially with the Slope runner endurance vest. It does take some getting used to, with the double zip design. It can a feel a little awkward adjusting the two zips, either for ventilating, or gaining access to the vest, or zipping up for full storm pr... Read Moreotection. But you do get used to it and familiar with it's function. It fits over the Slope Runner vest well. But is awkward and not comfortable if you have poles attached. It doesn't fit over my larger capacity Salomon Adv12 vest when fully packed for winter days out in the mountains. When you might want to take more emergency kit and extra layers to increase your margin of safety. So I still need a more conventional single zip waterproof running jkt for winter (to wear my larger capacity vest over the top) and for days when using poles. The description of the High Endurance kit, does say that it's designed for 'circumstances that toe the line between running & climbing'. I'm less likely to take poles on days involving scrambling gullies & ridgelines, so this jkt is hitting the mark for it's intended purpose. The hood doesn't have a visor. So you need to use it with a peaked running cap if you want to keep the weather off your eyes. As it's designed to fit over the running vest, it does feel a little boxy and is therefore not a snug athletic fit. For shorter runs in the rain without the need to take the slope runner vest, a more conventional single zip running jkt with a visored hood and slimmer fit is easier to use and more comfortable. Patagonia, please make a waterproof running jkt based on the design of your excellent Houdini Air jkt. It's fit and hood are brilliant. Perhaps with the addition of a little snap behind the main zip, at chest height for ventillating and stopping the jkt from balooning out in the breeze. In summary, the jkt hits the mark for it's intended purpose with the intergrated High Endurance kit. Full marks to Patagonia for developing innovative solutions. And I'll continue to enjoy using it for the appropriate route and conditions. But it does mean that it's not as versatile as a more conventional, single zip waterproof running jkt.
I’ve been wearing this running in the Yorkshire Pennines this winter replacing my 5yr old previous storm racer. Horizontal rain, sleet and snow is pretty standard. This new jacket is lighter, packs down smaller and has a better hood- it doesn’t blow off in the wind and cinches well down over my cap. The double zips are good for opening up if starti... Read Moreng to over heat. It works well over the top of my Slope runner endurance vest keeping things drier and quicker to take the jacket on/off.
Multi purpose almost perfect
I have been trail running in this jacket for about two months now in the Pacific North West in the Cascades. I also use the Slope runner running vest that works well with this jacket. Some key points on functionality. Fit: provides plenty of room for extra layers and a running vest packed with water, food, extra layers and gloves. Also allows for ... Read Morecarrying poles on the vest. Ventilation: the dual zips allow for venting and as you lower them it allows flow around your arm pits venting heat and moisture appropriately. Better than I expected and even bett than other jacked I own with pit zips. Bottom snap locks things down and glad they opted to not have a draw string as this just gets in the way. It could use a second snap to lock down even further. I like the longer lengths as it keep me warmer. It could be an inch or two longer to further promote warmth and also allows water to drip below my shorts that are under my Houdini Pants. I find it easy to take off and put back on multiple times To regulate my body temperature and sweat during my running adventures. Zippers: they are long a very easy to access except if you are wearing gloves that I find a requirement when running in the cold, rain and snow. I modified the zipper pulls to include a small plastic washer I created after cutting the bottom off an orange plastic wire lock. Works great now that I can grab the zipper with gloves or even mittens over my gloves. Packability: it packs down super small and easily stuffs in the back of my Slope Runner vest. Waterproofing: so far it works great to shed water and keep me dry. Better to use your hood early when it starts to pour buckets. I where a hat with a brim to help keep water off my face since the hood does not have a built in visor . Been running trails for 25 years under many diverse conditions and this jacket has the features I find better than anything else in my poor weather arsenal for traveling light and fast. Definitely worth a close look for the discerning trail runner.
Excellent wet weather run protection
I purchased this jacket early in 2020 for its ability to layer over a running vest, easy venting from the dual zippers, waterproof layer, and packability. It checks all of those boxes and does them well. I did not have many opportunities to use it this year, but as the wetter fall came on I found it excelled elegantly through rain, wind, and then k... Read Morenee deep snow on our local ridgeline without getting too hot. Sleeve length for me is just right, covering my wrists without being tight, the hood fits well, the jacket does not bounce around in use, and the vest underneath stays dry and water less likely to freeze. The offset zippers take getting used to as they feel very different from a conventional jacket, and being small pulls I am inclined to be careful with them but had no issues thus far and I like the innovative design for this purpose. Given how I have ventured too minimally in the past I appreciate this lightweight and functional insurance for ultrarunning.
Great fit, with plenty of space for pack or vest underneath, or if you prefer your slim fitting jacket with some space for movement. The zips are great, and allow a customisable area of ventilation or if you want to reach inside. Great length at the back providing coverage of the lower back. Hood is great and works perfectly with a hat on.
Trail Running Beast Clothing!
Thank you Patagonia Pittsburgh for the advice with this new jacket! I hate being wet because it just leads to being cold on the trail. Perfect waterproof jacket for mountain ultras to keep all of your gear dry and covered and unpacks/folds in 15secs from pouch to complete cover. Currently running in a UltraSense5 and AdvSkin12 hydration packs by S... Read Morealomon and this jacket covers both packs fully equipped (minus poles for tearing reasons) with bite valve extender straws in place on the hydration chest bladders...still room to be comfortable without the jacket blowing around like a tent flap that wasn't pegged down or a piggy in a blanket. Testing...two runs in the jacket and worked well shielding the loaded pack from 28* temps with sleet and and snow. Completely dry and waterproof and the zippers allowed to dump heat are super awesome. Also note that right side of the jacket has the ability to zip through so you can take it off like a normal jacket (as opposed to a hoody); picture on website doesn't really show this detail. Love this jacket in a Small; medium would too big the sleeves would be way too long. Current measurements for my SMALL 5'7"/163lbs/Chest38"/Waist31"/Neck15.5;Arm32-33
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