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5-8, 134lbs here. Bought size S, feels kinda large, but accomodates layers well. Doesnt look bad either, just not fitted. The fabric is great. I dont know if Paclite has reduced performance compared to H2NO, but it feels tough without being too crinkly. Would definitely recommend.
I ordered this during the
I ordered this during the winter in anticipation of spring rains and an upcoming trip to Scotland, so I haven't given the jacket a real test yet, I will say that I agree with earlier reviewers that having the means to secure the hood would be an improvement.
Does just about everything well
LOVE this jacket. paclite plus is the business, offering serious weatherproofing and great on skin feel if layered light, and burly protection if your out skiing or otherwise. Have quite literally worn this jacket skiing in a basin AND ohio and it did wonderfully for both, and its also my go to jacket for windy days when im on my SUP and need a tap... Read Moreered fit to do well under my PFD. Fit is true to patagonias tapered fits (R1 etc) so size accordingly. does well for the lankier builds, i have great layer flexibility with an xl but its still articulated well. Typical well thought out details with waist cinch and hood being helmet compatible, pit zips, seam sealing etc. If you arent counting ounces, and even if you are, the calcite is a worthy companion year round, especially in unpredictable environments.
I got this jacket for a three week trip to Ecuador. I wanted a lightweight jacket I could wear over a fleece, and this coat performed well during our infrequent rains. It is also a great wind breaker. While I have barely owned it for a month, I am very happy so far. Four stars because it is too soon to be too effusive.
Excellent ski shell
I used this as an outside shell for my recent ski trip to Tahoe. I had the nano sweater underneath it, and a few layers beneath that, and in 25 degree weather, I was perfectly warm. But more importantly, this kept me bone dry even during the 19 inches of snow we got one day. It was excellent. The hood fit over my helmet, and the outside chest pocke... Read Moret was very useful. My only two wishes are that there was a sleeve pocket too - that would have been perfect for my lift pass (I could not put it in the chest pocket because my cell phone was there, and the ticket does not play nice with cell phones). But I managed. My other issue was that my cell phone died from the cold, and it was in that outside chest pocket. So if there was an inside pocket, or some insulation in the chest pocket, that would make this a perfect ski shell. However, in terms of keeping my dry, I could not complain one bit. It's a tad on the large side, which is excellent as an outer shell, but not so great as a straight-up rain jacket. Also, it is not as breathable as other rain jackets, but I think that is what makes it so impervious to water. So I can live with the lack of breathability. Overall, I highly recommend this most excellent jacket.
Typical Patagonia Superlative quality product
I have been buying Patagonia products since the mid-late 70s....I still have some items from that period that are wearable in good shape..!!! I have always bought Patagonia synchilla products...shirts...pants...gloves...socks..hats.. rain gear and jackets and parkas...no Patagonia product I have purchased has ever failed...!!!.Best Damn outerwear a... Read Morend clothing a person can acquire...!!!
I am 6' and 215lbs with big shoulders. My XL Calcite Jkt #84986 has room for a thick hoody. That's my perfect fit. I like to layer up. The material is a little noisy at first. It is getting quieter the more I wear it. Works flawlessly in a snow storm. Keeping the snow and wind out. The whole purpose of buying this jacket to me is, keeping... Read More me dry. Either sweaty or rain soaked is the worst thing ever. Things can go bad when your wet. I would give this waterproof jacket 5 stars After visiting WA. Haven't hit the rain yet. My new favorite rain jacket.
Response from PatagoniaFebruary 1, 2023
We really appreciate all your feedback on the fit, sizing, and fabric of your new rain jacket! Couldn't agree more that the art of technical gear and layering is to avoid the clammy feeling whether due to perspiration or precipitation. Being able to ventilate with pit zips and wearing a wicking base layer are so key to our comfort and safety. Feel free to send a new review when you've had a chance to test it out in serious Pacific Northwest rain. Thanks for taking the time to send us a valuable review, Thadd!
Great waterproof every day Gortex Paclite Shell
Love the Calcite jacket! Purchased it in Textile Green. Great for day hiking and trekking outdoors in heavy rain, or for everyday use. It WILL keep you fully dry. I would not consider the Calcite jacket durable enough for prolonged expedition use, or to wear on multi-day alpine mountaineering in the Pacific Northwest Cascade or Olympic Mountain ran... Read Moreges during the fall, winter or spring seasons (BUT, it may possibly work for the summer months). All in all, if you want a light jacket (that keeps you dry in tree line environments) than the more durable Triolet, Dual Aspect or the Pluma jackets, THIS jacket is the one!! I rate this jacket 5 stars.
Versatile Waterproof Jacket
I've been using Patagonia products for over 20 years and this jacket doesn't disappointment. It's high quality and what you would expect from Patagonia and GoreTex. The jacket checks many boxes as a versatile, durable, and reliably waterproof jacket. For reference, I'm 6'2", 40" chest, 31" waist, 185lbs, wi... Read Moreth a longer than average torso (25") and arms (33" sleeves work best) and bought the size medium, which fits me better than a large, which is too wide and boxy. I wear this jacket for many activities year-round, ranging from casual and to work in stormy/windy weather, to hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and even shoveling/clearing snow during snowstorms. There's ample room for layering in colder temps, the jacket is relatively lightweight and doesn't feel clammy against the skin, it breathes better than the average rain jacket thanks to the Goretex Paclite Plus material and if you need to vent heat on the move the pit zips work well; the center-front zipper and chest pocket are waterproof and the chest pocket is large enough for all but the largest of modern smart phones (no issues fitting an iPhone 12 mini). The hood is generous, which I prefer for wearing over a beanie and winter hats in cold and wet weather, and it adjusts easily. The brim does an adequate job of keeping most rain/snow off my face. I've worn this jacket in 30+MPH wind, rain, sleet, and snow for several hours at a time and have stayed 100% dry with no noticeable wind blowing through the fabric. Care/Maintenance is easy. Like most GoreTex Jackets, once the jacket gets dirty and/or caked in sweat, you do need to wash it and retreat it with a DWR to get it back to its breathability and waterproof effectiveness. After multiple washings/DWR treatments the jacket looks and sheds water and snow as if it were brand new. What would make this jacket better? More fit/size options: Adding slim fitting or tall versions of the jacket with slightly longer sleeves and a slightly longer torso would make this jacket appealing to a wider audience (i.e., those of us that don't often fit the average sizing parameters). Create a MTB-specific variant? Though it's not marketed or intended for it so far as I'm aware, the current fit/sizing and feature options don't work well for MTB'ing or gravel biking. It's too boxy and not long enough to cover one's lower back and rear in a riding position. It works okay for easy bike commuting but at speed on a bike the jacket acts like a sail due to the non-slim shape and inability to secure the hood. A slim-fitting MTB specific jacket using GoreTex Paclite Plus with a design similar to the Dirt Roamer Mountain Bike Jacket (and less expensive than the GoreTex Endure Jacket) would likely have high appeal among MTB'ers and bikepackers alike.
Bought, abused, sold it, bought another!
I bought this jacket when it first came out - maybe 2019. Wore it sailing, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, casual, even to mass one Sunday. It really was a very versatile shell. Then in a weak moment, I sold it. Not sure why. This past Christmas, my wife bought me a new Calcite - slipping in on Christmas morning, I was immediately reminded o... Read Moref why I loved this shell. Lightweight, fits well, just enough features to make it practical for so many activities. If you're looking for one shell to cover a broad range of sports, give this one a try. Size Note: 5'11" / 175 lbs. and the medium fits such that I can still wear a vest / R1 underneath it and be comfortable moving.
This is a great rain jacket. It fits well and has room for layers. The cut and the fabric hold the hem out well and keep my upper thighs from getting soaked (an issue I have had with other jackets). The hood is large as others have noted, but I use the cinch on the back and it fits great and then fine tune it with the front adjustments. All in all,... Read More another great product that will last for years.
Nice and dry
Fits well. Hood well designed with two draw strings to get it snug on my head. Does a good job of keeping rain out of around my face and neck. Only complaint is that it's pretty stiff and "crunchy" like a cellophane bag. But it seems to be softening up a bit. May get softer over time. Overall, great rain gear.
Great, versatile shell
Bought this jacket to replace an Arc Teryx Beta that had delaminated. Its a great, well fitting and accommodating shell-wear solo over a t-shirt or is roomy enough for a down sweater hoody. On sizing, my down sweater is a M but the shell is a S. FWIW I think the shell is accurately sized and that the down sweater runs small.
Very Good Except for Hood Fit
As others have said, the hood is way too large for use without a massive helmet. And, the two side cinch drawcords do indeed cinch down the hood well; but it is VERY hard to find (sewn inside) and use the hidden release to then try to loosen back up the hood. Regardless, the visor of the hood is not helpful (or maybe it tries to be too helpful). It... Read More is too large and obstructive (maybe scale everything down on an XS size?).
Response from PatagoniaDecember 15, 2022
Hi Jon! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the size of the hood. Feedback like this is crucial to improving things for future seasons so we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
The perfect rain jacket?
I had a gore-tex climbing jacket from another brand for 20+ years that I adored. It finally gave up the ghost and had to be retired a few years ago and since then, Ive run through. Few different options. Some got stolen by my kids, some got sent back to Worn Wear, but this jacket is the keeper. Crazy light for what it is, a great hood, and a ches... Read Moret pocket thats big enough for a snack, a phone, or other goodies on a hike. I walk daily and have stayed bone dry during some rainstorms Im sure people thought I was nuts to be out in. I have a long torso, and while the bottom hem isnt under my bum, it doesnt seem to ride up. Im a medium in everything, and there is ample room for layering a Nano Puff or prolly a down jacket under it (cant wait to test this for skiing!) My only note, and this is really picky, is that the grommets around the pull-cords are maybe backwards? Seems like the smooth side is out and the rough side is in the pocket. May try to fix with some T-Tape applied around them. Again, MINOR complaint on what will no doubt be the next 20-year coat!
Can't be true....
Needed to replace/upgrade my rain shell and decided on Patagonia and Gore Tex Pac Lite combo. I'll be honest: when I first got it I was dubious. It was much thinner & lighter than my old Marmot. Packed down to 1/3 the size. Did great in torrential rain & I haven't overheated yet (sweat). It has all the features I want: pit zips, G... Read Moreore Tex, velcro cuffs, chest pocket, the wind doesn't whistle through! Will update when I go backpacking as I'm curious about pack straps & shoulders. So far: great investment.
Kept me dry in Scotland
Have used this jacket on a number of occasions while out on the mountain bike and it has dealt with everything even the pub afterwards! After spending a full day out in the elements and getting full of mud and absolutely drenched in a downpour this jacket kept me dry and shielded from the wind and kept the little heat in helping me regulate body te... Read Moremperature on a cold November day in the Scottish hill's, I will have to try the mountain bike specific range next if this is anything to go by
good looking jacket
Have yet to wear it in the rain but I assume it sheds water as advertised. Hiked with it in 39degree day and was very comfortable. Hood is deep and does not pull on my head/neck when I wear it with my backpack. Full range of motion too. Plus it looks good period, not like a regular frumpy hiking rain jacket.
I had to replaced a Torrentshell jacket where the waterproof liner delaminated (and stopped repelling water in general). I'm 5'9" and 42" chest and bought a M. Fit was consistent with other reviews of longer arms and narrower body (typical Patagonia fit). I can get a trim insulating layer under it but a bulky one feels tight (L ... Read Morewould be way too long in the arms and torso). Pros: Goretex (survived a soccer game in a 39F monsoon). The inside texture is comfortable against the skin. Pit zippers. Cons: The helmet compatible hood is too big without a helmet or ball cap (I feel like a Sith Lord at times). Improvement Suggestions: The thin knotted main zipper and chest pocket pulls are too small and hard to grab with any gloves. The chest pocket is roomy but "above" the zipper opening, meaning I push my phone UP into the pocket first rather than DOWN into it. Overall: Works for everyday life and will be a good addition for warmer skiing. Great jacket and hope the Goretex last 20+ years like my other jacket.
I wish they did T sizes (or just longer sleeves)
Well made, fits over/under helmet nicely. The only problem is the sleeve length, which seems to be cut for hiking not biking. Admittedly, I do have long arms for my height (6-3 tall, 6-6 span) and I would order an XL-Tall if they had it. I have long-cuff gloves that work, but regular gloves leave a gap when riding.
I bought this jacket about a year ago while visiting NYC and have worn it in all conditions. I live in Chicago and would use this as a top layer jacket for when the wind/winter was spicy and always use it when it rains. I recently went on a trip to Oaxaca during the raining season and this jacket served me extremely well. Pairs well with a sombrero... Read More (:
Will keep you super dry
I bought this jacket for two reasons: 1) details about the jacket: 2.5 layers of goretex, cinching at the cuffs with Velcro, cinching at the waist and hood and length of the jacket to cover back and rear; 2) a trip I was planning to Yellowstone National Park. I was one of this individuals who was evacuated from the Park/Gardiner. I arrived in early... Read More June and the day before the park closed because of flooding, landslides and crumbled roadways it rained all day. I was out in the rain exploring the Park like a typical tourist and was caught a in multiple downpours. This jacket kept me dry all day. Occasionally I felt the heat being retained, but rolled down the front zipper to open the coat when I was able to get under cover and all was well. There is a trade off: do you want to be completely dry - especially if you are layering and do not want the layers underneath to be wet - then you will have to endure heat being trapped inside the jacket that will require some venting or do you want to sacrifice being wet so you avoid the venting. This jacket outperformed my expectation! Thank you Patagonia for manufacturing an outstanding jacket at a favorable price point.
Response from PatagoniaJune 30, 2022
We're glad you safely navigated the events in Yellowstone and managed to stay dry! We appreciate your review. It's no small feat to stay comfortable in wicking layers under heavy rain. Thanks for the review, Edward!
Great Shell for near anything!
I bought this jacket since I was heading up to the PNW, Oakridge, OR, to work on some trails with the Trans-Cascadia folks! Needless to say, this jacket was put through the ringer! It handled some decent rain and trail work without issue. Handled hefting 10ft long 80lbs logs on the shoulder with ease. My only complaint is the drawstrings near the h... Read Moreood, they don't really stay in place when pulled to cinch the hood tighter (without helmet), but all in all I am more than stoked with this purchase! Bought from my local Santa Cruz Outlet, those folks are the BEST! I love that this jacket has pockets, arm pit vents came in clutch working in this, a nice big hood for helmets and adjustments for fit without a helmet. You don't need me to tell you to buy this jacket.. if you're looking to stay dry, look no further.
Exceptional Water Resistance
I usually order size Medium in men's from Patagonia, but I size down to small for a more snug fit since rain jackets tend to run a little bit larger. The water repelling Gore-Tex is amazing in light rain and steady pours. Definitely would recommend to wait until these go on sale before purchasing.
Functional and stylish
This is a triple Goretex jacket which replaced a waterproof one that delaminated over the years. I usually take Large as my size, but i did not plan to use it with much underneath, so the Medium fit fine. The large was just too large without consideration of what one would wear underneath.
Quality rain jacket
I was seeking a goretex rain jacket for trips to Yellowstone and Patagonia in 2023. I did not want to be that person who purchased a jacket with DWR only to discover a couple of years later that I should have paid a few dollars more for better quality and extend the durability. The jacket was going to complement a plan for layering: the Capilene Me... Read Morerino wool long sleeve as a base, a mid layer and then either this rain jacket that would act as a shell for a winter layer or by itself. Also I purchased a pair of top rated waterproof rain paints from a third party. The jacket exceeded my expectations for quality and coverage! It provided excellent protection below the waist line so pants pockets were completely covered from rain (an issue in reviewing comment ratings). Cinch cords are available around the base of the jacket and also the hood to tighten down and seal out downpours and keep everything dry. Wrists on jacket have Velcro straps to also keep out the elements. When you put the jacket on you can immediately feel the protection the jacket conveys for wind and rain. And, its goretex at a great price point. Dont over-think this purchase because it provides excellent value!
Great rain jacket, kinda large
I am 5'6.5". I tried Storm10 in Small. The fit was perfect but it's pretty much a Torrentshell with finesse. I tried Calcite in Small. I was impressed with the quality, construction, armpit zips, etc... Much less of a street-wear compared to Storm10. It's great for hiking on rainy days, backpacking, spring skiing with a thick la... Read Moreyer underneath. Alas, the fit was very loose, long sleeves, and the hood was ridiculously humongous. The Patagonia designer(s) of this jacket must be over 6' tall with a large skull. I was wearing it with a ski helmet on and there was still room to have my daughter's hamster sit on top my helmet below the hood. I tried XS and bingo, fit is perfect. Sleeves are of correct length and the hood is a tad smaller and doesn't look ridiculous when you were the coat without a helmet. I love the color which is kind of burnt red, not the pure red of other jackets. I love the quality and the social awareness of Patagonia. The fact that this jacket, as well as other garments of recent year, is made in Vietnam (where I hiked in the past) is a virtue in my mind. The cost of Patagonia equipment is justifiably high. It means though that a large portion of the client base of non street-wear is very active people over 40 and 50 who can afford the cost and have the need. I find too many items to be crotch hugging, or extremely tapered, or skin close uppers, despite the fact that they are meant to be used outdoors in high impact settings. The inseam and sleeve lengths of many items is geared for noodle-bodied 20 something y/o. Patagonia: please include 50 something people in your design and testing teams, add more 30" inseam bottoms to your selection, and make you sleeves in small and x-small match the typical height of people who need these sizes. The above said, I love Patagonia, the company and the land.
Review of the sizing
I'm a men's XS in basically everything Patagonia makes and a big part of why I shop with them is because they make stuff that just fits me right. This, however, did not. The fit was oddly boxy and the arms were way too long. Sadly I had to return, although the overall product seems fantastic if it fits you well.
I tend to get a Torrentshell and abuse them until they fall apart. Seems like the Calcite will hold up better with the stretch. Also seems more breathable compared to the Torrentshell. The Patagonia smalls always fit me great (5'11" 150 lbs). Both to wear over a t-shirt in summer or over a few layers if up skiing.
My Go Winter Coat in Colorado!!
I bought this coat with many other Patagonia jackets. This one is my go to favorite winter jacket. Some people dont like the noise of the jacket. To me its not that loud and I personally like the sound of it! Does not fit like your standard nano puff or micro puff. Its longer and the zipper isnt the softest on your neck because of the waterproof zi... Read Morepper. You just have to play with the zipper and adjust it down and its fine. Not enough to make me not like the jacket! Overall Im very pleased with all my Patagoniaprodicts I have recently purchased and plan on buying more products in the future!
Perfect rain/wind shell
Finally decided to purchase and glad I did. Have been looking for cool/warm weather rain shell and this is perfect. Does run on the fitted size. Im 61 and switch between medium and large size. I went with medium since I didnt want it to be loose. If youre on the fence, Id suggest possibly sizing up. Happy with medium but a large would have allowed ... Read Moremore layering.
Great with Caveats for Improvement
As expected with Patagonia products, the jacket preforms well in rain and snow, but there is room for improvement: 1) Sizing: The small is sized for someone much taller with longer arms, such as a 6' tall thin person. Patagonia's sizing has trended this way in the past few years. Instead of lumping regular and tall sized folks together, p... Read Moreerhaps creating a line of clothing for "big and tall" people would be more appropriate? 2) The pocket zippers and pit zippers are great. They would be better if they were waterproof zippers, like I had on a previous Patagonia shell. Overall, a great product with minor areas for improvement.
Great coat, runs a little large, frustrated with helmet hoods
Great waterproof rain jacket, has born its first rainfall well. I am 57, 140 lbs, usually wear a small, the small in this coat swam on me, even with a hoodie underneath, but I was able to locate an XS, and it fits perfect. My outstanding complaint, and this goes for 98% of shells on the market, is trying to wear a hood sized for helmet sports, wit... Read Morehout fail, ends up with me blind. The hood covers my eyes, and the draw strings only secures the material in place over my eyes. What I need, and I am about to take it to a tailor, is just a couple Velcro tabs at the base of the neck where I can fold the hood material over, take up a couple inches, and instantly the hood is tight and form fitting. Im surprised this option hasnt shown up on coats yet, but it seems like the simplest work around for daily wear and helmet sports with the same jacket. Cheers, Loren
Very well made.
I was looking for a light jacket. Since the less expensive jackets are notorious for low durability, I took a chance on the Calcite. First thing you notice is that it is extremely well made. Patagonia is among the best constructed in outerwear, but this is next-level. Mine was made in Viet Nam and I have to say the stitching and construction is top... Read More notch! Im normally a XL but I rolled the dice on XXL. It gives me a little more room to layer and not feel soooo constricted with the tight look. So if you want that look- stick with your normal size. Wish it came in more colors like Navy, had one more chest pocket, and had more soft material around the neck/chin. Other than that, no real negatives to speak of. Hopefully Patagonia will make more with Gore. This is one product that makes the brand shine and well worth its price. You wont regret it!
Light and Substantial at the Same Time
I took a chance and bought this without trying it on and I am glad I did. Just used it outside in 25 degree blowing sleet shoveling my driveway for an hour and I am very happy with how it performed over a cheap puffy. I bought the XL and it is just a bit baggy over a T-shirt but still looks fine and over a puffy the fit is perfect, I am about 200 p... Read Moreounds. I was worried that the length of the jacket would be too short but it is perfect. Would buy again or recommend to a friend.
Great for ski touring. Also works for resort skiing.
175 cm. 71kg. Size medium. I can’t fault this jacket. Worn for ski touring (over a Nano Puff Hoody) and resort skiing (over a Down Sweater). Hood has plenty of room to fit over a ski helmet. Fabric is surprisingly durable. Doesn’t take up much room in your pack when you are skinning uphill. Looks good.
Super Versatile Wet Protection
This jacket is a replacement for my ultra worn Torrent Shell rain jacket, and I can already see we will be spending a lot of time together. It is extremely lightweight, packable, water resistant, can be layered with a vest for colder days, and even used as a wind breaker when on a bike. I got the black one, and it is a true black color without much... Read More grey or reflection, which I like more than the black of the Torrent Shell black. All in all, this is a perfect companion for so many days. It won't disappoint.
I bought the jacket because I was looking for a very light weight and easily packable rain protection. I had the opportunity to really test the jacket a few weeks ago when the "atmospheric river" washed across the Bay Area. I had a few errands to run and wanted to watch a women's soccer game, which was outdoors. The result is that I ... Read Morewas outdoors, riding my bike and sitting in the bleachers for 4 hours during the day as torrential rain fell on and around me. There were few people in cars and a lot fewer on bikes during the storm. The soccer game was similarly sparsely attended but I remained dry and comfortable through the day long downpour. Because of the activities that day, I sat still in drenching rain for nearly 2 hours and rode my bike around town doing errands for another hour or two. When I got back inside later that afternoon all my clothing was dry (I was also wearing rain pants.) While I was on my bike I was able to get the hood over my bike helmet pretty easily as well. I have also done some walking in the mountains with this jacket on when rain was threatening and through light snow. The pit zips provided adequate cooling on the uphills and the jacket with a thin fleece layer underneath was warm throughout a 6 mile walk gaining and losing a 1000' of elevation. The jacket rolls up very small and fits easily into my carry on suitcase. I am very happy with the purchase.
Well constructed, clean lines
The rain jacket seems well constructed with clean lines. I bought it for warm weather rain and it will be fine for that. If anybody wants a layer it, youre better to go the next size up. I like reviews that indicate if a garment is looser fitting or tighter; kow other customers found the sizing. It really repels the rain and is warm enough in a coo... Read Moreler wind.
I am 5'-9" 170lbs and wearing this jacket in large for a perfect fit. This jackets' versatility is epic, I use it on my boat ocean fishing, hiking, snowboarding and for daily wear if windy or condition warranting a shell style jack. It provides 100% wind/water protection for all uses while being incredibly light weight. The adjustabl... Read Moree cuff closures are key, If needed I cinch them down over gloves, etc., but generally just set once as tight as I can while keeping on and off access smooth. Eventually I will stain this jacket from use on the boat, that why I go with the darker color.
Great lightweight Shell
Great lightweight shell. Enough room to layer for warmth, but not too tent-like. Bullet proof but light weight. Cant go wrong. Only gripe is length; a good rain coat is like a good friend they should cover your ass. Im 6ft 4in and Id live this coat to be about 2 - 3 inches longer.
Top Quality Raincoat
This jacket is totally waterproof without noisy rustle as some waterproof layers suffer from. The cut fits the body comfortably - I'm average build 5'9" a medium fit perfectly with good sleeve length and free movement during rock climbing climbing or cycling. Very impressed.
I have to say, Im very impressed with Patagonia. This Jacket is amazing. One of the reasons it is amazing is it was a replacement for a jacket that I had sent in for repair. They couldnt repair the original so they sent me a full credit for the original jacket. Amazing! Not only was this jacket cheaper than the previous jacket it actually is better... Read More. My last jacket did not have a visor on its hood which made it quite unsatisfactory in heavy rains. This new Jacket has a visor on its hood and is made of Gore Tex. It repels water extremely well and keeps me dry. Im very happy with this jacket.
Nicely Designed, Especially Hood
I'm about 6 feet 2 inches and roughly 175 - 180 pounds. The large fits nicely with some extra room for layering and adequate sleeve length. The jacket's hood and its cord system are really nice. I can close the hood tightly, keep out the rain, and still have an unobstricted view. The jacket's zippers are some kind of "rubbery&... Read Morequot; material which helps keep me and the contents of pockets dry. I wish the coat had internal "drop pockets" that you could use for drying something. My DAS Parka has these and I find them useful. But, maybe internal pockets are hard to include on a rain jackets.
Response from PatagoniaSeptember 15, 2021
Hey Sean! Thanks for the detailed feedback on the fit and features of your rain shell. We designed this one to be light and packable for the lowest weight when facing an Alpine pursuit. For this reason we've left out any inner liner or drop pocket. Hope that clears things up!
Love the jacket but not the fit
Like all of my Patagonia clothing, the product quality is great. Unfortunately, also like a lot of my Patagonia clothing, the cut is baggy and not a great fit. It's great for layering over a light weight puffy jacket, but wearing it over a light under layer it feels to big.
a proper test on first wears
On a family camping trip I was excited to use my new Calcite jacket during some thunderstorms, I enjoyed seeing the rain bead and then easily shed from my jacket. Two days ago I rode home after an overnight bikepacking trip in strong rain showers. The fit of the jacket and especially the hood give me a lot of confidence to use this piece on future ... Read Moretrips. Nice one Patagonia!
Great all round rain jacket
This is just a great, well-designed jacket, that I should've gotten earlier. What I appreciate most: - The fabric feels so much better on the skin than most other rain jackets. Probably due to the combination of thinness and the liner material. It doesn't clamp or feel 'plasticky' as many other jackets do. - The fit is more ath... Read Moreletic then other jackets, and this suits me better then the Torrentshell jacket for instance (even in casual situations). I think this holds for anyone who is on the thin side. The Gore Tex has held up perfectly for several rain showers, as expected. It's too early to speak about longevity but I have a feeling this will last for years. Beautiful deep blue colorway as well (classic navy)!
I had a previous stretchier version of this jacket that had a delamination issue. Patagonia swapped it out for the calcite jacket. I like the hood better than the previous one and how this one hangs. I cant find a stow pocket but other than that its a great jacket. Couldnt be happier.
Great cut and lightweight
I purchased two of these. 1 XL and 1 XXL, for everyday use and layering over average clothing, the XL is perfect. The XXL allows a Macro-Puff or Down hoody to have ample room for loft. The hood on both is great and easily fits my Mammut helmet. Oversized interior mesh dump pockets would be a nice addition, for glove storage.
buy this coat
Very versatile to layer with this jacket. Can go with a puffy for extra warmth or just a flannel. This jacket, at least in my opinion, was cut to layer. It is a lot roomier than other patagonia products I own, but that to me is the best selling point. I live in the PNW, and I'm out in all conditions. Super easy to throw on and head out the doo... Read Morer in any weather. Bottom line, buy the coat if you are looking for a piece of gear that'll get you through late March to early October.
From rain to ocean spray on a flats skiff
Calcite jacket ? Its works! Ive used lightweight Patagonia gortex jackets and pants for years. From Rain squalls to rough ocean rides in a flats boat down to the marquesas keys. As with all gear used in saltwater environment; rinse well with freshwater after use.
Super versatile lightweight shell
Didn't quite know if I was getting a raincoat or lightweight gortex shell. Happy to say that it definitely feels more like a packable, rainproof, and breathable shell that I can use for a number of pursuits. That's important because I needed something both for hiking in wet conditions and skiing when the weather doesn't call for me t... Read Moreo pack my bomber shell. This thing is super well built and looks great, with lots of room around the neck. I'm looking forward to having it around for a long, long time!
Great All Around Jacket!
This jacket is exactly what I was looking for. It is strong enough to stand on its own or pair it with a mid layer for some added warmth. I use this jacket for just about all kinds of weather. Days on the slope, hiking and backpacking trips or a trip an a cool or rainy day to the grocery store. It is a great weight and packs small. The fit is true ... Read Moreto size and allows for plenty of unrestricted movement. I work as a professional ski patroller and find this jacket to be the perfect piece under my patrol uniform vest! Just an overall great garment.
not for layering
As a shell, one would expect the jacket to be sized to accommodate warm layers underneath. This was too small for that.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 17, 2021
Thank you for your feedback on the Mens Calcite, we are certainly sorry to hear that it did not work out for you. You are of course welcome to [return](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html) any item that does not meet your expectations per our Ironclad Guarantee
Love this jacket and it is so versatile. Living in upstate NY weather conditions change and so far In a week I have used this jacket hiking at 9 degrees Fahrenheit and today it was almost 50 degrees. Just wore the inner liner and it was perfect. Have used the shell when it was sleeting and I love how adaptable it is.
Versatile through mild and extreme weather - a great travel jacket
I bought an extra large in 2019 to wear for wind and water protection over a down jacket. It worked great - breathes well and stays dry. I liked it so well that I bought a large in a different color this year to fold into my carry on for mild weather travel; it still is roomy enough to add a layer. The quality of the material and the design of my t... Read Morewo jackets are first rate so I highly recommend the Calcite Jacket.
Seattleites! Perfect shell for everyday rain, hiking, backpacking, or skiing
Per the title, this jacket fits the bill for a multi-purpose, high quality, great fit, breathable waterproof jacket. I use this every day when walking the dog in the rain, commuting by bike, on weekend hikes/backpacking adventures, and over a fleece or down when skiing or in colder weather. Provides ample protection without being stifling, fits per... Read Morefectly as is or over other layers. Highly recommend.
Bought this as a replacement rain jacket, but have ben using it as a wind breaker (in addition to a rain jacket). Love it and highly recommend the shell. Reviews indicated it runs large, but it fit me perfectly (with room for a a nano puff, down vest or down jacket underneath).
Good mid-weight parka
I bought this jacket because I wanted something lighter weight than my 3 ply Goretex Pro shell for Spring and Fall use and also summer trips into the higher elevations. I also wanted something that would compress down smaller for going in my pack. I have a pair of Goretex Paclite pants that have held up well for years and I have glisaded in them a ... Read Morenumber of times. So far I have used this jacket for my daily walks, many in the rain, and general wear around town. Pretty happy with the performance and fit so far. Factory DWR is always good when it's new and usually holds up for one to two years before you have to start treating with a spray on to keep water beading up on the surface. I have only two gripes which may not matter to other people. One is that I would like one more adjustment point on the hood to really dial the fit and keep it moving with my head so that I don't lose visibility when turning my head to the side. The other is that when I wear a pack, which I often do on my daily walks, the hip belt cuts right across the side pockets rendering them mostly inaccessible. You would think that if you are designing a jacket with a helmet compatible hood it would also be compatible with the hip belt on your pack. I do really like the breast pocket which holds my i-phone and pit zips and water proof zipper are a nice bonus. The other thing I like is that it is not over-featured. I hate jackets with too many pockets or that still use storm flaps over the zippers that add unnecessary bulk. This jacket gives you everything you need in a nice streamline fit. Overall I am happy with my purchase, especially for the price. Some of the things I am wishing for may only be available on a more expensive jacket.
Great Jacket But...
I love the feel and fit of this jacket, fits perfectly and the pit zips are a blessing. Unfortunately I lost the jacket after its second use as it fell out of my backpack during a ski tour :(. Sadly I can't purchase this jacket again anytime soon. Will stick with frogg toggs for the foreseeable future. If you can afford this jacket I would def... Read Moreinitely recommend it!!
Go-to Rain Jacket
I have looked for a go to dedicated rain jacket that I could also wear to the office for years now... and after owning this jacket for the past year I can say for me, its perfect... almost. There are two things that kinda bug me. One, the jacket sheds water well but starts to wet out after 20+ minutes of mild to heavy rain, not the whole jacket jus... Read Moret the parts that see heavy wear. For comparison I have another patagonia gortex pro shell for 7 years and it still bead water after hours of use, as long as its clean. Either way its not a big deal and the parts that do wet out dry quickly. The other small issue I have is the hood. There is no vertical adjustment so it does come down a little too far in my face. I am sure its designed for a helmet, which is great. I just wish it had more adjustments for folks not wearing one. Overall this jacks is super light, very packable, softish exterior fabric, and not too crunchy as far as gortex goes. It is a hair long in my arms when not layering but perfect when I have a light jacket under it. Overall I really enjoy wearing this jacket.
Response from PatagoniaMarch 2, 2021
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts on the Men's Calcite Jacket. We'd like to share some notes on care to ensure that your jacket stays fully waterproof: We suggest washing at least a couple times per season. You'll want to machine wash warm, tumble dry low, warm iron, and avoid using fabric softeners. A performance detergent is preferable (Storm Clothing Wash, Nikwax Tech Wash, etc.), but any gentle detergent will do the trick. A post-wash tumble dry on medium heat will help revive the water repellent DWR finish. Eventually, the DWR finish may lose effectiveness and water will no longer bead on the surface of the garment. The DWR can be restored with a performance spray or wash-in treatment such as Storm Eco Proofer or Nikwax. As far as the hood is concerned, the cinch cord works for everyday use as well, not just helmets. Feel free to use that for a customized fit! If you try all of the above and find that you were still hoping for more, note that all items are covered by our [Ironclad Guarantee](https://help.patagonia.com/s/article/Ironclad-Guarantee) and you are always welcome to return.
One Fixable Flaw
One of my favorite features of this jacket is how there are so many points of adjustment. Being able to tighten the hood is great, especially because it runs large being able to fit a helmet. However, when you pull the hood drawstrings, there is nothing to cinch it down. Whenever I get hit with a gust of wind, or even by looking up, the drawstrings... Read More become slack and the hood falls off my head. While this is irritating, it's a quick fix. In the field, I tied stopper knots. At home, I added cord locks so I could adjust the drawstrings with gloves on. This is the only reason I'm giving the jacket 4-stars. If a newer model did have these cord locks on the drawstrings upon arrival (which it does for its other drawstrings), this would be a 5-star jacket.
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