These days a waterproof Jacket weighing 586g isn’t exactly lightweight, but often durability and weatherproofing is sacrificed in the hunt for super lightweight products. In the current market where we are paying more for less, as ‘light and fast’ is almost becoming trendy for outdoor enthusiasts. Last season I used a Pro Fabric Jacket, which offered excellent performance being lightweight, breathable and very waterproof. Although after a busy winter season the fabric had started to show signs of wear, something I believe the new grade Gore Pro fabric has begun to address. This year Patagonia sent me their Triolet Jacket, aimed at being used in the worst possible conditions. I thought it would suit Scottish Winter to a tee, which it has so far.
My Triolet Jacket weighs in at 510g in an XS. Usually I request a Small in Patagonia garments but I have found I am between sizes at the moment. I also like my jackets to fit closer than most as excess fabric around the torso happens to be my pet hate. The whole of the Triolet Jacket is produced in Goretex 3 Layer 75 denier fabric, a robust material which I have found only marginally less breathable than Goretex Pro. Knowing this Jacket was going to be used solely for Scottish Winter I wanted something highly durable that was going to keep me dry in all weather. It has certainly got a work out this year, withstanding torrential downpours more akin to canyoning that mountaineering!
Main / Pocket / Pit Zips, hood and draw-cords have all withstood the wet, sleet and snowy weather without issue and performed without hindrance whilst everything was iced up looking like a suit of armour. The huge hood swallows a helmet with ease coming right over the brim if required to help shelter from the elements. Having been critical of Patagonia’s hood design previously it is great to see a larger design, somewhere to hide when the weather is really wild!
I would like to see an improvement in the Velcro cuff adjustment. The Velcro itself is fairly lightweight and catches snow when conditions are wet and soggy. They do however, stay tightly sealed but tend to be difficult to then readjust whilst full of snow. My Super Alpine Jacket suffered stitching issues on the Velcro cuff however; the Triolet seems to have been double stitched (or glued) which I hope will endure allot more abuse. The cuff is large enough to fit a glove underneath but can also be tightened to insert into a gauntlet style glove.
The Jacket feels well tailored and is longer in the body than the Super Alpine, covering the lower back and staying under a harness well. Sleeves, shoulder and torso areas have room for layers and whilst are snug and neat they are non-restrictive. There is also an elasticised pant attachment strap on the inside of the lower back for powder days and a large interior stretch mesh pocket for storing drying gloves whilst swinging pitches. I use the smaller chest pockets for my phone and compass whilst the lower / larger pockets house a map and sit clear above the harness.
With six colours to choose from in XS – XL and retailing at £330; the Triolet is a great jacket for the foulest of weather, something that we are akin to in Scotland during the winter season.